Museums in Raleigh, N.C.

Natural Science Museum in Raleigh, N.C.

If you're looking for free experiences to share with family and friends, few places in North Carolina offer the abundance of such opportunities as Raleigh, our capital. Raleigh offers many affordable ways to entertain and educate yourself and your family without spending a dime on admission fees. This applies to three award-winning state museums, as well as a sprawling state park in the northwest corner of the city perfect for picnics or an afternoon stroll.

Your kids will love the 164-acre art museum park -- the largest in the nation. Experience a wide swath of the world's foremost artistic creations, from historic Renaissance pieces to Egyptian funerary art representing the earliest Egyptian history all the way up to the rise of Rome.

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Natural Science Museum in Raleigh, N.C.

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William B. Umstead State Park

Whether your passion is hitting the trails, fishing, or paddling, William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh promises adventure set against breathtaking natural scenes. With entrances from both Interstate 40 and US 70, Umstead Park connects us with many of North Carolina's natural treasures. Throw in the convenience of its proximity to downtown Raleigh and the rest of the Triangle, and you've got an incredible weekend ahead of you.

Recharge your batteries and reinvigorate your love of the outdoors -- it's never been easier than Umstead State Park.

Explore Umstead State Park in Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh

Raleigh's downtown packs a lot of fun into just three adjacent city blocks. Get here, park, and begin exploring. Whether you're looking for lunch, a weekend's worth of museum attractions, or a fancy dinner, it's all within easy walking distance from our state's two FREE museums.

The North Carolina Museum of History and the Museum of Natural Sciences sit shoulder to shoulder on the same city block. When the hunger pangs come calling, you can enjoy delicious southern cuisine at Pharaoh's or the Daily Planet Cafe. 

Need to walk some of that extra energy out? Fayetteville Street Mall and its many popular restaurants are a short stroll away. Walk past North Carolina's historic State Capitol building on your way, and enjoy its well kept grounds and shaded brick pathways.

West Raleigh

West Raleigh

The North Carolina Museum of Art offers an easy option for a weekend of fun on the Raleigh's west side, which is also home to PNC Arena and North Carolina State University's main campus. Conveniently located just off Interstate 440, the Art Museums indoor and outdoor exhibits offer something for everyone in your family.

With the largest museum park in the entire United States, you'll work off that youthful energy in time for a hearty meal at Iris, a full-service museum restaurant that offers great menu options for the kids.

North Raleigh

North Raleigh

If you're headed for (or leaving from) RDU Airport, know that there's a beautiful (and free) State Park just minutes away. William B. Umstead State Park is a hidden gem nestled in bustling North Raleigh.

You won't believe how much natural beauty awaits you right in the thick of North Carolina's capital city. With nature trails, fishing, and picnic areas affording incredible views, Umstead offers easy and accessible fun.

If you're not the picnicking type, replenish the energy you expend on Umstead's scenic trails with a great selection of dining options just minutes away off Glenwood Avenue.