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Raleigh

Raleigh is North Carolina’s capital and a fantastic place for a family holiday. With great museums, parks and activities for kids, there’s something around every corner in this lovely city. A city of great culture, Raleigh has some of North Carolina’s best museums with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences topping the list. As number one on TripAdvisor, this magical place offers interactive exhibits on everything from bugs to dinosaurs, sharks to snakes. There are plenty of hands on activities that kids and adults alike will enjoy. Next on your list should be the North Carolina Museum of Art where you can enjoy varied works of art from Africa, America and Europe, with classical and contemporary artists such as Rodin, Giotto and Gainsborough. On top of that there’s a gorgeous 164-acre park combining art with nature.

There’s also the North Carolina Museum of History and the fun Marbles Kids Museum which will definitely win you some holiday brownie points with the kids! If you’d prefer to enjoy the North Carolina sunshine (and we don’t blame you – it’s pretty glorious!) head to one of Raleigh’s fantastic parks. There’s Pullen Park which has lovely walking trails, picnic spots and plenty for the kids including playgrounds, a swan boating lake, carousel and even a tiny train which weaves around the park. There’s also Umstead State Park for something a little wilder at heart. Here you can picnic, barbecue, hike, fish or even camp if you fancy spending the night under the stars.

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Neighbouring Raleigh is the charming city of Durham. At just over a 30-minute car ride away, it’s pretty much the sister city to Raleigh and you’ll find just as many fun things to do here. You’ve got some great museums like the Museum of Life + Science which doubles up as a zoo, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the fascinating Bennett Place Historic Site, or the American Tobacco Historic District which is technically a district but has some great history and architecture to admire.

Outside in Durham is the stunning Sarah P. Duke Gardens which deserve at least a couple of hours to see the gorgeous plant life, ponds and fairy tale atmosphere. Or if you’d rather opt for excitement, check out the schedules at the Durham Performing Arts Center, Cameron Indoor Stadium or the Carolina Theater and spend an evening taking in some high-class entertainment. If you’re holidaying in Raleigh and Durham, you’re sure to find something fun, educational and interesting to keep the whole family busy.

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10 facts about Raleigh

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The founding fathers of Raleigh nicknamed it the City of Oaks because of the huge number of oak trees growing there.

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The North Carolina Museum of Art is home to more than 40 galleries as well as the country’s biggest museum park at 164-acres.

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Raleigh was founded in 1792 and named after English explorer, Sir Walter Raleigh, who established the first English colony nearby in the 16th century.

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Due to its historic importance, the entire city of Raleigh is considered to be a national historic landmark.

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Raleigh boasts more than 40 free historic attractions and varied museums.

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The state vegetable in Raleigh is the sweet potato. You can find huge and delicious varieties at the State Farmers’ Market.

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Local wildlife in Raleigh includes wild turkeys, wood ducks, Canadian geese and white-tailed deer who live amongst the conifer and hardwood forests.

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The Daily Planet is a 72-foot-tall steel ball decorated with satellite images of Earth, containing a theatre and a 2,000-square foot video screen.

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The Raleigh Capitol building was originally designed to be a tomb for the former Governor’s wife but was later deemed a meeting place for state legislature.

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Raleigh is home to one of the world’s best technological research parks with companies like Lenovo, Sony Ericsson and IBM based there.

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