Raleigh, called the “City of Oaks” for it’s breathtaking oak trees throughout the city, is a fabulous place to call home! We host the state fair each year. World-class entertainment can be found at the Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Red Hat Amphitheater, and the PNC Arena among numerous other venues. Check out additional live music in Raleigh here. The Carolina Hurricanes call Raleigh home. The downtown museums are great and the North Carolina Art Museum will nourish all your senses with first rate collections, expansive outdoor space peppered with art, and even movies and concerts. After years of downtown revitalization, the city is truly alive.
One of my favorite things about living in Raleigh is that even though it’s becoming a decent sized city, it still feels like a small town. It’s easy to get to know people and North Carolinians are friendly, warm and welcoming. But there is also a great deal to do here! And here are a few of my favorites!
This 66 acre park located Inside the Beltline, Pullen Park has enough activities that you can’t do it all in one day. Some of my favorite features:
The North Carolina Museum of Art is a must see. There are some great exhibits inside, but the stunning 184 acre campus dotted with sculpture is a beautiful way to get some exercise. If you have young kids, they’ll love Activity Packs…backpacks to guide them on a treasure hunt through the museum, learning about art along the way. the They also have concerts and $5 summer outdoor movies in their ampitheatre and park.Throughout miles of mostly paved greenway, exhibits and dynamic sustainable landscape create an alluring experience you’ll want to return to again and again. This greenway connects to the Capital Area Greenway Systems and eventually connects you to extensive Raleigh shopping and dining.
If you’re new to the area or thinking of relocating, you might be confused with all the options for schooling in the Triangle. Raleigh residents can choose to send their children to neighborhood public schools, public magnet schools, public charter schools or tuition supported private schools. In North Carolina, homeschooling is also a viable option, with the number of home schooled students, exceeding the number of private schooled students in the state.
If all those different options sound confusing you can learn more about the differences and benefits of each option here.
Before I share my best picks, you should know that I have a preference for restaurants that are locally owned, locally source their food products and don’t use unhealthy preservatives and food coloring. In short, I like REAL FOOD! 🙂 These are a few of my favorites…