Raleigh

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This page lists free programs and activities for kids in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.
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Andrew Johnson's Birthplace

The birthplace of Andrew Johnson, seventeenth president of the United States, is believed to be a small, one-story house with a loft structure now sta ...

Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
1001-1099 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh, NC, 27604
Bass Lake Park Geocaching

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure-hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and th ...

Area: Holly Springs & Willow Springs & Fuquay-Varina
900 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs, NC
Bass Lake Park Letterboxing

Letterboxing is a growing hobby that combines elements of hiking, treasure hunting and creative expression into an activity the whole family can enjoy ...

Area: Holly Springs & Willow Springs & Fuquay-Varina
900 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs, NC
Blue Jay Point County Park

Blue Jay Point County Park is a 236-acre park located on the shores of Falls Lake in northern Wake County. The gardens & study pond area, located n ...

Area: Wake Forest & Rolesville
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd, Raleigh, NC, 27614
Cary Towne Center Kids Court

Come check out the kids play area at Cary Towne Center, located across from Dave & Busters, Belk and Gymboree. You'll find eleven large, soft play pie ...

Free: Yes
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
1105 Walnut Street, Cary, NC
Cedar Hills Park

Cedar Hills Park features 1 of Raleigh's 2 Disc Golf courses! There is also a softball field and two wood-chip playground.

Area: Midtown & N Raleigh
5600 Sweetbriar Street, Raleigh, NC, 27609
Century Station Post Office

Renovated and restored to its original 19th century splendor, the Century Station Post Office building is ready for visitors. Free, docent-led tours w ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
300 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC, 27601
City Cemetery

Originally established in 1798 and divided into four parts: two one-acre plots for citizens, one for visitors and one for blacks (mainly slaves); now ...

Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
500 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC, 27601
City Market

Experience historic City Market, home to art galleries, restaurants and specialty shops. The original cobblestone streets are lit by lamps and filled ...

Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
300 Parham St., Raleigh, NC, 27601
City of Raleigh Museum

COR Museum is located in the core of Downtown Raleigh in the historic Briggs Hardware building. Our exhibits and programs reveal the rich history of N ...

Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
220 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC, 27601
Crowder Park

Located on 33 acres of landscaped grounds and hardwood forests, Crowder District Park offers a variety of recreational and educational opportunities, ...

Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
4709 Ten Ten Road, Apex, NC, 27539
E. Carroll Joyner Park Historical Farm, Pecan Grove, and Gardens

This Town of Wake Forest park offers several historical attractions including: Restored Farm Buildings - The original farm structures included a mul ...

Area: Wake Forest & Rolesville
701 Harris Road, Wake Forest, NC, 27587
Ellen Mordecai Garden

The garden is recreated from first-hand descriptions of the Mordecai kitchen garden in the 1830s. It contains vegetables, herbs and flowers that were ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
1 Mimosa St., Raleigh, NC, 27604
Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Hours of relaxation await you at Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Just moments away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Falls Lake is a great way ...

Area: Wake Forest & Rolesville
13304 Creedmoor Rd., Wake Forest, NC, 27587
Flix 4 Kids - Wake Forest

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre hosts free family-friendly movie showings on the second Monday morning of each month. ‘Flix4kidz’ shows only G or P ...

Area: Wake Forest & Rolesville
Wake Forest Renaissance Center, Wake Forest, NC, 27587
Free Tuesday Morning Movies - Halle Cultural Arts Center - Apex

Grab the kids, snacks, and blankets and visit us (in the nice cool air conditioning) for your free, favorite family-friendly movies on the big screen! ...

Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
237 N. Salem Street, Apex, NC, 27502
Fuquay Mineral Spring Park

Fuquay Mineral Spring was discovered in the Spring of 1858 by Davey Crocket Fuquay and Stephen Fuquay while plowing on their father's farm. The Minera ...

Free: Yes
Area: Holly Springs & Willow Springs & Fuquay-Varina
105 West Spring Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC
Garner Veterans Memorial

The Garner Veterans Memorial features pillars with the names of 67 Garner-area veterans who have died serving their country as well as historical narr ...

Area: SE Raleigh & Garner
921 Buffaloe Rd., Garner, NC, 27529
Gregg Museum of Art and Design

As part of a research-extensive land-grant university, the Gregg Museum of Art & Design inspires creativity, innovation, and the expression of ideas. ...

Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
516 Brickhaven Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27606
Greystone Recreation Center

The first of its kind indoor recreation center, is 9,600 square-feet and features an indoor play area, a rock climbing wall, a dance/fitness studio al ...

Area: Midtown & N Raleigh
7713-55 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh, NC, 27615
Harris Lake County Park Geocaching

The 680-acre park is situated on a peninsula near the Shearon Harris Reservoir in New Hill, N.C. – and is convenient to Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Spr ...

Area: Holly Springs & Willow Springs & Fuquay-Varina
2112 County Park Dr, New Hill, NC, 27562
Haywood Hall House and Gardens

John Haywood, the state’s first elected treasurer, built this Federal-style frame house in 1799. It is the oldest house on its original site within th ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
211 New Bern Pl., Raleigh, NC, 27601
Hemlock Bluff Hiking Trails

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is home to a unique community of Eastern Hemlock trees and other mountain plant species, access to approximately 3 mile ...

Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC, 27518
Historic Oak View County Park

This antebellum farmstead features an 1855 Greek Revival house, detached kitchen, cotton gin house, livestock barn, carriage house, pecan grove and he ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh, Midtown & N Raleigh
4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh, NC, 27610
Historic Oak View County Park Meet the Goats!

This antebellum farmstead features an 1855 Greek Revival house, detached kitchen, cotton gin house, livestock barn, carriage house, pecan grove and he ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh, Midtown & N Raleigh
4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh, NC, 27610
Historic Oakwood

A historic neighborhood of lovingly-restored Victorian and early 20th-century homes in a great variety of styles and sizes, many with beautiful garden ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
411 N. Bloodworth St, Raleigh, NC, 27604
Historic Oakwood Cemetery

Adjacent to Historic Oakwood, Oakwood Cemetery, with over 20,000 interments, is the resting place of approximately 1,500 Confederate soldiers, five Ci ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
701 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC, 27601
JC Raulston Arboretum

The JC Raulston Arboretum is a nationally acclaimed garden with one of the largest and most diverse collections of landscape plants adapted for landsc ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC, 27606
Joel Lane Museum House Gardens

Beautiful Neo-Colonial garden featuring espaliered fruit trees, pomegranate trees, a grape arbor and brick walkways. Herb garden features medicinal an ...

Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
728 W. Hargett St, Raleigh, NC, 27603
Jones Park Disc Golf

Jones Park includes an 18-hole disc golf course.

Area: Holly Springs & Willow Springs & Fuquay-Varina
405 School Days Lane, Holly Springs, NC, 27540
Juniper Level Botanic Garden

Juniper Level Botanic Garden (JLBG) is a 10-acre education, research and display garden with over 22,500 unique plants from around the world. Establis ...

Area: SE Raleigh & Garner
9241 Sauls Rd., Raleigh, NC, 27603
Kentwood Park

Kentwood Park hosts one of two of the City of Raleigh's disc golf courses, which includes 18 hole course (4,085 ft in length), concrete tees, and scat ...

Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
4531 Kaplan Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27606
Lake Crabtree County Park Geocaching

Lake Crabtree County Park offers visitors opportunities for outdoor recreation. Located on a 215-acre site adjacent to a 520-acre flood control lake, ...

Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC, 27560
Lake Crabtree County Park Historical Attractions

At Lake Crabtree you can find the remains of a 19th-century tenant farm. You can see the ruins of a tenant house, a stone-lined well and a tobacco ord ...

Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC, 27560
Meet the Animals

From alligators to opossums, come face-to-face with a new live animal each week. This free program is open to all ages. Programs start on time so plea ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC
North Carolina Executive Mansion

This fine, Victorian-style mansion, built from native materials and home to N.C. governors since 1891, was described by F.D.R. as having “the most bea ...

Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
200 N. Blount St., R, NC, 27601
North Carolina Museum of Art

The NCMA offers a permanent collection spanning more than 5,000 years, a variety of celebrated exhibitions and public programs, an amphitheater for ou ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC, 27607
North Carolina Museum of History

Bring your family to the North Carolina Museum of History for a fun-filled day of adventure! They have activities, programs, and exhibits for young an ...

Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC, 27601
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast. Through our exhibits, programs and field experiences ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
11 West Jones St., Raleigh, NC, 27601
North Carolina Railroad Museum and New Hope Valley Railway

Open for outdoor, self-guided tours of historic railroad equipment on weekends year-round. Trains operate the second Sat. and fourth Fri. of each mont ...

Free: Yes
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
3900 Bonsal Rd., Apex, NC, 27562
North Carolina State Capitol

Completed in 1840, this National Historic Landmark is one of the best-preserved examples of a civic building in Greek Revival-style architecture. It o ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
1 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC, 27601
North Carolina State Legislative Building

Home of the North Carolina General Assembly, the building is unique because it is devoted solely to the legislative branch of state government. Throug ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
16 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC, 27601
Page-Walker Arts and History Center

Built in 1868 as a railroad hotel by Town of Cary Founder, Allison Francis Page, it is listed on the National Register for Historic Places. A complete ...

Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC, 27513
Pope House Museum

The Pope House Museum, built in 1901, is a restored home once owned by Dr. M.T. Pope, a prominent African-American citizen of Raleigh, North Carolina. ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
511 South Wilmington Street, 27601
Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden

A historic garden featuring 1,200 roses of 60 different varieties blooming from late May until autumn. Seasonal flowers include bulbs, annuals, trees ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
301 Pogue St., Raleigh, NC, 27607
Raleigh Parks with Ducks to Feed!

A personal blog that lists (and provides reviews of) the local parks in and around Raleigh with great places to take children to feed ducks!

Free: Yes
RDU Observation Park

Popular with kids of all ages, RDU’s Observation Park provides sweeping views of RDU’s 10,000-foot runway and is located near the Air Traffic Control ...

Free: Yes
Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
2400 Terminal Blvd, Morrisville, NC, 27560
Saint Augustine's University Historic Chapel

One of the oldest buildings now on the Saint Augustine's University campus, this Norman Gothic-style chapel was built in 1895. Students constructed th ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
1315 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC, 27610
Snickerdoodles Indoor Play

Looking for a safe place for your preschoolers to play while you relax, work, or chat with other parents? SnickerDoodles offers a FREE play space for ...

Free: Yes
Area: Brier Creek & NW Raleigh
3721 Lynn Road, Raleigh, NC, 27613
Town of Wendell - Disc Golf

Wendell Parks and Recreation offers a disc golf course.

Area: Knightdale & Wendell & Zebulon
15 E. Fourth Street, Wendell, NC, 27591