Nature Adventures

This page lists nature parks, botanical gardens, environmental centers, and other places where kids can study and enjoy nature in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.
Kids Raleigh: Nature Adventures - Fun 4 Raleigh Kids
Bass Lake Park

Bass Lake Park is home to many species of native plants and animals which can be viewed along our beautiful nature trails and in our Memory Garden. ...

Free: Yes
Area: Holly Springs & Willow Springs & Fuquay-Varina
900 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs, NC, 27540
Restrooms: Yes
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. Blue Jay Point has a Tot Lot playground for ...

Area: Brier Creek & NW Raleigh
3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh, NC, 27614
Restrooms: Yes
Durant Nature Preserve

Durant Nature Preserve was formerly known as Camp Durant, headquarters for the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts. In 1979 the City purchased the l ...

Area: Midtown & N Raleigh
8305 Camp Durant Rd, Raleigh, NC, 27614
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
Fred Fletcher Park

City of Raleigh park with one sand surface playground, a water garden and wetland which is an ecosystem for butterflies, dragonflies, frogs, ducks, an ...

Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
820 Clay Street, Raleigh, NC, 27605
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
Harris Lake County Park

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 Drive, New Hill, NC, 27562
Restrooms: Yes
Hemlock Bluff Nature Preserve

A visit to Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is sure to captivate and delight. Whether you are an avid birdwatcher or simply seeking solitude, Hemlock Bl ...

Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC, 27518
Restrooms: Yes
Historic Yates Mill County Park

The 174-acre wildlife park features hiking trails, Historic Yates Mill, Wake County’s last remaining gristmill, and the mill’s 24-acre pond, which is ...

Area: SE Raleigh & Garner
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC, 27603
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

Built in 1769, this landmark is Wake County’s oldest existing home. It became the “Birthplace of North Carolina’s Capital” when Joel Lane sold 1,000 a ...

Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
728 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC, 27603
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
Lake Crabtree County Park

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
Restrooms: Yes
Little River Park

Little River Park, located two miles outside of town on Highway 97 west, is a five acre natural park on the Little River. The site hosts a beautiful w ...

Area: Knightdale & Wendell & Zebulon
Highway 97, Zebulon, NC
Orchid Trail Greenhouses

With over 2,500 orchids, The Orchid Trail is probably one of the largest private collections in North Carolina. The Collection includes a wide variety ...

Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
402 Church St., Morrisville, NC, 27560
Piedmont Wildlife Center

The Piedmont Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization founded in 2003. Our office is located at Leigh Farm Park which is an 82.8 acre city park in ...

Area: Brier Creek & NW Raleigh
364 Leigh Farm Rd, Durham, NC, 27707
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
WRAL Azalea Gardens

Imagine yourself on a breezy spring day basking in the warm rays of the sun, surrounded by beautiful azaleas of all shapes and colors. Wonderful fragr ...

Area: Downtown & West Raleigh
2619 Western Blvd, 27606