Things to do in Raleigh

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A List of Restaurants, Sites and Points of Interest to See During the 2019 Teacher Institute

Museums and Historic Places: 

  • City of Raleigh Museum: Former hardware store building that presents the history of the city. 

  • North Carolina Museum of History: Smithsonian affiliate with 150,000 artifacts covering 14,000 years of history. Story of North Carolina permanent collection surrounded by series of rotating temporary exhibits. 

  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences: Science museum focusing on geology, biology and astronomy and showcasing both extinct and living animals from North Carolina and beyond. 

  • Joel Lane Museum House: Historic home built in 1769 to Joel Lane, founder of Raleigh. 

    • 160 S. Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 
    • Admission: $8 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Students with valid ID, Free for Children under 6 
    • Hours: 10am-2pm 
    • Phone: 919.833.3431 
    • Website: http://www.joellane.org/ 
  • Mordecai Historic Park: Site of the largest plantation in Wake County. 

  • North Carolina Museum of Art: Public art museum that features a wide-ranging collection from Europe, Ancient Greece & Rome, Egypt, Africa and America. Includes two main gallery buildings and a 164-acre park. 

    • 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC  
    • Admission is free 
    • Hours: 10am-5pm 
    • Phone: 919.839.6262 
    • Website: https://ncartmuseum.org/ 

Restaurants and Cafes 

  • Raleigh Times: Restaurant and Bar housed in historic 100 year-old former newspaper building. Includes sandwiches, salads, and bar food, along with extensive drink menu for indoor or sky bar dining. 

  • Papaya Chicken & Grill: Latin-American restaurant dedicated to using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. 

  • Sitti: Authentic Lebanese cuisine. Lots of vegetarian options. 

  • The Fiction Kitchen: Vegetarian and Vegan restaurant with a menu that includes North Carolina “pork” BBQ. 

  • The Pit: Authentic North Carolina BBQ restaurant. 

  • Driftwood Southern Kitchen: Modern takes on Southern classics like fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and a homemade pimento cheese board. Serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch buffet. 

  • Bittersweet: Late-night coffee shop featuring specialty drinks along with cocktails and homemade desserts. 

Other Points of Interest: 

  • Videri Chocolate Factory: Speciality handmade chocolate production, which is open to public tours and includes chocolate counter storefront and coffee bar. 

  • North Carolina State Capitol: Current site of the Governor of North Carolina’s offices and former site of the legislature. Offers self-guided tours Monday-Friday and guided tours on Saturday. 

  • Pullen Park: America’s 5th oldest amusement park. Contains carousal, kiddie boats and train ride for younger children, as well as tennis courts, arts center and theater programs.