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Category: US-NC

Day Trips from Raleigh

Do you need a get-away from the Raleigh area? Do you want to entertain your house guests for day? Then check out these options for day trips from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Things to do in Raleigh

Looking for a new outdoor experience in Raleigh, North Carolina? Check out these suggestions.

Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Outdoor Classroom which is an example of green technology and architecture at the prairie ridge ecostation

Prairie Ridge Ecostation is a hidden gem in Raleigh, NC. The 40-acre park is an outdoor treasure. You can stroll through the trails examining trees in the arboretum. You can spy on birds from the bird blind. You can watch… Continue Reading…

Medoc Mountain State Park

Green moss in small leaf-filled creek

Medoc Mountain State Park in Halifax County North Carolina is a treat. Activities include hiking, mountain biking, paddling and star-gazing.

Sylvan Heights Bird Park, North Carolina

two flamingos Sylvan Heights Bird Park

The goal:  hand-feed some birds. The reality:  Belly laugh as a flock of parakeets land on me to investigate my jacket, my hair and my camera lens.

A run through rural North Carolina – TunaRun200

medal - blue tuna - tuna 200 on a malak series ribbon

TunaRun200. Everybody lies.

How to describe it? The technical description – a 200 mile relay run race from Garner to Atlantic Beach NC. Twelve runners and two vans. Each runner runs three of the thirty-six legs. A leg could be a distance anywhere between two and ten miles. Reach the finish line in under 36 hours.

Nope… the technical description does not do it justice.