20+ Free Things to do in Raleigh, NC

We have compiled a list of free things to do in Raleigh, North Carolina. Everything is kid friendly, fun for individuals, couples, or family. There is something for everyone! Also see the embedded Pinboard and Google Map below. If you have a suggestion please post it in the comments.

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20+ Activities that cost almost nothing:

The Marbles Kids Museum
The only thing on this list that costs money is this museum but it is dirt cheap and well worth it. If you have kids, the Marbles Kids Museum is a must see; the kids will have a blast. This hands-on museum inspires learning. You can bring your own food and have a picnic, or eat at a nearby restaurant. Check the calendar of events on their website to see what special events are taking place on the days you may visit. The IMAX theater is right beside the museum as well.
Admission: $5 or less
Address: 201 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 834-4040
Web: www.marbleskidsmuseum.org

North Carolina Museum of Sciences
The Southeast’s largest natural history museum features live animals, dinosaurs, whales, walk-through dioramas, science education and research. Kids love this museum. There is something for everyone here. Admission is free, donations are optional.
Admission: $0
Address: 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-9800
Web: naturalsciences.org

North Carolina Museum of Art
The Museum features more than 40 galleries as well as more than a dozen major works of art in the nation’s largest museum park with 164-acres
Admission: $0
Address: 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: (919) 839-6262
Web: www.ncartmuseum.org

North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame Museum
Admission: $0
Address: 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 807-7850
Web: www.ncshof.org

City of Raleigh Museum
Address: 220 Fayetteville St #100, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 996-2220
Web: www.raleighcitymuseum.org

North Carolina Museum of History
Address: 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 807-7850
web: ncmuseumofhistory.org

JC Raulston Arboretum
Address: 4415 Beryl Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone: (919) 515-3132
Web: jcra.ncsu.edu

North Carolina State Capitol
Address: 1 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 733-4994
Web: www.ncstatecapitol.org

North Carolina State University (West Campus)
Located in Raleigh just off of Hillsborough Street.

Map: https://plus.google.com/107011089918973570546/about

Neuse River Greenway Trail
There are multiple entrances to this trail.
Parking is available near: 1521 Crag Burn Ln, Raleigh, NC 27604.

Raleigh Greenway Abbotts Trail
Parking is available near: 2908 Hiking Trail, Raleigh, NC 27615

Lake Lynn Park / Trail
Directions: https://plus.google.com/108613154843154264626/about

William B Umstead State Park
Address: 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617
Phone: (919) 571-4170
Web: www.ncparks.gov

Historic Yates Mill County Park
Address: 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: (919) 856-6675
Web: www.wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill/

Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Address: 13304 Creedmoor Rd, Wake Forest, NC 27587
Phone: (919) 676-1027
Web: www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/fala/

Lake Johnson Nature Park

Address: 4601 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone: (919) 233-2121
Web: www.raleighnc.gov

Shelley Lake Park
Address: 1400 W Millbrook Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614
Phone: (919) 996-3285
Web: www.raleighnc.gov

Pullen Park
Address: 520 Ashe Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone: (919) 996-6468
Web: www.raleighnc.gov

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