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Raleigh, NC

Getting to know Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, the "City of Oaks," is part of what is known as the Research Triangle (along with Durham and Chapel Hill). The area's economy is strong, resulting in high per capita income and low unemployment. The Triangle area is a leader in the production of electrical machinery, electronic equipment, processed foods, pharmaceuticals and metal products. It's also well-regarded for its universities, including North Carolina State University, Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill. Locals will tell you Raleigh is pronounced "Rah-Lee," and if you're relocating, you'll find that southern pronunciation is an art. However you say it, Raleigh is a lovely place to call home, with a vibrant student community, positive job growth, and plenty of culture and entertainment.

 

Did you know?

Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, is indeed a Southern city, but winters can get chilly. The city gets an average of five inches of snow per year.

 

Raleigh Attractions

For a great place to learn about area history, visit the North Carolina Museum of History, home to artifacts, photographs and exhibits from Colonial times to present day.

 

Raleigh Apartments and Neighborhoods

Raleigh offers a variety of apartments and neighborhoods that suit every lifestyle, including these best places to live in the City of Oaks:

  • Stonehenge: Ideal for two-income families with jobs near Research Triangle Park, Stonehenge in north Raleigh is a close-knit community with holiday festivals and parades.
  • North Hills: Find a townhouse in this area on the south end of Raleigh, where developers are introducing new shops, restaurants, offices and homes.
  • Brier Creek: Be within a stone's throw of Research Triangle Park in the Brier Creek area, where you can find a mix of single-family homes and condominiums next door to offices and shops.
  • Oakwood: If you're looking to be nearer to downtown but in a somewhat established community, look just outside the historic district of Oakwood, where new properties are emerging as a result of revitalization.
  • Five Points: Settle in beside shops, trendy bars and unique restaurants in the Five Points neighborhood, where you can glimpse the city's skyline from its vantage point northwest of downtown.

 

In addition to new apartment complexes with state-of-the-art amenities, Raleigh is experiencing a revitalization of some of its older properties being updated to include resort-style pools and community fitness centers.

 

Best of Raleigh

Experience excitement in Raleigh with this short list of ideas that pack a heaping portion of fun:

  • Best Place to Take the Kids: DefyGravity, a 20,000-square-foot facility northeast of Raleigh, features wall-to-wall trampolines, the expansive Olympic Foam Pit, world-famous Angled Wall trampolines and other fun and challenging activities.
  • Best Place to See Live Music: Featuring a wide variety of live entertainment, bar games and dancing, Deep South the Bar is a funky watering hole next door to the Red Hat Amphitheatre in downtown.
  • Best Nightclub in Raleigh: Head to Tj's Night Life northeast of downtown for live music, dance and exclusive events, all in an atmosphere with a coastal feel.

 

Free Things to Do in Raleigh

Find plenty of free things to do in the City of Oaks, from a walk through picturesque Pullen Park, anchored by a 1920s carousel, to the North Carolina Museum of Art, home to the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park filled with walkways dotted with works of art.

 

Adventures in Raleigh

From adrenaline-boosting activities to educational tours, consider these exciting opportunities in Raleigh:

  • Take to the Skies: Take a hot air balloon ride with Raleigh Hot Air Balloons and behold the beauty and splendor of Raleigh and the surrounding area from views few people get to see. This is an hour-long journey that wraps up with a champagne toast upon touchdown.
  • Beer Making and Bottling: On the second Saturday of each month, free 30-minute tours of Big Boss Brewing Company are offered to visitors eager to learn all about the beer-making process.
  • Exploring Raleigh Segway-style: Take a professionally guided tour of Raleigh on a Segway, a fun and easy way to get around while learning about the city. Hear the whole live narration through the wireless audio pack and enjoy the ride with Triangle Glides!
  • Exciting PNC Arena Events: Home of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, the PNC Arena hosts entertaining events year-round. Rodeos, NCAA tournament basketball, Disney on Ice and Hurricane hockey are just a few of the options at PNC.
  • Have a Ball at Frankie's Fun Park: Frankie's features mini golf, the Fun House, batting cages, laser tag, arcade, Road Course, the Sky Trail, the Spider Web and the Drop Zone for visitors of all ages.

 

For Families with Kids

Maintaining its small-town charm but with big-city opportunities, Raleigh, NC is chock full of fun things to do with kids, starting with the Marbles Kids Museum in downtown, where learning is hands-on! When it's time to send kids to school, parents have more than 170 public schools to consider within the Raleigh school district, the largest public-school district in North Carolina.

 

Raleigh Getaways: North Carolina Beaches

Be less than four hours from Virginia Beach, VA, via I-95 northeast, and the Outer Banks on North Carolina's coast, accessible via U.S. 64 East. The closest beach to Raleigh, Wrightsville Beach, is just two hours away.