Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Raleigh to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.

Historic Oak View County Park


This pre-Civil War era farmstead features several restored buildings, including a farmhouse, barn, and carriage house. The site also features the Farm History Center, a cotton museum, 17-acre pecan grove, herb garden, and family cemetery.

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JC Raulston Arboretum


With 8 acres and over 5,000 species and/or cultivars, this nationally acclaimed garden is truly a sight to behold. The site is used as a teaching and research garden as well, and you'll see NCSU students and staff members meticulously...  Read More

North Carolina State Capitol


Built in 1840 at a cost of three times the state's annual income, this marvelous example of Greek Revival architecture once housed all of North Carolina's state government. The impressive marble statue of George Washington in the rotunda is a...  Read More

RBC Arena


The RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) Center is home to the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes. Holding up to 21,000 people, it also serves as the home court for North Carolina State Wolfpack basketball. Other scheduled events include concerts, conferences,...  Read More



Raleigh's Theatre in the Park and Aquatic Center are both located in downtown Pullen Park. For over 100 years, this park has offered a wide range of recreational activities for the entire family. Boat rental, picnic areas, and tennis courts are...  Read More

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North Carolina Museum of Art


North Carolina's premiere art museum, the NCMA has over 181,000 square feet of exhibit space divided into numerous galleries. The well-known European collection includes works from artists such as Claude Monet, Sandro Botticelli, and Peter Paul...  Read More

North Carolina Museum of History


Via informative displays, artifacts, photographs, flags and more, this beautiful, light-filled museum tells the story of North Carolina's history from Colonial times through the Confederacy to the present day. A replica of the Wright Brothers'...  Read More

North Carolina Executive Mansion


Home to North Carolina's governor and family, this 1891 Queen Anne Victorian mansion opens its ground floors to the public during the fall and spring. The 40,000 square-foot house is adorned with fine antiques and exquisite chandeliers. Tours...  Read More

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area


Jordan Lake, located southwest of Durham and Chapel Hill, offers more than 13,000 acres of recreational shoreline. The lake boasts nine different recreational areas, including a bald eagle observation platform just off Highway 751 South and...  Read More