Family vacations are always fun, but deciding what to do can provide controversy. Raleigh, North Carolina has a lot of family-friendly attractions to offer for both locals and tourists, but how do you decide what to do vs. what not to do? Or, what do you decide to save for the next time you visit? Listed below are “fun for family” attractions (in alphabetical order). Once you see these, all of you’re problems will be solved! Just kidding. But maybe.
Adventure Landing offers affordable family fun for all ages. If your family is competitive, this is the place for you! Three mini golf courses, go-karts, laser tag, arcade games, batting cages, & more! You can buy season passes or the day of your adventure; pricing is fair (per person), and Adventure Land offers unique deals, whether day long or 3-day passes. Adventure Land is conveniently located just 1.5 miles off the Beltline (I-440), and is accessible via two entries. This is an adventure waiting to happen! For more information, check out Adventure Land’s website.
Do you like bugs? Scratch that. Do you love bugs? If so, welcome to BugFest! Home to the country’s largest bug-centric gathering, BugFest features endless events, displays, and food options all with bugs! You read that right, food with bugs! Music, live entertainment, educational programming, all the goods for family’s of all ages. Each year, over 35,000 bugs and creatures crawl to BugFest to provide exhibits and fun for everyone. The best part- it’s free. The worst part- it takes place only in September. For more info, check out BugFest’s website.
Frankie’s Fun Park
Frankie’s Fun Park serves up great rides, great food, and great memories. With 3 go-kart tracks, amusement park rides, bumper boats, mini golf, arcade, batting cages, laser tag, and a fun house, it’s no wonder why Frankie’s is a family favorite! Admission is free, though you pay as you go (per ride/attraction). Frankie says it best himself, “whether you’re 5 or 75, Frankie’s Fun Park is the cure to an ordinary Saturday or any other day!” For more information, check out the Park’s website.
Go Bananaz is the ultimate place for indoor rides and games for children of all ages. This is the only facility in Raleigh that has indoor bumper cars, a swinging pirate ship, and bull rides! Go Bananaz is also home to inflatables: slides, obstacle courses, & toddler-friendly areas. Open 6 days a week (closed mondays), Go Bananaz offers very reasonable prices (based on packages: inflatable, ride, both). This place will make your kids go bananaz! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) For more information, check out their website.
Knightdale Station Park
In Knightdale, NC lies a 76-acre park in Eastern Wake County. This park includes two miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, a dog park, athletic fields, and a large playground. This is the perfect place to spend an afternoon, with or without kids. The park is free to the public, and is a reminder of Knightdale’s agriculture and railroad past.
Museum Park at North Carolina Museum of Art
Encompassing over 160 acres of fields, woodlands, and creeks, Museum Park combines the beauty of art and nature. Visitors can walk, jog, or bike through the park and its trails. The park also offers a variety of free guided tours from family-friendly tours on weekends to Friday Night Sound Bites, which are weekly discussions about art. Parking is easy and convenient to the park entrances. Museum Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
North Carolina Museum of History
What’s a better way to learn about North Carolina’s history than the North Carolina Museum of History?! These exhibits highlight North Carolina’s historical events and famous people, as well as showcase exhibits featuring the state’s military, sports, and cultural history. Current exhibits include ‘The Story of North Carolina’, ‘North Carolina and the Civil War’, and ‘North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame’. Admission is free to the public and group tours are offered daily. For more info, check out the museum’s website.
North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (HOF)
Located in the North Carolina Museum of History, the Sports Hall of Fame has many exhibits featuring all 300 inductees. This is a great place to fine-tune your sports history, as well as learn about these legends and how they impacted sports in North Carolina. Admission is free, as it’s in the Museum of History, and the HOF is open daily from 9 AM – 5 PM. For more information, check out the Hall of Fame’s website.
Rush Hour Karting (Garner)
Located in Garner, NC, Rush Hour Karting is an adult indoor go-kart track. Drivers can reach up to 40 mph at top speeds! This place can be rented for parties, meetings, or can be available to the public- just call ahead of time to make sure the track is open and not rented out. Pricing is determined by membership; for nonmembers, one race is $20; $15 for members. If you’re looking for extreme go-kart racing, challenge yourself and others to the fast and furious track at Rush Hour Karting! For more information, check out their website.
State Farmer’s Market (Raleigh)
The Farmer’s Market is considered one of the nation’s best, and for good reason. Tourists and locals enjoy 75 acres of indoor and outdoor specialty shops, restaurants, and garden stands that feature fruits, vegetables, meats, gifts, flowers, & more! This Farmer’s Market isn’t a traditional one, as it’s open daily from 5 AM – 6 PM Mondays – Saturdays, and 8 AM – 6 PM on Sundays. The Farmer’s Market also has activities for kids that deal with agriculture (coloring books, activity books, & games). For more information, check out their website.
The Factory (Wake Forest)
The Factory is a sports entertainment and shopping mall all-in-one! Some of the sports activities include: baseball/softball, indoor soccer field, ice rink for hockey and skating, martial arts studios, inflatables, & so much more. This is my kind of place! If you’re a resident in the area, The Factory can be rented out for birthday parties and group events, each with their own sports/shopping packages. For more information, check out The Factory’s website.
Three Bears Acres
This is a recreational farm and facility offering various activities for kids. Three Bears is 50 acres providing children with fun and educational activities ranging from climbing through tree houses to sliding down toboggan slides to paddling on Big Bear Pond on paddle boat. Admission is relatively cheap! $7 for adults, $13 for children, free for children 2 & under. For more information, check out their website.
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