Sitting around the house wondering what are we going to do this weekend?
Are the kids jumping around?
Are the adults going stir crazy?
As the winter comes to a close and the weather warms up there are tons of fun things for EVERYONE to do. Whether it is you and your partner, you and your friends, you having some alone time, or fun for the whole family this guide is for you.
You have come to the right place for a list of FREE to LOW COST resources for your warm weather fun. Please feel free to add additional ideas and suggestions in the comments section.
1. Pullen Park (Raleigh): Newly renovated. Park is free and attractions are low-cost. Carousel, Pedal boats, Miniature train ride ($1), Kiddie boat ride ($1), Playgrounds, Tennis courts, Aquatic center
2. Carolina Tiger Rescue (Pittsboro): Get up close and personal with tigers. (Free-$26.50/pp)
3. Marbles Museum (Raleigh): Children will love the hands-on fun
4. NC Museum of Art (Raleigh): Outdoor events include music and Movies on the Lawn. Bring your blanket and picnic basket to watch movies under the starts. ($3)
5. Kooka Booth (Cary): Outdoor events include music and Movies on the Lawn. Bring your blanket and picnic basket to watch movies under the starts. ($3)
6. Museum of Life and Science (Durham): Hands-on exhibits for kids, petting zoo, butterfly garden
7. Duke Gardens (Durham): Free/donations welcome. Read a book. Take a nap on a blanket, throw the football, explore the gardens
8. Duke Forest (Durham): Free. Explore like Robin Hood
9. Jordan Lake (Apex): Explore the many walking trails, playground, swimming area, camping, fishing
10. Eno River State Park (Durham): Hiking, suspension bridge, tubing down the river, canoeing, fishing, camping
11. Falls Lake (Raleigh): Explore the many walking trails, playground, swimming area, camping, fishing
12. Umstead Park (Raleigh): Explore the many walking trails, playground, canoe rentals, camping, fishing
13. Bond Park (Cary): boat/canoe rentals, walking trails, fields for sports, playgrounds
14. Bass Lake (Holly Springs): boat/canoe rentals, walking trails
15. Greenways: Do a quick internet search for your area and a greenway map will appear
16. Tobacco Trails (Durham): Explore the old tobacco factories while enjoying the art work and sculptures
17. Warehouse Districts (Downtown Raleigh): From the Escazu Chocolate Factory tours to the live music outside to the art festivals. There is always something to do.
18. Lake Crabtree (Morrisville): Explore the many walking trails, playground, canoe rentals, camping, fishing
19. NC Museum of History (Raleigh): Admission is FREE
20. NC Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh): Admission is FREE
21. North Hills Shopping Center (Raleigh): Offers FREE outdoor music on Thursday nights in the summer
22. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center (Chapel Hill): For the scientist and dreamer in all of us. Admission is FREE up to $7.25 depending on exhibit
23. Farmers Market (Raleigh): FREE admission and shop around for the best local foods.
24. NC State Fair Grounds (Raleigh): Events throughout the summer. Flea Market on weekends. FREE Admission to Flea Market and many other events.
25. University Fun: Check out the events through NC State University, UNC, and Duke. They have plays, outdoor performances, sporting events, art shows, etc.
26. Triangle Aquatic Center (Cary): Indoor swimming facility. Day passes available. Heather children’s pool
27. Tucker Lake (Benson): Offering sandy beaches, swimming, volleyball, rope swings, jungle gym playground, soft play water toys, kid slides, and water slide
28. Durham Bulls Game (Durham): What says summer more than watching a baseball game? Batter up! Play Ball!
29. Mudcats Game (Zebulon): What says summer more than watching a baseball game? Batter up! Play Ball!
30. Use your imagination. You can create fun anytime and anywhere. Just dream it and have fun with it