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101 Family Day Trips from the Research Triangle Area




Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Raleigh. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!


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Get Wild on a Hike

   Duke Forest
Eno River State Park
 Lake Brandt
 Morgan Creek Trail
 Salem Lake Trail
 Mountains-to-Sea Trail


Time Travel Today

   Bennett Place State Historic Site
 Duke Homestead State Historic Site
Stagville State Historic Site
North Carolina Museum of History
 Alamance Battleground
Battleship North Carolina
Fort Fisher


Make Life a Beach

 Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
 Falls Lake State Recreation Area
 Wrightsville Beach
 Kitty Hawk Beach
Carolina Beach State Park


Splash into Some Water Fun

 Fantasy Lake Water Park
   Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe
 White Lake Water Park
 Lions Water Adventure
Great Wolf Lodge Concord


Spend the Day at a Museum

   Kidzu Children's Museum
 Marbles Kids Museum
 North Carolina Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame
 Imagination Station Science & History Museum
Museum of Life and Science
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
 North Carolina Museum of Art


Explore These Cities

Rocky Mount


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

   New Hope Valley Railway
 Airborne & Special Operations Museum
 North Carolina Transportation Museum
 North Carolina Maritime Museums Beaufort
Wright Brothers National Memorial


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

   Perry Farm Alpacas
 Waller Family Farm
 Page Farms
 Naylor Family Farm & Giant Corn Maze
 Hill Ridge Farms
Granville Haunt Farm


Play Ball!

   Buies Creek Astros
 Greensboro Swarm
 Burlington Royals
 Carolina Hurricanes
North Carolina Courage


Treat Yo' Self

   Treat Ice Cream and Coffee
 Fresh Local Ice Cream
 The Parlour
 Pelican's SnoBalls
 Groovy Duck Bakery


Connect with Nature

 Sarah P. Duke Gardens
 JC Raulston Arboretum
   North Carolina Botanical Garden
 Cape Fear Botanical Garden
 Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

   Frankie's Fun Park
   Pullen Park
 Adventure Landing
Wheels Fun Park


Talk to the Animals

   Dead Broke Horse Farm
 North Carolina Zoo
 Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge
 Carolina Tiger Rescue
 Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Duke Lemur Center
Aloha Safari Zoo


Explore the Globe Close to Home

   International Festival of Raleigh
 Chinese Lantern Festival
 Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival
 Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival
North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

   Historic Yates Mill County Park
 William B. Umstead State Park
 Stone Mountain Falls
 Hanging Rock State Park


Get Active Indoors

   Galaxy Fun Park
 DefyGravity Raleigh
 Buffalo Road Aquatic Center
 Launching Pad Trampoline Park
 Coconut Charlie's Bump'n Bounce
 Sky Zone - Durham


Challenge Yourself

   Go Ape Zipline
 Xtreme Park Adventures
 Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tours
 Cape Fear River Adventures
Raleigh Symphony Orchestra


Shop Your Heart Out

   Read With Me
 Crowemag Toys
 The Teach Me Store
 Nick's Trains
The Enchanted Fairy
 Quail Ridge Books




Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Raleigh. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away