Things to Do With Kids Around Raleigh and Durham

The Triangle is a giant playground rich in regional history, technology and nature education.

Many people have moved to the region for jobs and to raise families. The offerings have grown to meet their needs.

Museums and historic sites host special tours and events for children. Parks feature nature activities designed for children of all ages. A hub for research, the Triangle also welcomes children to step into state-of-the-art research facilities to learn about ongoing studies. Visitors quickly learn that outdoor activities are built into the fabric of life here, so exploring the miles of greenways and attending community festivals is a way of life.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Sit in the center of the Earth to hear a scientist talk. Visit with the “Terror of the South,” the only real Acrocanthosaurus skeleton on display in the world. View beautiful gems and minerals, living snakes and bugs.

Duke Lemur Center

Get a close up look at lemurs, the most endangered mammals on the planet. Although the center's focus is research and biological conservation, it welcomes visitors year-round for guided tours to observe 10 species of these fascinating creatures.

Duke Homestead

Washington Duke, the patriarch of the family that created American Tobacco Company and endowed Duke University, began his empire at Duke Homestead.

Bayer CropScience’s North American Bee Care Center

Head out for a fascinating tour that reveals the tireless work of honey bees, their trials and their importance to the world. Since the 1980s, honeybees have been hit hard by parasites, but the center, opened in 2014, is a state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to improve bee health.

North Carolina Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art features a permanent collection of 139 works of European and American art purchased in 1947, thanks to a $1 million appropriation by the North Carolina General Assembly. This made North Carolina the first state in the nation to purchase art using public funds.

Museum of Life and Science in Durham

With two stories of indoor, hands-on exhibits and a 74-acre outdoor campus, this museum offers kids a range of interactive experiences. Design flying structures in “Launch Lab.” Walk in a rainforest surrounded by butterflies. Explore cloud formations at "Into the Mist." Take an old-time train ride through the nature park.

Neuse River Greenway Trail

Escape to the Neuse River Greenway to ride a bike, walk or roll a stroller on a 27.5-mile paved trail from Falls Lake to the Wake-Johnston county line.

Pullen Park

The fifth-oldest operating amusement park in the U.S., Pullen Park is a fun place for all ages and a scenic spot to wander through with lots of flowering trees in the spring and summer. Take younger kids to ride the Gustave A. Dentzel Carousel, built in 1911 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Situated in the heart of the American Tobacco District, with its restaurants and entertainment, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park offers a fun outing for both grown-ups and kids.

Marbles Kids Museum

Creative play drives Marbles Kids Museum’s popularity with both locals and visitors. Designed for ages 10 and younger, the museum’s offerings have been growing rapidly and are fun and imaginative.

Joel Lane Museum House

Joel Lane was a Revolutionary War patriot who served as a delegate to the 1789 convention in Fayetteville where the U.S. Constitution was ratified. He sponsored legislation creating Wake County and, in 1792, sold 1,000 acres of his estate to establish Raleigh as the state capital.

Historic Stagville

North Carolina’s largest antebellum plantation, Historic Stagville, offers guided tours of the late 18th-century Bennehan House, the Holman House (original slave quarters dating to 1851) and the Great Barn, the largest agricultural building in North Carolina when it was built.