Pullen Park's train rides that circle around the area, is one of the best activities in the park. (Courtesy City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department)
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. They’ll also enjoy the kiddie boats and the miniature train, a near-replica of the famous C.P. Huntington locomotive. Older kids can try out the pedal boats for a tour on Lake Howell. The park also features playgrounds for preschool and school age children. On various days in December, the park is transformed into holiday wonderland lit by thousands of lights, and kids can visit with Santa and ride the "Holiday Express."
At the northern end of the park, the Theatre in The Park draws visitors for performing arts. Over the past two decades, more than 50 original plays have been produced here.