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JC Raulston Arboretum
In the great outdoors
Choose a path that includes
peaceful lake views. The
outdoors is truly great, and
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Rose Garden. The Juniper Level Botanic
Garden gives a global view with more than
23,000 unique plants from around the world.
The JC Raulston Arboretum is a nationallyacclaimed teaching garden with a mission to
introduce, display and promote plants that
diversify the American landscape. That translates
into a fascinating stroll that teaches each of us to
slow down and appreciate our natural world.
Other floral spots include Joel Lane Museum
House Gardens and Ellen Mordecai Garden.
WRAL Azalea Gardens
Gardens for quiet beauty
We've got flower power to share. For a spring
fling, head to the WRAL Azalea Gardens for
tranquility in the heart of the city. Enjoy a
summer showcase at the Raleigh Municipal
Lake days are lazy days. Enjoy a leisurely kayak
paddle or a picnic by the shore. Bring your
binoculars to spot the birds and wildlife that call
our area home. Get lost in a good book as you
relax beside the lake.
Head to Lake Johnson Park (West Raleigh), Lake
Wheeler Park (between downtown Raleigh and
Fuquay-Varina), Bass Lake Park and Harris Lake
County Park (Holly Springs), Shelley Lake Park
(North Raleigh), Lake Benson Park (Garner),
Lake Crabtree County Park (Morrisville) and
Robertson Millpond Preserve (Wendell).
To meet and meander
City parks offer quiet spots for reflection, places
to meet with friends for an afternoon break
and welcome greenways for reconnecting
with nature. In downtown Raleigh, pause for
consideration at the Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. Memorial Gardens. Veterans Park in Holly
Springs is dedicated to the men and women who
have served our country in the military. Cary's
Downtown Park features lighted fountains.
South Park in Fuquay-Varina is a kid favorite with
a 6,000-square-foot splash pad. Pullen Park in
West Raleigh delivers nostalgic fun with a 1911
Gustave A. Dentzel Menagerie Carousel and
C.P. Huntington train ride. The carousel at John
Chavis Memorial Park is historic and beautiful.
For dog-friendly options, check out Carolina
Pines Dog Park, Millbrook Exchange Off Leash
Dog Park, North Hills Dog Park and Oakwood
Dog Park, all in Raleigh, and the Ashley Wilder
Dog Park in Knightdale.
Get your steps in
Ready to take a walk or a hike? Lace up and
head for the Capital Area Greenway System.
Here you can choose from 28 individual trails
that together total more than 100 miles of
paved paths. The system connects to the
William B. Umstead State Park, where you
can explore more than 5,000 acres of forest,
trails and lakes. The Art to Heart Trail begins at
the North Carolina Museum of Art and ends
5.9 miles later in downtown Raleigh. Keep up
the pace at Shelley Lake Park with a paved,
two-mile trail that loops the lake offering great
views, especially for sunset watching. For an
invigorating hike, discover the nine miles of trails
(also open to bikers) at Lake Crabtree County
Park. The two-mile trail along the lake is for foot
traffic only. Other parts of the county are replete
with trail options. Try Hemlock Bluffs Nature
Preserve in Cary or Apex Nature Park.
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