The Ultimate Triangle Checklist
Must-dos to make the most out of life in the Triangle


Riding a horse on Mason Point Trail
The lush path at Mason Point is an ideal place to celebrate North Carolina’s Year of the Trail. Photo by John Michael Simpson
Carolina Basketball Museum
Carolina Basketball Museum. Photo by John Michael Simpson
Triangle Rock Club
Durham’s Triangle Rock Club has courses that are suitable for all skill levels, plus day passes and rental equipment that are available for beginners. Photo by John Michael Simpson

Wake County

Photo courtesy of North Carolina Museum of Art
The Raleigh Market
Photo courtesy of Jason Arthurs
  • Peruse antiques, furniture, collectibles, clothing and more from more than 500 vendors at The Raleigh Market at N.C. State Fairgrounds, a flea market that’s been around since the 1970s!
  • Visit PLUS Dueling Piano Bar, “the largest dueling piano bar in the United States,” in downtown Raleigh.
  • Indulge your sweet tooth with a visit to the Videri Chocolate Factory – don’t leave without a box of bonbons!
  • Or hit up the 18-hole disc golf course at Cedar Hills Park in North Raleigh.
  • Skate or bike around at the Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex in Holly Springs, one of the largest family- oriented, year-round skating and bikingtraining facilities in the world with more than 37,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor riding terrain.
  • Catch a concert at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek.
NC Courage Fan
A North Carolina Courage fan before a game against Washington Spirit. Photo courtesy of Rob Kinnan, USA Today Sports
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
  • Stroll the grounds of the JC Raulston Arboretum, which are open every day of the week throughout the year. Next time you visit, peruse the Plant Sale Buggy outside the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center and purchase a plant of your own to take home!
  • Explore the four floors of exhibits – topics range from DNA to animal health – at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the Southeast’s largest natural history museum.
  • Play your way through the exhibits at Marbles, the children’s museum in downtown Raleigh.
  • Ride the carousel or train, pedal a boat or play on the playgrounds in Raleigh’s Pullen Park, the first public park in the state.
  • See a Theatre in the Park performance. One of the theater company’s longest- running and biggest hits, “A Christmas Carol,” which was adapted into a musical comedy by Artistic and Executive Director Ira David Wood III, is always a sellout during the holiday season. This year marks the show’s 50th anniversary as well as Ira David Wood III’s final season performing as Scrooge.
NC Museum of History
Photo courtesy of North Carolina Museum of History
  • Learn more about our state’s past at the North Carolina Museum of History, a Smithsonian affiliate, which is located across from the Capitol. (Don’t miss “Signs of the Times,” an exhibition about the history of protest in North Carolina, which is on display until March 31, 2024.)
  • Run, walk or bike the Neuse River Greenway Trail, 27.5 miles of paved trail along the Neuse River that winds through wetlands, historical sights, interpretive signs and agricultural fields. It’s a segment of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, a long-distance trail that runs across North Carolina from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks and includes other trails in Hillsborough as well as along Falls Lake and the Eno River.
  • Eat your way around downtown Raleigh on a Triangle Food Tour in the Boylan Heights or historic Oakwood neighborhoods or take your pick among downtown Raleigh or Durham tasting or dinner and drinks tours with Taste Carolina.

Durham County

Nasher Museum
Visitors walk through the “Spirit in the Land” exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Photo by J Caldwell
  • Check out the latest exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University – below, visitors explore “Spirit in the Land,” which is on view until July 9 – and visit the outdoor space and sculptural garden that connects it to the Rubenstein Arts Center, where you can also peruse exhibits, hear live music or see a dance troupe perform.
The Cooper family at Durham County Library’s large rooftop terrace that features a green roof and views of downtown. Photo by John Michael Simpson
The Zen Succulent
Megan Cain, owner of The Zen Succulent, is always willing to give friendly advice when it comes to caring for indoor plants. Photo by Allie Mullin Photography

Photo by John Michael Simpson
Museum of Life and Science
Photo by John Michael Simpson
Photo by John Michael Simpson

View the entire Ultimate Durham County Checklist.

Orange County

Morehead Planetarium
The Attucks family is all smiles after their visit to Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Photo by Mick Schulte.
Fridays on the Front Porch at The Carolina Inn
Photo by John Michael Simpson
East Coast Electric Speed Shop East Franklin Street
East Coast Electric Speed Shop COO Jacob Torbert and CEO Christopher Carini ride down East Franklin Street. Photo by John Michael Simpson.
Photo courtesy of the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough
Lavender Oaks Farm
Photo by John Michael Simpson
  • Experience the purple fields at Lavender Oaks Farm in Chapel Hill at the height of lavender season in the summer.
  • Feel like family as you’re greeted by Vincenzo Marrone and Angelo Marrone at Italian Pizzeria III.
  • Kiss your sweetheart below the Davie Poplar tree on UNC‘s campus.

Chatham County

New Hope Valley Railway
All aboard! Brakeman and host Dave Brooke waves as the open-air car departs for an hourlong ride, chugging along four miles of historic track through pine woods on the New Hope Valley Railway. Photo by John Michael Simpson.
  • Travel on miles of vintage track through scenic woods and over a trestle during an hourlong New Hope Valley Railway round trip from Bonsal to New Hill and back, enjoying food, drinks, music and other entertainment on certain days.
  • See the Belted Galloway cows and stroll through Fearrington Village.
  • Sip award-winning chambourcin at FireClay Cellars, the only commercial vineyard in Chatham County.
  • Release some steam by ax-throwing at Chatham Axes.
  • Enjoy one of the rotating exhibits featuring local and regional artists at the NC Arts Incubator in Siler City.
Chatham Historical Museum
Chatham County Historical Society volunteer Allen Wilson gives a lesson to fourth grade students from Siler City Elementary School. Photo by John Michael Simpson
Photo by John Michael Simpson

View the entire Ultimate Orange County and Chatham County Checklist.