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Pullen Park

Pullen Park

Fun for generations of families in Raleigh, NC

Facts & Figures

Address: 520 Ashe Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27606

Size: 66.4 acres

Opened: March 22, 1887

Hours: Attractions open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm

Phone: (919) 996-6468


Management: The City of Raleigh, Department of Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources


  • Aquatic Center
  • Theater
  • Carousel
  • Kiddie Boats
  • C.P. Huntington Train
  • Pedal Boats
  • Lake Howell
  • Picnic Shelters/Tables
  • Walking Trails



Pullen Park, located just east of North Carolina State University campus and west of downtown Raleigh, is the first public park in North Carolina, the 5th oldest amusement park in the country, and the 16th oldest amusement park in the world. Opening in 1887, it has provided amusement and fun for generations of families from across the Triangle of North Carolina and beyond. It is a popular spot for families and visitors, especially around the holidays. During the month of December, the popular Holiday Express event transforms the park into a Winter Wonderland, with a train ride to view the holiday lights, sled riding down manmade snow chutes, holiday crafts, hot chocolate, and more.

Our Experience

Pullen Park is one of the places that sold me on relocating our family to Raleigh, NC. It was the first park we ever visited and has been our family’s favorite park, visiting it year-round, several times throughout the year. It has become a regular tradition for us to visit on weekends, especially on days with nicer weather. We pack a picnic lunch, load up the car, and try to arrive late morning. Upon arrival to the park, we buy our ride tickets, then start with a train ride and/or kiddie boats, followed by time on the playground. We then make our way over to the Lake Howell area with picnic tables and enjoy our picnic lunch. After that, we ride the carousel, climb trees in the “jungle” behind the carousel, then usually end our visit with a stroll around the lake. Pullen Park has been a favorite destination for us to take family and friends when visiting us from out of town.

Published by Dave Herpy

I am a father of four, a camp and outdoor recreation professional, and a freelance writer. I have over twenty years of experience in the outdoor industry and over a decade of experience as a freelance writer. I enjoy camping, cycling, golfing, hiking, kayaking, running, swimming, and triathlons, as well as traveling, volunteering, and writing. I live in Clayton, North Carolina.

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