Our Favorite Playgrounds Across the Triangle

As a father of four children under ten years old, one of our favorite ways to spend time together as a family is on the playground at a local park. There is nothing better than packing a picnic lunch, loading up our vehicle, and traveling to a local park to play and enjoy a picnicContinue reading “Our Favorite Playgrounds Across the Triangle”

Clemmons Educational State Forest

Facts & Figures Address: 2256 Old U.S. Hwy 70, Clayton, NC 27520 County: Johnston and Wake Size: 825 acres, 1.289 square miles Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 11am-8pm Monday: Closed Tuesday-Friday: 9am-5pm Phone: (919) 553-5651 Website: https://www.ncesf.org/clemmons.html Management: North Carolina Forest Service Activities/Amenities: Outdoor Education Workshops Picnic Facilities Ranger Conducted Classes Trails Forest Geology Trail with “TalkingContinue reading “Clemmons Educational State Forest”

Lake Wheeler Park

Facts & Figures Address: 6404 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603 Size: 800 acres (650 acres of lake, 150 acres of land and buffer) Opened: Constructed in 1956 with the aid of the Army Corps of Engineers Hours: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (closed on Mondays – October through March) Phone: (919)Continue reading “Lake Wheeler Park”

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve

Facts & Figures Address: 2626 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC 27518 County: Wake Size: 140 acres Hours: Open daily from 9:00am to sunset Phone: (919) 387-5980 Websites: https://www.townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/parks-greenways-environment/parks/stevens-nature-center-at-hemlock-bluffs-nature-preserve https://www.hemlockbluffs.org Management: Joint partnership between the Town of Cary, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks &Continue reading “Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve”

Packapalooza

Facts and Figures Address: Hillsborough Street, NC State University Campus – Raleigh, NC Attendance: 55,000-80,000 +/- people annually, average attendance Date: Third or Fourth Saturday in August (cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19) Hours: 2:00pm – 10:00pm Phone: (919) 800-0135 Website: https://packapalooza.ncsu.edu Management: North Carolina State University, with presenting sponsorship by Live It Up! Hillsborough Street Photos Overview Packapalooza is aContinue reading “Packapalooza”

North Carolina State Fair

Facts and Figures Address: 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607 Attendance: 1,000,000 +/- people annually, average total attendance Dates: October 15-25, 2020 (subject to cancellation due to COVID-19) Hours: 9:00am – 9:00pm Phone: (919) 821-7400 Website: http://www.ncstatefair.org Management: North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Overview The North Carolina State Fair is anContinue reading “North Carolina State Fair”

Snow Day in Raleigh, NC!

This week we had our first measurable snow in Raleigh, NC in almost two years. It made for a memorable ending to the week and brought back memories of the few snow events we’ve experienced over our past six years here in North Carolina. I’ll never forget our first snow event here in Raleigh, NCContinue reading “Snow Day in Raleigh, NC!”

From BBQ to Sweet Tea: Ten Things I Love About North Carolina

I’ll never forget the feeling of crossing over the North Carolina state line on I-77 South when moving here from Northeast Ohio back in November of 2013. It was a completely different feeling crossing over that state line, knowing that this would be our new home, rather than just a vacation destination for a week.Continue reading “From BBQ to Sweet Tea: Ten Things I Love About North Carolina”

Pullen Park

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 Website: https://raleighnc.gov/places/pullen-park Management: The City of Raleigh, Department of Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources Amenities/Attractions: Aquatic Center Theater Carousel Kiddie Boats C.P. Huntington Train Pedal Boats LakeContinue reading “Pullen Park”

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