Take a family picture at the NCMA Museum Park. | Photo by RALtoday
Whether you’re looking for a place to play with the kiddos or to decompress with some off-screen time, Raleigh features more than 200 parks and recreational spots for you to enjoy.
Ready to plan your trip to the park? Grab your shades and trusty water bottle — here are some of the City of Oaks’ best:
Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park, NCMA, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd. Picnic on the rolling hills surrounded by art installations, take a stroll along the 4.7-mile path while reading informative trail-side signs, or participate in an interactive scavenger hunt.
Dorothea Dix Park, 1030 Richardson Dr. One of Raleigh’s largestparks offers downtown skyline views, a summer sunflower field, and special events like Dreamville Music Festival. Flowers Field features daffodil blooms in early spring and is the perfect spot for a family picnic.
John Chavis Memorial Park, 505 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. This park is on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places and has a wide variety of kid-friendly amenities. The playground is equipped with rubber safety surfacing and there is a splash pad available for the warmer months.
Carolina Pines Dog Park, 2305 Lake Wheeler Rd. Dog parents can enjoy picnic tables while their companion runs around the small or big dog area; the area is lit at night.
Millbrook Dog Park, 1905 Spring Forest Rd. Raleigh’s oldest dog park, which opened in 2003, features agility equipment, drinking fountains, picnic tables, and shade structures.
Buffaloe Road Athletic Park, 5900 Buffaloe Rd. Used for many NCAA sports and special events, facilities include an aquatic center, outdoor track, fields, trails, and playgrounds.
Lions Park, 516 Dennis Ave. With 41 acres, this community park features a fitness center, lighted basketball and tennis courts, athletic fields, and a BMX race track.
Ready to visit these local parks but don’t know where to start? We’ve created this handy map so you can find all of these featured parks.
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Raleigh Arts is seeking an Artist in Residence to explore environmentally-focused art forms in Raleigh’s nature preserves. The chosen artist will serve for one year and will have a $55,000 budget for supplies, events, and a stipend. Apply here. 🎨
Razzmatazz Senior Dance Troupe is holding auditions on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at A Step To Gold International Ballroom (6278 Glenwood Ave. Ste. 200). The group is looking for women 58 and older with previous dance experience. Email the group if you’re interested in becoming a dancing queen.
Catalyst Sports and Triangle Rock Club are teaming up to host Adaptive Rock Climbing clinics. The first event, open to people of all ages with a physical disability, will kick off on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Morrisville location. Adaptive equipment and a trained team will be there to assist. Are you belay certified? Sign up to volunteer.
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Editor’s pick: On the topic of parks: When my niece came to visit we took her to Greystone Recreation Center, a freeindoor playground with a rock climbing wall. It was the perfect escape from the cold weather. 🧗♀️
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