Plus, prepare for an extreme heat wave.
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Today’s Forecast

90º | 10% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 5:59 a.m. | Sunset 8:34 p.m.

🌊 Dive into the Triangle’s best water
A child at the end of a water slide.
The Triangle has a wide variety of places to enjoy water.|Photo via City of Raleigh
NC summers are known for bringing the heat — but we also have some of the best water parks + beaches around the Triangle. Save this guide when you’re in need of some reprieve from the heat.

Water parks + splash pads

Fantasy Lake | 3601 Quarry Rd., Wake Forest | Find adventure through the park’s activities including kayaking, the inflatable park, paddle boarding + more. Pro tip: If you enjoy scuba diving, this may be an oasis.

Sprayground at Jack Smith Park | 9725 Penny Rd., Raleigh | Splash about this colorful water-filled playground with the kiddos.

Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center | 5908 Buffaloe Rd., Raleigh | Slide into good times at this aquatic center that features a three story water slide. The center also includes a lazy river and a whirlpool.

Moore Square Splash Pad | 225 E. Martin St., Raleigh | Enjoy this interactive downtown splash pad at the center of the City of Oaks.

Beaches here + near

Driving times have been calculated using downtown Raleigh as a starting point.

Sandling Beach | 30 minutes | Indulge in an array of water activities including swimming, boating + fishing. If you visit in either the spring or fall, you may observe monarch butterflies.

Wrightsville Beach | ~2 hours | Relax by the waves while taking in the coastal atmosphere. The location frequently offers farmers markets + Sounds of Summer concerts.

Carolina Beach | ~2 hours | Explore this beach and its variety of things to do, like the boardwalk and small town feel. Pro tip: Britts Donuts is a local sweet treat to try while visiting.

Surf City | ~2 hours | Bask in the sun at this family-friendly beach known for its Topsail Turtle Project mission of preservation of sea turtles through the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.
Thursday, June 20
  • Amazing Pollinators | Thursday, June 20 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh | $8-$12 | Get hands-on experience as a pollinator and an in-depth view of nature.
  • Pop-Up Music in The Hollow | Thursday, June 20 | 5-7 p.m. | Smoky Hallow, 421 N. Harrington St., Raleigh | Free | Stroll through the Hollow while listening to vibrant tunes.
Friday, June 21
Saturday, June 22
  • Pop Up Bouquet Bar | Saturday, June 22 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Raleigh City Farm, 800 N. Blount St., Raleigh | $3-12 | Celebrate the start of summer by creating a personalized bouquet.
  • UNC Health presents Summerfest with North Carolina Symphony | Saturday, June 22 | 8-10 p.m. | Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway , Cary | $26-$56 | Pack your picnic + enjoy an evening under the stars at this musical summer series. Kids 12 and under are free.*
Sunday, June 23
  • Pop-Up Art: Oozing Emotion | Sunday, June 23 | 12-3 p.m. | NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh | Free | Drop in and make art while viewing Tony Oursler’s newly displayed work Invisible Green Ink.
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Real Estate
3 seller secrets to score top dollar this summer
The white exterior of a home with a pitched roof and trees in the front yard.
The right realtor can guide you through the process + help ensure your property is market-ready. |Photo provided by Erin Crispin
Thinking of selling your home this summer? Raleigh realtor Erin Crispin is sharing three easy upgrades that’ll make your space buyer irresistible.
  1. Crush the curb appeal: First impressions last, and a few fresh plants + a welcoming entryway hook buyers before they even step inside.
  2. Make minor fixes for major value: Address any visible blemishes and consider small upgrades that increase buyer appeal.
  3. Think clean + clear: Pack away excess personal items to help buyers imagine themselves in the space.
News Notes
  • This weekend is going to be a hot one — and dangerously so. NC, along with the rest of the East Coast, will endure a heat wave over the weekend and potentially into next week. Learn more about how to prepare and remain safe through extreme heat. (Axios Raleigh)
  • Get ready to do the mi-mosta. The French bistro Jolie will host a summer brunch series from July 7 through Aug. 25 with new summer hours.
  • Raleigh’s 27608 zip code ranked No. 370 of the thousand wealthiest zip codes in the nation. Neighbors Cary + Chapel Hill also ranked; each of the three had one zip code that ranked among the wealthiest. (Triangle Business Journal)
  • Christmas in July? The City of Raleigh is hosting a crafting extravaganza to help jump start holiday preparations through crafting bows + ornaments. The event will have multiple stations and will occur Wednesday, July 10, 12:30-4:30 p.m. — register for $10 to attend and participate.
  • The City of Raleigh has announced the winners of the Microbility Art Contest. A total of 23 winners ranging from K-12 were highlighted, and their artistic expression of sustainable transportation will be displayed at bike share stations around downtown Raleigh.
  • Here’s your summer glow pro tip: take the spa home with you. Find luxe, clinically-proven skincare products to elevate your at-home experience at the Woodhouse Boutique.*
  • 1 in 5 kids are experiencing food insecurity right here in Central + Eastern North Carolina. During the Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger gift-matching campaign, $10 provides a full 100 meals. Make a one-time donation.*
  • In yesterday’s newsletter, we identified the incorrect app to use to navigate GoRaleigh. Bus riders can use the Transit app + UMO apps to navigate the Raleigh bus system.
Feel Good
🌅 Make today count
Raleigh's skyline.
The City of Oaks is ready to be explored.|Photo by RALtoday
The longest day of the year has arrived, and we want to help you make it count by filling it with local gems to help the day feel extraordinary. Here’s what we suggest for you throughout the day:


  • Watch the sunrise from Lake Johnson Park.
  • Get your morning fuel from your favorite or explore a new option for coffee.
  • Grab a bite to eat at The Flying Biscuit or another local favorite.


  • Enjoy a moment of peace + quiet in our City of Oaks.
  • Have lunch for less than $12 — solo or in good company.
  • Take in the downtown scenery with a stroll + enjoy the murals.


  • Have a drink at Watts & Ward or another creative beveragea Green Tea cocktail is a must.
  • Have an outside dinner on a patio with a great view.
  • Watch the sunset from a rooftop.
The Buy
A dependable, comfortable running short — like Lululemon’s Hotty Hot High-Rised Lined Shorts (are those fun summer colors we see?).
The Wrap
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Since we’re expecting an extreme heat wave this weekend, I’ll be spending much of today getting prepared and figuring out which of the Triangle’s water attractions I’ll be indulging in.
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