Raleigh’s summer 2022 bucket list


The sunflower field in full bloom at Dix Park. | Photo by RALtoday

We are all for the idea of an endless summer. With the help of some of our readers, we put together a bucket list of 30 things to do in Raleigh to help you plan the perfect summer.

🚣 Outdoor adventures

  • Kayak at Lake Johnson
  • Downtown scooter art tour
  • Sunset picnic at Dix Park
  • Outdoor yoga class at the NCMA
  • Watch Raleigh’s Fourth of July fireworks show
  • Sunflower photoshoot at Dix Park (full bloom is mid-July)
  • Take a hike at Umstead State Park
  • Experience a sunset at Centennial Campus’ Lake Raleigh Recreation Area
  • Zip line at TreeRunner Raleigh Adventure Park
  • Ride an electric bike on the Greenway

🎲 Fun and games

  • Play bingo at The Longleaf Lounge
  • Crack codes at an escape room
  • Bouldering at Triangle Rock Club
  • Dance at the Architect, Ruby Deluxe, and Legends in the same night
  • Mini-golf at the ParTee Shack
  • Watch a movie at The Rialto Theatre
  • Race go-karts at Frankie’s Fun Park
  • Practice your aim at Crazy Axe
  • Try out disc golf (peep these eight courses)
  • Play soccer in City Plaza (micro pitch coming soon)

Bonus: More spots to play games

🍷 For the foodies

  • Tropical cocktails at The Ark Royal
  • Share a bottle at Short Walk Wine
  • Visit three local spots during Drink Up Week (July 25-31)
  • Dinner at Pooles Diner
  • Grab ice cream from Fresh Local Ice Cream
  • Cocktails at The Parlor at Heights House (reservations required)
  • Rent a Trolley Pub with a group of friends
  • Eat a reuben sandwich at Mitch’s Tavern
  • A French-bistro style meal at Jolie
  • Wine tasting at The Willard

For more recommendations: Check out local author Alli Hurley’s book, 100 Things to Do in Raleigh Before You Die.

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