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Unique day trip ideas near Raleigh

Explore beyond the Triangle this summer without breaking the bank while having an unforgettable time.

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Sometimes we all just need to get away from the norm.

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As much as we enjoy living in Raleigh, there are so many places near the Triangle that are worthy of exploration. We’ve curated a list of places near the Triangle to explore for the day that offer fun and unique experiences.

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art | ~2 hours | Experience the arts at this Winston-Salem gallery that showcase international, national, and regional contemporary artists. In addition to art, the center hosts a variety of programs for visitors to socialize + enjoy innovative educational experiences.

Sweet Valley Ranch | ~2 hours | Explore the array of fun adventures and hands-on activities of this ranch. Whether you’re looking to enjoy animals or take tours on ATVs + go-karts this ranch is where nature meets adventure.

Warrenton, NC | ~2 hours from downtown | This historical town was once the wealthiest place in NC and is rich with tidbits and architecture dating back to the 1800s. There are also plenty of local restaurants + shops to keep your day full. Pro tip: Visit Oakley Hall Antiques to shop local and regional antiques.

Darby Acres Farm | ~3 hours | Schedule the family a visit to this Charlotte farm for an in-person experience with farm and exotic animals. Offered activities include walking tours, a petting + feeding opportunities.

Bald Head Island | ~4 hours | This beach town gives you that Martha’s Vineyard feel without the price tag. Pro tip: This island is carless, so prepare to take a ferry and rent a bike or golf cart to get around.

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