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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.


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

Photo by @jessblackstock

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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