A few ideas from a few locals to get you started during your free time in Downtown Raleigh

  1. Indulge your sweet tooth at one (or both) of Raleigh’s two downtown chocolate factories, Videri Chocolate Factory and Escazu Artisan Chocolates.
  2. Looking for a souvenir? Take home a piece of Raleigh and support local shops and designers like DECO Raleigh and Holly Aiken Stich. Click here for more awesome, local stores!
  3. Get your art on at the Contemporary Art Museum or one of the many galleries in the Warehouse District nearby.
  4. Take a break from wildlife and dig into history at the NC Museum of History and the NC State Capitol, or take a historic tour of downtown Raleigh on the Raleigh Trolley or via Segway.
  5. Sample a little liquid culture! With four breweries in downtown and dozens more in the area you have plenty of imbibing options. Check out the Raleigh Beer Guide for the full scoop. Looking for a few more options all in one place? The bar with the world’s largest draft selection is right here in town – it is well worth a visit.
  6. Taste a North Carolina original…hot and fresh since 1937. Visit the Krispy Kreme downtown for a sugar infusion to get you through those afternoon sessions.
  7. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the historic Oakwood neighborhood or on one of Raleigh’s beautiful greenways.
  8. Raleigh’s music scene is huge, you never know who might be playing while you here. Stay up to date with the newest concert listings here.
  9. Need field gear? Major outdoor retailers like Cabelas, Bass Pro Shop, Orvis, REI, Field and Stream, and Gander Mountain all have locations in the greater Raleigh area.