Non-Rail Activities

As the Capitol of the State of North Carolina, Raleigh and the surrounding counties offer many interesting attractions to visitors. Some are listed below.

The area is anchored by Research Triangle Park, a major high-technology area. There are three major universities: North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. College sports, especially basketball and football, are major attractions.

Area shopping malls are also listed at the bottom of this page.

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NC Museum of Art 

 Date:  Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 2016
 Time:  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 Duration:  4 hours
 Departs From:
 Marriott Hotel Lobby at 9:00 AM
 Fare:  $5

http://www.ncartmuseum.org

2110 Blue Ridge Road
919-839-6262
Raleigh, NC 27607-6494

The museum was designed by Edward Durrell Stone, architect of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Works of art are displayed inhistorical sequence through eight major collections: Ancient, European, American, 20th-Century and contempory, Jewish ceremonial art, African, Oceanic and the Ancient Americas.

Representing eight schools and five centuries of Western art, the paintings include works by Thomas Hart Benton, Sandro Boticelli, John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer, Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keeffe, Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony Van Dyck and Andrew Wyeth.

An excellent restaurant (named Iris) is located in the museum serving lunch and refreshments.  Link here to Iris Restaurant.


Directions from Convention Hotel
Turn right onto Harrison Oaks Boulevard (there is no left turn from Harrison Oaks Boulevard to Harrison Avenue north). Turn left at the traffic light onto Weston Parkway. Turn left at the next traffic light onto Harrison Avenue north. Proceed to the entrance to Interstate 40. Take the ramp to I-40 East. Stay in the right hand lane to take the first exit to Wade Avenue (Exit 289). Proceed on Wade Avenue to the second exit (Blue Ridge Road). At the end of the exit ramp turn left onto Blue Ridge Road. Pass three traffic lights and the Museum is shortly on your right. Look for a large granite marker with flags.



Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts

The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh offers Raleigh Memorial Auditorium along with three new theaters — the 1,700-seat Meymandi Concert Hall (home of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra), the 600-seat Fletcher Opera Theater and the 170-seat Kennedy Theater. A wide range of entertainment is available at the Progress Energy Center.

For tickets call the Box Office at 919-733-2750.

Directions from Convention Hotel
Turn right onto Harrison Oaks Boulevard (there is no left turn from Harrison Oaks Boulevard to Harrison Avenue north). Turn left at the traffic light onto Weston Parkway. Turn left at the next traffic light onto Harrison Avenue north. Proceed to the entrance to Interstate 40. Take the ramp to I-40 East. Proceed east on I-40 to the exit 298-B. Turn right on South Saunders Street and go 1.5 miles north to South Street. Turn right on South Street and go two blocks. The Progress Energy Center is on the right.



Carolina Hurricanes Hockey

http://hurricanes.nhl.com/

Raleigh is home to the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League, who play at the RBC Center, only two exits away from the Embassy Suites.

The Canes will play one game at the RBC Center during Piedmont Crossing.

Tickets may be purchased through the RBC Center Box Office at 919-834-4000 or online via Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com.

Directions from Convention Hotel
Turn right onto Harrison Oaks Boulevard (there is no left turn from Harrison Oaks Boulevard to Harrison Avenue north). Turn left at the traffic light onto Weston Parkway. Turn left at the next traffic light onto Harrison Avenue north. Proceed to the entrance to Interstate 40. Take the ramp to I-40 East. Stay in the right lane and proceed east on I-40 to the next exit (Wade Avenue). Follow Wade Avenue to the first exit which is Edwards Mill Road. Turn right on Edwards Mill Road and follow the signs and lane markings to the RBC Center entrance. The RBC Center is on the left.


Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

http://www.moreheadplanetarium.org/
250 Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
919-962-1236

Located on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center transports visitors to distant galaxies and takes them deep into the cells of every living organism. The Star Theater with its Zeiss Model VI Star Projector is the focal point for programming. Each year more than 100,000 visitors stream through the Star Theater doors for a schedule of shows designed for all ages.

Visitors to the Morehead Center will also want to explore the exhibit area where they will find explanations of astronomical phenomena and a tribute to Mercury, Gemeni, Apollo and Skylab astronauts who trained at the Planetarium until 1975.

Directions from Convention Hotel
Turn right onto Harrison Oaks Boulevard (there is no left turn from Harrison Oaks Boulevard to Harrison Avenue north). Turn left at the traffic light onto Weston Parkway. Turn left at the next traffic light onto Harrison Avenue north. Proceed to the entrance to Interstate 40. Take the ramp to I-40 West. Follow I-40 west to exit 270 (HWY 15-501) towards Chapel Hill. Take a left off of the exit to get onto 15-501. After a one and half miles, the road forks. Stay to the right and get on Franklin Street when it splits off. The Morehead Center is 2.5 miles on the left on Franklin Street.


NC State Fair, Oct. 13th-23rd

http://www.ncstatefair.org/
NC State Fairgrounds
1023 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC

The North Carolina State Fair is an annual fair and agricultural exposition held in RaleighNorth Carolina, and organized by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Held for 11 days in mid-October, the fair attracts more than a million people to the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. In 2010, the fair broke an attendance record with 1,091,887.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Carolina_State_Fair

Directions from Convention Hotel
Turn right onto Harrison Oaks Boulevard (there is no left turn from Harrison Oaks Boulevard to Harrison Avenue north). Turn left at the traffic light onto Weston Parkway. Turn left at the next traffic light onto Harrison Avenue north. Proceed to the entrance to Interstate 40. Take the ramp to I-40 East. Stay in the right hand lane to take the first exit to Wade Avenue (Exit 289). Proceed on Wade Avenue to the second exit (Blue Ridge Road). At the end of the exit ramp turn right onto Blue Ridge Road. Pass two traffic lights and the Fairgrounds are shortly on your right.





NC Museum of History

http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/
5 E. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC
919-807-7900

This 170,000 square-foot museum chronicles the lives of North Carolinians from the state's origins to the present day. Exhibits focus on the state's history, folklife, healing systems, struggles during the Civil War and the NC Sports Hall of Fame.

Directions from Convention Hotel
Turn right onto Harrison Oaks Boulevard (there is no left turn from Harrison Oaks Boulevard to Harrison Avenue north). Turn left at the traffic light onto Weston Parkway. Turn left at the next traffic light onto Harrison Avenue north. Proceed to the entrance to Interstate 40. Take the ramp to I-40 East. Stay in the right hand lane to take the first exit to Wade Avenue (Exit 289). Proceed on Wade Avenue 3.9 miles to the second traffic light (Faircloth Street). Turn right onto Faircloth Street and proceed 0.5 miles to the fist traffic light (Hillsborough Street). Turn left on Hillsborough Street and proceed 1.8 miles to Morgan Street. Turn right on Morgan Street and proceed 1.2 miles to Wilmington Street. Turn left on Wilmington Street and go 0.1 mile to East Edenton Street. Turn left onto East Edenton STreet. The Museum is shortly on your right.


NC Museum of Life & Science

http://www.ncmls.org
433 Murray Avenue
Durham, NC 27704
919-220-5429

The museum offers nature and science displays and an aerospace exhibit, including an Apollo 15 mock-up and the Mercury space capsule that was the first US spacecraft to orbit the earth. Visitors can see native animals in the Nature Center, experience rare insects in the Aventis CropScience Insectarium, hold a box turtle in one of several discover rooms, encounter more than 1,000 exotic butterflies and meet animals in the farmyard.

Climb aboard the Ellerbee Creek Railway at the Herald-Sun Station. The 5/8"-scale train runs daily, every 30 minutes in the morning, every hour in the afternoon until 4pm. $1.50 per person. See red wolves and other wildlife on an old-time excursion.

The Caterpillar Cafe offers a variety of healthy choices for lunches and snacks.

Directions from Convention Hotel
Turn right onto Harrison Oaks Boulevard (there is no left turn from Harrison Oaks Boulevard to Harrison Avenue north). Turn left at the traffic light onto Weston Parkway. Turn left at the next traffic light onto Harrison Avenue north. Proceed to the entrance to Interstate 40. Take the ramp to I-40 West. Follow I-40 west to Highway 147 (Durham Expressway). Take Highway 147 into downtown Durham and exit at Duke Street (Exit 12C). Drive north two miles on Duke Street and turn right onto Murray Avenue.


NC Museum of Natural Sciences

http://naturalsciences.org/
11 W. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC
919-733-7450

One of the largest museums of its kind in the Southeast, the Natural Sciences Museum explores the diverse geology, geography and wildlife of North Carolina. The museum is home to the first dinosaur discovered with a fossilized heart, as well as a fully restored skeleton of the predator Acrocanthosaurus. The state's natural treasures, including emeralds, Venus flytraps, tiger beetles, fossilized shark teeth and scarlet tanagers are exhibited.

Other exhibits include Mountains to the Sea, with live animals and a 20-foot waterfall. Great whale skeletons are displayed in Coastal North Carolina and visitors can walk among hummingbirds and butterflies in the living Conservatory.

Directions from Convention Hotel
Turn right onto Harrison Oaks Boulevard (there is no left turn from Harrison Oaks Boulevard to Harrison Avenue north). Turn left at the traffic light onto Weston Parkway. Turn left at the next traffic light onto Harrison Avenue north. Proceed to the entrance to Interstate 40. Take the ramp to I-40 East. Stay in the right hand lane to take the first exit to Wade Avenue (Exit 289). Follow Wade Avenue to Capital Boulevard (toward downtown). Take Capitol Boulevard SOUTH toward downtown Raleigh. Capitol Boulevard SOUTH becomes Dawson Street. Turn LEFT onto Jones Street. Go three blocks EAST; the museum will be on the RIGHT.


North Carolina State Capitol

http://www.ncstatecapitol.org/
Union Square
1 Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC
919-733-4994

The State Capitol is a restored Greek revival structure built 1833–40 that houses the governor's office as well as historic rooms, artwork and exhibits. The 19th century house and senate chambers feature period wall colors, decorative finishes, and original furniture and paintings. The State Library Room and State Geology Office are restored to their 1850's appearance.

Directions from Convention Hotel
Turn right onto Harrison Oaks Boulevard (there is no left turn from Harrison Oaks Boulevard to Harrison Avenue north). Turn left at the traffic light onto Weston Parkway. Turn left at the next traffic light onto Harrison Avenue north. Proceed to the entrance to Interstate 40. Take the ramp to I-40 East. Stay in the right hand lane to take the first exit to Wade Avenue (Exit 289). Follow Wade Avenue to Capital Boulevard (toward downtown). Take Capitol Boulevard SOUTH toward downtown Raleigh. Capitol Boulevard SOUTH becomes Dawson Street. Turn LEFT onto Hillsborough Street. The Capitol will be directly ahead of you in one block.


Shopping
Tanger Outlet Mall (Mebane, NC)
http://www.tangeroutlet.com/mebane
4000 Arrowhead Blvd.
Mebane, NC

919-304-1520

Over 75 brand name outlets just off I-40/85 in Mebane!

The Streets at Southpoint Mall
http://www.streetsatsouthpoint.com/
6910 Fayetteville Road
Durham, North Carolina 27713

919-572-8808

Briar Creek Shopping
http://www.shopbriercreekcommons.com/
Brier Creek Pkwy
Raleigh, NC 27617


Crabtree Valley Mall
http://crabtree-valley-mall.com/
4325 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27612
919-787-8993