September 15, 2014

North Carolina Museum of Art



2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC - (919-839-NCMA)
Description: art museum (indoors) and museum park (full sun)
Parking: on site
Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: FREE
Hours: Tues–Thur (10am–5pm), Fri (10am–9pm), Sat–Sun (10am–5pm), Closed Mondays, Museum park open 7 days a week (sunrise to sunset)
Notes:

Website: http://ncartmuseum.org/visit/plan_your_visit

January 24, 2011

Fred G. Bond Metro Park



801 High House Road, Cary, NC - (919-469-4100)
Description: park (partial shade)
Parking: on site
Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: FREE
Hours: sunrise to sunset
Notes: With 310 acres to explore, Bond Park is one of the largest in Wake County. It includes a playground, baseball fields, a lake, canoe and boat rentals, fishing and access to the Cary greenway system. (stroller friendly) Lot's of ducks and geese to feed. A great park for winter sledding. Don't miss the arts and craft festivals held in April and August each year.

Website: townofcary.org

October 13, 2010

Pullen Park



398 Ashe Ave, Raleigh, NC - (919-831-6468)
Description: park (partial shade)
Parking: on site
Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: FREE entry, ride tickets $1 (13 months - adult), free (1 & under)
Hours: open 7 days a week (10:00 am - 9:00 pm) rides are seasonal
Notes: This historic park (open since 1887) was renovated in 2012 to the tune of $6 million dollars. Attractions include a carousel, miniature train, concession stand, duck pond, greenways, gardens and playgrounds.

Website: http://www.raleighnc.gov/parks/content/ParksRec/Articles/Parks/Pullen.html

October 11, 2010

Southpoint Mall Play Area



6910 Fayetteville Road, Durham, NC - (919-572-6450)
Description: indoor play
Parking: on site
Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: FREE
Hours: Mon-Sat (10am-9pm), Sun (12pm-7pm)
Notes: Very colorful and creative. One of the nicer mall play areas. Enter through JC Penny for the closest access. Family bathrooms and nursing rooms are located in the center of the mall, on the upper level, near the food court. The elevator is also at the center of the mall, near Williams-Sonoma. Don't miss the outdoor fountains and the children's reading area at Barnes and Noble. Pick up a free balloon at the Nordstroms children's shoe department.

Website: http://www.streetsatsouthpoint.com/

New Hope Valley Railway



5121 Daisey Street, New Hill, NC - (919-362-5416)
Description: outdoor train museum and railway
Parking: on site
Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: park admission is FREE / check website for train ticket prices and availability
Hours: Sat & Sun (9am-5pm) / check online calendar for scheduled train rides

Notes: This is an outdoor, living train museum with scale models and historic rail cars. They are open on weekends only (weather permitting). It's best to call ahead in the colder months. Also, tickets for the train rides are limited and sell out months in advance. Don't wait. Buy your tickets online now. The ride takes about one hour and travels 4 miles, round trip, through parts of Wake County. Concessions and bathrooms are available at the depot only. Bring a lunch or try the BBQ sold there. This museum is a must see for train enthusiasts young and old.
Website: http://www.nhvry.org/

Marla Dorrel Park / Kids Together



111 Thurston Drive Cary, NC - (919-469-4061)
Description: park (partial shade)
Parking: on site
Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: FREE
Hours: sunrise to sunset

Notes: This park is a group of 3 playgrounds with picnic areas and climbing sculptures. It is shady and well maintained. One of our favorites. Access to the Cary greenway system. (stroller friendly)
Website: http://kidstogethercary.org/

Ayr Mount and Poet's Walk



376 St. Mary's Road, Hillsborough, NC - (919-732-6886)
Description: restored plantation home and grounds (partial shade)
Parking: on site
Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: FREE entry / home tours $10 per person
Hours: open 7 days a week / Jan-Dec (9am–5pm), March-Oct (9am–6pm),

May-Aug (9am–7pm), June-July (9am–8pm)
Notes: Ayr Mount, named by it's original owner from Ayr, Scotland, is a restored 1815 plantation home and is part of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust of North Carolina. Take a guided tour of the home or just enjoy the grounds. Stroll the 1 mile Poet's Walk trail. Bring baby slings or tot packs if you have them, as this is an unpaved trail. Beautiful fall colors. Check the website for more history on Ayr Mount and for tour times.
Website:
http://www.presnc.org/Travel/Ayr-Mount-Hillsborough

October 10, 2010

Yates Mill



4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC - (919-856-6675)
Description: historic mill and park (partial shade)
Parking: on site
Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: FREE admittance / Mill tours: $5 (adults), $3 (kids & seniors)
Hours: open 7 days a week (8am to sunset)
Notes: Operating since 1756, Yates Mill is a beautiful, well maintained historic site. The mile long hike around the mill pond is very pretty, however you will need to bring your baby slings or toddler packs. Only the bridge section of the trail is stroller friendly. The visitor center has a small play area and books. Bring cash if you want to tour inside the mill and check the website for tour dates. Picnic tables available. Open year round.

Website: http://www.yatesmill.org/

Fearrington Village



2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro NC - (919-542-2121)
Description: shops, restaurants, garden and farm (full sun)
Parking: on site

Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: FREE

Hours: Tues-Sat (10am-7pm), Sun (10am-4pm) Shops closed Monday.

Notes: Come see the belted goats and cows and stroll through the gardens and shops. Enjoy a treat at The Belted Goat cafe and let the kids explore the grounds. Most areas are stroller friendly. Only one bathroom. It's located in the cafe, but there is no changing table. Open year round. Check the website for seasonal events.
Website: http://www.fearrington.com/village/theshops.asp

JC Raulston Arboretum



4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC - (919-515-3132)
Description: botanical garden (partial shade)
Parking: provided

Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: FREE

Hours: open 7 days a week (8am-8pm)

Notes: Another beautiful garden to stroll in with your kiddies. This garden has lots of interesting plants, a Koi pond and a big shady lawn to run around in. Most areas are stroller friendly. Open all year round. Part of the NC State Campus.
Website: http://www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum/visit/visit.html

October 8, 2010

Duke Campus



Duke University, Durham, NC - (919-684-8111)
Description: outdoor discovery (full sun)
Parking: Bryan Center Parking Deck, $2 per hour

Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: FREE

Hours: sunrise to sunset
Notes: With 8,610 acres to explore, I have focused on Duke West Campus for this entry. West Campus features excellent examples of Collegiate Gothic architecture, including "The Quads" and Duke Chapel. Stepping inside the Duke Chapel is like stepping into a European cathedral. All are welcome, however, make sure the kiddies are fed and have had their naps so they are on their best behavior. It is a quiet atmosphere inside the chapel. There are fewer crowds during late spring and summer months. Most areas are stroller friendly. Walking distance from the Duke Gardens.

Websites: http://map.duke.edu/ and http://www.chapel.duke.edu/visit.html

October 7, 2010

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

















426 Anderson Street, Durham, NC - (919-684-3698)
Description: botanical garden (partial shade)
Parking: $2 per hour. Bring $1 bills as pay stations don't make change.

Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: FREE

Hours: Mon-Fri (9am-6pm) Sat (9am-5pm), Sun (noon to 5pm)

Notes: This is a beautiful garden, but it is mostly unpaved trail. Some parts are stroller friendly, but you might want to bring a baby sling. Feed the ducks, play on the south lawn or take pictures in the Asiatic Garden. Bring a blanket and have a picnic or eat at the Terrace Cafe. Open all year round. Part of Duke Campus.
Website: http://www.hr.duke.edu/dukegardens/

Green Acres Corn Maze














1132 Morrisville Carpenter Road, Cary, NC - (919-481-2435)
Description: corn maze and pumpkin patch
Parking: on site
Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: Check website for seasonal prices, coupons and group rates.

Hours: Open for the Halloween and Christmas seasons only. Visit site for updated hours.
Notes: This farm has a corn maze, hay rides, tunnels, bouncers, a sand pile for toddlers, a toddler maze, pony rides, face painting, tractors and fire trucks. There seems to be something for everyone. Pony rides and face painting cost extra. Food available for purchase.
Website: http://www.greenacrescary.com/

Weaver Street Market
















101 East Weaver Street, Carrboro, NC - (919-929-0010)
Description: shopping and community gathering spot (full sun)
Parking: on site
Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: FREE

Hours: open 7 days a week (7am-10pm)
Notes: Weaver Street Market is a great place to gather with friends and families. Bring a blanket and find a shady spot to spread out on. Grab a snack from the market deli and enjoy the eclectic atmosphere. Located adjacent to the Carr Mill Mall.

Website: http://www.weaverstreetmarket.coop

Durham Museum of Life and Sciences















433 West Murray Ave, Durham, NC - (919-220-5429)
Description: indoor/outdoor discovery museum
Ages: 0-Adult
Parking: on site
Cost: $13 (adult), $10 (3-12), FREE (3 and under), $11 (seniors and active military),
FREE for Durham County residents on Wednesdays from 1pm–5pm
Hours: Mon-Sat (10am-5pm),Sun (noon-5pm)
Closed Monday Sept 13 - Dec 13, 2010
Notes: This museum has it all. Play areas (indoor and out), exotic animals, a butterfly house, train rides, dinosaur park, the list goes on. Bring your lunch or eat at the museum cafe. One visit isn't enough to see it all. Ask about membership prices. Baby friendly, toddler friendly, stroller friendly.
Website:
http://www.ncmls.org/

October 5, 2010

Southern Community Park



1300 US Highway 15-501 South, Chapel Hill, NC - (919-968-2743)
Description: park (full sun/evening shade)
Ages: 0-Adult
Parking: on site
Cost: FREE
Hours: sunrise to sunset

Notes: Playground and access to trails and greenways. Most trails are stroller friendly. No sand box at this park.
Website:
http://www.ci.chapel-hill.nc.us/index.aspx?page=529

North Carolina Botanical Garden



1000 Laurel Hill Road, Chapel Hill, NC - (919-962-0522)
Description: botanical garden (partial shade)
Parking: provided
Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: FREE
Hours: Mon-Fri (8am-5pm) Sat (9am-6pm) Sun (1-6pm)
Notes: Most areas stroller friendly. Spring is the high season.
Website:
http://www.ncbg.unc.edu/

Coker Arboretum



East Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill, NC - (919-962-0522)
Description: botanical garden (full sun)
Parking: on street / metered or pay lots. Free on Sundays. 
Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: FREE
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Notes: Stroller friendly. Well maintained and beautiful all year round. Spring is the high season.
Website:
http://www.ncbg.unc.edu/pages/38/

North Cary Park



1100 Norwell Blvd, Cary, NC - (919-469-4000)
Description: park (full sun)
Parking: provided
Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: FREE
Hours: sunrise to sunset
Notes: Playground and climbing boulders. Well maintained and has top notch equipment. Access to the Black Creek Greenway. (stroller friendly)
Website:
townofcary.org

October 2, 2010

UNC Campus

















250 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC - (919-962-1630)
Description: outdoor discovery (full sun)
Parking: on street / metered or pay lots. Free on Sundays.
Ages: 0-Adult
Cost: FREE
Hours: sunrise to sunset
Notes: Historic architecture, big open spaces for running around, good people watching and nearby restaurants. Stroller friendly.
Website:
http://www.unc.edu/