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30 Triangle Must-Dos in 30 Days

Whether you just moved to the Triangle or you've been here forever, there are certain things you just should't miss. We rounded up a list of 30 summer musts to give you a taste of what you can experience in the Triangle in just 30 days. What are you waiting for? Start exploring.

30 Must-Dos
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Bike or Run the American Tobacco Trail

This extraordinary 22-mile course will take you on a tour of NC nature across forests, highways and counties while you give yourself the work out of a lifetime.

Bike or Run the American Tobacco Trail
Free   .  American Tobacco Trail   .  Durham
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Visit the NC Museum of Art’s Masterworks

The NCMA is home to master works from Monet, Cassatt, Giotto and Rodin. Plus, if you venture outside you can't miss the 164-acre art park, the largest museum art park in the nation!

Visit the NC Museum of Art’s Masterworks
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Snag Something Fresh at the Farmers Market

Over 30,000 square feet for North Carolina farmers to sell their freshly grown crops. Come pick up fresh produce, meats, cheeses and more NC made products from faces you'll come to recognize.

Snag Something Tasty at the Farmers Market
$   .  State Farmer's Market Restaurant   .  Raleigh
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Wander the Wilderness at William B. Umstead State Park

Tucked away between the RDU airport and the town of Cary lays a beautiful little park where you can spend hours getting lost in nature. And by little, we mean over five-thousand and a half acres.

Wander the Wilderness at William B. Umstead State Park
Free   .  William B. Umstead State Park   .  Raleigh
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Hang Out with Lemurs & Ponder Animal Antiquities

The Triangle is home to the largest sanctuary for rare and endangered lemurs in the world. Schedule a tour to bond with Zaboomafoo's family and learn about what makes these wondrous creatures so special.

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Hang Out with Lemurs & Ponder Animal Antiquities
-   .  Duke Lemur Center   .  Durham
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Explore the Beauty of Jordan Lake

Jordan Lake is the perfect day trip. Just minutes outside of the main Triangle area, this natural space provides stunning views and activities for all, from camping to swimming to fishing and more.

Explore the Beauty of Jordan Lake
Free   .  Jordan Lake State Recreation Area   .  Apex
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Find Some Peace at Pullen Park

A stroll through Pullen Park will ease any woes a stressful week brings on. Bring a blanket and a spread for a picnic, or stay active and explore every nook and cranny.

Find Some Peace at Pullen Park
Free   .  Pullen Park   .  Raleigh
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Check Out First Friday

Experience art in all of its forms during First Friday in downtown Raleigh. From fire dancers to fine art, First Friday promises to impress and entertain.

Make sure you visit CAM, Raleigh's contemporary art museum while you're bumping around town. CAM continues to impress on First Friday opening its doors for free and debuting exciting new exhibitions.

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Check Out First Friday
Free   .  Downtown Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Visit Raleigh Brewing Company

Raise your glass to Raleigh Brewing Company! They love the City of Oaks and they're brewing some fine brew inspired by the capital city.

Visit Raleigh Brewing Company
$   .  Raleigh Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Explore the Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Often spoken of as "the crown jewel of Duke University," Duke Gardens are pure, natural bliss. Come take a stroll, revel in its beauty and appreciate gorgeous grounds.

Explore the Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Free   .  Sarah P. Duke Gardens   .  Durham
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Tour Carolina Tiger Rescue

Pittsboro is home to Carolina Tiger Rescue, a safe haven for big cats. Take tour to get up close and personal with lions, tigers and more.

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Tour Carolina Tiger Rescue
$18+   .  Carolina Tiger Rescue   .  Pittsboro
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Get Your High-Class Comfort Food Fix at Poole's

Poole's Diner is the restaurant that started the Ashley Christensen craze. It's a perennial Raleighite favorite with honest, fresh and delicious comfort cuisine.

Get Your High-Class Comfort Food Fix at Poole's
$   .  Poole's   .  Raleigh
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Do a Night at The Durham

With rooftop yoga, trendy restaurant eats, bike rentals and farm fresh breakfast, this place lives up to its name as the place for a true Bull City stay.

Don't miss The Roof, the rooftop bar with killer views of Durham and sweet drinks and apps.

Do a Night at The Durham
$$   .  The Durham Hotel   .  Durham
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Get Cultured at the Nasher Museum of Art

Looking for a museum that makes fine art accessible to art novices? If so, then Nasher is the place to be! Oh, and don't worry if you aren't an art rookie, they have plenty to see.

Get Cultured at the Nasher Museum of Art
$   .  Nasher Museum of Art   .  Durham
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Taste Dame's Legendary Chicken and Waffles

Enjoy Dame's Chicken & Waffles, a classic southern treat. We recommend the originals with shmears, but be careful, they claim these dishes are truly 'smack yo mama' good!

Taste Dame's Legendary Chicken and Waffles
$$   .  Dame's Chicken & Waffles   .  Durham
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Experience Third Friday in Durham

Even art un-enthusiasts will become fans of all the incredible and unconventional art when Third Friday takes over the Bull City.

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Experience Third Friday in Durham
Free   .  The Carrack Modern Art   .  Durham
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Head West & Discover "The Hideout" at Lonerider

Head out to the wild West of Raleigh and discover "The Hideout," Lonerider Brewery's watering hole. Settle into the Hideout for a pint or two and show off your inner Outlaw!

Head West and Discover "The Hideout"
$   .  Lonerider Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Try Traditional Lao Cuisine at Bida Manda

Revered by most as one of the best dining experiences in Raleigh, Bida Manda is must! Eat with your hands and enjoy a craft cocktail at Bida Manda, the only Laotian restaurant in the Triangle!

Try Traditional Laotian Cuisine at Bida Manda
$$   .  Bida Manda   .  Raleigh
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Savor the Beauty of Brewery Bhavana

Brewery Bhavana is new to the scene, but it's already established itself as an unmissable spot. The stunning craft brewery, dim sum, a bookstore and a flower shop combo pleases with unmatched aesthetics and flavor.

Savor the Beauty of Brewery Bhavana
$$   .  Brewery Bhavana   .  Raleigh
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Local Escape: Treat Yourself to "Cow to Cone" Ice Cream

Get out of town for a bit and treat yo'self! Hit Maple View Farms for some homemade ice cream, fresh air and a little rocking chair relaxing.

Local Escape: Treat Yourself to "Cow to Cone" Ice Cream
$   .  Maple View Ice Cream   .  Hillsborough
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Giddyup at Ponysaurus

After years of pop-ups, Ponysaurus' delicious brews and ridiculous looking mascot finally have a home in a brewery and taproom on Hood St. Double-decker patio included!

Giddyup at Ponysaurus
$   .  Ponysaurus Brewing Company   .  Durham
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Stroll Through Coker Arboretum

Stop and smell the flowers, or check out many of the other botanical discoveries in the Coker Arboretum located on UNC Chapel Hill's campus.

Stroll Through Coker Arboretum
Free   .  Coker Arboretum   .  Chapel Hill
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Go Cruisin' for a Brewsin' with Raleigh Brews Cruise

Explore the Triangle's booming craft beer scene with Raleigh Brews Cruise. This craft drinking adventure will score you a ride to three Triangle breweries, tours and multiple tastes at each stop.

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Go Cruisin' for a Brewsin' with Raleigh Brews Cruise
$50   .  Downtown Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Stroll Down Riverwalk in Hillsborough

As one of the only urban parts of the Mountains to Sea trail, Riverwalk is pretty cool. Go for a jog, ride your bike, or just enjoy a nature walk on the greenway.

Stroll Down Riverwalk in Hillsborough
Free   .  Gold Park   .  Hillsborough
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Get In Touch With Nature at Honeysuckle Tea House

A local paradise for naturalists, Honeysuckle Tea House invites you to rediscover all the wonderful things nature can do for your body and mind.

Get In Touch With Nature at Honeysuckle Tea House
$   .  The Honeysuckle Tea House   .  Chapel Hill
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Heaven on Earth: Duke University Chapel Tour

Located on Duke University’s West Campus, Duke Chapel is a magnificent structure rich in history. Tour the breathtaking Chapel as you learn about it's history from 1930 until today.

Heaven on Earth: Duke University Chapel Tour
Free   .  Duke University Chapel   .  Durham
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Have Drinks on Raleigh Times Patio

The Raleigh Times is a classic downtown Raleigh experience and there's no better time to toast on the rooftop patio than in the summer sun.

Have Drinks on Raleigh Times Patio
-   .  The Raleigh Times Bar   .  Raleigh
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Cheer On the Bulls

Bull City essentials: top notch sports with a dash of personality. Enjoy a few hours of American entertainment in the heart of Durham courtesy of the Durham Bulls.

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Cheer On the Bulls
$10+   .  Durham Bulls Athletic Park   .  Durham
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Saturday Markets & Music in Saxapahaw

Travel along the Haw River to the renovated Saxapahaw riverfront every Saturday for live music, a farmer's market and family fun.

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Saturday Markets & Music in Saxapahaw
Free   .  Rivermill Village   .  Saxapahaw
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Movies by the Moonlight at Koka Booth

Koka Booth is a beautiful venue for all kinds of concerts and festivals, but did you know it becomes an outdoor movie theatre in the summer? Bring a picnic and drinks while you relax under the stars!

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Movies by the Moonlight at Koka Booth
$5   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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