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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Even art un-enthusiasts will become fans of all the incredible and unconventional art when Third Friday takes over the Bull City.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
A local paradise for naturalists, Honeysuckle Tea House invites you to rediscover all the wonderful things nature can do for your body and mind.
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.
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.
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.
Travel along the Haw River to the renovated Saxapahaw riverfront every Saturday for live music, a farmer's market and family fun.
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!