The warm weather is here and we don't know about you, but we have been itching to get outside and romp around the great outdoors. Explore winding trails, check out the awe-inspiring Carolina Tiger Rescue, gaze at beautiful gardens, or enjoy all the other bits of Mother Nature that the Triangle has to offer.
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There is nothing more relaxing than a bike ride with your best bud on a sunny day. Good thing Raleigh has an extensive Greenway that has developed into a 100-mile, 3700-acre system and continues to grow!
Stop and smell the roses at the Raleigh Rose Garden. It's the perfect setting for a photo op (or wedding), but it's even better for a stroll through beautiful blooms.
The Sycamore Trail is a 7.6 mile trail in the heart of William B. Umstead State Park.
Treat yourself to a relaxing evening with a scenic run or walk around the perimeter of Lake Johnson.
Bask in the sun at the WRAL Azalea Gardens, which are perfect for a spring bike ride, picnic, or outdoor date. You're sure to find peace of mind among the beautiful blooming azaleas.
Relax in the sun or be adventurous at Raleigh's eight-hundred-acre lake park. Lake Wheeler is the perfect spot for an afternoon outdoors.
Dorothea Dix Park is a natural gem in downtown Raleigh. You'll come back again and again to keep enjoying the way this park's green beauty is contrasted against the city's skyline!
Visit one of NC State University's treasures, the JC Raulston Arboretum. Stroll through the beautiful gardens and learn about plants from all over the world.
Who knew that you could find prairie land in Raleigh? Visit the Prairie Ridge Ecostation for a new outdoor experience.
A short and sweet trail which welcomes runners, walkers, and families who enjoy taking in views of water and wildlife.
The Neuse River Trail is a 27.5 mile adventure course that will never leave you bored!
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.
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.
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.
Shelley Lake Park consists of a 53 acre lake and park land surrounding the lake with 2 miles of paved, scenic greenway trails.
This beautifully preserved historic mill makes the perfect backdrop for leisurely walks, photo ops and picnics.
Located just a mile off of Capital Blvd., this park is home to unexpected features like a pecan grove and historic gardens. Whether you're wandering or running, you'll take in scenic views.
This park has 5 miles of trails to run through 237 acres of nature and wildlife.
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.
Be amazed by over 10 different species of lemurs. Come out with your friends and be sure to bring a camera on your private tour. Don't forget you have to call ahead to reserve your spot!
Walk through a rainforest as you're surrounded by 1000 tropical butterflies. You'll experience the beauty of nature in one of the largest butterfly houses in the world.
Minutes from Durham and Chapel Hill, the Eno River State Park offers secluded wilderness trails with the serenity and sounds of the river. Take a break from civilization and march into the wild.
Clocking in at nearly twice the size of the Eno River State Park, the Duke Forest is an amazing local gem that usually overshadowed by the more recognized state parks but has plenty to offer.
The Al Buehler Trail is the perfect place to escape from the chaos of work—one loop on the 2.91 mile wooded trail will put a smile on even the most stressed out face.
Love them or fear them, bees are some very important bzzzness for everyone. Check out this beehive right in the middle of American Tobacco Campus.
This tour allows you to get so close to a tiger that you'll have to hold yourself back from trying to pet it.
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.
Go outside with your furry best friend in tow! Durham offers great outdoor spaces for your dog to safely run wild and socialize with other pups.
West Point on the Eno is a smaller park located inside the gorgeous Eno natural area. Inside you'll find lush lawns, access to the river, a dam and an old timey mill!
Head over to Herndon Hills Farm for a day of outdoor adventure, picking blueberries and exploring their fields.
Whether you're looking to hike the nature trails or discover what's in bloom, The North Carolina Botanical Garden will delight.
A local paradise for naturalists, Honeysuckle Tea House invites you to rediscover all the wonderful things nature can do for your body and mind.
Stop and smell the flowers, or check out many of the other botanical discoveries in the Coker Arboretum.
High points, scenic views, and trails—oh my! Mt. Occoneechee has them all, plus rare and significant species in the many supported habitats. Nature awaits!
Places like The ReCYCLEry represent everything good in the world: teaching invaluable skills in a fun, rewarding environment at no cost to the pupil. Come learn the art of bicycle building and repair!
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.
Bolin Creek Trail isn't far removed from the center of Chapel Hill, but it provides a nice escape from the bustle of campus. Wind through the woods on the 1.5 mile paved trail.
Finally, there is an opportunity for pure, unbridled goat cuddles. Warm up with the cutest cuddlers ever?