30 Triangle Must-Dos in 30 Days
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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
Free, American Tobacco Trail, Durham

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.

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Visit the NC Museum of Art’s Masterworks
Free, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

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!

This experience has 417 bookmarks and 2314 views.
Snag Something Fresh at the Farmers Market
$, State Farmer's Market Restaurant, Raleigh

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.

This experience has 563 bookmarks and 3011 views.
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Wander the Wilderness at William B. Umstead State Park
Free, William B. Umstead State Park, Raleigh

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.

This experience has 1433 bookmarks and 6877 views.
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Hang Out with Lemurs & Ponder Animal Antiquities
-, Duke Lemur Center, Durham
Wed November 22, By Appointment

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.

This experience has 670 bookmarks and 2948 views.
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Explore the Beauty of Jordan Lake
Free, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, Apex

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.

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Find Some Peace at Pullen Park
Free, Pullen Park, Raleigh

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.

This experience has 1308 bookmarks and 5733 views.
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Check Out First Friday
Free, Downtown Raleigh, Raleigh
Fri December 01, 9:00a - 12:00p

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.

This experience has 1580 bookmarks and 11901 views.
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Visit Raleigh Brewing Company
$, Raleigh Brewing Company, Raleigh

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.

This experience has 260 bookmarks and 1991 views.
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Explore the Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Free, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham

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.

This experience has 663 bookmarks and 3112 views.
Tour Carolina Tiger Rescue
$18+, Carolina Tiger Rescue, Pittsboro
Fri November 24, Book a tour

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.

This experience has 2789 bookmarks and 17439 views.

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.

This experience has 261 bookmarks and 1764 views.
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Do a Night at The Durham
$$, The Durham Hotel, 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.

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Get Cultured at the Nasher Museum of Art
$, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham

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.

This experience has 222 bookmarks and 1502 views.
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Taste Dame's Legendary Chicken and Waffles
$$, Dame's Chicken & Waffles, Durham

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!

This experience has 286 bookmarks and 2301 views.
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Experience Third Friday in Durham
Free, The Carrack Modern Art, Durham
Fri December 15, 5:00p

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

This experience has 451 bookmarks and 4587 views.
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Head West & Discover "The Hideout" at Lonerider
$, Lonerider Brewing Company, Raleigh

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!

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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!

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Savor the Beauty of Brewery Bhavana
$$, Brewery Bhavana, Raleigh

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.

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Local Escape: Treat Yourself to "Cow to Cone" Ice Cream
$, Maple View Ice Cream, Hillsborough

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.

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Giddyup at Ponysaurus
$, Ponysaurus Brewing Company, Durham

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!

This experience has 224 bookmarks and 2933 views.
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Stroll Through Coker Arboretum
Free, Coker Arboretum, Chapel Hill

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.

This experience has 203 bookmarks and 856 views.
Go Cruisin' for a Brewsin' with Raleigh Brews Cruise
$50, Downtown Raleigh, Raleigh
Sat November 25, Book a tour

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.

This experience has 335 bookmarks and 4948 views.
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Stroll Down Riverwalk in Hillsborough
Free, Gold Park, 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.

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Get In Touch With Nature at Honeysuckle Tea House
$, The Honeysuckle Tea House, Chapel Hill

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

This experience has 704 bookmarks and 4406 views.
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Heaven on Earth: Duke University Chapel Tour
Free, Duke University Chapel, Durham

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.

This experience has 219 bookmarks and 3669 views.
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Have Drinks on Raleigh Times Patio
-, The Raleigh Times Bar, Raleigh

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.

This experience has 315 bookmarks and 2764 views.
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Cheer On the Bulls
$10+, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham

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.

This experience has 432 bookmarks and 6792 views.
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Saturday Markets & Music in Saxapahaw
Free, Rivermill Village, Saxapahaw
Sat November 25, 5:00p - 8:00p

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

This experience has 581 bookmarks and 6435 views.
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Movies by the Moonlight at Koka Booth
$5, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary

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!

This experience has 765 bookmarks and 9257 views.
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