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
American Tobacco Trail
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.

This experience has 306 bookmarks and 2082 views.
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Visit the NC Museum of Art’s Masterworks
North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd

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 407 bookmarks and 2107 views.
Snag Something Fresh at the Farmers Market
State Farmer's Market Restaurant
1240 Farmer's Market Drive

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 537 bookmarks and 2818 views.
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Wander the Wilderness at William B. Umstead State Park
William B. Umstead State Park
8801 Glenwood Ave

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 1379 bookmarks and 6287 views.
Hang Out with Lemurs & Ponder Animal Antiquities
Duke Lemur Center
3705 Erwin Rd
Mon September 25, 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 662 bookmarks and 2798 views.
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Explore the Beauty of Jordan Lake
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
280 State Park Road

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.

This experience has 386 bookmarks and 2635 views.
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Find Some Peace at Pullen Park
Pullen Park
520 Ashe Avenue

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 1291 bookmarks and 5524 views.
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Check Out First Friday
Downtown Raleigh
Downtown Raleigh
Fri October 06, 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 1505 bookmarks and 11095 views.
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Visit Raleigh Brewing Company
Raleigh Brewing Company
3709 Neil St

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 259 bookmarks and 1863 views.
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Explore the Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson Street

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 649 bookmarks and 2930 views.
Tour Carolina Tiger Rescue
Carolina Tiger Rescue
1940 Hanks Chapel Road
Fri September 29, 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 2738 bookmarks and 16628 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 253 bookmarks and 1659 views.
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Do a Night at The Durham
The Durham Hotel
315 E Chapel Hill St

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.

This experience has 350 bookmarks and 3647 views.
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Get Cultured at the Nasher Museum of Art
Nasher Museum of Art
2001 Campus Dr

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 217 bookmarks and 1376 views.
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Taste Dame's Legendary Chicken and Waffles
Dame's Chicken & Waffles
317 W Main St

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 271 bookmarks and 2141 views.
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Experience Third Friday in Durham
The Carrack Modern Art
947 E Main St
Fri October 20, 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 428 bookmarks and 4297 views.
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Head West & Discover "The Hideout" at Lonerider
Lonerider Brewing Company
8816 Gulf Ct #100

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!

This experience has 324 bookmarks and 2834 views.
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Try Traditional Lao Cuisine at Bida Manda
Bida Manda
222 S Blount St

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!

This experience has 263 bookmarks and 1921 views.
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Savor the Beauty of Brewery Bhavana
Brewery Bhavana
218 S Blount St

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.

This experience has 533 bookmarks and 5218 views.
Local Escape: Treat Yourself to "Cow to Cone" Ice Cream
Maple View Ice Cream
6900 Rocky Ridge Rd

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.

This experience has 1533 bookmarks and 6979 views.
Giddyup at Ponysaurus
Ponysaurus Brewing Company
219 Hood St

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 223 bookmarks and 2802 views.
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Stroll Through Coker Arboretum
Coker Arboretum
399 E. Cameron Avenue

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 202 bookmarks and 788 views.
Go Cruisin' for a Brewsin' with Raleigh Brews Cruise
Downtown Raleigh
Sat September 30, 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 324 bookmarks and 4672 views.
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Stroll Down Riverwalk in Hillsborough
Gold Park
415 Dimmocks Mill Road

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.

This experience has 464 bookmarks and 2858 views.
Get In Touch With Nature at Honeysuckle Tea House
The Honeysuckle Tea House
8871 Pickards Meadow Rd

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 698 bookmarks and 4283 views.
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Heaven on Earth: Duke University Chapel Tour
Duke University Chapel
401 Chapel Drive

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 217 bookmarks and 3477 views.
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Have Drinks on Raleigh Times Patio
The Raleigh Times Bar
14 E Hargett St

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 2674 views.
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Cheer On the Bulls
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
409 Blackwell St

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 6646 views.
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Saturday Markets & Music in Saxapahaw
Rivermill Village
1735 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Rd
Sat September 30, 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 6297 views.
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Movies by the Moonlight at Koka Booth
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy

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 9107 views.
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