17 Hidden Gems for Triangle Families to Discover
Welcome Marie — the first Duke Lemur Center infant of 2019 and a critically endangered Coquerel’s sifaka.
Photo courtesy of the Duke Lemur Center
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Updated: January 16, 2020
Triangle families are fortunate to have many of the state’s finest museums, kid-friendly parks and attractions in such close proximity. But there are some best-kept secrets even locals don’t know about. Here are our top picks for lesser-known attractions serving up family fun in the Triangle.
Experience one of the Triangle’s most popular disc golf courses at Apex Nature Park, as well as outdoor movies and concerts in the park’s amphitheater. Nearby athletic fields, sand volleyball courts, shelters, playground equipment, and large and small dog parks make this a popular destination for everyone in the family. 2600 Evans Rd., Apex.
The Children’s Nature Trail at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, a 140-acre natural area, opened in 2015. Visitors can enjoy a variety of play elements such as a log tunnel, log balance beam, ceramic creatures and more. 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary.
Sears Farm Road Park features a playground, paved trails and uniquely landscaped areas. It’s the perfect spot for a family picnic. The highlight of this park is a giant sculpture little ones can climb. 5077 Sears Farm Rd., Cary.
Lavender Oaks Farm, which opens in spring 2017 and operates seasonally, is an organic lavender farm on 45 acres. Tours are available by appointment only. 3833 Millard Whitley Rd., Chapel Hill.