10 Inexpensive Family Activities In Raleigh
1. Carmike Cinemas Blue Ridge 14
I'm such a fan of the cheap movie theaters. While some may turn up their noses, I revel in the fact that I'm able to find such a budget-friendly alternative to the vastly overpriced "regular" theaters. You and your family can catch a flick here for $2.25 per ticket. With all the money you save from your tickets, you can actually purchase snacks without feeling too guilty.
2. Henderson Drive-In
The Henderson Drive-In is something of a landmark around here. Although it is not quite as close as I would like, it's a fun experience that all families should try every once and a while. Bonus: what you spend in gas, you will most definitely save in theater tickets.
3. Pullen Park
Since arriving in Raleigh, we've had the pleasure of checking out the park scene. Of all the parks we've visited so far, Pullen Park is definitely the cream of the crop. In addition to walking trails, Pullen Park offers a number of outdoor activities for children, including: train rides, boat rides and a carousel.
Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary deserves an honorable mention. It offers 4.5 miles of walking trails, a decent-sized lake and boat rentals. You can rent everything from paddle boats to row boats. Bonus: It's within walking distance to plenty of resturants
4. Marbles Kids Museum
I heard about Marbles Kids Museum long before moving to Raleigh was even a possibility. Most people who go rave about the experience, and the kids always want to go back. The best thing about Marbles Kids Museum (besides the fact that it's a great learning resource for kids of all ages) is that it's inexpensive. Admission is $5 per person. Kids under the age of 1 and members are free.
Curious about the cost of membership? Let me save you the trouble. The family basic membership will cost you $100 a year. And you get all these added perks:
- Free general museum admission for one year
- Special discounted pricing for all IMAX documentaries with no online ticketing fees.
- Invitations to members-only events and exhibit openings.
- Special discounts in Marbles Corner Store and Pogo Cafe, and on birthday parties and enrichment programs like camps, classes and more. Early registration for our award-winning summer camps.
- Advance ticket sales for popular events
- Advance seating for IMAX movies
5. Adventure Landing
We discovered this little gem in Charlotte, and were beyond excited to see that they have a location here in Raleigh. It's a great place to spend those hot summer days without breaking the bank. Although activities vary based on location, in addition to 50-plus arcade games, the Raleigh Adventure Landing has:
- Miniature Golf
- Laser Tag
- Batting Cages
6. Frankie's Fun Park
Frankie's is also a great deal, offering a wide variety of attractions. Frankie's has:
- Various go-kart courses
- Batting cages
- A fun house
- Bumper boats
- A sky web A sky trail
- Miniature golf
- Lazer tag
- Tons of arcade games and even a few rides.
7. Movies by Moonlight
Don't feel like making the drive to Henderson for the drive-in? Here's a solution. Movies by Moonlight is an outdoor movies series hosted by WakeMed that takes place throughout the summer. Tickets are only $3 per adult. Kids ages 12 and under get in free. That's a pretty sweet deal! Even better still, some of the proceeds go to WakeMed Children's Hospital. That is definitely a win-win.
8. Oak City 7 Outdoor Concert Series
Concerts take place from 5-10:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning the Thursday after Memorial Day and ending the Thursday before Labor Day. This is an awesome way to get in some great music, taste some great food and spend time together as a family. Oh and did I mention it's free?
9. Raleigh Aquatic Centers
Though I'm typically not a fan of aquatic centers, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this budget-friendly activity. The aquatic centers here in Raleigh are inexpensive, well-kept and they have plenty of activities for children.
10. First Friday Gallery Walk
The first time I heard of an art/gallery walk, I was living in the tiny town of Fayettville, N.C. My husband and I had just started dating and frequently went downtown to enjoy the sights and sounds of our small little town. Flash-forward four years later and gallery walks are still something we like to do. For one night, the whole city comes out to celebrate the rich arts and culture scene. This can be a great place to bring your family to unwind and kick off the weekend.
So, are there any places I neglected to mention? What are some of your favorite places to hang out in the RDU area?
Theresa Sutton, is a mother, wife, social media specialist and blogger. When she's not out exploring and traveling with her family, you can find her hard at work on her blog: The Importance of Being Reese.