Carolina Parent’s Family Favorites: Best Triangle Places to Visit
Carolina Parent readers voted for the best places to visit, in and around the Triangle, resulting in these 2011 Family Favorites.
Annual Festival or Event
The North Carolina State Fair has a 143-year history. No wonder it was voted the favorite family event. This year’s fair will be Oct. 13-23 at the fairgrounds. 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh; www.ncstatefair.org.
Honorable Mention – Festival for the Eno: July 2-4 at the West Point on the Eno City Park, 5101 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham; www.enoriver.org/Festival.
The Museum of Life & Science has a butterfly house, insectarium, Dinosaur Trail, farmyard, and many more areas of learning and activity both inside and outside. It’s open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 433 Murray Ave., Durham; www.ncmls.org.
Honorable Mention – Marbles Kids Museum: 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh; www.marbleskidsmuseum.org (See Rainy Day Outing for details.)
Rainy Day Outing
Marbles Kids Museum is a popular location for those days when the weather doesn’t play on your side. A hands-on museum for children 10 and younger, it has permanent themed galleries, temporary exhibits and a 3D-capable giant IMAX screen. Kids can design, dream, draw, splash, play and learn about community life and money. 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh; www.marbleskidsmuseum.org.
Sports Event for Families
Families enjoy Durham Bulls baseball games April through September. Sumo wrestling, inflatables and face painting keep the kids entertained. Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St., Durham; www.dbulls.com.
Honorable Mention – Carolina Hurricanes: 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh; http://hurricanes.nhl.com.
Place to take Visitors
Duke Gardens is the favorite place to take visitors in the Triangle area. (See Place for a Picnic for details.)
Activity/Place that’s Free
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Science features permanent and special exhibits, live programs and educational films that adults and kids enjoy. It is also the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast. 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh; http://naturalsciences.org.
Honorable Mention – Duke Gardens (See Place for a Picnic for details.)
The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro encompasses 1,500 acres. Animal enclosures mimic natural habitats, so you won’t find cages. For the first time in 22 years and the second time in park history, the zoo is expecting a baby gorilla in late July or early August. 4401 Zoo Pkwy., Asheboro; www.nczoo.org.