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Raleigh, North Carolina is known as the “City of Oaks” due to the beautiful, historic oak trees which line the streets at the heart of the city. There are over 150 parks, lakes, and greenways to explore just in Raleigh alone, so we broke down the three best, nature-related activities to check out the next time you’re in the city.
J.C. Raulston Arboretum
Free admission and the fact that it is open daily means there are no excuses not to visit the J.C. Raulston Arboretum. It is home to over 6,000 plants in 13 different gardens, including a rose garden filled with over 120 unique types of roses, as well as a Japanese Zen garden. For those of you with a green thumb of your own, gather inspiration from the home demonstration gardens to learn how to liven up your own spaces with greenery. And for large gatherings, the Southall Memorial Garden has plenty of grassy space and a hemlock grove to entertain.
State Farmers Market
Raleigh’s State Farmers Market features over 30,000 square feet of fresh and local produce, food, and fare. The bulk of the market is inside a climate-controlled enclosure where shoppers can sift through a variety of local wines, cheeses, meats, and baked goods, as well as craft shops offering specialty gifts like old-fashioned candles or custom framing. But that’s not all! Come hungry and choose from State Farmers Market Restaurant or Market Grill for breakfast and lunch, or N.C. Seafood Restaurant for lunch and dinner.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
If you’re looking for fun and educational ways to entertain the kids, that you can enjoy just as much as them, visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. As the largest natural science museum in the Southeast, there are seven stories worth of exhibits and attractions that span two city blocks for everyone to enjoy. Get up close and personal with nature and science at their interactive labs and exhibits on fossils, the ocean, and space. This museum has everything—including a live sloth that can be found in the Living Conservatory!
Living in a Starlight home means you’re only a short drive from all the attractions and benefits of living in Raleigh, NC, without the hassle (and price tag!) that comes along with city life. Contact a New Home Sales Consultant today to learn more about purchasing a home in Shepards Park, our first and only Raleigh-area community.