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Pullen Park, Raleigh

(4.7/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
Pullen Park features rides, an aquatic center, arts center, and theater that have offered a variety of social, physical, and cultural events to the public for over a century. Founded in 1887 as the first public park in North Carolina, it has grown over the years. Now, the facility offers picnic areas, tennis courts, playgrounds, pedal boats, a concession stand, and more. Enjoy a dip in the Olympic-size pool, hop on a train or carousel ride, admire the latest exhibit in the arts center, or just stroll the paths and bridges. If you work up an appetite, stop by the cafe. Pullen Park is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Raleigh Edition.
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  • Pullen park is no mere city park with a swing set and monkey bars. It is a sprawling complex that features among other things, a small scale gauge rail train that kids (and big kids) can ride, an oper...  more »
  • So I had my children birthday here and it's very adorable and easy to book a table or to there is lots I mean lots of things to do here for kids it is a beautiful place to go 
  • Great place to carry young children. Thet have a mini train which you can ride around the property, a paddle boat pond, and a turn of the century carosel to ride. 
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  • I love going to Pullen Park! I feel so nostalgic I've been going there for over 30 years! I take my children there now. They love it! Clean and friendly atmosphere. The train is so much fun. It's only $1 per ride and per ticket. The caboose is beautiful but, was closed. We always have fun!
  • Awesome park! Clean and well maintained! Perfect for kids and all ages with multiple play areas. Beautiful lake with ducks, geese, fish, and turtles. Sidewalk all the way around the lake. Two different bathrooms. Historic train and carousel for only 1 tickets/$1 per person to ride. Delicious local food, drinks, and popsicles for sale on site. Our favorite park in Raleigh by far!
  • Very nicely done. Great place to take little ones. Has bathrooms, food vendors, a train, the oldest carousel in North America, paddle boats, and a small boat ride for little ones, sand box, a nice play ground, ducks, geese, squirrels....What I love is they don't gouge you on price. Train ride....1 dollar. Paddle boats are 6 dollars....all affordable...big parking area too...wheelchairs no problem for all their paved areas. Love, love, love!
  • The park is fantastic... but it can be challenging to get accurate information about closing times. Prior to our visit, I checked the website to ensure I had the right times. When we bought our tickets, I was told that attractions closed much earlier than advertised (in fact we missed the one that we really wanted to do.) But then at the attractions themselves, we were given yet different information. So leave yourself plenty of time if you want to be able to take advantage of the attractions. The boats seem to close about 1/2 - hour before sunset and the train between 1/2 hour and sunset itself. The Carosel stays open later since it is inside.
  • Great park for the entire family. Very clean and the staff is always friendly. They sell loco pops at the concession so what else could you ask for! Parking can be a little crazy sometimes so try to get there early.