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Pullen Park, Raleigh

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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. Plan your visit to Pullen Park and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Raleigh route planner.
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  • Great for a picnic and stroll through the park! They have a carousel and cute train. We enjoyed a picnic lunch and then walked the small park.  more »
  • My friend and I spent a nice day walking around Pullen Park. It's very pretty and we took some nice photos. Lots of young families which was nice.  more »
  • Pullen Park is free to enter and park. There is a carousel and a train for a small fee. It is a beautiful place to stroll around.  more »
  • I have been to Pullen park several times over the past couple years with groups of friends and always enjoyed the facilities provided. The covered pavilion and associated open areas always gave us some great opportunities to do our activities. I give it a hardy recommendation for groups, make your reservations early. Also great for a couple to check it out. Enjoy!!
  • It is a great place to take younger children. My grandson loved the boats, miniature train, carousel and playground. He had never been on a carousel so didn't know what to expect, but he loved riding the horse that moved. Topped it off with a popsicle for good behavior. The park is always clean and a great family place to take a picnic lunch. Parking is available.
  • Beautiful place! The carousel was built in 1911 and it is still gorgeous. There is also a train and paddle boats. The carousel and train cost 1 ticket per person, which is $1.50 each (totally reasonable) and the paddle boats hold up to 4 riders and costs 4 tickets. There are lots of playgrounds and play areas for very young and older kids. No admission fee to get in the gates.
  • Very cool park right in downtown Raleigh. My little one loved the train. There was Paddle Boats, Carousel as well. A lot of playground for different age ranges. The park is free but the rides are $1.50. Will definitely be back.
  • This is a historic staple in Raleigh. I love this park and of course it gets extremely busy on the weekends so take caution if you have toddlers. Even I love the carousel 🎠 and I have so many memories ride it with both of my children. This park is really a happy place. During the holidays they light the pond and woods beside it and its a delight to drive through at night. The train 🚂 is the best part so keep it running for the next lifetime.

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