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Pullen Park, Raleigh

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#1 of 12 in Parks in Raleigh
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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  • August 13, 2017
    We came here to ride the Dentzel carousel. This carousel is beautiful – the animals, carved by Salvatore Cernigliaro in 1900 (some say 1912), have many ornate in creative designs carved into them. Sev...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Beautiful park that the entire family will enjoy! You will not be disappointed at all with your visit there. It was supposed to be just an hour visit, however we spent many hours here! This place is d...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    We've taken our sons to Pullen for years and it's a delightful place with a carousel, train ride, paddle boats and playground. Plus parents can enjoy all the beautiful landscaping, plantings and park ...  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    Very beautiful park with sunbathing for everyone. Has unique backdrops for photo shoots. My fiance´ proposed to me at Pullen Park at a friend's event so when it came time for our engagement shoot, it was the obvious choice. It didn't disappoint. We're a very playful couple. Pullen Park brings out the child in us.
  • July 1, 2017
    Always a fun filled day at Pullen Park. My son never wants to leave. He loves the train and carousel. The park itself is also very nice. Playground activities are kid appropriate.... Definitely keeps the kids busy!
  • June 23, 2017
    Child-oriented park that has rides and accommodates everyone. Most rides are only one ticket ($1), such as the beautifully restored carousel, circular boat ride, and a miniature train ride around the park. Covered picnic areas are available for rent and are perfect for a family gathering.
  • July 5, 2017
    I loved coming here to play as a kid in the early 90's, and now get to share the joy of the space with my young toddler. There are so many activities for him, even though he's less than 2. We watch the ducks and paddleboaters in the pond, ride the carousel, ride the train, go on the bucket swings, play in the toddler playground and sandbox, walk through the caboose car, or just run around in the fields. This is a great resource to our city and it's free to visit! Rides are so reasonably priced at $1 per ticket. The café is also a wonderful part of the park, serving healthy and local options that are affordable.
  • July 7, 2017
    Very clean and great environment for kids. Our 3 year old had a blast at the park. pedal boats were particularly very relaxing. queues can be long, but totally worth the wait.

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Where to stay in Raleigh

Staying downtown provides the most convenient access to Raleigh's leading attractions. You'll find a couple of large, efficient hotels here--they feature a large volume of beds. The area around the North Campus of North Carolina State University lies just west of downtown and features a handful of additional hotels. A cluster of national chain hotels and motels lies in the midtown area north of downtown. There are a couple of bus lines that provide easy access to downtown from here, so this area serves as a suitable option if you cannot find accommodation in the city center. The intersection of I-440 and Route 70 to the northwest of downtown features numerous hotels and motels, but these largely cater to business travelers who require convenient access to both downtown and the airport.
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