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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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  • We brought friends to a Steampunk Picnic held twice a year here. Wonderful grounds, live music in the distance..toots of the train, a carousel ride. So lovely, peaceful, and enjoyable. Many visits. Al...  more »
  • This park was so fantastic and has so much to offer, train rides for $1 per person, pedal boats for $6, playground equipment, snack shop and restaurant. Fun afternoon outside in Raleigh  more »
  • Very large park with various attractions, Lake with pedalo, lawns, train, carousel, with soft rubber floor scales, tank, etc. Great place for sightseeing, walking and rest. Clean and organized.
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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