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Pullen Park, Raleigh

(4.7/5 based on 950+ 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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  • Made a stop on our road trip. A wonderful place for our kids to get out and stretch their legs before getting back on the road.  more »
  • What a beautiful park! Ride the carousel or the train, rent a paddleboat or just watch the children having fun! The park is large enough for a leisurely walk also.  more »
  • This is a great maintained park with plenty of space and activities in keep kids from 1 to 101 busy. Great walkways, benches, shelters, amusements (train, carousel and boats), open areas.  more »
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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.