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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. 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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  • This place is very good for outdoor picnic with family and friends but not worthy for teens as they don't have anything to do. There are rides and swings and slides but only for younger kids. Park is ...  more »
  • It’s not Disneyland, but Raleigh’s Pullen Park has a magical charm all its own and is the epitome of a city park. Raleigh residents enjoy spending time at their beautifully-landscaped park, and those ...  more »
  • This is a beautiful park, right next to NC State. Lots of walking trails, a small train, and don't forget the gorgeous carousel.  more »
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  • Came here for a bit on a recent visit to Raleigh. My 3 year old loved everything they had to offer! From an amazing playground to a train ride around the park, and carousel ride, he never got bored. The only problem was he was having too much fun and even after hours of play he still wasn't ready to leave!
  • Always a great time at Pullen Park! Fall hours in effect but enjoyed wondering through the clean park with the ducks. I've been coming here for more than 40 years. I really enjoyed the boat, carousel and train ride as a toddler...my daughters did too! The Christmas train is great if you can get tickets... otherwise, you can come out and see the lights. One of the few places I can still find a locopop too! Great place to bring the kids!
  • The absolute best park to take your kids to. Take mine all the time. Just eat before you go as the food here is expensive and pretentious but the rides and things for the kids to do are great. Reasonably priced merry go round, large scale train rides, miniature boat rides, and all the jungle gyms and swings and normal park activities are free. They fix the food situation and it'll be five stars. Love it
  • Well worth it. I wish I had more photos to show. My husband, son and I went for an afternoon and had a ball. There’s the train ride, boat races and a lot of other activities. The playground is big enough to get lost in. They have food there and host birthday parties.
  • This park is beautiful and will definitely be a place we return to again and again. Our 7 year old is a train freak so we went for the train, it was just right. He gets scared when we visit full size trains because of the loud whistle but this train has a higher pitched softer toot. The park is very clean and affordable for larger families like ours. It's a great place to carry in a picnic, or you can purchase good quality food for about the same cost as a trip to a fast food place. I ordered a taco salad and they were happy to prepare it dairy free for me. The carousel is air conditioned and also not too loud for sensitive kids. We will be returning often.

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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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