Best places in Raleigh

Discover the best places in Raleigh, curated using our unique algorithm blending 'Top Rated' and 'Most Reviewed' establishments. Uncover the city's gems and must-visit locales for an unforgettable experience. Please note that certain places categories are intentionally excluded to ensure a refined selection. Ratings are based from 1.3K places in the city.

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Crazy Axe
Recreation center
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ We came in for the first time on our third date and had the BEST time! Kelly is amazing and really made the experience that much better. She deserves all the kudos! We will back :)
5.00 (1.7K reviews)
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Sassafras All Children's Playground
Playground
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Hands down one of the Top Three playgrounds in the Greater Raleigh Are! It is big, it is spread out, and it has a hundred options of play places for your kids. Thereโ€™s stuff for little ones to do abs just as much stuff for bigger kids to do. Thereโ€™s sand, thereโ€™s cable slides, thereโ€™s swings, slides...
4.90 (854 reviews)
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North Carolina Museum of Art
Art museum
Permanent collection spanning 5,000 years, traveling exhibits, outdoor monument park & amphitheater.
4.80 (9.4K reviews)
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Marbles Kids Museum
Children's museum
Children's museum featuring a wide variety of interactive displays for toddlers & school-age kids.
4.80 (6.1K reviews)
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First Watch
Breakfast restaurant
Cafe chain for health-minded breakfast, brunch & lunch options such as omelets, salads & soups.
$$ $$
4.90 (688 reviews)
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321 Coffee - Downtown Raleigh
Coffee shop
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Excited to get a sneak preview of this coffee shop that hires adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities before their grand opening! I had kombucha and a house roasted coffee! Both were great and served up with smiles. They have an awesome indoor and outdoor space in the new Bloc 83 l...
5.00 (377 reviews)
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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Museum
Exhibits on NC's geology, flora & fauna, plus fossil collections, 3D films & live-animal programs.
4.80 (2.2K reviews)
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JC Raulston Arboretum
Arboretum
Gardens, plant collections & educational programs in a free, 10-acre retreat at NC State University.
4.80 (2.2K reviews)
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William B. Umstead State Park
State park
5,579 acres of woodlands with hiking & bridle trails, campgrounds & 3 man-made fishing lakes.
4.80 (2.1K reviews)
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Lime & Lemon Indian Grill & Bar - Raleigh
Indian restaurant
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ We ordered food for take out for 4 of us to have a small dinner party. The food was ready on time, but when our friends got here with the food, we realized they had given us 2 of the same dish and forgotten the one that I ordered. And since I'm both gluten free and vegetarian, I couldn't eat the opt...
$$ $$
4.80 (1.7K reviews)
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First Watch
Breakfast restaurant
Cafe chain for health-minded breakfast, brunch & lunch options such as omelets, salads & soups.
$$ $$
4.80 (1.5K reviews)
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Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern
American restaurant
Elegant American restaurant & more-casual tavern set in a historic, circa-1879 Second Empire house.
$$$$
4.80 (1.4K reviews)
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Laurel Hills Park
Park
Multi-use preserve including community center, playground, sports fields, pond & walking trails.
4.80 (1.3K reviews)
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North Carolina Museum of History
History museum
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Beyond anything my mind could have imagined! I love history sooo immensely! This place is a history lover's dream! Information around every single twist and turn. Amazing setups and actual objects from various eras in time. You can easily spend hours here and still have tons to discover and learn. I...
4.80 (1.3K reviews)
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Capital Strength & Conditioning
Personal trainer
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ I am so happy I found Capitol Strength and Conditioning when I did! Itโ€™s been a great experience and itโ€™s the perfect, supportive gym atmosphere. Eli is the best trainer! His workouts are always fun and challenging, and heโ€™s always pushing me to do better. Added bonus for always being willing to tal...
5.00 (323 reviews)
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WRAL Azalea Garden
Garden
Quiet azalea garden on TV-studio site, with winding paths, shaded benches & manicured lawns.
4.80 (982 reviews)
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Pendergrass Academy of Martial Arts
Martial arts school
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ My experience at Pendergrass Academy was nothing short of phenomenal. As someone visiting from out of town, I was amazed by the warm and inviting atmosphere that greeted me from the moment I stepped through the doors. The staff and instructors were incredibly welcoming, making me feel like a member...
5.00 (278 reviews)
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A Place at the Table
Cafe
Contemporary gathering place with a casual cafe menu, sidewalk seating & volunteer opportunities.
$ $$$
4.80 (781 reviews)
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Pullen Park
Park
5th-oldest amusement park in the U.S., with a carousel, mini-train, paddle boats, playground & more.
4.70 (7.9K reviews)
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Stanbury
American restaurant
Hip, rustic venue for creative, seasonal New American small plates & entrees, plus craft cocktails.
$$$ $
4.80 (763 reviews)
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