Congratulations. You just got to the area. You’ve unpacked. You’ve done your shopping. You earned a break. Now you’re left wondering: what the heck do I do now?
5 Things To Do When You First Move To Raleigh
So you moved to Raleigh. You’ve gotten “settled in.” Good job. But now what do you do with yourself? Sit on your hands? You don't have to do that. It’s okay. That’s why I’ve got this handy list of things to do – you’ll figure out quickly that Raleigh is far from boring.
Visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Learn about the museum’s research, collections, and exhibitions. This Smithsonian-affiliated museum’s exhibits include an arthropod zoo, a living conservatory, beyond our planet, and weather research. They also host events like adults-only night, and for kids, story time with live animals. Plus you can go watch an educational film in 3D.
Take a walking tour of Historic Oakwood.
Photo courtesy of The Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood
This area is North Carolina’s largest intact 19th century residential neighborhood. It’s located near downtown Raleigh, and you can get a brochure from their website that will teach you about the homes as you pass. In the spring and December, Raleigh’s first local Historic District also offers insider tours.
Have a drink at the Raleigh Beer Garden.
Photo courtesy of Visit NC
The world’s largest selection of draft beers in one restaurant has to have their menu on the web because there are just too many offerings to print. Enjoy the draft of your choice with one of their handcrafted pizzas, sandwiches, salads, or other tasty eats. Find your new favorite - then take home a growler.
Photos courtesy of Sorry State Records (top) and Visit Raleigh (bottom)
I can’t play favorites, so I just have to mention both of these record stores and labels. Sorry State is primarily a punk label, and they buy and sell used vinyl. Store offerings also include jazz, classic rock, rare collectible vinyl, LPs, 7s, cassettes, and zines. Schoolkids boasts starting artists such as Ben Folds, Ryan Adams, and the Connells – and their original Raleigh location also has a full bar.
Have a taste at the Videri Chocolate Factory.
Photo courtesy of Carolyn Scott Photography
They make and sell handcrafted chocolate on site. You can witness the chocolate-making process firsthand – a cool experience for adults and kids alike. Then buy some of their whole, organic, fair trade, bean-to-bar chocolate or a pound of Roasted Nibs and enjoy their BYOB outdoor patio.
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