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Family Trips and Outdoor Activities in Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill

The Triangle offers a plethora of activities for families and outdoor enthusiasts. It’s impossible to run out of things to do here. Made up of several cities, the region provides ample opportunities for families to go on trips and bond, whether you’re staying close to home or heading out to be closer to nature.

Mother and kids hiking in sunny forest

If you have a bunch of basketball fans at home, then you should check out The Carolina Basketball Museum, which is open Tuesday to Saturday, at the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The museum features various photos, videos, and artifact exhibits that highlight the university’s famed basketball program. The NC Museum of Life and Science in Durham is perfect for curious children and teenagers who love to discover new things. The museum has special programs designed for its young audience as well as a wide range of exhibits and activities.

One of the most popular outdoor attractions in the Triangle region is the Eno River State Park. A frequent haunt of hikers and nature-lovers, Eno River State Park has over 24 miles of trails that offer some of the most picturesque walks in the region. Some of the trails might test your physical fitness, but the views are worth it. Eno River is also a source of excitement for adventure-seekers. The river features small rapids that add adrenaline-boosting challenges for paddlers and rafters. Jordan Lake and its surrounding areas is where you may be able to get a glimpse of the no longer endangered, but still rare Bald Eagle; these majestic birds roost here during the summer. Locals and tourists also flock to Jordan Lake to swim and enjoy the peace and quiet of the area.

Lake Crabtree County Park is a sprawling green space, featuring around 215 acres of woodland as well as recreational facilities. Guests can go hiking, boating, fishing, or biking within the park’s grounds. There are also playgrounds for children and plenty of picnic spots. Programs that cater to all ages are available at Blue Jay Point County Park in Raleigh. This park also features extensive hiking trails at the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education.

Other areas to check out are Falls Lake Trail, which is just north of Blue Jay Point County Park, and Hemlock Bluffs and Steven’s Nature Center in Cary. There are plenty more open spaces in the Triangle area, so go exploring!