Must-visit museums and parks for a fascinating day out in Durham Raleigh, NC
North Carolina is rich in history and diverse learning opportunities. Include these great Durham and Raleigh, NC museums and parks in your itinerary the next time you plan a weekend trip – and rediscover the thrill of learning something new.
Durham, North Carolina
- Museum of Life and Science
- Historic Stagville
The science and wildlife museum features a two-story interactive activity center, one of the largest butterfly houses on the East Coast, and an extensive number of indoor and outdoor exhibits to fascinate younger minds.
A state historic site that is dedicated to sharing the lives and work of enslaved people on the plantation, Historic Stagville encompasses a fraction of the land owned by the Bennehan-Cameron family. It includes original slave quarters dating back to 1851, a massive barn from the 1860s, and the Bennehan family house.
Raleigh, North Carolina
- Marbles Kids Museum
- North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
- Historic Yates Mill County Park
Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh is filled with dozens of themed exhibits, innovative activities, IMAX documentaries, feature films, and special events year-round. It is the ideal place to bring the whole family to enjoy a day of fun and learning.
One of North Carolina’s most visited museums and the state’s most iconic landmark, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences features seven floors of interactive exhibits and a collection of amazing wildlife and sea life. For kids who love dinosaurs, are fascinated by reptiles and amphibians, and are mesmerized by colorful fish, this museum has something for everyone.
A 174-acre wildlife park, the Historic Yates Mill County Park features hiking trails and a fully restored and operational 18th-century, water-powered mill. Visitors can explore the park and discover its diversity or take a tour around the Historic Yates Mill to learn about its story.
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