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Things to do in Raleigh-Durham + Central North Carolina

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Raleigh-Durham + Central North Carolina. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Raleigh-Durham + Central North Carolina attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Raleigh-Durham + Central North Carolina to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Raleigh-Durham + Central North Carolina.

  • 3CUPS

  • Ava Gardner Museum

  • Cane Creek Farm

  • Capitol

    Superbly curated emporium of women’s designer clothing and accessories. More
  • Carolina Basketball Museum

    The museum doubles as a de facto shrine to alum Michael Jordan (old jerseys included). More
  • Castle Rock Gardens

  • Childress Vineyards

    Childress Vineyards, Yadkin’s newest winery, is owned by legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress and consists of a 65-acre vineyard and winer... More
  • Dean Dome

    Come November, tickets that haven’t been snapped up by students are available to the public. More
  • Dean Smith Center

    In season (if you’ve bought tickets far in advance), catch the Tar Heels playing basketball at the University of North Carolina. More
  • Enoteca Vin

    Sleek wine bar More
  • Havana Deluxe

    Cigar-friendly club More
  • Hinnant Family Vineyards

  • Locopops

  • Merlefest

  • Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

    Take part in hands-on science exhibits or catch a space show where the first NASA astronauts trained. More

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