Activities On A Budget in Raleigh, North Carolina

budget activities raleighThese days, everyone is traveling on a budget – but that doesn’t mean you can’t still take a fun-filled summer vacation. With great Raleigh hotels and a wide array of exciting (and very often free) things to do – “The City of Oaks” offers plenty of opportunities for adventure that won’t break the bank. Some popular options and little-known destinations for those on a budget are listed below.

5 Fun Things To Do in Raleigh, NC


Moore Square Park

200 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

In the heart of the Moore Square Art District, this urban park is the perfect place to picnic, take a walk or let the kids burn off some energy. But when it really shines for budget travelers is on Saturday nights (summer only) when there are free concerts by everyone from The Tubes to the Charlie Daniels Band. Not sure who’s playing? Just ask your Raleigh hotel’s concierge.

Lake Crabtree County Park

1400 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC 27560

If the great outdoors are your thing, it doesn’t get any better than this. With a 520-acre lake, plus 215 acres to explore, you can spend the day hiking, biking, boating, fishing or swimming to your heart’s content. Plus, with picnic shelters and grills, it also makes for a great place to enjoy an economical meal.

North Carolina Museum of Art

2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607

Explore the Southeast’s premier visual arts museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art… for free. Tuesday through Sunday, this 164-acre museum showcases its impressive collection of art – some of which dates back 5,000 years. Plus, with free, guided walk-in tours, family-friendly activities, films, lectures, concerts and more (which may cost a small fee), you can spend the entire day opening your mind and taking in the sights. After you’ve walked through the exhibits inside the museum, be sure to take a spin around the grounds of the museum park. Open from dawn until dusk, this one-of-a-kind location is showcases incredible works that illustrate how art and ecology can work together.

Carolina Mudcats

1501 N.C. Hwy. 39 Zebulon, NC 27597
Through the first week in September, you can watch the boys of summer with the Carolina Mudcats pitch, hit, slide and score. With tickets ranging in price from $5 for general admission seats to $10 for premium field-level seats, it’s a fun, affordable way to spend an evening with a team from the Southern League. If you’re hungry for more than hot dogs and beer, you can even make dinner reservations at Cattails – a full-service restaurant located at the top of the stadium (with a bird’s-eye view of the field).

Culinary Tours

300 Fayetteville Street, #1918, Raleigh, NC 27601
If you’re a foodie who can afford to splurge, sign up for a Taste of Carolina gourmet food tour and enjoy a culinary experience you won’t find anywhere else. With prices ranging from $37 to $62, these one-of-a-kind walking tours will take you to some of South Carolina’s finest restaurants… and allow you to indulge in the city’s unique flavors. From ethnic and southern cuisine to barbecue, chocolates and cupcakes to local beer and wine, you’ll get a taste of what many Carolinians savor every day.

Some of the best budget hotels in Raleigh are also located near the city’s hottest attractions. So make your reservations and hit the road! If you move to the city and need a roof replacement in Raleigh, NC then check out Authentic Restoration!

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