Summertime in Raleigh is a great time to get out and explore all that this area has to offer. With a variety of activities to choose from, there’s certainly something to please anyone’s interests. Here at Springmoor, we encourage residents to go out and enjoy the beautiful weather. Not sure what to do? No problem! We’ve highlighted things to do in the Raleigh area.
The Raleigh-Durham area is home to multiple wineries that offer wine tastings and tours. Whether you are a wine expert or novice, these wineries can be a wonderful place to enjoy a day in the sun. You can take a tour through the vineyards, enjoy the tasting rooms, or have a picnic on the grounds with a bottle of wine.
Wineries in the Raleigh-Durham area:
- Adams Vineyards and Winery
- Chatham Hill Winery and Event Venue
- Cloer Family Vineyards
- Heart of North Carolina Wine Trail
- Muscadine Heritage Wine Trail
Nothing says summer quite like America’s favorite pastime- baseball! The Carolina Mudcats are a minor league baseball team based in Zebulon, North Carolina. They’ve been in the triangle area since 1978 and play all of their home games at Five County Stadium. The team’s schedule runs through the summer and would make an excellent weekend excursion for sports fans of any age. Check out their schedule here.
Searching for something to do with your grand kids? Look no further than Adventure Landing. This exciting place includes go-karts, adventure golf, laser tag, batting cages, and more. Whatever your age, there is something for you to enjoy. The pricing varies depending on what activities you choose to enjoy, or you can purchase a whole day package for approximately $10. They also offer a 10 percent discount for seniors, military personnel, and veterans.
State Recreation Areas
If you want to be outdoors this summer season, Raleigh has plenty of places to choose from. Whatever activity you want to enjoy, one of the parks in the area can accommodate you.
Umstead State Park: This 5,579 acre park is easily accessible from Interstate 40 and US 70. There are more than 20 miles of trails to enjoy, ranging from short walks to long, extensive hikes. There is also Big Lake, where you can rent a boat or canoe, or go fishing.
Falls Lake State Recreation Area: Falls Lake is a great way to escape the city for a day or two. With a 12,000 acre lake and 26,000 acres of land to explore, you are sure to find something to please you here. In the water, you can enjoy swimming, fishing, and boating. On land, there are various trails to choose from and places for picnicking and camping.
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area: Jordan Lake boasts one of the most unique activities in the Raleigh area: bald eagle watching! This lake supports the largest concentration of bald eagles in the eastern United States. While the best time of year to spot the eagles is in the spring, there is always the chance to see them in the summer as well. This lake also offers hiking trails, camping, swimming, and more.
It wouldn’t be summer without a round of golf, and this area has plenty of courses to choose from. The 2014 US Open was hosted at nearby Pinehurst. If you don’t want to travel quite that far, you have plenty of closer options, including:
Eagle Ridge Golf Course
Garner Country Club
401 Par Golf
Raleigh Golf Association
Lonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State University
Raleigh Country Club
Hedingham Golf & Athletic Club
Wil-Mar Golf Course
Raleigh and the surrounding area have an abundance of antique stores to meet everyone’s unique style and budget. Getting out and discovering, one-of-a-kind items is a great summer activity. Below are just a few of the area antique stores and thrift shops in the area:
Father & Son Antiques
For Old Times Sake, Vintage, Antiques, & Whatnots
Form & Function
Glenwood South Antiques
Thieves Market Mall
Stagville State Historic Site
For history lovers, there’s a great Civil War-era plantation to visit in Durham. This historic site is one of the largest plantations of the pre-Civil War South. Stretched across almost 30,000 acres, Stagville State Historic Site once belonged to the Bennehan-Cameron family. This plantation gives a glimpse into North Carolina and America’s past. It’s free to enjoy and you can explore the grounds on your own or enjoy a tour.
Whatever you choose to do this summer, we hope you have a wonderful time!
If you’re interested in visiting Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community, give us a call at 919-848-7000 to set up a tour!