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Raleigh, N.C. , areas

Raleigh is home to seven different areas, each with its personality and stand-out things to do. Plus, there are 11 charming towns in the Raleigh area to explore! Discover area towns on our Explore the Triangle Area page.

The City of Raleigh includes seven distinctive areas, each offering unique treasures and warm welcomes.

East Raleigh
Steeped in history, East Raleigh continues to grow as visitors become residents and plant their roots in this diverse, evolving area. Begin your visit with an outdoor history lesson at Historic Oak View County Park. In addition to the historic neighborhoods, preserved antebellum homes and buildings with unexpected stories to tell, you’ll also want to take time to explore Saint Augustine’s University.

South Raleigh
Located just south of downtown, this vibrant area is one of the city’s most rapidly growing districts. With multiple family-friendly parks, eateries and entertainment options, South Raleigh is the perfect place to spend a day during your visit. Take a few hours to explore Juniper Level Botanic Garden, a 28-acre education, research and display garden with more than 23,000 unique plants from around the world (open eight weekends per year).

West Raleigh
Located in the middle of West Raleigh is North Carolina State University’s (NCSU’s) main campus. A short walk are both Theatre In The Park and Raleigh Little Theatre, one of the nation’s longest-running community theatres (since 1936). The Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden features 60 different varieties. The free-admission North Carolina Museum of Art is one of the premier visual arts museums in the South and features a 164-acre Museum Park, the largest of its kind in the nation.

Midtown Raleigh
The Midtown Raleigh area includes four different shopping, entertainment and dining districts all within a short drive—North Hills, Crabtree Valley, Cameron Village and the Five Points neighborhood—plus plenty of hits in between! Each of the four areas is walkable, giving you access to all the awesome things to do at each.

North Raleigh
North Raleigh, encompassing the expansive area north of Midtown Raleigh, is home to a growing number of large residential enclaves along with hundreds of restaurants, large retail stores, entertainment complexes, parks and recreation areas. Family entertainment options make this the go-to destination for mini golf, go-kart racing, roller skating, bowling and other activities.

RDU/Brier Creek
Named for its proximity to RDU International Airport, the RDU/Brier Creek area is home to hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail, restaurants, breweries and an array of family fun. Two of the largest concentrations, Brier Creek Commons and Alexander Place Promenade, offer a premium collection of national names in shopping, dining and entertainment.

Entertainment districts

Vibrant and dynamic. A blend of the old and new. On the move. Inviting. From the Capital District and Fayetteville Street to Glenwood South, Moore Square and the Warehouse District, downtown Raleigh’s entertainment districts deliver all this and more.

Capital District
Stately buildings and classic architecture line the streets of this historic Capital District. This is where decisions are made and history is honored, all within a downtown perimeter that is home to some of N.C.’s most iconic public landmarks. The North Carolina State Capitol building is one of the best-preserved examples of a civic building in Greek Revival-style architecture. The North Carolina Executive Mansion, a Victorian-style mansion built from native materials, offers tours throughout the year.

Fayetteville Street
This district distinguishes Raleigh as a sophisticated Southern city, with an abundance of restaurants, bars and galleries mingling with contemporary high-rises and restored historic buildings. On weekdays, visitors will be immersed in the environment of business and commerce that characterizes downtown Raleigh. At night, the street makes a complete transformation, with hundreds of young professionals flocking to the district’s unique bars, clubs and restaurants, including Foundation, The Haymaker, The Big Easy and Isaac Hunter’s Tavern.

Glenwood South
The streets of Glenwood South are lined with progressive restaurant and nightlife concepts, unique shops, art galleries and studios, all built in what was once a row of warehouse buildings. Enjoy lunch at one of the district’s distinctive eateries. In the evenings join the crowds gathering under twinkling lights at Cornerstone Tavern or enjoying pretzels and craft beer at Raleigh Beer Garden, home of the largest selection of draft beer in the world.

Moore Square
Moore Square is a time-honored, historic district with a charming mix of old and new, cobblestone streets juxtaposed against modern upgrades. In City Market, you can browse among the cadre of unique shops or stop in for breakfast at Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant. If you are with children, make sure Marbles Kids Museum is on your itinerary. And have lunch at Royale or Bida Manda and save dinner for Brewery Bhavana.

Warehouse District
Characterized by six blocks of iconic, red-brick, former-industrial buildings, the Warehouse District in downtown Raleigh is a growing concentration of galleries, studios, restaurants, nightlife and innovative businesses located a few blocks west of Raleigh Convention Center. Culinary offerings in this walkable neighborhood include legendary, Carolina-style barbecue at The Pit, farm-to-table contemporary Mexican cuisine at Jose and Sons, vegetarian fare at Fiction Kitchen and upscale Southern favorites at Whiskey Kitchen, Parkside and Humble Pie. A trip to the Warehouse District would not be complete with a stop at Videri Chocolate Factory, a fully operational chocolate factory. Their wares are as tasty as they are artful.

Things to do in Raleigh and the Triangle Area

Raleigh and the surrounding towns that make up The Triangle region offer endless options if you’re looking for something to do or somewhere to go.  If you’re relocating to the Raleigh area, use this local area guide to get to know your surroundings.  If you’re a Raleigh native or have already lived here a while, this guide can help you plan your next weekend and ensure you never run out of things to do.