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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Free Admission | Mon–Sat: 9 am–5 pm | Sun: 12 pm–5 pm
11 West Jones St. Raleigh, NC 27601

Explore the natural wonders of North Carolina, from the depths of its ocean to its rocky mountains. Complete with a 20-foot (6-meter) waterfall, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science has much to offer. See North Carolina as it was, in a re-creation of six prehistoric habitats. This is home to the only Acorcanthosaurus discovered in the world, and Willo, the first dinosaur found with a fossilized heart. The Discovery Room is full of interactive exhibits. Looking for that perfect gift? The Nature Gallery has original nature-themed artwork available. There is a restaurant on site. The general admission is free of charge. There is a cover charge for special exhibits. Children under 13 years must be accompanied by an adult. The Discovery Room, Naturalist Center, and Living Conservatory remain closed on Mondays. Details.
Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours
Saturdays, 1:45-5:00 and 3:30-7:00. Fridays, 2:00. 2013
Downtown Raleigh

Whether you're a resident or a visitor, you'll enjoy the opportunity to talk with chefs while tasting their incredible food. Walking tours cover up to three miles and take place at 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:30 pm on most Saturdays, all year 'round, and on weekdays and weeknights by appointment. Details.

Upcoming events & things to do in Raleigh!

Triangle Restaurant Week
January 26 – February 1, 2015
Various Venues in Raleigh, NC
During TRW, participating restaurants offer special three-course menu options and fixed pricing, a great opportunity for residents and visitors alike to indulge in the area's finest cuisine! No reservations, tickets or passes required. Details.
Wake Forest Mardi Gras
February 14, 2015
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
The street festival will feature live music and special performances, face painting and a children's parade. There will also be a King and Queen Costume Contest and other fun activities for the young and the young at heart. The day-long festivities will conclude with a sensational evening of music, dancing and fun during our Mardi Gras Renaissance Ball. Details.
Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball
February 14, 2015
St. Michael's Catholic Church 804 High House Rd., Cary, NC
Join our masked revelries! Admission includes a sumptuous three-course meal inspired by traditional New Orleans recipes. After dinner, join us on the dance floor to dance to live music, including old favorites, Mardi Gras Jazz tunes and top hits provided by the Moore Square Dixielanders. Details.
Southern Farm Show
February 4 - 6, 2015
North Carolina State Fairgrounds 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC
A tradition at the NC State Fairgrounds each February, the show hosts key industry events, and is known as the region’s annual meeting place for farmers and agricultural leaders. Free admission and parking make the show a can’t-miss for farmers, as well as allied professionals including landscapers and excavation contractors. Details.
The 10th Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge
February 14, 2015
Starts at the Bell Tower on Hillsborough St
All proceeds from the Krispy Kreme Challenge are donated to the NC Children's Hospital so that its staff can continue to provide the best care and facilities for their patients. Details.
Southern Ideal Home Show ~ Raleigh Spring
April 10 - 12, 2015
North Carolina State Fairgrounds Raleigh, NC
Bring your home to-do list and finish your improvement projects with a face-to-face conversation with over 300 top area professionals in home and garden. See what’s trending now in remodeling, enhance your outdoor living experience, shop for interior décor, remodel your kitchen & bath and much, much more for projects of all sizes. Details.

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