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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!

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
November 28 – December 24, 2014
A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC

We will bring to life the magical world of the North Pole in a large-scale, spectacle-filled musical with all the classic songs. From fleeing the Abominable Snow Monster™ to saving Christmas, join Rudolph® and his friends, Clarice™, Hermey the Elf™ and Yukon Cornelius™ as their adventures teach us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the little misfit in all of us. Details.
The Nutcracker
November 28 - December 28, 2014
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium 2 E South St, Raleigh, NC

Hundreds of thousands have been captivated and fascinated by the awe-inspiring grace, grandeur, and mysterious illusions of Carolina Ballet’s holiday classic. This season will prove to be no less spectacular as Robert Weiss combines the beauty of classical ballet with a little Las Vegas magic in what has become an annual favorite throughout the Triangle. Details.
First Night Raleigh 2014
December 31, 2014
Downtown Raleigh, Raleigh, NC

The festival includes the early afternoon Children's Celebration, early & late countdowns, the People's Procession, music, dance, theatre, the giant Acorn Drop, and fireworks. First Night Raleigh admission buttons will be available at local Harris Teeter and Etix, beginning December 1. Details.
2015 Commitment Day 5K
January 1, 2015
Lifetime Fitness 1700 Regency Pkwy, Cary, NC

Commitment Day is a nationwide, family-friendly New Year’s Day 5K Run/Walk. Most events will start and finish at the Life Time location in that city. Specific information for each event is coming soon. Details.
The Wedding Show
January 3 - 4, 2015
North Carolina State Fairgrounds 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC

A must attend event for brides that will entertain you throughout the weekend as you visit all the exhibits. Indulge in wedding cakes and sample all the delicious food brought to you by the triangle’s premier wedding cake bakeries and caterers. Details.
Raleigh Bass & Saltwater Fishing Expo
January 9 - 11, 2015
North Carolina State Fairgrounds 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC

For over 22 years the Bass & Saltwater Fishing Expo has brought together some of the best talent in the Fishing Industry to conduct seminars during the 3 day weekend. Three different seminar rooms operate simultaneously every hour on the hour during the show. 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.

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