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Around Downtown Raleigh

Food and Shopping

The Hanging Around Downtown Map will show you that there are more than 60 restaurants within 5-6 blocks of the Raleigh Convention Center. The City Plaza on Fayetteville street, just one block away from the convention center features lots of room for socializing, eating and just simply relaxing. There are also four businesses in the kiosks there, including Jimmy John's and Shish Kabob. The map also has directions to shopping options within minutes of downtown Raleigh.

Museums and Tours

Raleigh is very visitor friendly and once you hop on the R-Line, you can explore many of the downtown hot spots. Check out this list of tours and museums, but keep in mind that some require planning in advance.

State Museums and Capitol Area Sites

The visitor's bureau schedules group tours at the State Capitol, Museum of History, Natural Sciences Museum, and Legislative Building. The Capitol, Legislative Building, and the Governors' Mansion all offer 30 minute guided tours. If you would like to schedule a tour, call 866-724-8687 for more information.

North Carolina State Capitol
North Carolina Historic Sites
NC Museum of History 
NC Museum of Natural Sciences


Raleigh City Museum in the Historic Briggs Hardware Building
This museum is complimentary access, but donations are appreciated Raleigh City Museum

Marbles and IMAX

There is a cost involved with museum access or the IMAX movies
Marbles Kids Museum IMAX Raleigh

Mordecai Historic Park

There is a trolley tour of this historic district for a fee, but self touring is also an option. Park admission is $3 for students and the trolley tour is $4. Reservations are suggested for groups.

Other Guided Tour Services

Reservations required

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