Museums, Historic Sites and Zoos
The Triangle boasts a variety of museums, historic sites and even zoos (nearby at least), which all offer a variety of special programs and events for families.
The downtown Chapel Hill museum is geared toward children ages 0 to 8 with plenty of hands-on activities and special events.
The museum in downtown Raleigh caters to kids ages 0 to 12. The museum includes a variety of hands-on exhibits, an IMAX theater and regular special events.
The downtown Chapel Hill destination features planetarium shows, regular events and more.
The popular Durham museum boasts indoor and outdoor exhibits, including a collection of animals, a butterfly house, a kiddie train and more.
The art museum on Duke University's campus offers regular Family Days with family-friendly activities.
The free museum in Raleigh showcases art from around the world, offers summer concert and movie series, and plenty of family-friendly special events.
The free downtown Raleigh museum encourages visitors to explore the natural world of North Carolina. Don't miss the large whale skeletons, dinosaurs and Living Conservatory. The museum also holds regular events.
The free downtown Raleigh museum, across from the natural sciences museum, traces the history of the state and offers regular family-friendly events. Sports fans shouldn't miss the state's sports hall of fame.
The downtown Raleigh museum traces the history of the city and offers regular children's programs.
The national historic site in Johnston County is the location of the largest battle fought in North Carolina during the Civil War.
The national historic site in Durham is the early home, factories and farm where Washington Duke grew and processed tobacco.
The historic site in Durham is the location of the largest pre-Civil War plantation in North Carolina.
Visit the home of the "Father of Raleigh." The historic site offers tours and family-friendly events.
State legislators don't usually meet in the downtown Raleigh historic site anymore (they now meet a couple of blocks away), but the public is welcome to tour the building.
The center in the western Triangle is open for scheduled tours and birthday parties. The exotic animal rescue center includes lions, tigers and more.
See all kinds of animals at the state zoo in Asheboro. They live among the 500 acres of exhibits built to look like natural habitats. The zoo is about two hours from Raleigh.
The hands-on zoo in Coats is about an hour from the Triangle. Noah's Landing features a variety of animals.