Free Rides on Thursday: 15 kid-friendly bus destinations in Raleigh, Durham, Cary
Posted September 18, 2017 9:02 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 3:14 p.m. EDT
Try Transit Week is this week, and the region's public transportation services are offering free rides all day on Thursday.
I share this for one big reason: If you have young kids who don't normally get a chance to ride in public transportation, but love watching big vehicles, this can be a GREAT activity. My kids, when they were much younger, both loved riding on public transportation from time to time in Raleigh. And, bonus: It's a teacher workday for many Wake County school students. This could be a fun way to spend the day.
If you're new to our local public transportation, GoTriangle offers some tips before you go.
My main tips from experience: Get to the bus stop early. Be prepared to wait. Leave plenty of time to get to your destination. Be prepared to walk a little to your destination. And check out the incredibly easy-to-use TransLoc website, where you can simply key in your destination, find out if a stop is nearby and get the exact route.
Here are 15 places to go!
Kids 12 and under normally ride GoRaleigh for free, but they must be with an adult. Fares range between 60 cents for seniors and teens ages 13 to 18 to $2.50 for a day pass. But, of course, it's free on Thursday. Here are five places to go when you ride GoRaleigh.
There are lots of stops in downtown Raleigh, which will drop you off very close to N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, N.C. Museum of History and Marbles Kids Museum.
Take a ride to this top Raleigh destination and then board the park's popular kiddie train.
Sassafras All Children's Playground
This amazing playground, the biggest in Raleigh, is at Laurel Hills Community Center, which has its own bus stop.
Crabtree Valley Mall
Do some shopping, get a treat and check out the pop-up American Girl store, which is open through January 2018.
Sertoma Arts Center
Play on the playground and take a walk around Shelley Lake.
Kids 12 and under normally ride GoCary for free, but they must be with an adult. Fares range between 75 cents for seniors and teens ages 13 to 18 to $4.50 for a regional day pass for adults. But, of course, it's free on Thursday. Here are five places to go when you ride GoCary.
Crossroads Shopping Center
Hop off for a shopping trip, a movie, lunch or just some ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery or frozen yogurt at Yopop Frozen Yogurt.
Check out some books at Cary Community Library, play at Cary's new Downtown Park and stay for lunch or a treat.
Blow the minds of your little transportation lovers and plan your stop so that you can see the Amtrak trains pull in and out.
Cary Towne Center
Take a shopping trip - or go swimming at the Triangle Aquatics Center.
Go to a Park
Kids 12 and under normally ride GoDurham for free, but they must be with an adult. GoDurham's website has more information about fares, which are free on Thursday. Here are five places to go when you ride GoDurham.
Durham Central Park
Play on Mount Merrill then head up to Rise or another nearby spot for a treat or lunch.
Head out for a few hours to Duke Park and take a ride on the playground's GIANT slides.
The Streets at Southpoint
Ditto on the lunch or errands, then ride the mall's carousel.
Take a walk in the beautiful gardens or make plans to attend the 10:30 a.m., storytime, on Thursday, for ages 3 to 5 and their adult.