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Pirates, politics and museums await in downtown Raleigh

Posted June 12, 2009 6:48 p.m. EDT
Updated June 12, 2009 6:57 p.m. EDT

— From politics to pirates, a trip to downtown Raleigh can be an inexpensive and educational getaway.

The North Carolina Museum of History, at 5 East Edenton St., takes visitors back to the state’s humble beginnings. The free museum offers exhibits about the state’s governors and Native American communities.

The “Knights of the Black Flag” exhibit explores the legacy of pirates who used to roam the North Carolina coast. This exhibit has a $5 fee for adults ages 19 and up. Senior citizens and active military personnel are admitted for a $4 fee. People under 19 years old are admitted free to this exhibit.

If pirates aren't your pleasure, there are plenty of other possibilities to plunder.

Visitors can wander the grounds of the State Capitol, at 1 East Edenton St., and even take a tour.

Some people choose to also enjoy a picnic lunch on a nearby park bench.

“You just have to get out some days,” said Lindsay Bowers, while enjoying her lunch outside. “When it’s a pretty day, you can’t let it go by.”

Just a block away, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, at 11 West Jones St., offers visitors a little something more to sink their teeth into.

“I went up to the desk and the lady gave me a program, and I said, ‘Where do I pay?’ and she said, ‘No, go on in,’” museum visitor Cathy Korkian said. “I couldn't believe it."

This free museum has gathered specimens from all over the state so you can walk through the wild in the comfort of air conditioning.

If you're really interested in bones, this museum offers a look at a time when dinosaurs roamed the land.