Friday, June 22, 2012

NCSU Main Campus

From Sarah C.:

On a quiet Saturday morning, D & I stopped by NC State's main campus to walk around (to me, "main campus" is north, central & south). It was just the two of us and we had time to enjoy. Being the weekend, parking was very easy and I headed to the center of the campus not far from DH Hill Library. For weekday visits, find details on the NCSU Transportation website regarding visitor parking fees and paylots:

WolfWalk screenshot
If you aren't familiar with NC State's campuses, consider printing a map ahead of time or downloading the free Wolfwalk app (see details at bottom of post). Wolfwalk is a great option to locate exactly where you are and find out details about that particular area of campus.

I had a few things in mind to show D so we headed off toward the library before looping to the bell tower, through the College of Design and back to our car. Your own journey could take you anywhere. Here are a few suggestions I have:

The Bell Tower - located at the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Pullen Road is the iconic NCSU Bell Tower. You'll catch the "bells" ringing at each half hour. A group has formed recently to finally complete the Bell Tower by adding real bells. The first 3 were unveiled in April and are currently on display at DH Hill Library.

Court of North Carolina - let the kids burn some energy running up and down the big grassy hill!

The Egg
Explore the art installations around the College of Design. Kids might get a kick out of their reflection in "Ellipsoid Construction" (better known as "The Egg") located in the courtyard between Brooks and Kamphoefner.

The Strolling Professor - a quick hello to this statue was on our list. Find him on the north side of Burlington Nuclear Labs.

The Wolf Ears - hop in one & your child in the other, then have a "secret" conversation (well, not too secret since it can be caught by others hanging out in between).

Wolf Ears just outside of DH Hill Library

Pick up a souvenir at the NCSU Bookstore currently located in the bottom of Harrelson Hall across the brickyard from DH Hill Library.

The Free Expression Tunnel - bring a can of spray paint and let your inner artist loose. Just no heels or devils, please.

Visit the 3 bronze wolves at "Wolf Plaza" just west of the Free Expression Tunnel and Talley Student Center.
Talley Student Center Construction - got a little Bob the Builder at home? Here's a chance to watch some construction up close. Catch a glimpse or two of the expansion process from behind the safety fence, step into Talley and watch a bit on one of the TVs or pull up the live feed online (

Have you enjoyed NC State's ice cream at the NC State Fair or perhaps Farm Animal Days? Well, you can enjoy that cold delicious treat this summer too. Get a scoop or two of Howling Cow ice cream at either Talley Student Center or the Creamery located in DH Hill Library. For other locations to pick up a pint or more, see

Watch a movie at the Campus Cinema - $3.00 for non-students. Find current showings and further information:

Ride the WolfLine. As we've mentioned in the past, a simple free bus ride is quite the adventure for the smaller set. This is also quite helpful if you want to explore sights on two different ends of Main Campus (or perhaps head to one of the other campuses). Check the current schedule here:

Visit Hillsborough Street - there are plenty of restaurants and shops. See Live It Up On Hillsborough Street website for listings and upcoming events:

NC State University

Find a campus map here There is a link about halfway down on the lefthand side with printable map options.

Wolfwalk provides a historical walking tour of the campus. It is available online at or from Apple app store (free).



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