NC State's JC Raulston Arboretum
Sarah C. scopes out a place that has been on my "to take C to list" for years:
The JC Raulston Arboretum sits on 10 acres in west Raleigh near the NC State Fairgrounds and NCSU's College of Veterinary Medicine. It features a number of gardens as well as wide open green spaces, sculptures, and Visitor and Education centers.
It might not be the first place to come to mind with all the recent hot weather. If you're willing to venture out in the morning with the kids before the heat really kicks in, it could be a great spot to burn some energy. There are numerous paths throughout to explore - some even take you into shaded spots and to water features. For the most part, you can push a stroller through.
During our visit, DH, D & I had fun wandering, looking at the flowers and sculptures. We also managed to spot a few bees collecting pollen from flowers (amazing how long watching them kept my toddler occupied!):
And I had fun playing with my DSLR taking photos. Of course, my shots were purely amateur but JC Raulston Arboretum does allow professional photography on the property. More information as well as visitor guidelines (ie, this is a research facility so no picking of flowers or other vegetation is allowed) can be found here.
Parking is available in the Arboretum's parking lot or along the Beryl Road. Follow signage guidelines.
A number of programs are offered year round. Some free, some for a small fee. Check out the website for further details. Also, note that JC Raulston Arboretum and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens have a reciprocating agreement for educational programs which allows members of either to attend programs at the member rate at both facilities. There are also benefits for members of the American Horticulral Society. Be sure to mention your membership(s) when registering for programs.
JC Raulston Arboretum
http://www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum/index.php | Children's Programs
4415 Beryl Road
8:00am - 8:00pm April - October
8:00am - 5:00pm November - March
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