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Pullen Park (central park), Raleigh

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Pullen Park (central park), Raleigh, North Carolina NC

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Pullen Park is the central park of Raleigh, an enchanting place with lots to do. You can check out the little lake and ride paddle boats on it. There is a turtle sculpture to climb on, and picnic tables by the lake, plus a sweet Andy Griffith sculpture of father and son going fishing. The carousel, inside an air-conditioned pavilion, is gorgeous, and has its own wurlitzer music maker, loud and interesting. Near the playground are kiddie boats that go slowly around. A mini train loops around the park. On a hill there are plenty of trees and picnic pavilions and a good feeling.
The playground is large and modern with tons of room to roam. Kids can choose from many structures on the playground, climbeys of all types, a space net, a spongey hill to run down, a sandy area with four digging devices, a water play area (great on hot summer days), a toddler playground with bouncies and baby swings, and two see saws. What a lovely place to visit!
At Christmastime, Pullen Park is decorated beautifully. Come at night to enjoy the lights in the trees. Reserve far ahead of time to ride the Santa Train.
After, check out the two free museums downtown, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the NC Museum of History (a six minute drive east).
If you're hungry, have a delicious arepa at Guasaca Arepas and Salsa Grill (an eleven minute drive northwest). Another option is Cameron Village, a shopping center seven minutes drive away, with many cafes. Or a great choice, drive three minutes east to Morgan Street- older kids will enjoy the classy under-the-sea atmosphere inside Irregardless Cafe.

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Christmas lights on the fence.
Christmas lights on the fence.
Christmas lights at the entrance.
Christmas lights at the entrance.
The air-conditioned carousel pavilion.
The air-conditioned carousel pavilion.
Paddle boats on the lake.
Paddle boats on the lake.
Picnic tables by the lake.
Picnic tables by the lake.
Turtle to climb on by the lake.
Turtle to climb on by the lake.
Andy Griffith Show sculpture- so sweet.
Andy Griffith Show sculpture- so sweet.
Giraffe at the carousel.
Giraffe at the carousel.
Wurlitzer music band!
Wurlitzer music band!
Southern Railroad car you can go inside.
Southern Railroad car you can go inside.
Walking into the Southern Railroad car.
Walking into the Southern Railroad car.
The kiddie boats.
The kiddie boats.
Space nets are always a blast!
Space nets are always a blast!
A mom climbs with her child.
A mom climbs with her child.
Semi-circle climbey.
Semi-circle climbey.
Flowers everywhere, even in winter.
Flowers everywhere, even in winter.
See saw and swings.
See saw and swings.
Another play structure!!
Another play structure!!
Another see saw.
Another see saw.
Semi-circle climbey and another climbey behind it. You won't run out of things to do!
Semi-circle climbey and another climbey behind it. You won't run out of things to do!
Sand play area with diggers.
Sand play area with diggers.
Flowers make things look cheerful.
Flowers make things look cheerful.
Bouncey in the toddler area.
Bouncey in the toddler area.
A dad stands with his toddler on the grass in the middle of the play area.
A dad stands with his toddler on the grass in the middle of the play area.
A bouncey in the toddler area.
A bouncey in the toddler area.
Trees at the top of a hill.
Trees at the top of a hill.
Winter trees and picnic table.
Winter trees and picnic table.
The carousel pavilion and the mini train tracks that run beside it.
The carousel pavilion and the mini train tracks that run beside it.
Green carousel pavilion and bright tree.
Green carousel pavilion and bright tree.
 

Directions

Pullen Park is located at 520 Ashe Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606. Parking is free. 
The carousel opens at 10am, and closes at 6pm October-March and 9pm April-September.
Tickets for carousel (42" to ride alone), train (42" to ride alone), or kiddie boats (30-54" to ride) are $1.50 each. Tickets for paddle boats are $6 per boat, for half an hour (four person maximum allowed on boat).

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