Friday, August 2, 2013

50+ Field Trips Around Raleigh, NC

updated:  7/2/16

Here is a list of fifty over sixty field trips that are close to Raleigh, NC. A couple of them are up to 3 hours away, but they are ones we have actually done in a day - get up really early and get home late - and are worth the drive. There are lots more that would require an overnight stay, but I'll put those in a different post.

  1.  Agape Center for Environmental Education (Fuquay-Varina)
  2.  Airborne and Special Ops Museum (Fayetteville)
  3.  Alamance Battleground "Colonial Week" (Burlington) Oct. 10-14, 2016
  4. ArtSpace (Raleigh) 
  5.  Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education (Raleigh)
  6. Blue Jay Point County Park nature classes (Raleigh)
  7. Camp Flintlock (Four Oaks) 
  8. Carolina Ballet - Nutcracker Student Matinee (Raleigh) - Dec. 
  9. Carolina Theater - Arts Discovery Educational Series (Durham) 
  10. Carolina Tiger Rescue (Pittsboro)
  11. Clemmons Educational State Forest (Clayton)
  12.  Country Doctor Museum (Bailey)
  13. Duke Homestead State Historic Site (Durham)
  14.  Duke Lemur Center (Durham) 
  15. Durant Nature Preserve (N.Raleigh)  
  16. Durham Bulls Education Days - baseball (Durham) 
  17. Fort Macon State Park (Atlantic Beach) 
  18. Grady-White Boats Factory (Greenville) 
  19. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park (Greensboro) 
  20.  Harris Energy and Environmental Center (nuclear power) (New Hill)
  21.  Hill Ridge Farms (Youngsville)
  22.  Historic Oak View County Park (Raleigh)
  23. Historic Oakwood Cemetery history tours ( Raleigh )
  24. Historic Stagville Plantation (Durham)
  25. Homeland Creamery dairy farm (Julian )
  26. Imagination Station Science and History Museum (Wilson) 
  27. Interfaith Food Shuttle Teaching Farm (Raleigh)
  28. International Civil Rights Center and Museum (Greensboro) 
  29. Joel Lane House (Raleigh) 
  30.  Lowes Foods "From the Field" Trips  (local store)
  31.  Marbles Kids Museum / IMAX Theater (Raleigh)
  32. Martin Marietta Rock Quarry (Raleigh)  
  33. Millstone Creek Apple Orchard (Ramseur)
  34. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center (Chapel Hill) 
  35.  Museum of Life and Science (Durham)
  36.  New Hope Valley Railway (New Hill) 
  37.  NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher (Kure Beach)
  38.  NC Museum of Art (Raleigh)
  39.  NC Museum of History (Raleigh)
  40. NC Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh)
  41. NC State Capitol (Raleigh) 
  42. NC Symphony Young People's Concerts (Raleigh)
  43.  NCSU Solar Center/Solar House (Raleigh) 
  44.  NC Transportation Museum (Spencer) 
  45. NC Zoo (Asheboro) 
  46. North Carolina State Parks (statewide)
  47.  Old Salem (Winston-Salem)
  48.  Raleigh Little Theater: Beyond the Stage Door (Raleigh)
  49.  Red Hill Farm - horses (Franklinton)
  50.  RDU Airport Observation Park (Raleigh) 
  51.  Rocky Mount Children's Museum and Science Center (Rocky Mount)
  52.  Scrap Exchange (Durham) 
  53. Snow Camp Outdoor Theater: Pathway to Freedom (Snow Camp - summer) 
  54. Tryon Palace (New Bern) 
  55. USS North Carolina (Wilmington)
  56. Videri Chocolate Factory (Raleigh)
  57.  Vollmer Farms : Pumpkin Patch and Back 40 (Bunn) Oct.
  58.  Wake Weekly newspaper (Wake Forest) 
  59.  WCPE Classical Radio Station (Wake Forest)
  60.  WRAL TV Station and Weather Center (Raleigh) 
  61.  US Post Office   ( local)  
  62. local police station /fire station

We haven't been on ALL of these field trips, but definitely a lot of them over the years -  Blue Jay Point, NC Museums of History and Natural Science, Historic Oak View,  Harris Nuclear Energy Center, USS North Carolina, WCPE Radio Station, Wake Weekly newspaper office, Morehead Planetarium, International Civil Rights Center, Duke Lemur Center.    Alamance Battleground "Colonial Week"is one of my all-time faves.  WRAL TV Station  and Weather Center was great, as well as performances at Carolina Theater, NC Symphony, and Carolina Ballet. I'm a fan of art museums, and the NC Museum of Art has a great children's program.  Airborne and Special Ops Museum in Fayetteville is fascinating for military buffs and the NC Zoo in Asheboro and Museum of Life and Science in Durham are both top notch.



DerwinandFaye Creech said...

Agree with all of these and would add Joel Lane House (at Christmas especially), Yates Mill Pond/Park, and Bennet Place (Durham). There are places that we like when they have re-eanctments or special activities but not necessarily at other times. Alamance Colonial is one of our favorites since not only is a great, but we met some great friends there the first year we homeschooled, namely the Herberts! And ditto on the Zoo - great for all ages, and if you go to the Special Ops Museum in Fayetteville (def worth the drive), pop into the JFK Museum on base (you must go through security) and let the kids try out the bunkers plus see how big the base there is. Great list, Beth! I'm bookmarking this for later! Hope others will chime in for places I've forgotten about or don't know about, too.

Shanna said...

Thank you, Beth! This is a wonderful list. I'll be referring to it often. We've loved Yates Mill/Pond as well and also the NC Symphony.

Anonymous said...

Awesome list! Can't wait to check some of these out!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing. I am a brand new homeschooling mom of a 7 year old boy. Very excited and anxious.

Anonymous said...

Such a great list! Thanks you!