The Triangle is lush with greenery and flowers. So naturally – pun intended – our area is filled with gorgeous gardens and picturesque parks. With more than 150 parks, gardens, lakes and greenways in Raleigh alone, there are plenty of places to enjoy the scenery.
Downtown Raleigh is filled with scenic hangouts. The rose gardens behind the Raleigh Little Theater – parking for which can be found off Gardner or Pogue streets – is an tranquil place to, as the old adage goes, stop and smell the roses. It contains a variety of different species of roses as well as an excellent open grassy area and multitudes of benches. This rose garden is a great way to relax and spend time downtown without being in the middle of the hubbub of traffic and businesses.
Another excellent place to relax downtown is NC State’s JC Raulston Arboretum. The arboretum is filled with a plethora of flowers and shrubbery and has many themed sections. By visiting the arboretum you can relax in a Japanese garden or lay out under looming oak trees. The best thing about these parks is that they are completely free and open to the public.
The gardens in parks in other parts of the triangle are also perfect for citizens of all ages. UNC’s North Carolina Botanical Gardens has been a leader in native plant conservation for more than 30 years. The gardens span over a large area of land and encompass formal display gardens as well as natural areas and nature trails.
If you reside in Durham or wish to take a trip to the city, the Duke Gardens are a must-see. The Sarah P. Duke Gardens spans 55 acres on the western campus of Duke University and is recognized as one of the premier public gardens in the United States attracting more than 300,000 visitors from all over the world, each year. With a vast area to tour, you could never be bored of the beauty that surrounds you. Like the aforementioned parks and gardens, the Duke Gardens are also free admission.
So whenever you are looking for something to do on one of the Triangle’s many beautiful, warm and sunny days, visit one of these breath-taking locations for a day filled with natural beauty. The best thing about the Triangle is that none of these places are too far away from where you are. So take a trip into nature – you will not regret it for a second.