Changeable Weather Does Not Have To Spoil Your Enjoyment Of Raleigh
North Carolina’s State Capital Has Something For Everyone All Year Round
Raleigh is the state capital of North Carolina and one of North America’s earliest planned cities. With a population of 474,069 at the last count, Raleigh is a large, vibrant city and currently one of the fastest-growing communities in the country.
Raleigh was not the first North Carolina capital – that honor goes to Bath, and then Edenton, and then New Bern. When the British Army laid siege to New Bern, legislators gave the role of capital to Fayetteville. Raleigh became the capital in 1788, thanks to having a central location that kept it safe from coastal attacks.
Modern-day Raleigh retains a sense of Southern style and charm and is full of parks and green spaces to make you feel like you have stepped back in time. It is also chock full of educational institutions, theaters, arts companies, museums, and more. It has a thriving student culture and lively nightlife and is also very family-friendly.
Green Spaces Galore
One of the most impressive things about Raleigh is the wide range of parks and green spaces. Residents and visitors appreciate how easy it is to get fresh air and exercise in Raleigh. Green spaces are ideal for warm summers and crisp fall or spring days. If you happen to visit in the winter, it is still worth wrapping up warm for a bracing walk. Some of the most popular spots include:
- Clemmons Educational Forest, where you can learn while you enjoy the vistas. There are plenty of clearly marked trails packed with information displays, and you can also enjoy ranger-led talks and demonstrations. Clemmons is easy to navigate with plenty of picnic areas for when you need a rest.
- William B. Umstead State Park offers miles of trails yet is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Downtown. Visitors can enjoy miles of hiking and biking trails, with space to camp if you want a more extended stay. There are also places for paddling and fishing, and the park is home to birds, beavers, deer, and raccoons.
- Juniper Level Botanic Garden is a rare must-see that is only open to the public on eight weekends each year. Explore more than 27,000 rare plant species in Raleigh’s very own 28-acre Eden. Plant lovers from around the world flock to Raleigh to see rare specimens and soak in the beauty.
- Pullen Park is an ideal space to take the kids. It has been around since 1887 and offers an aquatic center, a cafe, an outdoor theater, an arts center, and plenty of space to play.
Entertainment For All The Family In Every Season
If the weather turns, or you are craving some more indoor attractions, Raleigh does not disappoint. A stroll along downtown Raleigh’s oak-lined streets reveals treasures galore, with plenty of other attractions within easy striking distance.
Kids will love Marbles Kids Museum, which is packed with educational exhibits cleverly disguised as play. Children can play and learn and even take in an educational show at the on-site IMAX cinema.
Whether you live in Raleigh or stop for a short visit, do not miss the weekly NC Fairgrounds Flea Market. Every weekend you can stop by the NC State Fairgrounds, where you will find everything from clothes and bric-a-brac to antiques and toys and plenty of local produce.
If you need a gift or something for yourself, swing by the Nash Square Shopping District in Downtown. This popular lawn area provides a place to rest while you decide where to start – the historic buildings, range of restaurants, nearby arcade, or trendy independent gift shops.
When evening falls, Raleigh’s music scene comes to life. You will find everything from orchestral performances to lively independent and student artists. Visit the PNC arena for bigger acts, or head Downtown at the weekend to discover lesser-known singer-songwriters.
Raleigh Is Made For Food Lovers
After all that exploring, you are sure to want a refreshment. Luckily, Raleigh is a food lover’s paradise, and you will be spoiled for choice:
- The Pit BBQ offers authentic North Carolina-style whole hog roasts that will leave your mouth watering. Their menu includes a wide range of tempting side dishes.
- The Raleigh Times offers fine food in a historic building. This cute building is located in the former offices of the city’s first two newspapers. It offers a delicious menu with plenty of locally brewed beer to wash it down.
- If you want to cook for yourself, grab some ingredients from the State Farmers Market. The market is open seven days a week all year, and you will find all the local meat, dairy, produce, and condiments you could need. Plus, there are three restaurants on-site for if you simply cannot wait to sample the local goods.
- Beer lovers can choose from multiple local watering holes, including Lynwood Grill, Crank Arm Brewing, Bottle Revolution, and House of Hops.
The Risk Of Floods and Storms In Raleigh
Raleigh has a humid subtropical climate with warm summers and cold winters. Raleigh sometimes has heavy rainfall in the late summer and early fall. For example, in September 1999, Raleigh had its wettest month on record thanks to Hurricane Floyd, with over 21 inches of rain.
Raleigh suffers periodic damage from hurricanes, mostly in the form of water damage, fallen trees, and power outages.
Raleigh also has bouts of freezing sleet and snow in winter. In January 2000, the winter storm known as the Carolina Crusher brought 20.3 inches of snow in one single snowfall.
SERVPRO Helps Raleigh Residents With Water Damage Repair
A hurricane, snowfall, or torrential rain, can cause water damage repair to your home. Even when the weather is good, there is a risk of broken appliances or plumbing problems. Timing is essential when water damage occurs because:
- Water seeps into materials quickly, and the longer it is left, the more damage it can do.
- There is an increased risk of fungal growth with every hour.
- The more time elapses, the harder it is to clean delicate materials like linens or upholstery.
Thankfully, SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster and can help with every aspect of water damage repair. We begin with pumping out standing water before we dry out your home and your belongings using air movers and dehumidifiers. We monitor damp and humidity levels to ensure your house is appropriately dry.
We also take care of replacing damaged wallpaper, carpets, drywall or insulation, and can disinfect and deodorize your home as needed.
Do not let water damage get you down. Call SERVPRO of East Raleigh / Zebulon at (919) 250-0455.