When I was a kid growing up in Cary, we would go to Pullen Park (I always thought it was called Pool ‘n Park) for the day. This park is the fifth oldest operating amusement park in the United States, and the first public park in North Carolina. Over the years, a lot has changed at Pullen, but some of the great things I remember from my childhood are still there.
The Carousel is of the Dentzel Carousel Company. According to the National Carousel Association Census, this is one of 23 remaining historic Dentzel carousels and one of 14 Dentzel menageries still operating in Northern America. I have fond memories of the majestic carousel horses and asking my parents if I could ride again right after the carousel stopped. Pullen is also home to a miniature train that travels around the park and offers great views and fun for the entire family.
The park has recently added new features, such as sprinkle fountains at different locations for children to play under on a hot day and an Olympic-sized swimming pool in the Aquatics Center. You can also ride in a pedal boat and get a little exercise while taking in the sights on Lake Howell. Even though you are in the heart of Raleigh and close to everything, you feel as if you are far removed from it all.
Pullen Park offers a lot for the arts enthusiast. The Pullen Arts Center offers classes in pottery, jewelry making, painting, weaving, and more. Also, the Theatre in the Park is internationally acclaimed for its outstanding theatrical achievements, with more than 40,000 people attending events in the Park last year alone.
Pullen Park is only one of the many parks in Wake County. To find more parks in the Wake area, visit Wake Gov Parks and Rec.
Growing up in the Triangle area offered many places to visit, and since my mom worked in RTP and many of her coworkers lived in Hillsborough and Durham, we were often invited to attend outings at the Eno River State Park. The park is over 4,000 acres and preserves over nine miles of the Eno RIver and surrounding land. I have fond memories of grabbing a rod and fishing along the Eno. Many people still fish on the river, as well as kayak, canoe, and hike the trails. If you have a “photo bug,” then you will love the views while you hike the 30 miles of river and trails around the Eno. The Eno River flows by urban areas of Durham and Orange Counties. For more information about the Eno River State Park, visit their website. For other parks and recreation areas in Orange County, visit their online Parks Locator.
Lake Michie, located in Durham, is another place my family would meet friends for outings. There was (and still is) an abundance of largemouth bass in the lake, making it the perfect place to fish! Motor boats, as well as kayaks and canoes, are all allowed on the lake. There are also hiking trails and shelters for picnics and barbecues in different areas of the lake. If you are looking to make a weekend out of Lake Michie, look into renting a campsite. For more information about Lake Michie and its amenities, visit their website. For more information about exploring parks and recreation areas around Durham County, visit their Parks website.
Don’t forget about your furry family members. There are lots of fun dog parks out there too! Have fun in the sun around the Triangle and make your own memories with family and friends.
What is your favorite park to visit in the Triangle?
About Angela McClure.
Angela McClure is a full-time sales associate of the Fonville Morisey Realty Lochmere office.
Angela is a member of the Raleigh Association of REALTORS®, the North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®.
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