During every season, the Carolina Hurricanes designate a select number of games as Family Nights for you and yours. What makes a Family Night any different from a regular Hurricanes game, you wonder? Here’s the lineup of perks designed to make this a Family Night you’ll all enjoy:
1) Buy four Upper Goal Zone tickets for only $39, OR
2) Buy four Lower Level North tickets for $159
3) $1 hot dogs for everyone! Need we say more?
4) A great fan experience with more families in the crowd.
As if you need any more reasons to jump on this great deal, the Feb. 20th Family Night coincides with College Night and the March 3rd Family Night coincides with the Eric Staal wall cling giveaway. Family Night on March 30th versus the Winnipeg Jets is sure to be a fun-filled event, with a Front Lawn Party, complete with live music, inflatable moon bounces, street hockey and more. There will also be Jamie McBain bobblehead giveaways to the first 10,000 fans, plus its Stormy’s birthday!
Find seating maps, a Family Night calendar and pricing on the official website of the Carolina Hurricanes. Round up the family and meet Stormy for an awesome night of hockey and fun.
Fitness goals are the number one form of New Year’s resolutions, but keeping them can sometimes be tricky when traveling. If you’re visiting Greater Raleigh, rest assured you have nothing to worry about, as the area is full of opportunities and activities to keep you active and fit for the duration of your stay.
If you’re in town to do some shopping, you can get your workout in at the mall or shopping center of your choice. Mall walking programs are popular in the area, so you’ll find plenty of power walkers in sneakers to join for a few laps. Cameron Village’s Love Your Heart campaign shows you how to turn your shopping trip into your newest cardio exercise with a map of how many steps you’ll take around each area of the shopping center.
In the rare event in which your hotel doesn’t have a gym, visit one of the many area gyms where you can get a visitor’s pass for your stay. Mix it up with a workout you’ve never tried before, like rock climbing at the Triangle Rock Club, or an intense session at CrossFit Raleigh.
Who says working out can’t be fun? Strap on your skates and get your heart rate up at one of the in-line or ice skating rinks in the area. You can even go for a swim or take an aquatic class in the indoor pool at the Triangle Aquatic Center, which is open to the public.
Find out about all the ways you can stay active and fit while visiting Greater Raleigh here.
It’s that time of year again! The holidays are a wonderful time to take a trip to Greater Raleigh, where you can explore local holiday traditions, take care of gift shopping and find holiday cheer mixed with southern charm. The 2011-12 holiday season is sure to be unforgettable, with shopping extravaganzas, historic tours, special concerts, theatrical performances and so much more.
If you’re an Adrenaline Junkie, lace up your skates and head out to the AT&T Raleigh Winterfest Ice Rink, or grab your running shoes for the annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. Creative Geniuses won’t be able to get enough of the dozens of holiday performances and concerts during November and December, and Lifelong Learners will have a blast on the many historic holiday tours and exhibits the area has to offer.
Fashionistas can shop like crazy at one of the shopping events in the area, or plan your own shopping day among the county’s 11 major shopping areas. Foodies, beware! You’ll find so many holiday dinners and events that you’ll be happily bursting at the seams when you return home. Free Spirits and everyone in between can enjoy parades, plus lightings of the Menorah, the Kinara and the spruce tree.
Is your head spinning? Explore all of the fun holiday events Greater Raleigh has to offer on visitRaleigh.com’s holiday website. Plus, find great holiday deals on accommodations, travel and shopping. ‘Tis the season to visit Raleigh!
You’re out and about exploring Greater Raleigh, but when you go to check your visitors guide for more exciting things to do, you realize you’ve left it somewhere. Or, you want to plan your last-minute visit to Greater Raleigh from home but don’t have a copy of the guide you’ve heard helps you personalize your trip. These are two different dilemmas but with one great solution. Greater Raleigh’s Official Visitors Guide is now available to flip through online.
No matter where you are, you now have access to 76 pages of the best area information, restaurants, things to do, and so much more right at your fingertips (as long as you have internet access!). The What’s Your Destination I.D. guide is much more than your average guide, with personalized itineraries based on what you enjoy most. Whether you’re a Lifelong Learner looking for the best museums in the area, a Creative Genius tracking down all of the most unique galleries, or an Adrenaline Junkie looking for your next big rush, you’ll find detailed, personalized suggestions for what to do next.
Pull up the guide any time you want to share with family and friends, making planning your next getaway from far away a breeze. This guide is a wonderfully organized highlight of the thousands of options you’ll find on visitRaleigh.com, all tailored to meet your needs and to keep planning as simple as possible. The next time you need access to all the fun Greater Raleigh has in store for you, just visit the Official Visitors Guide online.
The only thing better than a great vacation is a great vacation customized for your personality, preferences, tastes and unique interests! Greater Raleigh can be your very own personalized destination; all you have to do is figure out your destination I.D.
Greater Raleigh has seven visitor personalities that you could fall into. Are you a Fashionista who loves to shop ‘til you drop? A Creative Genius who can’t get enough art? An Adrenaline Junkie who lives for sports and recreation? Or maybe even a Free Spirit, who embraces the eclectic and unique? How about a Lifelong Learner, Foodie or Music Maniac? Find descriptions of all seven personalities here and decide which best suits you.
Once you know your destination I.D., you’re ready to check out the customized itinerary, attractions and must-see stops for your personality in this tailored visitors guide! You’ll also find a website packed full of Greater Raleigh things to do that will interest you most.
These customized suggestions and planning resources will make you feel like a VIP, just for being you. Greater Raleigh welcomes any personality with open arms, and has so much to do, so much to see that’s unique under each I.D.! Start planning your next trip now.
The name “marathon” comes from the legend of a Greek messenger who is fabled to have run 26.2 miles straight in order to announce an Athenian victory in the Battle of Marathon. Unfortunately, this intense run didn’t turn out too well for him, but if you think you’re up for the challenge, you can test your endurance in the Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon.
The Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon attracts thousands of long-distance runners every year with a beautiful course that showcases the Triangle’s natural areas and the capital’s rich, Southern history. The marathon starts out at the North Carolina State University Bell Tower and finishes near Cameron Village, where a post-race runner festival will be held.
If you haven’t been training for a marathon, then you can take a shot at the REX Healthcare Half Marathon, the News & Observer Old Reliable 10k or four-person marathon relay which all start simultaneously at 7 a.m. on November 6th. Feel free to bring the kids, because there is also a YMCA Kids’ Marathon Mile that starts at 7:20 a.m.
Until November 3rd, the cost to participate is $90 for the full marathon, $80 for the half marathon, $30 for the 10k and $30 for the kids’ marathon. For a full list of prices and registration info, visit this site. There simply isn’t a more beautiful and historically rich marathon course to run!
Hurricane season is back. To some, this may mean stocking up on bottled water and taping Xs over glass windows, but to a special group of Adrenaline Junkies, this means breaking out foam fingers and preparing for a season of bone-crunching fun, friends, and fellow fans.
The NHL Carolina Hurricanes’ season begins on Oct. 7that 7 p.m. with an Opening Night home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Opening Night game will feature a Front Lawn Party, complete with live music, an inflatable obstacle course and moon bounce, street hockey, and plenty of food and drinks. Tickets to this game are $25 and up, and can be purchased here.
In addition to Front Lawn Parties, other promotional events include Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM Family Night, featuring $1 hot dogs and discounted tickets in select seating areas; and Canes College Night, when college students can purchase lower level seats for as low as $30 and upper corner seats for as low as $15. Check out the season’s promotional schedule to see when you can get special deals with Food Drive BOGO, Snap Shot Sunday, and several special giveaways.
With home games now through April, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to transform yourself into a true Caniac. To view the regular season schedule and buy tickets, visit this site. Go Canes!
If you love motorcycles, then you need to be in Raleigh September 23-25 this year. During this time, the Ray Price Capital City Bike Fest will bring a family-friendly downtown rally that is the only of its kind in all of North Carolina.
All motorcycle brands are welcome at Capital City Bike Fest. Bike and Rider Productions will host a Bike Show and Shine featuring more than 20 classes to compete in. The winner of each class and Best of Show will be awarded trophies, so you’ll have something to proudly display on that shelf at home.
The entertainment at this event is biker-friendly but not limited to motorcycles. While you’re here, enjoy Tattoo Fest, prize boards, dance performances, a rock climbing wall, and live music by top-notch bands such as Johnny Folsom 4, All My Rowdy Friends, and Off Kilter. In between performances, sign up for scheduled group rides and take a look at the hundreds of bikes that will be parked along the downtown streets of Raleigh.
This event is free to the public, and kids are welcome. If you’ve been looking for a good, clean rally to enjoy with your family and friends, then you’ve found it.
For some, there is nothing as enjoyable as the simple luxury of spending a day on the golf course. When you’re in Greater Raleigh and far from your home course, you’ll find plenty of public and semi-private courses that can accommodate you. After all, why spend the beautiful fall days of Greater Raleigh indoors?
If your skills make you the next Tiger Woods, you’ll enjoy the new, rigorous Lonnie Poole Golf Course at N.C. State University. This course provides one of the toughest challenges in the Triangle, playing 6,901 yards back from the black tee. If you’re not a total pro, the shorter tee sets allow anyone to enjoy the course. Beginners also will especially enjoy the nine-hole course at 401 Par Golf.
If you’re near Wake Forest, you’ll enjoy the nearby Brevofield Golf Links, Heritage Golf Club, or Paschal Golf Club. Garner is home to Pine Hollow Golf Club and Saint Augustine’s College Golf Course at Meadowbrook. And, of course, Raleigh itself is home to nearly a dozen beautiful courses that you can choose from.
For a comprehensive list of high-quality, visitor-friendly golf courses in Greater Raleigh, visit this website. Once you’ve selected the course for you, you can focus on getting that hole-in-one.
Mark your calendars for the Sixth Annual Magnificent Mile Race on Sept. 18th at 2 p.m. on Hillsborough Street. This charitable race was inspired by three people, each of whom has a form of motor neuron disease. The Magnificent Mile aims to find a cure for motor neuron disease, one step at a time.
Sarah Witt was an avid runner until 2004, when she was diagnosed with Primary Lateral Sclerosis. Now, she is confined to a wheelchair, but her love of marathons lives on in the Magnificent Mile. Scott and Amy Corsmeier are siblings who have Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, a heredity motor neuron disease. This race is an inspiration of all of them and their stories.
The Magnificent Mile includes a men’s competitive mile, a women’s competitive mile, a recreational mile, and even kids races so your children can get involved in the cause too. Awards will be presented, but the real reward in this race is knowing you’ve helped raise awareness and donations for a great cause. Whether you’re a visitor in town for the day or a local, get active and get involved by registering for the Magnificent Mile today.