I’ve been in Raleigh, NC for a little over a year, and I love it here! There is always so much to do, and so much to see. Ever since I could remember, I always liked to get out and explore, and Raleigh is a great place to be able to do just that.
Over the summer this year I spent quite a lot of my free time roaming around the grounds at the NC Museum of Art. This was around the time that Pokémon Go came out, and they have so many trails for you to walk, that is was great for going Poké hunting.
I’ve never actually went inside the buildings, as I was always wearing athletic type clothing, and felt it slightly inappropriate, but I have enjoyed all the outdoor exhibits.
NC Museum Of Art – Outdoor Exhibits
You can find so many awesome exhibits here, and the Gyre at the NC Museum of Art is one of them. There’s just something about it that I can’t quite put my finger on.
Another favorite of mine is what I refer to as the kite. It’s so beautiful when set against the sky on a cloudy day. The artist, Yinka Shonibare, has other variations of this sculpture as well, that are just as amazing to look at.
One more that I especially enjoy, is the small patch of woods with chairs stuck up on the trees. It makes me think of something out of The Wizard of Oz. Just how did they get like that? It’s quirky, and I think that’s part of why I like it so much. You can find a great write up about this installation on the Walter Magazine website.
NC Museum Of Art – The Trails
As I said before, I just love getting out, walking and seeing where I end up. Before I even know it, I’ll have been out for hours. If you aren’t into art, there’s plenty of nature for you to take in.
This particular time, I actually brought my camera, and just aimlessly wandered around. I ended up with some pretty good images, which is always nice. I must have sat for 45 minutes just watching the bees and the butterflies. It was such a peaceful experience.
The trails are great for running, walking, and biking and have both paved, and unpaved areas. Unpaved in the sense that it is graveled and not dirt, so you don’t have to worry about it getting muddy. I always see a lot of people out, even on the back trails. I’ve been several times alone, and I always feel safe, which is very important to me.
One thing to note though. If you go in the summer, when it is hot and very sunny, just know that from the parking lot to the shaded part of the trails is a good distance. Make sure to wear sunscreen and have plenty of water. No worries if you run out, as there are water fountains located around, and they keep bowls out for your four-legged friends. Park employees even frequent the trails on golf-carts, making sure people are safe, and they even hand out water.
All in all, the NC Museum of Art is a fantastic place to visit in Raleigh. You can visit their site for more information at, ncartmuseum.org.
Get out and explore!