When you are staying in Fuquay-Varina, it is recommended that you go on some Raleigh day trips. Raleigh is a preferred travel destination in North Carolina, because it has many interesting attractions to offer. While you're in the city, you can experience its rich cultural and historical heritage by visiting museums and historic sites, or enjoy great shopping and dining. Here are three Raleigh day trips that you should make while you're in Fuquay-Varina.
Mordecai Historic Park
1 Mimosa Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27604
Mordecai Historic Park is one of the most visited historic sites in North Carolina. It consists of an entire block of historically significant buildings, one of which is the famous Mordecai House. It was constructed in 1785, and it is presently regarded as the oldest residence in the city of Raleigh that is still on its original foundation. Other than admiring the mansion's splendid antebellum architecture, you can also view period furnishings and other interesting items and documents. The historic park is home to the birthplace of former president Andrew Jackson, an old law office and a chapel. Guided tours are conducted to give visitors a better insight into the lives of Raleigh residents in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Mordecai Historic Park is situated in the downtown area. To get to Raleigh from your Fuquay-Varina bed and breakfast, you have to travel north for about 10 miles on Highway 401.
North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
If you're interested in art, you must visit the North Carolina Museum of Art on one of your Raleigh day trips. This museum park covers an area of 164 acres, and it's known as the largest museum park that is dedicated to the display of artworks in the United States. Its permanent collection is made up of more than 5,000 pieces of art, which collectively represent about 5,000 years of artistic achievements. These works consist of Ancient American, African, Egyptian, European, Judaic and other artworks. Some of the famous artists that are represented in the museum include Jan Brueghel the Elder, Anthony van Dyck, Jacob van Ruisdael, Peter Paul Rubens, Raphael, Titian, Thomas Gainsborough, Millet, Monet, Pissarro, Rodin and others. After viewing the artworks, you can take a stroll or go biking on the museum's nature trails before you head back to your Fuquay-Varina inn.
Marbles Kids Museum
201 East Hargett Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
The Marbles Kids Museum is a great place for a family outing. This museum promotes creative learning among children through interactive displays and a wide range of educational activities. When they are in the museum, kids can view a recreation of a city, study x-rays in an ambulance, build cars and race with other kids and use scrap materials to design things. There is also a state-of-the-art IMAX theater in the museum that presents feature films and short documentaries. The Marbles Kids Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday, and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission fee is $5 per person as of 2010.