Things To Do In Raleigh

Up to 62% Off a Standup-Paddleboarding Adventure

Multiple Locations

$99 $45

Guides impart paddling and water-safety tips before students glide solo along North Carolina's scenic shorelines

Up to 46% Off Bowling for Two at Buffaloe Lanes

Multiple Locations

$24 $12.99

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Classic lanes host bowling duos and provide rental shoes for two rounds each of pin-toppling revelry

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Up to 49% Off Summer Football Camp

Multiple Locations

$325 $175

Each participant receives a free T-shirt and trophy

47% Off Intro Kids' Ice Hockey Course

Multiple Locations

$49 $26

Hockey course teaches kids aged 4–10 the ins and outs of hockey during four-week sessions that include all gear

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

95% Off at Lee Brothers Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$395 $20

Age- and skill-specific martial arts classes led by experienced instructors at four studios

Up to 71% Off Camp or Classes at Elite Cheer and Dance

South East Raleigh

$169 $49

Kids build fitness and friendships with cheer, dance, or tumble classes; week-long camps give a sample of each activity

The Pour House Music Hall – 50% Off Membership

Central Raleigh

$100 $50

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VIP membership opens up hundreds of concerts, complete with sound-check privileges and exclusive offers

Up to 61% Off Barre or Pilates Classes

North Raleigh

$110 $49

Classes use the barre and Pilates Reformer to aid in heart-pumping, leg-burning, and sculpting exercises for full-body workouts

Up to 80% Off a Fitness Package

Northeast Raleigh

$248 $49

Fitness packages combine customized personal training, weight-loss body wraps, and a six-week boot camp

79% Off Martial-Arts Classes at Master Chang’s Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$278 $59

Students of all ages build strength, endurance, and flexibility in martial-arts classes such as tae kwon do and hapkido

Up to 85% Off Fitness Classes at CORE Fitness Studio

Downtown Raleigh

$173 $39

Classes include HardCORE Circuit, Boot Camp, and TGIF, which updates its fun workouts weekly

89% Off Six Weeks of Martial Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$349 $39

Expert instructors teach essential martial arts skills, as well as discipline and confidence

56% Off Boxing

North Raleigh

$25 $11

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Up to 53% Off Batting-Cage Sessions

Raleigh

$75 $35

Baseball academy headed by former big league catcher JD Closser helps players succeed at all levels of the game

Up to 88% Off Women's Fitness Classes

North Raleigh

$150 $20

Schedule packed with 140+ monthly classes engages women with yoga, Zumba, spinning, and weightlifting in a bright, spacious facility

Up to 51% Off at Barre Up

Raleigh

$70 $35

Experienced instructors lead students in barre fitness classes, helping them carve lean, dancer-like physiques

Up to 64% Off Rock Climbing at Triangle Rock Club

Multiple Locations

$95 $39

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Skilled instructors teach climbers to ascend rock walls; once they get the hang of the sport, students can practice at the gym for two weeks

Up to 78% Off at Ladd Family Martial Arts

North Raleigh

$115 $25

Family members can kick and jab side by side during martial-arts classes that range in style from karate to kumdo

Up to 55% Off Dragon Boating

Raleigh

$100 $50

Savor the thrill of teamwork by working together to paddle a huge, brightly-colored dragon boat

83% Off Boot Camp Classes

Northwest Raleigh

$200 $35

Fast-paced boot camp-style workouts led by a fitness expert who specializes in personal training and pre- and post-pregnancy fitness

50% Off Services

University

$30 $15

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Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Up to 55% Off Lessons

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

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Experienced instructors teach individuals or couples ballroom, Latin, swing, and wedding dances during private and group lessons

Arthur Murray Dance Studio – 91% Off Lesson Package

Multiple Locations

$312.50 $29

Students learn a variety of styles; practice parties let students try their moves in a social setting

Up to 58% Off Party or Visit with Concessions at Monkey Joe's

Northwest Raleigh

$13.18 $6

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Partygoers or playmates enjoy Indoor playground with slides, obstacle courses, bounce houses, and separate toddler play area playground

Up to 53% Off at Carolina Elite Football

New Life Camp

$195 $95

Football players learn fundamentals of position skills, running routes, and defensive moves; includes daily workout and leadership drills

Up to 95% Off Martial Arts Lessons

Multiple Locations

$355 $20

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Instructors teach kids taekwondo, helping them master martial moves and mental discipline

70% Off CrossFit

Southwest Raleigh

$150 $45

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

55% Off Personal Training

Umstead

$320 $144

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 80% Off Group Fitness

Northwest Raleigh

$150 $39

Certified trainers lead small groups of students through fitness classes ranging from boot-camps and Tabata to TRX and yoga

73% Off at G.I. GYM Bootcamp 

North Raleigh

$75 $20

Instructors lead cross-training and boot-camp-style workouts infused with intervals of kickboxing, weight training, and kettlebell exercises

Half Off Fitness Classes

East Raleigh

$120 $60

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Up to 58% Off Skating at United Skates of America

Northeast Raleigh

$26 $12

Twosomes and foursomes glide around a wooden rink with glow sticks before quenching thirsts with sodas

Up to 57% Off Cornhole-League Registration

Architect Bar and Social House

$35 $16

After cornhole matches, teams enjoy warm summer nights and strategize for championship games

66% Off Private Lessons at Falls River Music

Raleigh

$104 $35

Instructors guide students of all ages and proficiencies during 30-minute private guitar, bass, violin, trumpet, or drum lessons

Up to 57% Off Kickboxing Classes with Hand Wraps 

North Raleigh

$27 $12

A black-belt instructor leads droves of fitness students through intense kickboxing workouts

75% Off Fitness Classes

Brier Creek

$99.99 $25

Classes include high-intensity interval training, boot camps, kickboxing, boxing, indoor rowing, and TRX training

Up to 75% Off Golf-Instruction Packages

Umstead

$260 $65

Golf complex with year-round driving range, PGA professional instructors, and a practice putting green

Up to 55% Off St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl

Architect Bar and Social House

$40 $18

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at bars all over Raleigh during a three-day pub crawl that includes beer and well-drink specials

Up to 48% Off Miniature Golf at Pelican’s SnoBalls

Cary

$20 $11

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The 18-hole miniature golf course winds around four small ponds and offers on-site shaved ice and ice cream with more than 100 flavors

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Tir Na Nog

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Up to 69% Off at Body Sculpting by Gary

Garner

$160 $55

Body builder and trainer Gary Glossop works one-on-one with clients in order to help them achieve their ideal weight and fitness level

50% Off at CrossFit 4042

Cleveland

$40 $20

Coaches lead varied age-appropriate workouts that include weightlifting, gymnastics moves, and cardio drills geared toward kids ages 4–12

Up to 54% Off Golf Game Evaluation

Garner

$150 $75

Golf game evaluation includes assessment of skills in all facets of the game, from swing to physical fitness

Up to 57% Off Play Visits, Camp, or Party

Esteem Me

$18 $9

Kids enjoy creative play during visits or explore various themes during one-week camps; staff works with birthday child's chosen theme

Up to 56% Off Success4School - Camps

Cary

$195 $95

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Interactive camps with themed activities led by educators, designed to increase social and academic skills

Up to 60% Off Private Ballroom-Dance Lessons

Cary

$95 $39

Studio run by instructors with professional dance experience; ballroom, Latin, and swing styles

Up to 67% Off Jazzercise Classes

Cary

$35 $16

Instructors lead choreographed routines in 60-minute full-body workouts that help burn calories, build flexibility, and tone muscles

Up to 82% Off White Tiger Taekwondo

Cary

$483 $89

Classes for all ages six days a week at massive martial-arts center with koi pond, rock-climbing wall, and full gym facilities

Up to 79% Off Scottish Dance Classes

Dry Property

$85 $20

Teachers with more than two decades of experience lead classes in traditional Scottish steps set to the sounds of pipes, pianos, and fiddles

51% Off Self-Defense Classes at RDU Wing Chun

Cary

$99.95 $49

In an open gym, pupils learn self-defense in the Wing Chun discipline, a style popularize by Bruce Lee

49% Off Bootcamp Classes

Ruritan Park - Cary

$95 $48

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76% Off Championship Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$139 $34

Martial-arts studio offers programs for students aged 4 and up that teach self-defense moves, life skills & more

73% Off CrossFit Foundations Package

Cary

$260 $69

Huge facility with trained CrossFit coaches; introductory-level Foundations classes help students prepare for traditional CrossFit workouts

Up to 53% Off Archery

Cary

$37 $18

One-hour archery sessions allow one or two guests to hone their bow skills

Up to 77% Off Tae Kwon Do Classes with Uniform

Cary

$150 $35

Official USAT teachers offer traditional and Olympic-style conditioning and training for all ages with a focus on discipline and confidence

Up to 51% Off Tennis Lessons

Cary

$60 $30

Instructors focus on specific aspects of the game in private lessons, introduce kids to tennis through games, or develop technique

83% Off a Ballroom-Dance Package

Cary

$146 $25

Private lessons, a group class, and a practice party let dancers learn new moves and practice them in a social environment

Up to 79% Off Golf Lessons

Cary

$195 $45

Instructors help hone your game in lessons held in an indoor practice facility, with an option for a playing lesson on a nine-hole course

Up to 70% Off CrossFit Classes

Cary

$100 $35

Coaches lay strong foundation for future workouts in introductory classes before leading group sessions through high-intensity exercises

Up to 73% Off Classes at Excel Body Fitness

Cary

$100 $35

Traditional fitness classes, such as Zumba and yoga, or original X-Series classes that incorporate boot camp, CrossFit, and martial arts

Up to 82% Off Classes at Majest Martial Arts

Knightdale

$149 $35

Experienced instructors teach tae kwon do to both children and adults, building martial-arts skills and helping students feel empowered

Up to 57% Off Kids' Indoor-Play Sessions

Morrisville

$35 $17

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Indoor playland welcomes kids for year-round recess on 6,500 square feet of playground equipment, bounce slides, and swings

Up to 69% Off at Silver Star CrossFit

Morrisville

$160 $49

Trainers lead small groups through high-intensity, functional-fitness workouts that can be scaled to accommodate all fitness levels

Up to 53% Off Standup Paddleboard Lessons

Multiple Locations

$158 $79

Paddleboard instructors lead classes at Harris Lake or Lake Crabtree, teaching proper paddling, standing, and balance techniques

Up to 83% Off Group Fitness Classes

Morrisville

$65 $19

Classes fuse Power Yoga, kung fu, and calisthenics to heat up the body while simultaneously building strength and flexibility

Up to 41% Off Bounce Visit or Bounce + Lego Kids' Party

Apex

$8 $4.75

Inflatable bounce playground, endorsed by Carolina Parent readers, lets kids leap, tumble, and expend energy under watchful eyes

Up to 65% Off Fitness Classes

Apex

$50 $19

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For one or three months, exercisers work out in group fitness classes such as Zumba, yoga, and circuit training

45% Off

New Hope

$60 $33

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Up to 62% Off Dance Classes

Apex

$65 $29

The studio offers a preschool program, a recreational program, and a pre-professional program

54% Off Batting Sessions

Apex

$50 $23

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Up to 67% Off Boot Camp at NuLevel Training

Apex

$119.99 $49.99

Boot-camp classes incorporate kettlebells, suspension trainers, and battle ropes for workouts that tone bodies and torch calories

83% Off at Pro Martial Arts, Apex

Apex

$168.95 $29

Martial-arts classes instill confidence, self-defense skills, and well-being; Armor program teaches kids to stay safe from bullies

Up to 57% Off Boys' Wrestling Camp

Cary/Apex

$175 $79

During wrestling camp sessions, boys are taught how to make better, more strategic decisions as well as key moves, with activities mixed in

Up to 61% Off Weight-Loss Plan and Fitness Consult

Apex

$250 $125

Plans include weight-loss medications, week-long meal plans, seven-day workout schedules, personal training, and physicals

Up to 84% Off CrossFit Classes

Holly Springs

$150 $29

Holistic health and fitness center helps trainees of all levels tobuild core strength and improve conditioning through variable workouts

Up to 41% Off Race Entry and Perks at Mud and Music Mayhem

Willow Oaks Plantation

$168 $99

Live bands provide the soundtrack as you propel yourself through muddy waters, climbing nets, and wide jumps in the name of personal glory

46% Off Gift Basket from Aviator Brewing Company

Fuquay-Varina

$63 $34

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Gift beer-lovers with six-packs, seasonal brews, pint glasses, and a brewery tour to learn each step of the beer-making process

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From the very first tee shot over a lake to the pond protecting the left side of the 18th green, the course at River Ridge Golf Club pits players against the physical and psychological challenges brought by omnipresent water hazards, including the Neuse River that intersects the course on several holes.

Architect Chuck Smith’s 1997 design weaves course play through a 6,740-yard gauntlet furnished with a plush carpet of bermuda-grass fairways and rough that gives way to fast-moving G-6 bent-grass greens. The course's signature 5th hole rewards golfers who keep their tee shots on the fairway with a short-iron approach that must clear a large pond and any caddies sunbathing in the large greenside bunker.

As a semiprivate club, membership at River Ridge unlocks a slew of benefits not available to the general public. Though the practice area—composed of a driving range and putting and chipping greens—is open to everyone, only members may make use of the locker rooms, club storage, and handicap program provided at the clubhouse. Additionally, members are granted access to special events, tournaments, and PGA pro Tim Cockrell’s lessons, which help players calibrate putting strokes and find their swing after a long time away from the game to search for their favorite golf ball that got lost in the Neuse River.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par-72 course
  • Total length of 6,740 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 72.2 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 138 from the back tees
  • Four sets of tees per hole
  • Scorecard

Auburn Knightdale Rd
Raleigh,
NC
US

Named among Golfweek magazine's Best New Courses and Best Campus Courses in 2010, Lonnie Poole Golf Course tests players of all skill levels with 18 challenging holes spread over 250 acres of Raleigh woodlands. Designed by the Arnold Palmer Design Group—including two North Carolina State grads as architects—the landscape features several shifts in elevation as the greens meander around large buffer areas. In its abundant turf grass and stormwater runoffs, the course also facilitates research from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences while taking extra care to preserve the streams and wild golf balls native to the Neuse River watershed.

As both the NC State men's and women's golf teams can attest, Lonnie Poole challengers golfers from the very first tee, which taunts drivers with bunkers on both sides and a sharp fall-off past the green. From there, the fifth hole ups the ante with a dogleg to the right and tall trees, whereas the 12th hole sends shots hurtling down a downhill fairway that narrows as the green nears and primes its anti-air missiles.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Total length of 7,358 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 74.8 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 145 from the back tees
  • Five sets of tees per hole
  • Scorecard

1509 Main Campus Dr
Raleigh,
NC
US

Dead Broke Farm's name derives not only from the cost of owning horses, but also from the terminology for teaching a horse to wear a saddle—known in the industry as “breaking a horse to ride.” Trainers stable “dead broke,” or thoroughly saddle-trained, horses, alongside more spirited animals on the 110-acre farm. They also house steeds saved through their horse-rescue program, with more than 70 of their mounts avoiding fates in slaughterhouses and other undesirable ends since 2004.

Horses show off their trotting chops during farm trail rides, carrying riders on explorations of the rolling hills and whispering creeks scattered across more than 10 miles of bridle trails cut through woods populated by deer, cranes, and other wildlife. Private rides allow for more personalized routes and can incorporate stops at scenic ponds for proposals or more challenging terrain for advanced riders. Instructors also schedule horseback-riding lessons, teaching balance through rides over undulating terrain rather than through exercises such as riding a horse that is riding a seesaw.

6921 Wildlife Trl
Raleigh,
NC
US

Melanie Dale’s passion for dance is infectious. After graduating college with a degree in ballet performance, she extended her repertoire by exploring partnership dancing. She has since seasoned her artistry with over 29 years of experience in ballroom and Latin styles, participating in international competitions and becoming a certified championship judge. Today, the former ballerina shares her love of dance with her pupils at her studio A Step to Gold International Ballroom. She welcomes tentative and experienced dancers alike, teaching them fancy footwork to debut at an upcoming party or wedding. Along with a full staff of professional dance instructors, she whisks students to their feet to execute dozens of styles including the beat-driven cha-cha, passionate tango, and elegant Viennese waltz. In addition to technique-centered classes, she offers dance-inspired workouts such as Zumba, which fuses Latin music with body-sculpting dance moves.

6278 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh,
NC
US

Sculpted through undulating, woodland terrain, Eagle Ridge Golf Club's par 71 course is a 6,904-yard testament to the inventive design of 1992 U.S. Open Champion Tom Kite, who made roughly two dozen trips to the site while crafting the layout. Multiple high-risk, high-reward shots manifest themselves throughout the round, creating a pin-hunting experience that—unlike trying to guess where the valet hid your car keys—challenges players without sacrificing fun. With many shots into elevated or downhill greens, the course places sound wedge and short-iron shots at a premium.

Before or after rounds, clubbers can warm up at the practice green or swing to their heart's content at the driving range, where practice balls paint racing stripes on themselves in anticipation of their trip into the clouds. To further promote score-shaving form, the club's pro shop peddles the latest in technologically enhanced golf gear, a PGA staffer offers lessons and clinics, and the dining facility fuels muscles for the next tape-measure drive.

555 Competition Rd
Garner,
NC
US

In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.

Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.

10501 Shadowlawn Dr
Raleigh,
NC
US

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