From its museums and nightclubs, to sporting events and agricultural shows, a Raleigh guide can present myriad things to do without ever leaving the city. A list of Raleigh things to do must include sports; the Carolina Mudcats baseball team provides fans with exhibitions and games at the Five County Stadium, and Raleigh also hosts the Carolina Railhawks soccer team, who play home games at WakeMed Soccer Park.

The Raleigh state fairgrounds have numerous agricultural exhibitions, including horse jumping events that draw large crowds to the area. The summertime State Fair boasts its own special events, though the Raleigh fairgrounds do not sit idle during off-months. Toy auctions, coin and collectibles shows, and flea markets are regular occurrences, and treasure hunters are certain to find Raleigh deals here.

Any good guide to Raleigh will feature the fine and diverse dining options found in the city. For authentic barbecue, the Pit on West Davie delivers delicious food in an inviting and informal atmosphere. Gravy, located at 135 South Wilmington Street, tempts diners with Italian dishes—including their eggplant pie and baked ziti specialties. Whatever the palate, there are ample options available for discriminating diners after a busy day of things to do in Raleigh.

At night, the city comes alive with music and dance. Live, upbeat music electrifies Ambris1 on Atlantic Avenue, but for a more relaxed vibe, the cigar bar 606 Lounge offers over a dozen unique fresh fruit and chocolate martinis in a rich, metropolitan setting.

Cameron Village is a jewel tucked in Raleigh that offers shopping along tree-lined streets, dining at open-air cafes, and frequent collaborative exhibits with area museums. This is a relaxed shopping experience with many high-end retailers at home here. Jolie Day Spa is located in within Cameron Village, and it makes a great spot to indulge in some well-deserved pampering.

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