Activities in West Raleigh

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

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

$17 for One Hour of Trampolining for Two at Sky Zone ($28 Value)

Sky Zone

Northeast Raleigh

$28 $17

Visitors defy gravity as they bounce across trampoline-filled spaces, dive into pits of foam blocks, and make super-powered slam dunks

"Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus" Live Show on Friday, October 31, or Saturday, November 1 (Up to 51% Off)

"Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus"

Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

$54.88 $27

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Based on the hit book by John Gray, Peter Story's live performance elicits knowing laughter from both sexes

$20 for 10 Hot Yoga Classes at Arrichion ($125 Value)

Arrichion Hot Yoga

Multiple Locations

$125 $20

Hot yoga classes are available for beginner through advanced students, including sessions that focus specifically on strengthening the core

1-Week Track Out Camp or 7 Weeks of Cheer, Dance, or Tumbling Classes at Elite Cheer and Dance (Up to 71% Off)

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

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

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

$5.50 for a Movie Admission for Two at Raleighwood Cinema Grill (Up to a $11 Value)

Raleighwood Cinema Grill

North Raleigh

$11 $5.50

Upscale cinema serves dinner, appetizers, beer, and wine brought to tables by friendly staff during mid- and second-run films

VIP Membership with Admission and Sound-Check Privileges at The Pour House Music Hall (50% Off)

The Pour House Music Hall

Central Raleigh

$100 $50

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

$29 for Two Group Lessons and One Private Lesson for One or Two at American Ballroom ($104 Value)

American Ballroom NC

Multiple Locations

$104 $29

Duos or solo dancers learn swing, tango, foxtrot or other dances during group sessions, then fine-tune skills during private lesson.

$30 for a 90-Minute Segway Tour from Triangle Glides ($55 Value)

Triangle Glides

Downtown Raleigh

$55 $30

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Roll effortlessly on self-balancing Segways as guides lead trips focusing on local history, landmarks, and specialty themes

Visit and Drinks for One, Two, or Four, or a Jumping Jubilee Party for Up to 24 at Monkey Joe's (Up to 58% Off)

Monkey Joe's

Northwest Raleigh

$11.99 $6

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

One Class for Two or One Month of Aerial-Boot-Camp Classes at Cirque de Vol Studios (Up to 55% Off)

Cirque de Vol Studios

Downtown Raleigh

$40 $18

Instructors lead circus and fitness classes, including Aerial Boot Camp, Acro Play Yoga, Hoop Dance, Hand Balancing, Meditation, and Zumba

5 or 10 Boot-Camp and Cross-Training Classes at G.I. GYM Bootcamp & Cross Training (73% Off)

G.I. GYM Bootcamp & Cross Training

North Raleigh

$75 $20

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

$8 for Two Groupons, Each Good for One Open Bounce Session at Pump It Up ($14 Value)

Pump It Up

Raleigh

$7 $4

Inflatable playground of bounce houses, tall slides, obstacle courses, and cyclone blasters; open play sessions held throughout the week

Wedding-Dance Lesson or Two Private Lessons and One Group Lesson at Fred Astaire Dance Studio (Up to 55% Off)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Multiple Locations

$40 $19

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

Skating Package with Skates, Pizza, and Soda for Two, Four, or Six at Interskate Roller Skating (Up to 55% Off)

Interskate Roller Skating

Raleigh

$26 $14

Roller Skaters glide around indoor rink on rented skates and sate appetites with sodas & pizza at family-owned facility

Private Training, Boot Camp, and Body Wraps at Raleigh Personal Training (Up to 80% Off). Four Options Available.

Raleigh Personal Training

Northeast Raleigh

$248 $49

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

$59 for One Month of Martial-Arts Classes, Uniform, and Belt at Master Chang’s Martial Arts ($278 Value)

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

$39 for Six Weeks of Martial Arts Classes and a Uniform from TrySelfDefense.com ($349 Value)

Try Self Defense.com

Multiple Locations

$349 $39

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

Intro to Climbing Class with a Two-Week Club Membership for One or Two at Triangle Rock Club (Up to 64% Off)

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

One, Three, or Five Months of Unlimited Karate and Fitness Classes at Triangle's Best Karate (Up to 79% Off)

Triangle's Best Karate

Northwest Raleigh

$125 $29

Karate classes include both pre-choreographed kata and sparring techniques; fitness classes include Zumba, bootcamp, kickboxing & jazzercise

10 or 15 Women's Classes at Ladies Fitness & Wellness (Up to 88% Off)

Ladies Fitness & Wellness

North Raleigh

$150 $20

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

Two Weeks or One Month of Unlimited Barre Fitness Classes at Barre Up (Up to 60% Off)

Barre Up

Raleigh

$70 $28

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

Golf-Instruction Packages at Triangle Golf Complex (Up to 75% Off). Choose From Two Options.

Triangle Golf Complex

Umstead

$260 $65

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

One, Two, or Three Months of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at Powered By Shaw (Up to 67% Off)

Powered By Shaw

Brier Creek

$99 $49

Intense boot-camp classes help clients build strength, burn fat, and lose weight

$11 for $32 Worth of Dance Lessons — Core Dynamics Dance Center

Core Dynamics Dance Center

Raleigh

$32 $11

From the merchant: Get ready to sweat! Enjoy any four adult fitness classes of your choice. Classes begin August 25.

Dance Class for One or Two at Invictus Performing Arts (Up to 52% Off)

Invictus Performing Arts

Raleigh

$49 $25

Learn ballet, jazz, and hip-hop in 90-minute combo dance classes

One Week of Football Camp for One or Two at Carolina Elite Football (Up to 53% Off)

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

$49 for One Month Membership with Unlimited Fitness Classes at UFC Gym ($288 Value)

UFC Gym

Multiple Locations

$288 $49

Burn up to 1,000 calories per hour in classes such as boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts cardio.

$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

$300 $20

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

Four Weeks of Unlimited Morning Boot-Camp Classes at Marvel Strength & Conditioning (70% Off)

Marvel Strength & Conditioning

Raleigh

$125 $38

Get fit using body weight movements, kettle bells, dumbbells, wall balls, running, rowing, and more—all in a group setting.

90-Minute In-Home Tasting of Six Wines for Up to 16 People from Wines for Humanity (Up to 59% Off)

Wines for Humanity

Redeem from Home

$120 $49

Wine guides bring their wares to home parties, where guests are able to select bottles for purchase—with proceeds going to charity

Four Weeks of Boot Camp, or Three or Six Personal-Training Sessions from Athletic Transformation (Up to 51% Off)

Athletic Transformation

Multiple Locations

$80 $39

Trainers help clients get in shape and reach their fitness goals during outdoor boot camp or personal-training sessions

Three or Five One-Hour Personal-Training Sessions from Fit Bodies by Chrissy (Up to 68% Off)

Fit Bodies by Chrissy

On Location

$150 $55

Trainer helps clients reach their personal fitness goals, whether they're preparing for a wedding or want to get back in shape post-baby

$41 for $75 Toward Invididual Personal Training or Yoga Session— Full Lotus

Full Lotus

On Location

$75 $41

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

One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Exchange (Up to 84% Off)

CrossFit Exchange

Raleigh

$320 $59

Students boost their strength and fitness levels through varied functional-fitness workouts incorporating gymnastics and weightlifting

$69 for a Classic Birthday Party Package for Up to 10 Guests at United Skates of America ($139.95 Value)

United Skates of America

Northeast Raleigh

$139.95 $69

Kids celebrate birthdays while gliding around a wooden rink in between breaks for pizza and unlimited sodas

BYOB Painting Party for One, Two, or Four at Whidbee Wine & Design (Up to 53% Off)

Whidbee Wine & Design

North Hills

$50 $25

Instructors provide paint, canvases, and brushes along with a step-by-step process of recreating the featured artwork

$45 for $150 Worth of CrossFit — CrossFit Bullpen

Crossfit Bullpen

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

8 or 16 Parkour and Freerunning Classes or One Month of Classes at Enso Movement (Up to 63% Off)

Enso Movement

Raleigh

$135 $59

Parkour and freerunning fitness classes focus on skills such as running, jumping, flipping, and climbing

One or Two 18-Hole Rounds of Miniature Golf for Four at Pelican’s SnoBalls (Up to 48% Off)

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

Four Personal Training Sessions at BCC FIT (70% Off)

Bcc Fit

Raleigh

$230 $69

Personal trainer works one-on-one with clients in order to help them achieve their ideal weight and fitness level.

Six Training Sessions from RMF Personal Training (55% Off)

RMF 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

18 Holes of Golf with Cart, Food Credit, and Range Balls at Wildwood Green Golf Club (Up to 51% Off)

Wildwood Green Golf Club

Wildwood Green

$72 $36

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Tight fairways surrounded by dense forest and strategically placed hazards make accuracy a premium on this 6,473 yd. course

Three or Five 60-Minute Personal-Training Sessions at Make it Your Lifestyle (Up to 60% Off)

Make it Your Lifestyle

On Location

$180 $79

Personal trainer motivates individuals through workouts tailored to their personal fitness goals

One-Week Pool Membership at Crabtree Swim & Tennis Club (55% Off)

Crabtree Swim Club

Raleigh

$400 $180

Family membership for one month and a $20 credit for snacks and drinks; movie nights, volleyball, water aerobics, and more

Ice-Skating Session for Two, Track-Out Camp, or Figure-Skating or Hockey Lessons at Raleigh Iceplex (Up to 40% Off)

Raleigh Iceplex

Northeast Raleigh

$20 $12

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Students learn the basics of figure-skating or ice hockey in a group setting; camp includes skating sessions and snacks

10 or 20 Bikram Yoga Classes at Bikram Yoga Raleigh (Up to 66% Off)

Bikram Yoga Raleigh

North Raleigh

$130 $45

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Warm studios help increase flexibility during hot yoga sessions, which may also reduce stress and improve overall health

$60 for $120 Worth of Fitness Classes at NBS Gym

NBS Gym

East Raleigh

$120 $60

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

$35 for Four Private Music Lessons at Falls River Music ($104 Value)

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

Three or Five Fitness-Kickboxing Classes with Hand Wraps at Lee Brothers Tae Kwon Do (Up to 57% Off) 

Lee Brothers Tae Kwon Do

North Raleigh

$27 $12

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

$19 for 2 Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Four at The Alley (Up to $52 Value)

The Alley

University

$52 $19

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Classic paper cards keep score in retro alley updated with flat-screen TVs and thumping sound system

10 Boot-Camp Classes at Alpha Boot Camp, LLC (70% Off)

Alpha Boot Camp, Llc

Raleigh

$100 $30

Alpha Boot Camp's trainers ensure that everyone leaves with a great workout; each class is intense and diverse to meet every student's needs

Corn-Maze Visit for Two, Four, or Six at Ken's Korny Corn Maze (42% Off)

Ken's Korny Corn Maze

Panther Branch

$24 $14

Spread across 6 acres, 2.5 miles of trails send visitors through a challenging corn maze amid various other family-friendly activities

One Month of Weekly or Unlimited Kids' CrossFit Classes at CrossFit 4042 (60% Off)

CrossFit 4042

Cleveland

$40 $16

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

Corn-Maze Visit for Two or Four at Phillips Farms (40% Off)

Phillips Farms

Cary

$20 $12

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Acres of corn transform into a winding maze with zig zagging paths laid out to spell the farm’s name from above

Five or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Cary Flow Yoga (49% Off)

Cary Flow Yoga

Cary

$65 $33

Vinyasa yoga students flow through poses and breathing exercises, building strength, stamina, and flexibility

Two Private Ballroom-Dance Lessons with Optional Group Lessons at Premier Dance (Up to 60% Off)

Premier Dance

Cary

$95 $39

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

12 Martial-Arts Classes with Uniform, Exam, and Belt for One or Two at K.S. Lee's Best Martial Arts (Up to 87% Off)

K. S. Lee's Best Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$173 $25

Age- and skill-specific classes are led by Grandmaster Kang Seok Lee and his team of handpicked instructors

One or Three Months of Unlimited Jazzercise Classes at East Cary Jazzercise Studio (Up to 67% Off)

East Cary Jazzercise Studio

Cary

$35 $16

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

$14 for Two Weeks of Boxing and Kickboxing Classes with Wraps at Title Boxing Club - Cary ($45.50 Value)

Title Boxing Club - Cary

The Arboretum

$45.50 $14

Boxing and kickboxing students strengthen their cores, tone and tighten their muscles, and burn up to 1,000 calories per session

$48 for $95 Worth of Bootcamp Classes at Train With Intensity

Train With Intensity

Ruritan Park - Cary

$95 $48

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

10 or 20 Hot-Yoga and Fitness Classes at Pure Body Fitness Studio (Up to 94% Off)

Pure Body Studios

Cary

$200 $15

Hot-yoga sessions feature 26 poses in a 105-degree room; Zumba, Body Pump, Pilates, and cycling round out the lineup of fitness classes

$34 for One Month of Unlimited Classes at Championship Martial Arts ($139 Value)

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

One or Two Months of Preschool Art and Literacy Classes at The Caring Corner (Up to 56% Off)

The Caring Corner

Cary

$100 $49

Little ones get a head start on their ABCs with literacy classes, or they can explore their creativity in art classes

$69 for a CrossFit Foundations Package at Cary CrossFit at Athletic Lab ($260 Value)

Cary CrossFit at Athletic Lab

Cary

$260 $69

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

Lessons at The Triangle Junior Golf School (Up to 77% Off). Three Options Available.

A-1 Sports

Multiple Locations

$195 $49

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

5 or 10 Private Tennis Lessons at MI Tennis Lessons (Up to 51% Off)

MI Tennis Lessons

Tennis Court Location

$200 $99

USTA-Certified recreational coach with 30 years of experience introduces beginners to the game and helps advanced players hone their skill

One or Two Months of Unlimited Tae Kwon Do Classes at Triumph Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts (Up to 77% Off)

Triumph Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts

Cary

$150 $35

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

$25 for a Ballroom-Dance Package with Private Lessons and a Group Class at Carolina Ballroom of Cary ($146 Total Value)

Carolina Ballroom of Cary

Cary

$146 $25

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

10 or 20 Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Fitness and X-Series Classes at Excel Body Fitness (Up to 73% Off)

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

5 or 10 Kids' Indoor-Play Sessions at PlayNation Parties & Playgrounds of Morrisville (Up to 54% Off)

PlayNation Parties & Playgrounds of Morrisville

Morrisville

$35 $17

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

90-Minute Paddleboard Lesson for Two or Four from One Heart SUP (Up to 53% Off)

One Heart SUP

Multiple Locations

$158 $79

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

5 or 10 Group-Training Sessions at Rock Body Worx (Up to 61% Off)

Rock Body Worx

Morrisville

$100 $49

Group-training sessions challenge exercisers of all levels with total-body workouts

10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Integral Yoga Studio (Up to 70% Off)

Integral Yoga Studio

Morrisville

$150 $49

Students flow through yoga routines in calming classes that incorporate breathing exercises, asanas, and meditation

2 or 3 months of CrossFit Light at Morrisville Community CrossFit (Up to 66% Off)

Morrisville Community CrossFit

Morrisville

$320 $115

Training regimens keep mind and body engaged with an ever-changing barrage of high-intensity exercise built on functional movements

1-month of CrossFit Classes at Silver Star CrossFit (Up to 69% Off)

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

5, 10, or 20 Dynamic Power-Training Classes at The Body Mechanic (Up to 83% Off)

The Body Mechanic

Morrisville

$65 $19

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

2, 4, or 6 Groupons, Each Good for an Open Bounce Session or a Kids' Party at Bounce U Raleigh (Up to 41% Off)

Bounce U Raleigh

Apex

$8 $4.75

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

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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

3224 Auburn-Knightdale Road
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

Sparians Bowling Boutique & Bistro aims to elevate the traditional alley experience by creating a lounge-like environment suitable for a daytime family outing as well as a night out on the town. Comfortable, plush couches replace the hard plastic seats normally stationed behind lanes, giving visitors places to more easily kick back and relax in between frames. Black lights lend a midnight-worthy glow to the bowling areas, transforming each ball into a neon streak as it hurtles toward the pins. A perfect score is rarely the primary goal, though. Instead, Sparians encourages visitors of all skill levels to come and enjoy themselves in an environment determined to bring bowling alleys into the 21st century.

Beyond the lanes, the entertainment center features numerous opportunities for guests looking to pass a few hours. A separate upscale-sports-bar area helps quench thirsts with frosty beers or potent cocktails and serves hearty comfort foods such as crispy chicken wings, burgers, and stone-baked pizzas.

141 Park Avenue
Raleigh,
NC
US