Things To Do In West Raleigh

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

Crabtree Swim Club

Raleigh

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

$400 $180

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$23 for Four Private Music Lessons at Falls River Music ($104 Value)

Falls River Music

Raleigh

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

$104 $23

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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

Raleigh

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

$169 $49

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

The Pour House Music Hall

Central Raleigh

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

$100 $50

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$59 for Six Weeks of Gracie Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu Classes at Forged Fitness ($225 Value)

Forged Fitness

Northeast Raleigh

Twice-weekly Jiu-Jitsu lessons cover a wide range of grappling techniques

$225 $59

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One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

MetaBody

Multiple Locations

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

$350 $20

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

Triangle Glides

Downtown Raleigh

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

$55 $30

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Four-Week Drawing or Painting Course at Molly Grace Designs LLC (49% Off)

Molly Grace Designs Llc

Raleigh

From the merchant: Molly, Art & Healing Teacher, guides student through instruction then allows students to develop at their own pace.

$75 $38

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$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

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

$278 $59

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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

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

$11.99 $6

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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

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

$40 $18

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One-Hour Art Class for One, Two, or Four at Art Bar (Up to 55% Off)

Art Bar

Raleigh

Sip wine or craft beer while creating a unique artwork based on the evening’s theme

$50 $29

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5 or 10 Boot-Camp and Cross-Training Classes at G.I. GYM Bootcamp & Cross Training (84% Off)

G.I. GYM Bootcamp & Cross Training

North Raleigh

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

$75 $12

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

Pump It Up

Raleigh

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

$7 $3.50

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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

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

$40 $19

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Six-Session CrossFit Foundations Class or Month of Unlimited Classes at CrossFit Bullpen (Up to 81% Off)

CrossFit Bullpen

Southwest Raleigh

Foundations class introduces newbies to functional-fitness moves; regular classes challenge muscles with ever-changing Workouts of the Day

$100 $19

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Brewery Tour for Two with Beer Tasting, Stickers, and Take-Home Pint Glasses at Gizmo Brew Works (50% Off)

Gizmo Brew Works

Umstead

Tours uncover brewery methods; beer pints and take-home pint glasses preserve the memory

$22 $11

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Two or Four Wine Glasses with a Complimentary Wine Tasting at Vino Amoari Wine Bar & Wine Store (Up to 55% Off)

Vino Amoari Wine Bar & Wine Store

Northwest Raleigh

Groups of two or four can snag wine glasses and taste a selection of hand picked wines from around the world during a complimentary tasting

$10 $5

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Five PBX Barre Classes or Three Private Classes at PBX - Pilates Barre Extreme (Up to 63% Off)

PBX - Pilates Barre Extreme

North Raleigh

Blend of Pilates, yoga, and ballet-barre training relies on Reformer machines and the ballet barre to build strength and flexibility

$110 $41

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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

According to a 2009 Newsobserver.com profile, Backyard Bistro knows a thing or two about ribs. To create this St. Louis?style specialty, the Bistro encrusts the pork in a dry spice rub and leaves it to bask in heat and hickory smoke for three hours. They then wrap each rack in aluminum foil with a splash of apple juice, returning them to the smoker for another four hours before charring them on the grill under a glaze of tangy or sweet barbecue sauce. The Bistro also stokes up the smoker to tenderize the dry-rubbed pork shoulder??another specialty??for 12 whole hours, while slices of juicy beef brisket await to be smothered between hefty slabs of white bread and saddled next to sides such as crisp coleslaw, Mama T's potato salad, and baked beans.

The menu of barbecue and American comfort food represent the efforts of several local businesses. Brioche rolls for burgers and english muffins for benedicts are sourced from La Farm Bakery, then crowned with organic, hydroponic bibb lettuce and beef from Angus Barn or poached eggs and canadian bacon. The bar's 16 taps pour Bud Light and Belgian-style Backyard Brew, the locally brewed house draft, to cool meals taken out on the patio or into a neighbor's hot tub, while inside it's all about sports. Five big-screen TVs broadcast every play in high definition, and speakers at each table give diners the option of turning down the volume if they'd rather tune out

1235 Hurricane Alley Way
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

Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

500 S McDowell St
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

Deep in the Umstead Industrial Park, something stirs. Amid the clank of modern machinery, a group of workers busy themselves with one of the world's oldest crafts: brewing. At Gizmo Brew Works, this meeting of contemporary technology and ancient know-how produces a tempting slate of small-batch beers. Inside tanks that hold the equivalent of 1,000 pints each, brewers prep favorites including the smooth and sweet Black Stiletto Stout and the complex Palisade Wasp India Pale Ale with the same care that has earned many of their past beers medals at the Carolina Championship of Beer. They also save room for seasonals, carefully adding a sweet caramel flavor and spicy Noble hops to their altbier, which they serve in a traditional stange glass or a large mug in celebration of Oktoberfest. These beers and more make frequent appearances in the brewery's taproom, gracing pint glasses for impromptu toasts or filling up growlers for at-home sips. Never ones to shy away from curious guests, brewers also open up their facility for Saturday tours, walking groups through the beer-making process during 30-minute explorations.

5907 Triangle Dr
Raleigh,
NC
US