Enjoy dining at downtown Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill restaurants? Want to explore the Triangle’s historic places and museums? Let transit be your ride, and you won’t have to find or pay for parking. Plus, on Thursday, Sept. 21, GoDurham, GoTriangle, GoRaleigh and GoCary invite you to ride fare free!
Here are some fun places to visit along with the bus routes that serve them. Take advantage of free Wi-Fi on GoTriangle and GoDurham along the way!
Downtown Raleigh (served by GoRaleigh routes 1, GoTriangle Route 100) is your gateway to historic sites, museums and restaurants.
• Venture through the Museum of Natural Sciences’ four floors of interactive exhibits to learn about the plants, animals, gems and geography of North Carolina. Explore the universe in the museum’s SECU Daily Planet Theater, where movies are projected on a screen three stories high and scientists give live presentations. (Free admission to permanent exhibits)
• Learn about life in North Carolina from its earliest residents through the 20th century at the North Carolina Museum of History. Discover some of the state’s famous athletes and see artifacts related to their stories in the “North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame” exhibit. (Free admission to permanent exhibits)
• Step into the North Carolina State Capitol—a Greek Revival-style building completed in
1840—for a self-guided tour of its beautiful rotunda on the first floor. Head to the second floor to see the state’s former legislative chambers and to the third floor to view the former State Library and former Geologist’s Office.
• Take your kids for hands-on play that inspires the imagination at Marbles Kids Museum, a nonprofit children’s museum. Let them experiment with water in “Splash,” explore occupations in the pretend community of “Around Town,” paint, draw and sculpt in the “Art Loft,” or choose from any other activities. (Admission is $5)
Pullen Park (From Raleigh, served by routes 300, 301, 11; from Chapel Hill, served by CRX and NCSU Wolfline Route 8; and from Durham [RTC], Route 300)
• Celebrate beautiful days by heading to Pullen Park to picnic, pedal boat and enjoy the park’s $1 amusement rides for kids. Don’t miss a ride on the park’s historic Gustave A. Dentzel Carousel, which dates from 1911. Or hop aboard the park’s C.P. Huntington miniature train, a near-replica of the famous locomotive that is its namesake.
Downtown Durham’s American Tobacco campus (served by GoTriangle routes 400 and 405 from Chapel Hill, all GoDurham routes from nearby Durham station, and DRX from Raleigh) is the place to see an off-Broadway show, enjoy a concert and dine.
• On the American Tobacco campus, catch free seasonal concerts on the lawn under the Lucky Strike Tobacco tower or dine at restaurants that specialize in cuisine that ranges from Cuban to Southern. Once abandoned cigarette manufacturing buildings, the American Tobacco complex is itself a marvel of architectural design that draws visitors to stroll its paved walkways near gushing streams.
• Slip into a seat at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) to see touring Broadway productions, famous entertainers, as well as comedy and family shows.
• During baseball season, catch a game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the home of the Durham Bulls, where the enormous “Snorting Bull” billboard comes to life when the home team hits a home run.
From downtown Durham, hop aboard the fare-free Bull City Connector to head to these five fascinating Durham venues:
• Sarah P. Duke Gardens
• Ninth Street District
• City Center District (Carolina Theatre)
• Durham Central Park
• Golden Belt District
DOWNTOWN CHAPEL HILL
Shop, eat and play in downtown Chapel Hill, where a bus ride puts you within walking distance of a nationally recognized planetarium and arboretum. (served by GoTriangle routes CRX from Raleigh and 405 from Durham Station)
• Explore the universe, Earth and the human body through shows at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, located on the beautiful University of North Carolina campus.
• Visit Coker Arboretum—located next to the planetarium—to enjoy its abundance of native trees, shrubs and plants. More than 100 years old, the garden is a perfect place to picnic and relax.
• Head to Franklin Street—which borders one edge of UNC—for ethnic eateries, shops and places to browse and buy handmade works of art.
In the mood to shop? Catch a bus to one of these malls or shopping districts.
• Brier Creek Commons in Raleigh (served by GoDurham’s Route 15, GoRaleigh 70X)
• Cameron Village in Raleigh (served by GoTriangle Route 100 and GoRaleigh Routes 4 and 16)
• Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh (served by routes GoRaleigh routes 4, 6, 16)
• North Hills in Raleigh (served by GoRaleigh Route 8)
• North Pointe Shopping Center in Durham (served by GoDurham’s Route 1, 1A)
• The Streets at Southpoint in Durham (served by GoTriangle Route 800 or GoDurham Route 5)
• Triangle Town Center in Raleigh (served by GoTriangle Route WRX operated by GoRaleigh and GoRaleigh Route 1 and 25L)
Heading to the RDU airport?
GoTriangle Route 100 drops you at both airport terminals and now has more frequent service, thanks to funding from Wake County voters’ investments in transit.
Use our Trip Planner for other places you’d like to visit!