Whether it’s family fun or just a bit of time for the two of you, the outdoor entertainment you most enjoy is right here in Wake County. Now that our weather is cooler, hiking at Umstead State Park and open-air concerts under the stars are a great find for everyone among a wide range of engaging activities.

To highlight this variety, here’s an overview of a few of them.

Family Adventures:

Finding family pursuits that entertain both children and adults can be tough. Since the trick is in discovering activities you can enjoy doing together, the following outdoor adventures fit perfectly:


The hiking trails at Umstead State Park offer great outdoor exercise and the opportunity to do a bit of science education for the kids when you point out the various trees and birds.

Paddle Boating

Renting a canoe or kayak at Jordan or Falls Lakes, or any of the 14 municipal lakes, enables your family to while away a few scenic hours paddle boating, with all hands working together for a memorable family outing.

The North Carolina Museum of Art

Sure, it offers a spectacular array of art indoors, but it’s the outdoor walking trails — permitting the family dog to join the fun — that will captivate your family as you view sculptures and statues ranging in height from 4 to 50 feet.

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The State Fair

The NC State Fair, while terrific agricultural and art exhibits are expected at this 11-day event starting on October 12th and running through October 22, also features rides, fabulous food, great nightly musical performances, and a spectacular fireworks display.

Phillips Farm

Make sure not to miss out on the fun at Phillips Farm in Raleigh, NC! This local farm fun park offers a range of activities that cater to all ages. Experience the thrill of navigating through their corn maze, enjoy a delightful wagon ride, hop on the cow train for a unique adventure, and bask in the beauty of their sunflower field. It’s one of the top fall things to do in Raleigh that you won’t want to pass up!

For those seeking a thrill, make sure to visit their Haunted Farm attraction opening on September 23, 2022. It offers four terrifying haunted attractions that will undoubtedly haunt your dreams for weeks. Don’t miss out on the spine-chilling experience!


Get ready to indulge in a delightful experience at the highly anticipated North Carolina Wine Festival. Another fabulous fall event. This event offers an array of local wines, talented artisans, soothing music, delicious food, and much more. As one of the top fall attractions in Raleigh, you will have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited wine samples. Mark your calendars for this annual extravaganza on October 28th.

Visit a Brewery

Whether you want to be a beer connoisseur or you enjoy an occasion beer, the more than 25 local breweries allow you to indulge in all kinds of beer along with a tour of the facility.

Raleigh Flea Market

Savoring a bit of the upscale shopping at North Hills is nice, but don’t overlook the fabulous finds and lively atmosphere among the 600-weekend vendors of antiques, jewelry, and handcrafted items at the Raleigh Flea Market. Keep in mind that prior to, during, and just after the State Fair in the fall they are not there to allow time for the vendors to set up for the fair.

With all these activities, who stays home?

But if you are someone who also enjoys staying home and relaxing in your backyard, call or send a text to Holly Springs Builders (919-346-0678) to help you create that perfect space!