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10 Amazingly Picture-Perfect Places to See in Raleigh
By Parkcentral Admin - September 27, 2018
Raleigh is full of opportunity for your inner photographer. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, having a smartphone or camera on you at all times is a necessity. You’ll be amazed by the skyline views, historic landmarks and beautiful natural landscapes that make up our city. Here are our favorite places to see in Raleigh when you’re looking for that perfect shot.
You can’t visit Raleigh without snapping a selfie with the iconic giant acorn! Make a pilgrimage to Raleigh’s Moore Square to find the mega-sized nut. The park is particularly beautiful at night, surrounded by historic spots and restaurants and bars with string-lit patios.
If you’re into historic places to see in Raleigh, amble down to Historic Oakwood near downtown Raleigh. The neighborhood is lined with restored 19th-century homes with gorgeous gardens. Stop by Historic Oak View Country Park’s antebellum farmhouse for a picnic and photos with the friendly goats.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens
Get inspired with a visit to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens. Stand next to the life-size bronze sculpture of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. for a photo op. The monument honors the sacrifices of local and national leaders who fought for civil rights.
J.C. Raulston Arboretum
Stop to smell the roses at J.C. Raulston Arboretum. The nationally-acclaimed garden is the perfect spot for engagement and professional photos. Find the perfect backdrop among the well-manicured landscape plants, flowering shrubs and trees.
If you’re a fan of the Andy Griffith Show, you can’t miss taking a selfie with the TV Land, ‘Andy and Opie’ statue at Pullen Park! The beloved statue depicts the scene where father and son are walking down a dirt road with their fishing poles during the opening sequence and theme song of the show. Be sure to check out the historic carousel with hand-carved wooden animals right next to the statue before you leave!
North Carolina Museum of Art
Snap an art selfie at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The publicly-funded art museum has great outdoor spaces where you can stroll and take photos of the manicured grounds and 30 Rodin sculptures. The reflecting ponds filled with water lilies and lotus plants offer a serene backdrop for portrait shots.
Lassiter Mill Historical Park
Take advantage of the beautiful scenery at Lassiter Mill Historical Park, one of Raleigh’s hidden gems. The park is located inside the beltline at the intersection of Lassiter Mill Road and Lassiter Falls Circle. Get lost with your camera in the comforting waterfalls and peaceful shaded areas around the dam.
Boylan Bridge Brewpub
Grab a local beer and enjoy a stunning view of Raleigh’s skyline at Boylan Bridge Brewpub. Tucked into a strip of industrial buildings on the edge of Boylan Heights, the pub is a great place to gather with friends and take an Instagram-worthy photo. It’s dog-friendly too, so make sure to bring your furry friend for the fun!
Neuse River Greenway
Neuse River Greenway is one of the most popular places to see in Raleigh for outdoor selfies. Scenic overlooks, historic sights, a winding boardwalk and kayaks and canoes on the river are just a few reasons you should bring your camera here. The suspension bridges crossing over the wetlands provide great vantage points for taking photos of birds and other animals in the wild.
Bikes and Beer: A Selfie While Cycling at Crank Arm Brewery
Every Wednesday, a group of bikers ride around downtown and end at Crank Arm Brewery for beers. Inside the brewery, you’ll find a three-panel interactive sculpture built out of gears, wheels, chains and neon. Get your camera ready, give the lever a whirl and watch it come to life!
Raleigh Beer Garden
The Raleigh Beer Garden might not be the first place to come to mind when it comes to photogenic places to see in Raleigh. But the beer garden not only has nearly 400 beers on tap; it also has a warm and inviting, open layout that’s primed for amazing photos. The front bar is shaded by a 35-foot indoor tree, while the rooftop area offers an impressive view of the city.
Sunflower Fields at Dorothea Dix Park
Capture everything that makes summer wonderful with your camera at Dorothea Dix Park. From mid-June until early July, acres upon acres of the park explode with sunflower blooms. Ask a friend to photograph you running through the fields of gold, or take a photo with your date after having a romantic picnic amongst the flowers.
There you have our top picture-worthy places to see in Raleigh! Where have you taken your favorite photos in town? Did we miss your favorite place of inspiration? Let us know by coming for a visit! We’d love to take you on a tour of Park Central Apartments in the Midtown District of North Hills. Visit Park Central online at ParkCentralRaleigh.com to schedule a tour or call us directly at (919) 800-0619.
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