Things to do


Research Triangle

Home to eight universities and colleges, Greater Raleigh is one of the three corners of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Region, namesake of The Research Triangle Park (RTP). Founded in 1959, RTP today is the largest continuously operating research park in the nation. It has become home to 170 companies, offering opportunities to more than 42,000 knowledge workers, including Nobel Laureates. It also has spawned more than 1,500 start-up companies since 1970. During your stay, plan a visit to colleagues at local universities and colleges or any of the research institutions easily accessible throughout the state.

Historic sites

The Raleigh Convention Center is just blocks from the North Carolina State Capitol. Built between 1833 and 1840, this National Historic Landmark is one of the best preserved examples of a civic building in Greek Revival-style architecture. Tours are free. Other government buildings, state museums, and historic neighborhoods and parks are within walking distance of the meeting site.

Dining and Entertainment

Greater Raleigh offers a vast array of dining experiences that cover the globe in style and cuisine. With more than 125 restaurants and nightclubs in downtown Raleigh alone, there are a range of convenient lively nightspots and entertainment districts. The Red Hat Amphitheater next door to the Convention Center hosts a summer concert series. The Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau provides information regarding the many local events and destinations to enjoy during your stay. In addition, travelers may be interested in the resources for specific traveler groups, including LGBTQ travelers.