Review our list of things to do in Raleigh, NC, and start planning a great itinerary for your vacation. There are so many fun attractions in the Raleigh and Durham Research Triangle area near our hotel, you will have trouble deciding which ones to experience. Sheraton Imperial Hotel Raleigh-Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park positions you perfectly to explore Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, museums, fine dining, entertainment, parks, nightlife, the state's best shopping malls and more.
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Arts & Culture
North Carolina Museum of Art
View amazing works of art in more than 40 galleries at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Spanning 164 acres, the Museum property offers a great way to spend a day in Durham, NC.
Durham Performing Arts Center
Take in a world-class performance at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). This theater hosts everything from Broadway shows to superstar concerts, comedy and family shows. One of the best things to do in Durham, visiting DPA is a must-do on every itinerary. DPAC is located at 123 Vivian Street in Durham.
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North Carolina State Fair
If your visit to our area falls in October, then a trip to the North Carolina State Fair is one of the more exciting things to do during your stay. For 11 days in mid-October annually, the NC State Fair entertains more than one million visitors with rides, attractions, exhibits and an array of carnival-type fare.
Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts
Enjoy opera, ballet and live theater in five specialized venues at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts. Memorial Auditorium, the most famous and historic venue at the Center, has hosted such great names as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Prince and many more. Broadway blockbusters such as Phantom of the Opera or Disney's The Lion King thrill the audience. Broadway Series South brings some of the industry's most well-known performers, concerts, touring shows and comedians to the stages at Duke Energy Center. For those who appreciate culture and the arts, a night out at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts is one of the most satisfying things to do in our Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill -Research Triangle area. The Center is located at 2 East South Street in downtown Raleigh, NC, between Wilmington and Salisbury streets. Learn more at dukeenergycenterraleigh.com.
Sarah P. Dukes Gardens
Known by many as the "crown jewel" of Duke University, the renowned gardens boast 55 acres of beautifully landscaped and wooded areas.
Morehead Planetarium and Science
Located on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's campus, the planetarium is one of the oldest and largest planetariums in the United States.
Shopping & Dining
The Streets at Southpoint
A premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination in the Triangle and was featured as one of the '10 Great Places to Spend It All in One Place' by USA Today.
American Tobacco Campus
A renovated tobacco warehouse and factory now features restaurants, an amphitheater, public green space and biking trails, offices, and "Bull River," a quarter-mile-long river walk.
Named for a type of local tobacco and built during the early 1900s, two parallel brick warehouses anchor what is now Brightleaf Square. Visitors eat, drink, shop and play in this historic district featuring some of the region’s most famed restaurants and shops.
Sports & Entertainment
The Raleigh-Durham area offers courses designed for golfers of all levels. Whether you’re looking for challenging championship golf or prefer more relaxed fairways, Raleigh-Durham provides a great golf experience.
The indoor arena is home to the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes and the NC State Wolfpack.
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Home of the world famous Durham Bulls Baseball Club and headquarters of USA Baseball, the park seats 10,000 and includes picnic areas, skybox rentals, and is considered to be one of the premier ballparks in the nation.
A renowned private university that spans more than 8,600 acres and is home to the BlueDevils.
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
You're in the perfect location to visit the beautiful UNC Chapel Hill.
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY
The United States' first public African-American liberal arts college.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Home of the Wolfpack, the public university has 34,000 students and 2,000 members of its faculty.