Whether you're looking for outdoor activities or just a chance to get back to nature, there's nothing like a day at the lake. Spend some time this summer at these wonderful lakes that are just minutes away from Raleigh homes for sale.
- Pullen Park - 520 Ashe Ave., Raleigh, NC 27606
Is it an amusement park? Is it a green space? As the first public park in North Carolina and the fifth oldest amusement park in the country, pet-friendly Pullen Park is a delightful blend of both. As many as 10,000 people visit each day for activities such as traveling across beautiful Lake Howell in a pedal boat. Kids love riding the carousel and Pullen Park Caboose, an authentic train car. Get a workout at the aquatic center and tennis courts, or nurture your creative spirit with programs at the Pullen Art Center. Park hours are dawn to dusk, seven days a week.
- William B. Umstead State Park - 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27617
When one lake just isn't enough, head to William B. Umstead State Park. With not one but three lakes, there are lots of opportunities for boating and fishing. An extensive network of hiking and biking trails circles the lakes, so you can enjoy the views from several vantage points. The Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek sections include picnic tables and grills under a soothing canopy of trees. Crabtree also has two reservable picnic shelters that accommodate up to 100 people. Bring Fido along, as leashed dogs are welcome. Park hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily, and admission is free.
- Shelley Lake Park - 1400 W. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh, NC 27614
If you're looking for a quiet spot to relax and reflect, head to Shelley Lake Park. Boats are not permitted on the water, creating a peaceful ambiance as you and your leashed dog hike the two miles of paved trails around the lake. Fishing is allowed, and there is a playground and a basketball court for the kids. Shelley Lake Park is home to the Sertoma Arts Center, which features exhibits and classes in a variety of media. Hours are 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily.
- Durant Nature Preserve - 8305 Camp Durant Rd., Raleigh, NC 27614
Before the city purchased Durant Nature Preserve in 1979, it served as the headquarters of the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts. Summer camps are still held there, but the pet-friendly preserve is open to the public for all to enjoy. In addition to two lakes with hiking trails along the shores, the preserve has a bird garden, butterfly garden, and interpretive tree trail. Check out a Discovery Backpack at the visitor center to learn more about animal tracking and other topics. Durant Nature Preserve is open from 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. daily.
- Lake Wheeler Park - 6404 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh, NC 27603
In 1956, the namesake body of water at Lake Wheeler Park was constructed for water supply. Today, it serves double duty as a site for boating and fishing. A playground and sand volleyball court provide lively dry-land fun. Leashed dogs are permitted in the park. Hours are 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily. Admission is free, but there is a boat launch fee of $5 for city residents and $7 for non-residents.
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