Cultural Attractions Near South Lakes

North Carolina Museum of Art

Art-Logo2There’s no shortage of “wow” factor for the art critic at Raleigh’s North Carolina Museum of Art. Past exhibitions have included “Rembrandt in America,” “Temples and Tombs: Treasures of Egyptian Art from The British Museum,” “Monet in Normandy,” and many more, from influences both past and present. The museum park is an on-site, outdoor area that encourages collaboration among designers, artists and environmentalists, showcasing art pieces inspired by the natural world around us. Also, the NCMA’s Museum Park Theater serves as the gateway to the over 100 acres of sculpture enhanced woodlands and meadows, while also serving as the largest art museum concert venue in the country, hosting special summer concerts and outdoor movie screenings. Museum tours are offered weekdays and weekends, and admission to the NCMA’s permanent collection and Museum Park is free.

North Carolina Museum of Art | Location: 2110 Blue Ridge Road | Raleigh, NC |  Phone: (919) 839-NCMA | Website:

North Carolina Museum of History

NCMOH_Flyer_Logo_WHITEhorizSMFancy yourself a history buff? Whether you studied it in school, enjoy putting together family genealogical trees, or simply find the pursuit of knowledge fascinating, Raleigh’s North Carolina Museum of History holds something for you. Exhibits provide illumination of North Carolina’s culture and past through highlighting sports icons, decorative arts, and military annals. Exhibits are not relegated solely to North Carolinian concerns, as a Watergate exhibit opened in 2013 and one of the most significant documents in U.S. history, the 13th Amendment, is currently on display (July 2013 — January 2014). Music concerts and craft demonstrations headline a rotating selection of special events, and like the NCMA, admission is free. The North Carolina Museum of History also houses the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame museum on its third floor.

North Carolina Museum of History |  Location: 5 East Edenton Street Raleigh | NC 27601-1011 | Phone: 919-807-7900 |  Website:

North Carolina Railroad Museum and New Hope Valley Railway

rail-road-logoThe North Carolina Railroad Museum offers up a menagerie of historic train memorabilia, artifacts and antique train cars, while also offering the opportunity for self-guided tours and the chance to enjoy the “Triangle’s Train” via the New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR). The NHVR features an open-air passenger car ride for visitors. Attendees can hop aboard and enjoy the pull of either a diesel locomotive or thrill at the experience provided by the area’s only operating steam engine. (Train ride availability depends upon season.) The Model Garden Railroad, a 1000 foot selection of expertly arranged track featuring tunnels, bridges, houses, flora, and its own engine house, rounds out the museum’s attractions. There is no cost to walk the grounds and train rides run just $10 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under.

New Hope Valley Railway |  Location: 3900 Bonsal Rd. | New Hill, NC 27562 |  Phone: 919.362.5416. | Website:


South Lakes

Not only located in one of the most desirable places to live in the Triangle. It’s also situated in one of the more convenient points of the Triangle. With Highway 55 and I-40, you are never to far to experience the many cultural attractions our area offers. Visit Fuquay-Varina and South Lakes today, and see why more and more Triangle residents are discovering it’s close-to-perfect blend of old and new so irresistible.