Suzanne Grace Soboeiro


James Kyle Newman

While You're in Raleigh

Things to do in and around Raleigh, NC

Governor’s Mansion
The North Carolina Executive Mansion is the official residence of the Governor of North Carolina (and family). Fun fact: the cat in residence is related to Lola Soboeiro.
Building began in the year 1883 and it was designed by architects Samuel Sloan and A.G. Bauer. The North Carolina’s Executive Mansion is not only home to the Governor, it is the “people’s house.” The building is also a meeting space, historic site, and an elegant event location.

Joel Lane Museum House
“The place where the history of Raleigh, NC was born.” This home contains collections of 18th century artifacts and period furnishings.

Dorothea Dix Park
Dorothea Dix Hospital was a mental health facility named for a great reformer, DD. The city is in the process of creating a “destination park”. There are flowers and events throughout the year. Walk around the grounds and remember the people who lived and worked here.

Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral
Built in 2017 this domed Cathedral was scaled back due to Pope Francis’ influence. It is still “pretty fancy”. Beautiful cathedral with an organ containing 3737 pipes and a fifty bell carillon. Lifelike statues of saints line the aisles, with smaller chapels for quiet prayer.

Pullen Park
After touring or worshipping at the cathedral treat yourself to some downtime at Pullen Park. Ride the carousel, the paddle boats or, Mary Rider’s favorite train. Food is available. I would recommend the ice cream.

James B. Hunt Library
On the centennial campus of NCSU. Meet the book finding bot. Admire the architecture. Read something.

NC Farmer’s Market
My happy place! Shop for local fruits, veggies, seafood and organic meats. You could make a meal of the free samples alone. 2 restaurants and an import shop complete your visit.

Oakwood Cemetery
Visit Jesse Helms’ grave. Pay your respects to the fallen soldiers from the Civil War, and other conflicts. Schedule a tour at least two weeks in advance or wander on your own.

Oakwood/Mordecai Neighborhoods
Historic Oakwood is on the National Register of Historic Places, and known for its Historic Oakwood Cemetery, its many Victorian houses and its location close to the Mordecai Plantation Manor.

Mordecai House
The Mordecai House is the oldest house in Raleigh on its original location. Interesting history of the founding families. Raleigh’s founder, Joel Lane, built this house for his son Henry Lane. President Andrew Johnson’s birthplace, a kitchen, is on the property. A law office and chapel are there as well. Tours are available.

Raleigh Trolley
Leaves from Mordecai Historic Park on Saturdays, March through December, at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Tours begin and end at Mordecai Historic Park and last approximately one hour.


North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the Southeast’s largest natural history museum, complete with its Nature Exploration Center and Nature Research Center, with four floors of exhibits, live animals, gift shops and cafés.

North Carolina Museum of History
The Division of State History Museums collects and preserves artifacts and other historical materials relating to the history and heritage of North Carolina in a local, regional, national and international context to assist people in understanding how the past influences the present.

North Carolina Museum of Art
Visit the museum’s permanent collection and/or current traveling exhibits. The museum park is beautiful and contains several interactive pieces.

Raleigh Little Theater and Rose Garden
Another picturesque spot.

Gregg Museum of Art and Design
Raleigh’s newest museum. Current exhibits include Borderlands.

Cameron Park
Streetcar suburb neighborhood dating from 1911. Lovely walk in the evening.

Cameron Village Shopping Center
Tucked behind Hillsborough Street you will find fun, quirky and pricy shops. Eateries, spa, yoga studio. Raleigh Underground once hosted acts such as Iggy Pop, REM, Joan Jett and Jimmy Buffet.

Hillsborough Street.
NC State hangouts, restaurants, coffee shops with great baristas. The Remedy Diner on Market Street offers yummy vegan and vegetarian fare.

Oberlin Village
One of Raleigh’s first freedman communities, established by blacks after Emancipation.

JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road Raleigh
The JC Raulston Arboretum is a 10-acre nationally acclaimed arboretum and botanical garden administered by North Carolina State University. You can visit one of the largest and most diverse collections of landscape plants adapted for landscape use in the Southeast.

DOWNTOWN: More to do!
Person Street Pharmacy Cafe, Morgan Street Food Hall, Glenwood South eateries,
Trophy Brewing, Pizza Box, Clouds, Tuscan Blu, Bida Manda, Escazu chocolate
Farther afield - day trips - Go West - Duke University, Durham, UNC, Chapel Hill, Ackland Art Museum, Sutton’s Drug Store, Carrboro, Pittsboro Pinehurst/ Southern Pines (don’t miss the Taxidermy Museum!!!), Old Salem, Boone and beyond. Head East - New Bern, Kinston (Mother Earth Brewing, The Chef and the Farmer) Swansboro, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Wilmington. Ask Mike for directions!

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