- By Laurie Diggett, Staff Writer -
It’s no secret that the fall season is favored by many Raleigh locals, mainly for the gift of cooler weather that it brings, (and, let’s face it, those seasonal Starbucks drinks are nothing to sneeze at either), and we are all constantly looking for new ways to get out and enjoy it while it lasts. However, college students often find activities in Raleigh to be overpriced and out of their budget. Here are a few affordable places in the Raleigh area that you should visit during the fall season.
The State Fair
This year, The N.C. State Fair runs from October 12th through the 22nd and, as usual, it is located at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, a mere few miles from Meredith’s campus. If you like carnival rides, games, fried food, farm animals, or any combination of the four, then this is a must. You can get tickets in advance online and look for deals and discounts at ncstatefair.org/2017.
If you’re looking for a more peaceful outing, Pullen Park is the way to go. Whether you’re going with a group of friends or bringing a younger sibling, there is something for everyone to enjoy. From a merry-go-round, to paddleboats, to a small train, the park has plenty to offer to fill a short day trip or afternoon. There are even shelters available to rent for large group gatherings and birthday parties.
Although it’s about a thirty to forty-five minute drive outside of Raleigh, Hillridge Farms is perfect if you younger siblings or cousins that need to get out a lot of energy. It’s located in the small town of Youngsville, North Carolina and is full of entertaining attractions like hayrides, a giant slide, gem mining, a jumping pillow, animals to feed, and even pig races. The hayrides also offer an added bonus; each rider gets to pick out a free pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.
Like Hillridge Farms, Panic Point is located in Youngsville and, although it is a bit of a drive, it is worth it for individuals that love haunted forests. Panic Point has different sections and different scare levels to choose from. Their attractions include a corn maze, a haunted hayride, a haunted trail and a haunted forest involving eleven scary scenes over the course of a half mile. It’s the perfect place to get into the spirit of Halloween.