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Pullen Park

Pullen Park is located next to North Carolina State University, just west of downtown Raleigh. Pullen Park dates back to 1887 when Richard Stanhope Pullen donated farmland to the City of Raleigh for use as a park. In 1976, the Pullen Park carousel was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The park is free, but has several attractions that have very minimal cost. There is a snack bar and restrooms.

Park Highlights

Carousel - Pullen Park's best known attraction is the 1921 Dentzel carousel. Featuring more than 50 hand carved and hand painted animals, it was accepted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Some of the animals move, some are stationary. In addition to 30 horses, other animals on the carousel include ostriches, rabbits, cats, pigs, a tiger, a goat, and a lion. The cost to ride it is $1, which is way worth the very long, fun musical ride that ensues!
Playgrounds - A couple of very large playgrounds
Tennis courts
Lake with pedal boats ($) available
Picnic Shelters
Paved walking trails
Aquatic Center - Indoor Olympic sized pool open year round. Offers many programs as well as recreational swimming and classes. The facility also hosts many competitions. $2.75 for residents, $5.50 for visitors, with senior discount available.
Aquatic center phone: (919) 831-6197
Miniature Train Ride - A 1950's era small train ride. Parents can ride with the kids on this train ride. It loops through the park and is very scenic. Sit up front if you want to really experience the train horn! Highly recommended ($1)
Kiddie Boat ride - Basically a small above ground pool with small boats that go around in a circle. From what I saw, little kids love to ride around in circles in a boat! ($1)

520 Ashe Ave
Raleigh, NC 27606-2150
919-831-6468

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