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This Sober City Guide to Raleigh, NC was guest-written by Rachel Brady.
When you envision North Carolina, you might envision college basketball, the song “Wagon Wheel,” or any other Southern staples. However, after living in this state for over two years now, I’ve been able to search out some gems within the state capital that are perfect for a booze-free outing and fill this Sober City Guide to Raleigh, NC.
Being a military spouse, we tend to move around a lot within the country. That gives us the opportunity to visit and experience multiple cities that we originally may have never considered. When you add a sober person to the mix, this provides a unique angle to how you choose to dine and be entertained.
Remember, going alcohol-free isn’t a death sentence. It’s a chance to think outside the box. In this post, we will cover ten dining and entertainment spots in Raleigh that don’t need alcohol to be tourist hits. There are so many things to do in Raleigh, NC that are alcohol-free!
Rockin’ in Raleigh: Things to Do to in Raleigh, NC
Raleigh is one of North Carolina’s most rapidly growing areas. Its small businesses showcase the rich diversity that is pouring in. In fact, a Forbes study found that Raleigh, North Carolina grew by 47% from 2000 to 2012. This growth provides the city with unlimited tourism potential. Raleigh is an especially enjoyable scene for booze-free tourists because it allows both the big-city feel while remaining close to nature. Whether you crave the great outdoors or a new downtown hot spot, this city will be able to provide both.
Explore Raleigh’s Cafe Scene
If you’re looking for a health-conscious and trendy spot downtown, Raleigh Raw is the perfect pit stop. The cafe offers fresh-pressed juice, smoothie bowls, coffee, and an eclectic atmosphere. You will feel like you’re in the middle of an indie film.
Stop by for a pick-me-up or stay a while and work on that latest project with their awesome wifi. This little cafe is the whole package.
It’s no secret that tea time is making a comeback in the best way, regardless of how often you drink it. Tama Cafe is the go-to spot for experimenting with vegan options. Plus their sparkling teas are sure to make a statement.
Bonus perk: They provide games like Connect Four to play as you sip away on your new favorite drink!
Satisfy your sweet tooth while discovering some alternative recipes! Pod Cafe prides itself on providing Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten-Free alternatives to your favorite breakfast foods without sacrificing flavor. Bite into a savory Paleo chocolate chip cookie, indulge in some superfood-charged oatmeal, or caffeinate with their latest cold brew. This cafe packs a flavor punch and will inspire your next baking venture!
Raleigh’s Destinations for Thrill Seekers
Amaze Room Escape
Have you heard of how escape rooms are rapidly becoming a thrilling weekend adventure? Amaze Room Escapes provides three unique experiences that will challenge, excite, and bond your group as you race against the clock to outwit the room.
Whether it’s your first time or the millionth time, you’ll be sure to create lasting memories with friends and family while also experiencing the potential adrenaline rush!
Triangle Rock Club
When you think of a “big city,” you may not consider breaking a sweat. However, Triangle Rock Club is one of the premier rock climbing destinations located right in the state’s capital. People of all ages and experience levels are welcome with top-notch instructor guidance.
As an added bonus, Triangle Rock Club also provides yoga options if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge (or climb) just yet.
William B. Umstead State Park
Located 10 miles away from the main downtown area, William B. Umstead State Park boasts a plethora of outdoor activities that are perfect for the weekend warrior. Guided hiking trails, boating, fishing, rock climbing, and camping await you as you enter the pristine conditions of this hidden gem of a state park.
Get back in touch with your roots as you venture on your own time or with the multiple events offered year-round. This is a “can’t miss it” opportunity for nature lovers statewide!
Immerse Yourself in Raleigh’s Culture
Raleigh Little Theatre
The Raleigh Little Theatre is the perfect booze-free date night or family night. Founded in 1936, the theater also provides a rich history within its walls. The year-round shows include sensory-friendly options. The theatre’s mission is to “enrich, educate, entertain and engage audiences.” Grab your popcorn and enjoy the show!
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is boasted as the state’s most visited museum. This museum is the ultimate learning experience for nature enthusiasts and everyone in between.
The museum features both temporary and permanent exhibits, a living conservatory, and group tours for friends and family. Whether you are just passing through or a natural science extraordinaire, consider giving this museum a visit!
Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh
Art lovers, rejoice! Take an hour out of your day to stroll through the galleries at the Contemporary Art Museum and spark your creative intrigue. You never know – you may become inspired to create some art of your own!
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
In conclusion, we end our Raleigh things to do with a flair for the dramatic! The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts provides world-class entertainment year-round.
The performances include opera, ballet, symphony performances, and more! If you’re looking for a different kind of “night out on the town,” this center provides once-in-a-lifetime opportunity performances.
Enjoy Raleigh alcohol-free with this Sober City Guide!
As you can see, Raleigh is on the rise, and its attractions are a perfect reflection of that. You don’t need to feel limited in how you explore this city when you choose not to drink alcohol. In fact, the majority of its most memorable destinations focus on its culture and natural roots.
Raleigh combines the city-feel with down-to-earth small business owners. This city is the perfect Southern spot for the next time you stop in North Carolina. Cheers to that!
This post was guest written by Rachel Brady, who resides in beautiful Raleigh, NC. She can be found on Instagram at @shotstoshakes or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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