NC Eat and Play | Dean at Pullen Park

Pullen Park is affordable fun for families with small children

We recommend

  • The train and carousel: if you only have time for a few activities, the train and carousel are iconic and can’t be missed.
  • Don’t forget to walk some of the paths for a lovely stroll through the park.
  • Stop by a local downtown restaurant for a bite to eat afterwards!

Our Experience

One of the best things about living in North Carolina is its family-fun adventures. If you have young children, there are fun, affordable options for you. Did you know that the 5th oldest operating amusement park in the country, Pullen Park, is located in the heart of Raleigh?⁣

Pullen Park | Affordable Family Fun

Established in 1887, Pullen Park was the first public park in North Carolina and it is still thriving today! It’s such a special piece of history and memories have been made here for more than a century. ⁣


Pullen Park | Affordable Family Fun

We took Dean for a visit recently and he had so much fun! There are many activities for kids of all ages. Keep in mind that while entrance to the park is free, the rides require tickets at 1.50 each.

A huge, classic carousel is found in the middle of the park but I wasn’t able to get photos of it this time as it was still closed due to the pandemic. It is a beautiful and lovely piece of history that children and adults can both appreciate.

In addition to the carousel, you can find playgrounds, a train, paddle boats, kiddie boats, and vintage train cars.

The grounds alone are worth a visit. With stunning landscaping, old oak trees, bridges, and a pond, Pullen Park is the perfect place for a stroll on a pretty day.

Pullen Park | Affordable Family Fun

This beautiful park is a must-visit if you haven’t yet! With classic amusement music playing and happy families everywhere, it’s a nice little escape together.

If you’re hungry after a fun day of train rides and paddle boats, downtown Raleigh is full of local restaurants worth checking out. I highly recommend Iyla’s Southern Kitchen which is only a few minutes away!


Location info

Community Center
520 Ashe Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 996-6052


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