Parks and Natural History Walking Tour

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Travel to Raleigh's original parks and discover the importance each of them carries today.

Cost: Free, self-guided
Getting around: Walk or bikeshare
Starting point: Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh
Tour distance: 2.6 miles 
Duration: 41 minutes walking; 19 minutes biking 

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Use this interactive map to see tour. Click on any of the sites on the map to see a description of the attraction and/or listen to the audio description. You can also view and download a PDF version of the map


During the tour, you will travel to Raleigh's four original parks, as well as find the world's largest globe replica. Sites include: Moore's Square, Nash Square, and the Nature Research Center.

aerial shot of the Raleigh Convention Center at twilight

Stop 1: Raleigh Convention Center

500 S. Salisbury St.

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Welcome to the Parks and Natural History Tour! Explore things to do in Raleigh by visiting the city's four original parks and other attractions. 

A view of part of the open lawn at Moore Square with the city buildings in the background

Stop 2: Moore Square 

200 S. Blount St. 

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Named after Alfred Moore, a former associate justice of the Supreme Court, Moore Square is a time-honored, historic district located in downtown Raleigh.

Burke Square sign outside of Governor's mansion

Stop 3: Burke Square (Governor's Mansion) 

200 N. Blount St. 

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The North Carolina Executive Mansion is the official residence of the Governor of North Carolina and their family.

Dog sitting in grass in front of NC Capitol building

Stop 4: North Carolina State Capitol 

1 E. Edenton St. 

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The North Carolina State Capitol has been the active capitol building of the state since it opened in June of 1840. It is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture.

The largest globe replica sits outside the NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Stop 5: NC Museum of Natural Sciences, The Daily Planet

121 W. Jones St. 

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The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast. The Daily Planet is 72 feet tall and houses a multimedia theater with a 2,000-square-foot video screen that projects science presentations and nature images. 



Sculpture in Nash Square

Stop 6: Nash Square 

200 S. McDowell St. 

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Named after Abner Nash, the second governor of North Carolina, Nash Square is one of two squares that continue to fulfill their intended use as public parkland.

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