Pullen Park

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Year 1887 | Acres 66.4

Pullen Park is the first public park in North Carolina, the 5th oldest operating amusement park in the U.S. and 16th oldest in the world. At Pullen Park you can rent a pedal boat, ride a carousel, take a swim, sign up for an art class, see a play, play your favorite sport and more. 



Pullen Amusements

919-996-6468 | Director Scott Mott 

Community Center

919-996-6052 | Director Abigail Kepler

Aquatic Center

919-996-6197 | Director Tricia Severa

Arts Center

919-996-6126 | Email


Pullen Park
520 Ashe Ave
Raleigh, NC 27606



Pullen Amusements

Toddler girl riding a pony on the carousel at Pullen Park

A wellness check and mask will be required when riding our attractions.

Tickets are required for each ride. They are available at the Pullen Park Welcome Center. Rides include a carousel, train, pedal boats, and kiddie boats. Tickets are $1.50 per person.

Ticket info, hours, and map

Community Center

Pullen Park Community Center brick exterior

Pullen Community Center hosts a variety of programs and offers rental spaces for meetings and events.

See Hours, Rentals, and Program Details


Aquatic Center

Parents and baby in the small pool at the Pullen Aquatics Center

Raleigh's premier competitive aquatic venue was completed in 1992. It has an indoor 50 meter x 25 yard Olympic pool, warm water therapy pool, water exercise and aquatic therapy programs, and lap and recreational swimming. 

Hours, Lap Lane Availability and Programs


kids playing on climbing equipment at Pullen Park

Swing Area: (All ages) 10 traditional belt swings for all ages, 1 preschool full-bucket seat swing, 1 accessible molded bucket swing, and 1 tire swing

School Age Climb and Slide: (5-12 years old) 2 universally accessible slides, 6 climbing opportunities, 1 see-saw, and 1 shade structure

Sand Play: (2-12 years old) 2 sand diggers, 1 accessible sand digger, 2 shade structures, 1 playhouse, Music making equipment and stage, and 1 accessible spring platform

Preschool Playground: (2-5 years old) Enclosed by a positive barrier of fence and vegetation, 3 slides,1 preschool full-bucket seat swing,1 accessible molded bucket swing, 1 see-saw, stepping stones, and 2 shade structures

View other playground locations.

Tennis Courts and Fields

Pullen Park has 6 tennis courts with push button lighting from dusk to 10 p.m. year round. 

There are two athletic fields at Pullen Park with lighting. One is a 270 ft-softball field. The youth baseball field is 257 ft. 

For field rentals, please contact Athletics at 919-996-2154. View other field locations. 

Courts are typically available first-come, first-serve. View other court locations.

Arts Center

hand with a paintbrush working on a flower painting

The Pullen Arts Center is currently closed for renovations. 

When open, it hosts programs in pottery, jewelry making, painting, printmaking, bookmaking, drawing, fiber arts, weaving and glass arts. The Arts Center has extensive studios and equipment and holds special events and gallery exhibits throughout the year.

More information on Pullen Arts Center

Pullen Place Cafe

Located in the Amusement area near the Welcome Center, the cafe offers fresh, local and seasonal foods.

View Hours, Menus and More

Theatre in the Park

Theatre In The Park, located in the northern end of Raleigh’s scenic Pullen Park, is internationally acclaimed for its outstanding theatrical achievements, with more than 40,000 people attending our programming last year alone.

Learn more about Theatre in the Park

Shelters and Room Rentals

Pullen Park has a variety of outdoor shelters available to rent. For interest in outdoor rentals, please contact Pullen.Reservations@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-6468.

Rental Inquiry Form

See details and information on indoor rentals here.

View of gazebo at Pullen Park on island with view of water

Island Gazebo

Capacity: 50-100
$30/hour to rent
No chairs or tables on site
No electricity

Pullen Park Carousel Pavilion

Carousel Pavilion

Capacity: 60
Tables: 8 - 8ft tables
$30/hour to rent
Located on the east side of the carousel
Access to electricity
No grilling permitted

View of shelter 1 at Pullen Park with covered tables

Shelter #1

Capacity: 75
Tables: 8 - 12ft tables
Grills: 2
$30/hour to rent
Located on the hillside with great views over the playground and passing train
No electricity

Pullen Park Shelter 2

Shelter #2

Capacity: 30
Tables: 6 - 6ft tables
Grills: 1 X-Large charcoal grill
$24/hour to rent
Located on the top of the hill
No electricity

Pullen Park Shelter 3

Shelter #3

Capacity: 100
Tables: 10 - 6ft tables and 4 – 8ft tables
Grills: 1 X-Large charcoal grill
$30/hour to rent
Located on top of the hill adjacent to the upper parking lot
No electricity

Pullen Park Shelter 4

Shelter #4

Capacity: 100
Tables: 8 - 12ft tables
Grills: 2 standard charcoal grills
$30/hour to rent
Circular shelter up on the hill adjacent to the upper the parking lot
3 outlets with electricity

Pullen Park Shelter 5

Shelter #5

Capacity: 100
Tables: 9 - 12ft tables
Grills: 2 standard charcoal grills
$30/hour to rent
Located up the hill on the right side of the upper parking lot, away from other shelters
No electricity

Pullen Park Shelter 6

Shelter #6

Capacity: 75
Tables: 8 - 12ft tables
Grills: 2 standard charcoal grills
$30/hour to rent
Located above the carousel 
No electricity

View other shelter locations

Pullen Park Event Lawn and Stage

Stage and Event Lawn

Capacity: 100 – 500
Tables: No tables provided
Grills: No Grilling permitted
$75/hour to rent; $25 electricity fee for spider box setup
Located behind the ticket office; public event space

Inside of the Pullen Park historic carousel

Historic Dentzel Carousel

The historic Dentzel carousel opened at Pullen Park in 1921 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The carousel is available for private rental outside of public operating hours for photo shoots or private parties. 
Capacity: 64 riders; 150 building capacity
$150/hour to rent, plus $20/hour per staff member


Capacity: 20
Tables: 3 - 6 ft tables
Grills: No grilling
$20/hour to rent
Located on the terrace by the upper pond across from the lake.  
Tables are not covered to provide an open view of your surroundings.
No electricity

Multiuse Field

Capacity: 100
Tables: None provided
Grills: None Provided
$35/hour to rent
Adjacent to Shelter 5; can only be rented in conjunction with Shelter 5
Location for: bounce houses, gaming trucks, food trucks, or exclusive space for lawn games
No electricity



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