Pullen Park

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Aquatic Center Arts Center Community Center Tennis Courts and Fields Playgrounds Shelters and Room Rentals Theatre in the Park Rides and Amusements Pullen Place Cafe

Year 1887 | Acres 66.4

Situated between Western Blvd, Hillsborough St, Ashe Ave and North Carolina State University, Pullen Park is the first public park in North Carolina 5th oldest operating amusement park in the U.S. and 16th oldest in the world. At Pullen Park you can rent a pedalboat, ride a carousel, take a swim, sign up for an art class, see a play, play your favorite sport and more. 

NOTE: Pullen Park Amusements, Pullen Aquatics Center and Pullen Park Community Center will be affected by closures and hour adjustments from December 4-16, 2019. Pullen Amusements will be closed. The Pullen Community Center will close at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Aquatics Center will close at 4 p.m. each day. 




408 Ashe Ave
Raleigh, NC 27606

Aquatic 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. 

NOTE: Pullen Aquatics Center will be affected by closures and hour adjustments from December 4-16, 2019. The aquatics center will close at 4 p.m. each day.

Hours, Lap Lane Availability and Programs

Arts Center

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

Community Center

Phone: 919-831-6052 (main) | 919-996-6468 (for shelter rentals)

NOTE: Pullen Community Center will be affected by closures and hour adjustments from December 4-16, 2019. The community center will close at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed on Sundays


  • Pullen Park Wednesday Night Dance Club
  • Friday Night Ballroom Dance
  • Yoga Classes
  • Wednesday Bridge Club
  • Parent Night Out Programs
  • Summer Camps
  • Personal trainer is available by appointment
  • Bridge Classes
  • Preschool Programs - Tot Hour, Holiday programs
  • See our Room Rentals information below.


View Fall 2019 Pullen Park Programs

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. All field rentals are handled though our Athletics Division. To find out more, please email or call 919-996-6836.


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 & Water Play: (2-12 years old) 2 sand diggers, 1 accessible sand digger, 2 shade structures, 1 playhouse, Music making equipment and stage,1 water mister, 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

Shelters and Room Rentals

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



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


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


Combined Meeting Room (112A&B)
Rooms 112A & B combine to seat 200

Large Meeting Room (112B)
Hardwood Floor
Capacity: 120


Medium Meeting Room (112A)
Carpeted Floor
Capacity: 80 (connect with room 112B, for a total capacity of 200)

Small Meeting Room (126)
Carpeted Floor
Capacity: 30

Small Meeting Room (103)
Tile Floor
Capacity: 30



Warming Kitchen
Can only be rented along with another room rental
Food may be warmed but not made from scratch

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

Rides and Amusements

Tickets are required for each ride in Pullen Park and are available at the Pullen Park Welcome Center. Rides include a carousel, train, pedal boats and more. 

NOTE: Pullen Park Amusements will be closed from December 4-16, 2019. The tennis courts will remain open.

Ticket info, hours, and map

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