4 Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Events in the Triangle Region


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Finding a suitable place for your family to celebrate New Year’s Eve can be daunting. Good thing the Triangle Region is host to several great family-friendly New Year’s Eve events. Below, we’ve put together a list of the 4 Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Events in the Triangle Region.

First Night, Raleigh – Every year the Raleigh Acorn is dropped to ring in the new year. However, this all-day festival is much more than just an acorn drop at midnight. Since 1991, the festival has been a local must-attend event. Featuringover 100 performances at over 36 locations downtown, it’s the ultimate NYE experience and value. Tickets start at $10 for children and $14 for adults (this gets you access to all shows). And this year, the 90-foot ferris wheel is back! We’ll see you there.

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Buffaloe Lanes – Alcohol Free & Family Friendly Bowling, Cary NC – Looking for an alcohol free celebration for the family? Look no further than Buffaloe Lanes in Cary. For $60 you can reserve a lane, get a pizza, pitcher of soda and shoe rental!

Bull City Burger and Brewery, Durham NC – All ages are welcome at the 4th annual Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Party. The event starts at 6pm, so there is plenty of time to get home after a toast at 8:30pm. Tickets are $35 per-adult and $12 for children under 12. Should be a great time for anyone looking to celebrate a family friendly NYE in Durham.

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Night Lights, A Family NYE, Chapel Hill NC – Morehead Planetarium is the perfect place to take the family on the 31st this year. Between 3pm and 6pm (for $5) the family can partake in a bunch of fun activities before the new year. Some of the activities are:

  • Glow Hoop Play w/ The FlowJo Studio
  • Make-and-take LED light-up jewelry & constellation viewers
  • Black (corn)Hole Planet Toss
  • Illuminated interactive dance performance
  • Star shows throughout the afternoon in the fulldome theater
  • Science demos
  • Sweet treats and hot drinks, while supplies last

Do you have any suggestions for family friendly activities on NYE in the Triangle Region? If so let us know in the comments section below.


3 Reasons Young Professionals Are Moving to the Triangle Region


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Young and Professional in North Carolina

Raleigh was recently named the 2nd best city for young adults in the United States, and that stands for good reason. Young adults from around the country are moving to the Triangle Region, which has one of the highest concentrations of IT/Pharma companies outside of Silicon Valley. While jobs are a big reason that so many are choosing to call the Triangle home, there are other important elements that have young people flocking to North Carolina. Here is what we came up with as 3 Reasons Young Professionals Are Moving to the Triangle Region.

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1. Jobs

Raleigh was named by Forbes as the number one city in the United States for business and careers. The list was compiled by considering 12 metrics, including job growth, costs, income growth, educational attainment, and projected economic growth. Raleigh has become a hub for technology companies seeking a more relaxed, inexpensive setting, which has spurred a whole new wave of incoming workers.

While there are many other things that keep young professionals moving to the Triangle Region, it is the companies and institutions in or near the Research Triangle Park that make the move so enticing. The park is home to over 190 companies employing over 50,000 workers, with all of the big names present (Microsoft, IBM, Cisco Systems, Verizon, etc.). Take a look at the full list of companies and see for yourself – the job opportunities in the Research Triangle Park are endless.

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2. Food & Entertainment

The residents of Durham have long known their good food fortune, but two years ago that secret was made public. In January 2013, Durham was named “The South’s Tastiest Town” by Southern Living Magazine, which brought foodies and weekend visitors alike into the city to see for themselves. Southern Living Magazine describes the scene as “to-die-for takes on simple culinary delights”, including fantastic renditions of coffee, beer, pizza, pie, and more. Visitors to Durham are sure to fall in love with both a brewery and a coffee shop, and the food culture has certainly contributed to an influx of young professionals with a healthy appetite.

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3. Environmentally Friendly

An annual study conducted by Texas A&M University found that the Triangle’s commuters wasted the least amount of time in traffic, as the area being easily accessible by both car and bicycle. Raleigh’s unique greenway system covers over 100 miles in the city, offering a secondary, pedestrian transportation system like no other. These types of initiatives offer young professionals the opportunity to travel around Raleigh with virtually no exposure to motorized traffic – a huge incentive to move to the Triangle Region. In addition to having a first class transportation system, Raleigh was named the third cleanest (environmentally) city in the US by Forbes Magazine, ranking first on water quality. With these types of distinctions being handed out to the Triangle Region every month, it’s no wonder why young adults are choosing to move to the area.

Did we miss anything? Is there another reason that you think young professionals are moving to the Triangle Region? Let us know!


7 Things to Do in Chapel Hill


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Looking for things to do in Chapel Hill?

You’re in luck. Chapel Hill is a great community, with many great shops and attractions. Not to mention, it’s home to the beautiful University of North Carolina campus.

1. See a Play at Playmakers Theatre

Constructed in 1851, lined with Corinthian columns, the Greek style of theatre is sure to leave you speechless. Today the theatre is primarily for campus performances, however, it was once used as a stable during the Civil War.

2. Take a UNC Campus Tour

This is a must for people new to Chapel Hill and long-time community members. The 729-acre campus first opened it’s doors in 1795 and hosts many historic buildings. You can take both guided and unguided tours (with audio provided) of the campus from Monday to Friday.

3. Learn About Space at Morehead Planetarium

The Morehead Planetarium is a great family destination in Chapel Hill. The nearly 70-ft domed theater makes stargazing an unforgettable experience (even on a projector). Be prepared to learn about space as the presentation takes you through our solar system and beyond.

4. Visit The North Carolina Botanical Garden

Located on the UNC campus, the North Carolina Botanical Garden is a public garden. You can stroll through the garden and take in the diversity among the plants at your own leisure. It’s beautiful in the spring when a majority of the plants are blossoming.

5. Visit Chapel Hill Museum

The Chapel Hill Museum, though small, is a great place to broaden your horizons and take in some history. The museum features a 1914 Model T fire truck from 1914, a section on James Taylor and “Carolina On My Mind,” alongside many other neat displays. If you’re a history buff, this is the place for you.

6. See A UNC Basketball Game at Dean E. Smith Center

Commonly referred to as the Smith Center, this is where the UNC Tarheels play their home basketball games. If you are able to get tickets, the games are great to attend. The arena is full of UNC spirit as everyone gets ready to watch some of the best college basketball America has to offer.

7. Spend a day on Franklin Street

Looking to shop? Looking for great food? Well, Franklin street is where you want to be. Widely considered as the social hotspot for Chapel Hill, the street features many bars, coffee shops, restaurants and clothing stores. The area is also home to many festivals throughout the year.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Chapel Hill? Let us know!


5 Things to Do in Durham This Fall


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Fall Fun in Durham

The fall months are upon us, and the city of Durham has so many fun activities to take part in. For those who have just moved in to the city of Durham or those who just can’t figure out what to do during the fall months, we have some great places for you to check out, here is our list of 5 Things To Do In Durham This Fall, and as always, let us know some of your favorite destinations!

1. Duke Blue Devils

The beginning of the fall season also marks the beginning of the college basketball season, and if you’re in Durham you will have no problem figuring out which team to cheer for. The Duke Blue Devils are one of the most successful basketball programs in the history of men’s college basketball, and their home games never seem to disappoint with their rowdy fans. If you can manage to snag a ticket to a home game, do it, you won’t regret it.

2. Museum of Life and Science

For those who find learning fun, the Museum of Life and Science is a great place to spend the day. You will be able to learn about many things that make up our everyday lives, as they have exhibits on sound, weather, health and many more. They even have adult programs (21+) for those who would like to learn about science while having their favorite beverage in their hand.

3. Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Known as one of the more popular public gardens in America, Sarah P. Duke Gardens hosts high quality horticulture and a beautiful landscape that separates it from other gardens. The garden has over 300,000 visitors every year and it is open all year around. The best part about Sarah P. Duke Garden is that it is FREE, and it makes for a great date for those looking for some alone time or a great family adventure.

4.Wheels Fun Park

Looking to have some fun this fall? Of course you are, be sure to take a visit to Wheels Fun Park for a day filled with fun. For those familiar with the area, they know this is definitely one of the things to do in Durham this fall. Wheels Fun Park has many activities for you to participate in, from a roller skating rink to an amazing maze. You might be here all day, so make sure your fun meter is on high when you arrive.

5. Defy Gravity

Ever wonder what it feels like to fly? Well, at Defy Gravity, you don’t get to fly, but you get to jump really high at this trampoline park. Defy gravity is instant fun for everyone, no matter the age. You can take part in trampoline dodgeball, jump in to a foam pit, and for those looking for a challenge, you can try the ninja course. Defy gravity also has fitness classes if you are looking for something new in your workouts.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Durham this fall? Let us know some of your suggestions!


7 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Charlotte


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Getting To Know Charlotte

Charlotte is no doubt one of the most desirable places to live in North Carolina, and for good reason. There are many reasons that the city is growing at a record pace, so if you’re considering a move to Charlotte: know that you’re not alone. We know how challenging it can be to move to a brand new city, and that’s why we’ve put together this list of  7 Things to Know Before You Move to Charlotte.

1. Charlotte is the “second largest financial center in the nation.”

This according to Bob Morgan, the President and CEO of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. Bank of America calls Charlotte home, while other industry leaders including Citi, Ally Financial, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan all host operations in the city as well.

2. Charlotte is growing, fast.

 From 2000-2010, Charlotte was ranked the fastest growing city in America, experiencing 64.6% population growth. People of all ages are moving to Charlotte for everything from job opportunities to settling down. Note: Raleigh was number two on the list of fastest growing cities in the USA, with a population growth of 63% – there’s just something about North Carolina!

 3. People are moving BACK to Charlotte.

One of the interesting things about Charlotte is that people are actually moving back. This speaks volumes to the city’s charm. The phenomena has been so well documented it has actually been given a name – the “half-back” phenomena. North Carolina receives a large number of people who initially retire to Florida, but later decide to head back north for Charlotte.

4. Charlotte is nicknamed “The Queen City,” and “The Hornet’s Nest.”

The city of Charlotte received its name in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who had become queen consort of Great Britain the year before the city’s founding. A second nickname derives from the American Revolutionary War, when British commander General Cornwallis occupied Charlotte, before watching the city be taken back by the local residents. This event prompted General Cornwallis to dub the city “the hornets nest.”

5. Charlotte has four distinct seasons.

Charlotte has a humid subtropical climate with four very distinct seasons. Winters are short and cold, while the summers tend to be hot and humid. Temperatures vary from an average of 40 degrees fahrenheit in January to 78 degrees in July, so expect to see a different city from season to season.

6. Charlotte knows motorsports.

Charlotte is one of the most important cities in the U.S. motorsports industry, housing multiple offices of NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord (the second largest city in the Charlotte metropolitan area). Top professional racers are continuing to move to Charlotte, as the city is proving to be a hub for the racing technology industry. Approximately 75% of NASCAR teams live in or around the Charlotte area.

 7. Charlotte is affordable.

Charlotte is proud to boast one of the most affordable places to move to in the USA at the moment. The city’s housing market is 23% below the national average, with the cost of living being 9% below the national average. It’s this affordability that make Charlotte popular with a wide array of demographics, and not just one group of individuals.

Is there anything else that future residents of Charlotte should know? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

 


5 Family Friendly Activities to do in Greensboro


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Whether you’ve just moved to Greensboro, or have been a resident for years, there are a ton of family friendly activities right at your disposal. We’ve picked some of our favorite activities for Greensboro newbies and long-timers alike. As always, if we missed anything, feel free to leave it in the comments section below.

1. The Greensboro Science Center

The science center packs a museum, aquarium and zoo all into one massive 23,000 sq foot facility. Taking the family for the Sciquarium experience allows for everyone to become fully immersed in the animals. This is a guided 45 minute tour, where you’re sure to learn a ton.

2. Enjoy a Greensboro Grasshoppers GameGreensboro grasshoppers

Newbridge Bank Park is a great destination for any family looking to enjoy America’s past-time. The stadium is home to the Greensboro Grasshoppers, a Miami Marlins affiliate. It’s reasonably priced and a great atmosphere for the whole family.

3. Greensboro Children’s Museum

For a great price ($8), you’ll get admission to the Greensboro Children’s Museum. The museum features many exhibits where the kids can have some serious fun, while also learning a thing or two.

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Looking the beat the heat? Wet N Wild Emerald Pointe, the 12th largest water-park in America,  is where you need to be! With over 3 million gallons of water and 36 rides, the family is sure to have a great day! General admission is $35.99, but if you’re looking to go regularly the season’s pass at $69.00 presents great value. A visit here is definitely one of the best activities to do in Greensboro during the warmer months.

5. North Carolina Zoo (35 miles south)

Home to over 1600 animals from all over the world, the North Carolina Zoo is a great family activity. The zoo is open 365-days-a-year and receives over 700,000 visitors annually. It’s a very affordable family  activity ($12 for adults, $8 for children) and will leave you amazed by the animals. Plus, the zoo just recently added four new lion cubs which are worth checking out!


5 Fun Activities to Do When You Move to Raleigh


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Having Fun in Raleigh

Did you and your family just make the move to Raleigh, North Carolina? We will start by saying, welcome to North Carolina! You’ve made a great decision, North Carolinas is full of great cities for you to raise your family, and Raleigh is one of them. Of course you need to know what you can do with your free time so here are 5 Fun Activities to Do When You Move to Raleigh.

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Neuse River Trail

Everyone enjoys a nice walk or bike ride during the warm months of spring and summer, gather the family and go on a group walk through Neuse River Trail. The route passes through different jurisdictions such as Raleigh, Wake Forest, Knightdale, and a few more. The trail also splits off into seven different sections, some of which are parks like Horseshoe Farm ParkBuffaloe Road Athletic Park , and Anderson Point Park. This will make for a great family adventure, just be sure to be pack some essentials as it is a long trail that stretches over 30 miles.

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Carter-Finley Stadium

Are you a big football fan? Well if you are, you’re in luck, Raleigh is home to the North Carolina State Wolfpack, who play their home football games at Carter-Finley Stadium which holds 60,000 fans. A Saturday afternoon game in this stadium should definitely be on your bucket list, especially if they are taking on one of their conference rivals Clemson TigersDuke Blue DevilsEast Carolina PiratesNorth Carolina Tar Heels, or Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

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Frankie’s Fun Park

This is a great way to spend a day with the family. Frankie’s Fun Park is perfect for the family that has a tough time agreeing (which is every family) because there is something for everyone. The family could take park in mini-golf, laser-tag, go-karts, and much more. This should be high on your list as one of the fun activities to do when you move to Raleigh.

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Pullen Park

Looking for a place to go for a nice family picnic and spend the day? Pullen Park is your destination. The park is over 66 acres of public park and is right next to the campus of NC State University. Once you arrive in the park you can settle in one of the many picnic areas, or let your hair blow in the wind with one of the small rides such as the carousel or train. The park also has a large pond and you can rent pedal boats for a nice, relaxing time on the water.

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PNC Arena

Hockey fans should definitely be familiar with this venue as it hosts the Carolina Hurricanes who most recently won NHL’s Stanley Cup in the 2005-06 season. PNC Arena is also home for the NC State Wolfpack basketball team who have seen a lot of success in the past few years as they play in one of the most competitive conferences in college basketball. PNC arena also hosts many major concerts. Do you have any suggestions of fun activities to do when you move to Raleigh? Let us and the new residents of Raleigh know in the comments section below!