The other weekend, after a very long and stressful workweek, we decided to take a day-trip to Raleigh. We visited Pullen Park, a 66-acre public park next to NC State University. I had never been, and Joe hadn’t been in a long time, so it seemed like the perfect trip for our little family. A trip to Pullen Park is definitely worth the gas money!
Pullen Park has something for everyone. There are playgrounds for every age group, a beautiful carousel, a train, a lake with pedal boats, lots of area for walking or to kick a ball around, and yummy food. It was more like a cross between a city park and an amusement park.
We started our day off at the ticket booth, getting tickets for things we knew we wanted to do, like the train and the carousel. Tickets are only $1 per person and there is no admission fee to the park so it was very affordable.
We went ahead to the carousel since it was almost lunch time but we had time for a little something first. We didn’t realize, or maybe remember, that the outside animals on a carousel are stationary, but the inner ones go up and down. And that thing was spinning kind of fast! Riker didn’t like it so I just held him while we spun. If we had gotten an outside animal, I think he would have been just fine. #parentfail
After the carousel we headed over to Pullen Place for some lunch. They serve delicious local and healthy eats and I wanted to try everything on the menu. It all sounded so good! I was disappointed that they were out of the peach mint gazpacho. That sounded right up my alley! I had a BLT, Joe had a pork sandwich, and Riker had a grilled cheese with popcorn. We also had strawberry lemonade and popsicles before we left. I had pomegranate tangerine, Joe had salted caramel, and Riker’s tasted like grape jelly. So perfect on a sweltering hot day!
Riker’s favorite activity of the day was driving the kiddie boat. I think he would have stayed on it for hours! I had major guilt that we did not let him ride a second time but we were all about to die of a heat stroke by then!
The playgrounds are divided into age appropriate areas, which I appreciated. Riker had fun in the sand and water section, though I didn’t enjoy having sand on us the rest of the time!
They also had a real caboose amongst the playgrounds.
The next favorite activity of the day was the train ride. We had a lovely view of the whole park. It really is such a nice area.
This was the weekend we stocked up on food from Trader Joe’s. We came prepared with a cooler and 2 cooler bags. Oh how I wish they would build one here! The prices are so great and the food is so good!
This little man was plum tuckered out! And so were his parents! We had a great trip to Pullen Park and I think it’s not only fun for families but would be nice for a day date, or just to get out and walk around for some fresh air, especially if you’re local!
*Have you ever been to Pullen Park?