Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about the great outdoors in the Triangle – parks, trails and green spaces under blue skies. So brush up on your trail etiquette, lace up those shoes, slather on the sunscreen and join us for some fresh air and fun times.
One of the area’s most fun parks also has the longest history. Established in 1887 Raleigh’s Pullen Park is North Carolina’s first public park and the fifth oldest operating amusement park in the United States. The 66 acre park grounds include a variety of family friendly attractions and activities to enjoy, including an arts center, a theater, tennis courts, a softball field, an aquatic center (currently undergoing renovation), a cafe and plenty of shelters and picnic tables. However, the biggest draws to the park have to be the amusements.
Tickets can be purchased to ride the kiddie boats or to take a pedal boat ride around the park’s lake. The family can hop aboard a train to Summer via the C.P. Huntington miniature train, a one-third size, near-replica of the famous locomotive of the same name, that circles the park. The centerpiece of Pullen Park is the Gustave A. Dentzel Carousel (which happens to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places). A major restoration of the carousel was undertaken from 1977 – 1982. According to the National Carousel Association Census the carousel in Pullen Park is one of only 23 remaining historic Dentzel carousels.
We’re so lucky to have a treasure like Pullen Park here in the Triangle. On your next free day, take the whole family over to the park and create some special memories you can treasure too.