Eight Cool Downtown Raleigh Places you can walk to from campus

Jul 9, 2024

William Peace University is located in Downtown Raleigh, an ideal location that allows students to get out and explore the city.

The best part about the campus location is students don’t even need a car (or ride-sharing apps) to explore some cool parts of the state capital. Students can foot it to some of the best parts of the city and not worry about venturing too far away from their dorms.

Here’s a list of 8 cool places students can walk to from campus.

MUSEUMS DISTRICT – The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, located at 11 West Jones Street) is a few blocks away from campus. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free (perfect for college students!). It’s the largest museum in North Carolina and features multiple exhibits as well as live animals.

A few steps away from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the North Carolina Museum of History, which is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m. The NC Museum of History collects and preserves artifacts as well as other historical materials. Come to learn more about the history and heritage of North Carolina.

GLENWOOD SOUTH – Leave the campus gates, hang a right, go under the bridge and you’ll find yourself at the epicenter of college social life. Glenwood South features several restaurants, nightlife, shops, salons, and fitness studios. From sushi to burgers, to live big-screen viewings on the street when the Carolina Hurricanes make the postseason, you can get it all on Glenwood South.

KRISPY KREME – A North Carolina staple (founded in Winston-Salem), Krispy Kreme is hard to pass up when the hot sign is on. Luckily for Pacers, it’s less than a five-minute walk from WPU, close enough to run and get a donut and be back before class starts.

YELLOW DOG BREAD COMPANY – Cut through the backside of campus and you’ll stumble upon a hidden gem in Downtown Raleigh. Yellow Dog is open Tuesday-Friday from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Come for all kinds of pastries, stay for some of the best coffee in the area. Here’s the kicker — WPU students get a discount.

SEABOARD STATION – A stone’s throw from campus, Seaboard Station is one of the fastest-growing areas in downtown. The new, luxury apartments catch the eye, but tucked away are restaurants galore, including Bad Daddy’s Bar and the newly opened Biscuit Belly breakfast spot.

EXECUTIVE MANSION/STATE CAPITAL – Into government? Well, roll out of bed in your dorm, throw on your finest suit or dress, and stroll down the street to the area where all the big decisions are made for the state. The Executive Mansion, or the Governor’s mansion, is available for tours as well as open houses during the holiday season. The North Carolina State Capitol and North Carolina Legislative Building are both a short walk away from the Executive Mansion and future politicians can visit them all without breaking a sweat.

LINCOLN THEATER/RED HAT AMPHITHEATER – If music is your thing downtown Raleigh has you covered. The Lincoln Theatre hosts live music arts from metal to bluegrass and hip hop. Red Hat Amphitheater is just around the corner from Lincoln Theater and hosts outdoor concerts from April to October. Red Hat books acts in an agreement with Live Nation.

MARTIN MARIETTA CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS – At the end of Fayetteville Street sits the Martin Marietta Center for Performing Arts. Here students can take in events like the Carolina Ballet, the NC Opera, and the NC Symphony.

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There are plenty of places to visit in downtown Raleigh within walking distance of WPU.