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Can anyone recommend a fun family activity, say for 2 hours, somewhere in the Raleigh area? Preferably outdoors (a hike, a zoo, a fantastic playground ....). Our kids are 2 and 4 years old.<br><br>
Also, any recommendations for good vegetarian family-appropriate restaurants anywhere between Raleigh and Greensboro?<br><br>
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There's <a href="http://www.raleighnc.gov/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_306_209_0_43/http%3B/pt03/DIG_Web_Content/category/Leisure/Parks_and_Facilities/Pullen_Park/Cat-1C-2005308-090933-Pullen_Amusements.html" target="_blank">Pullen Park</a> . It's a nice big park with a short walking trail, a couple playgrounds, a little train you can ride around the park (I think it cost $1/person), a merry-go-round, paddle boats. Everything is pretty inexpensive. Plus just some shaded wooded areas. It's right downtown, and a lot of fun.<br><br>
You could also go to Durham to the <a href="http://www.ncmls.org/" target="_blank">Museum of Life & Science</a>. It's kind of pricey, though. They have some great walking trails and outdoor amusements that could definitely keep the kids busy for 2 hours.<br><br>
If you wanted more indoors (and free) I would suggest the <a href="http://www.naturalsciences.org/" target="_blank">Natural Sciences</a> museum in downtown Raleigh. My kids love going there.<br><br>
I know there are some great vegetarian restaurants in the area, but someone else might be better at telling you what they are.
 

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Not too far from Pullen Park on Wade Ave. in Raleigh is Whole Foods Grocery. We go there every couple of weeks for brunch or dinner with our 3 yr. old and 5mo. old. It's not a sit-down restaurant, but they have a little "cafe" with a super-yummy hot/cold bar with lots of veg options.<br>
There's also Irregardless Cafe in Raleigh. Fabulous Vegetarian restaurant.
 

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Thank you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Our trip there was yesterday. We went to Umpstead state park and we ate at Zest Cafe (not a "vegetarian" restaurant but they had some wonderful veggie things on their menu.)
 
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