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Go Round Raleigh!

Use GoRaleigh to explore the city. Go on an excursion!

Last updated Jul. 02, 2018 - 10:58 am
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Grab your friends and family or go alone.  Each excursion has something for everyone.

Which excursion will you choose? You don’t have to pick just one! Find an excursion you like and find out how to 'Go Round Raleigh' using GoRaleigh buses!

  • Want to take a bike ride on a greenway? Take a GoRaleigh bus to get there.
  • Take the kids to one of our famous museums? We can get you there.
  • Take an art class, sit by the lake and capture beautiful photos? We’ll show you how.
  • More excursions will be added to this list - you can even suggest an excursion!

Go 'Round Raleigh and Save!

Lake Johnson Bus With Bike

Save on gas, save the environment and save your money!

  • Regular fare is $1.25. A day pass gets you more than one ride on any GoRaleigh bus for $2.50.
  • Kids under 18 and under are free. Those between the age of 13 and 18 require a GoRaleigh ID. Call 919-996-4042 to learn how.
  • Seniors are free with a GoRaleigh ID.

Share your excursion with us! Post your photos and tag us @GoRaleighNC through our Twitter and Instagram accounts and use the hashtag #GoRoundRaleigh.

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Pullen Park Excursion

Pullen Park Entrance with Family

Pullen Park is a fun, family-friendly excursion! Bring out the kids to ride the train or pedal boats at the amusement park, swim in the aquatic center, play in the playgrounds, sign up for programs or grab some local and seasonal foods at the Pullen Place Café.

This excursion doesn’t require a bike, but we loved using ours!

Grab your family and catch the inbound or outbound #11 - Avent Ferry route. The nearest stop is on Western Blvd. at Ashe Ave. If you need help figuring out which stop is yours, ask the bus driver and they will be glad to help you.

Tips:

  • Tickets are $1 for all riders 13 months and older, those 12 months or younger can ride for free;
  • Pullen Park Art programs include pottery, jewelry making, painting, and much more; and,
  • Shelters are available for special events. Check out the softball field, baseball field, and the tennis courts which are located northern of the entrance.

Fees for the Pullen Aquatic Center can be found here. Please check the pool schedule. They are closed for maintenance June 9 - Dec. 2018.

Learn more about Pullen Park

North Carolina Museum of Natural Science and the North Carolina Museum of History

bus at science globe

An excursion fit for the whole family, a group of friends or just you! Enjoy special events, exhibits, storytimes, meet the animals, and more. Entrance to both museums is FREE.

Several routes serve these museums within a block or less:

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 12, 15, 16, R-Line. Find all routes here and plan your trip.

Tips for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences:

  • Browse the museum web sites (linked below) for events and activities to plan ahead;
  • The first floor features a 3D Theater and gift shop;
  • The second floor features science exploration and a bridge to the Nature Exploration Center (which has the Daily Planet Cafe);
  • The third floor features curiosity classrooms; and,
  • The fourth floor features an arthropod zoo, living conservatory and the Acro Cafe.

Tips for the North Carolina Museum of History:

  • The lobby level features a museum store, and just outside, statues of historical significance;
  • Their cafe, Pharaoh's at the Museum, serves a variety of fresh and homemade favorites with a southern flair; and,
  • The museum hosts two festivals every January and November, the African American Cultural Celebration and the American Indian Heritage Celebration.

N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

N.C. Museum of History

Shelley Lake/Sertoma Arts Center Excursion

Shelley Lake

This is a good starter excursion if you're looking to get off at a bus stop close to your destination and dive right in. This excursion doesn't require a bike, but we loved using ours.

Grab your bike, put it on our bus and arrive right near the Shelley Lake/Sertoma Arts Center entrance.

The route that will get you here is the #23L - Millbrook. This route runs daily. It connects with the #6 - Crabtree at Crabtree Mall if you're looking to connect. The bus arrives at Shelley Lake on the east or west bound side. Use EXTREME CAUTION if you use the east bound stop across the street from Shelley Lake as there is no pedestrian crosswalk.

Tips:

  • Browse the Sertoma Arts Center events and activities calendar to plan ahead if you'd like to take a class or use the art studio or other rooms;
  • Once you enter the area you'll see an entrance to the trail going into the wooded area. There's a fork to go either left or right, you'll have to deal with one big hill regardless at the beginning or end of your trail, otherwise it's a pretty even ride/walk;
  • Enjoy the wildlife, relax on a bench, play on the playground or just take in the views. The best pictures can be taken on top of the big hill near the road;
  • Getting your bike on the bus can be intimidating if you've never done it. No worries! Ask the driver for help. They will gladly assist you. It really is easier than it looks. Once you've done it you'll be a pro; and,
  • There are only 2 bike racks per bus (some busses have 3). If they are full the driver may let you and the bike on at their discretion. If not you may have to wait for the next bus.

Take special note of their hours as they are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and they close at 1 p.m. on Friday. On Saturdays, they are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (these times are subject to change, please check their website for updates).

Learn more about Shelley Lake

NC Museum of Art Excursion

NC Museum of Art Pond Statues

This excursion requires you to use your bike, or take a scenic run or walk.

Grab your bike, put it on our bus and use the greenway to explore your way to the museum.

The route that will get you to the Reedy Creek Trail (the closest greenway) is the #4 - Rex Hospital Route. This route runs every day of the week with shorter hours on Sundays.  Moore Square Station downtown is a great way to connect to other routes if you don't have direct access to a #4 stop.

Tips:

  • Get off at the Ridge Road/Wade Avenue stop (inbound and outbound stops are very close to each other) right at the Ridgewood Shopping Center (where Whole Foods is);
  • Trail signs are right there on the corner of Ridge/Wade pointing you in the direction of the museum;
  • Bike racks are located at the museum's East Building;
  • The restaurant and gift shop are in the West Building;
  • This is a hilly ride! Bikes with gears are the best unless you want to walk your bike up the hills.  Coming down is fun though!
  • Bring a camera! The museum has beautiful sites to take in outdoors as well as indoors. There is also a loop trail on the museum grounds;
  • You'll also cross that bridge everyone wonders about that goes across I-440. Fun!
  • If you're feeling adventurous, continue the Reedy Creek Trail across Blue Ridge Rd and explore even more! Greenway Trail Info;
  • Getting your bike on the bus can be intimidating if you've never done it. No worries! Ask the driver for help. They will gladly assist you. It really is easier than it looks. Once you've done it you'll be a pro!
  • There are only two bike racks per bus (some busses have three). If they are full the driver may let you and the bike on at their discretion. If not you may have to wait for the next bus.

To get home, ride back down the trail and hop on the bus (inbound or outbound depending on which one serves you best).

Learn more about NC Museum of Art

Lake Johnson Excursion

Lake Johnson Bench

This excursion doesn't require a bike, but we loved using ours.

Grab your bike, put it on our bus and follow the trail to arrive at the Lake Johnson portion of the Walnut Creek Trail.

The route that will get you here is the #11 - Avent Ferry Route, get off at the Gorman St/Greenway Trail stop. It is the first outbound stop the bus makes as it is travelling on Gorman Street. Tell you're driver where you're going if you are unsure of where to stop and they will help you.

Tips:

  • When you get off at the trail stop (on the outbound side), follow the trail. You'll come to a cross street which is under construction and dead ends so there's no traffic, keep going across. You'll see the big Lake Johnson Park sign where the trail continues;
  • Once you come to where the park center is you'll see bike racks near the lake parking area if you need them;
  • Once at the park center/office you can rent boats, take classes, get a free rod and reel or grab a snack. We love the rocking chairs on the deck to just sit and watch kayakers, kids and wildlife;
  • Getting your bike on the bus can be intimidating if you've never done it. No worries! Ask the driver for help. They will gladly assist you. It really is easier than it looks. Once you've done it you'll be a pro!; and,
  • There are only two bike racks per bus (some busses have three). If they are full the driver may let you and the bike on at their discretion. If not you may have to wait for the next bus.

If you are travelling on the inbound route #11 you get off at the same stop, just across the street. This is a major pedestrian crosswalk intersection but it does not have lights so proceed with caution. Use the outbound stop to get back home or get to Moore Square Station for your connection.

Learn more about Lake Johnson

Need more help?

Kelly Wright
Transit Marketing Specialist
919-996-4042

or

Ask your bus driver. They are happy to help you figure out what stop to get on or off, how to put your bike on the bus, and even how to pay for your day pass when you get on the bus!

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