Hidden Treasures
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If you’re looking for must-see hidden spots in the area, you’ve come to the right place. We have everything you’re looking for to enjoy the town – whether for a few, fun vacation days or as a new resident. The area is full of quaint little plazas and gardens, and gorgeous cathedrals for a fun-filled afternoon with friends and family.

Among hidden treasures, you will also find important memorials and historic buildings that you won’t want to miss during your outing. Below you’ll find a detailed description of each location, along with their address, phone number, and website, to check out more information. We also have a useful map to easily plan your visit to every spot you want to hit.
Burning Coal Theatre Company
Burning Coal Theatre Company

(919) 834-4001

224 Polk St
Raleigh, NC 27604   Directions Website

The Burning Coal Theatre Company isn't your usual thespian experience. The actors are not only prepared with their cues and their lines, but they also are quite well-versed in improvisation and playing off of whatever kind of audience for which they are performing. So, for an intimate yet interactive theater experience that you won't ever forget, light a fire to the Burning Coal Theatre!

Designbox
Designbox

(919) 834-3552

413 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27603   Directions Website

Designbox is a design gift shop that offers unique items as well as equally unique opportunities to create something truly special. Whether you're a freelance artist, an entrepreneur or just starting out, you'll find the perfect way to express your vision and utilize your talents in this alluring shop. The store features internationally designed objects that create an amazingly eclectic selection of gifts and souvenirs.

Historic Hillsborough
Historic Hillsborough

(919) 732-7741

150 E King St
Hillsborough, NC 27278   Directions Website

No trip to the area would be complete without a stop in Historic Hillsborough. Classically-styled homes, churches and various other buildings make up this richly storied part of the world that, not surprisingly, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Structures date back to the 18th and 19th centuries, and that rich history attracts a significant number of artists and writers that in turn make the area a veritable haven for the arts. Add in a great selection of one-of-a-kind shops, attractions, restaurants, beautifully landscaped gardens and parks, and the city's charm will lure you to stay a few extra days to take it all in.

JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

(919) 515-3132

4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC 27606   Directions Website

Raleigh's lush foliage and natural allure will draw you in as you stroll through the inviting JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University.

This internationally recognized attraction features one of the premiere collections of trees and shrubs with over 5,000 different plants to admire. The Arboretum is proudly open year-round, and it offers the opportunity for you to stroll along the richly landscaped border as well as an equally stunning trek across the rooftop garden. Don't forget to take in the Japanese Garden, the formal white garden, and the magnolia and conifer collections...and don't forget to bring your camera, too!

North Carolina Japan Center
North Carolina Japan Center

(919) 515-3450

705 Barbour Dr
Raleigh, NC 27603   Directions Website

The Spring Hill House is a registered historical building and is currently the home of the North Carolina Japan Center.

The institution is also part of the NC State University's Centennial Campus. Many layers of historical relevance are here for learning, as this museum was once the main house of a plantation. The building has undergone numerous structural changes, not the least of which was a full-scaled renovation in 2000 and 2001. The stories that are preserved and retold here all make up the long, far-reaching chain of events that link it all back to Raleigh's origins and development.

Peculiar Pets
Peculiar Pets

(919) 622-4448

311 Blake St
Raleigh, NC 27601   Directions Website

Peculiar Pets offers you a chance to take home a pet that is like no other, and allows you to help the environment at the same time. These pets are made of textile fragments and irregular cuts of other materials, and then stuffed with plastic or crushed water bottles.

The creations all emerge from the assembly line so far removed from anything that looks like junk, you'll fall in love instantly with these adorable pets. Plus, these pets never need to be taken out for a walk or taken to the vet for any vaccinations!

The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery
The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery

(919) 821-4223

104 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27603   Directions Website

Got a sweet tooth but want something a little different? Make your way to the CupCake Shoppe and choose from 11 different kinds of cupcakes that also include seasonal favorites, muffins, cookies, milk and coffee. Even if you think you want just one or two, take several for your family and friends...or maybe a couple to eat in the car on the way home!

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