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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Fantasy Lake Scuba Park
Fantasy Lake Scuba Park

(919) 556-1803

3601 Quarry Rd
Wake Forest, NC 27587   Directions Website

If delving below the water's surface has always been something you've wanted to do but never knew where to start, let the pros at Fantasy Lake Scuba Park lead you on an underwater adventure you'll never forget!

The park is the largest of its kind on the east coast, and it offers a wide range of scuba diving recreational activities. Situated in a scenic, 100-acre natural environment, there's indescribable beauty both above and below the water's surface that you'll just have to see for yourself!

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 Arboretum 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!

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