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Usually we focus on our adult travelers and ways they can enjoy the hotel, spa, restaurant, and surrounding areas. But The Umstead and the Triangle in general, can be a great place to bring your kids too! So if you are planning on bringing your children along on your next business trip or planning a family vacation, here are a few great ways they can enjoy their stay with us:

Seasonal outdoor pool: our seasonal outdoor pool is a great place to splash around and soak up the sun. In the cooler months, we always heat the pool to 81 degrees, keeping everyone comfortable for all their swimming activities.

The Umstead State Park: within walking distance sits The Umstead State Park, a great place for hiking, biking, an outdoor picnic, and more. The park holds events regularly, including bird watching, night hikes, and canoeing.

Complimentary Bike Rentals: not only do we offer complimentary bike rentals for adults, but for kids too! And every Saturday join us on a complimentary bike tour, where we explore neighboring SAS campus to view the outdoor artwork, The Umstead’s culinary farm, and other sustainable efforts such as the SAS Solar Farm. Tours begin at 10:15 and are first come first serve for rentals, but feel free to bring along your own bike and enjoy the ride.

The Umstead Concierge Team: rainy day taken over your vacation? Pop down to the Concierge and rent a movie from our DVD library, or borrow a gaming console and play your favorite games! They are also a great resource to recommend activities in the area.

Marbles Kids Museum: Speaking of activities in the area, one worth visiting is the Marbles Kids Museum. Filled with hands on learning opportunities and exhibits designed for children, this is the perfect place to take the family. Recommended for children ages 10 and under, they also have events geared towards older kids. More information can be found by visiting their website here.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences: The #1 most visited location in the state is none other than the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. They have interactive exhibits and dioramas, the only real Acrocanthosaurus skeleton on display in the world, and a dry butterfly rainforest complete with living sloth! And the best part is it is complimentary to visit and enjoy for everyone. Visit their website here for details.

There are plenty of other activities to choose from in the area, with outdoor fun parks, festivals, and historical tours, you can never be bored in Raleigh!

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