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Best Water Attractions in Raleigh/Durham

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Shelley Lake Park

This park offers two miles of trails with work-out stations along scenic Shelley Lake, open fields, a basketball court, and a playground. The park is also home to the Sertoma Art Center, which hosts visual and performance art workshops, and exhibition and studio space. Take a leisurely walk around the lake and enjoy the natural setting, have a picnic, go fishing, paddle a canoe or rowboat around the lake, or just sit and watch sailboats go by.

Raleigh, NC, United States
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Lake Johnson Park

Lake Johnson Park offers visitors more than 5 miles (8 kilometers) of walking trails leading around a serene lake, past picnic shelters, a boardwalk, a public pool, and boat launches. Boat rentals are available through the park office. The park is a popular fishing destination, holds conference and event facilities, and hosts a public program of educational activities throughout the year.

Raleigh, NC, United States
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West Point on the Eno-City of Durham Park

West Point on the Eno-City of Durham Park is a scenic park located along the course of the Eno river. Avail of the picnic amenities available at the park, take a stroll down the picturesque little nooks, or simply take in the calm aura of the place. The river makes for an ideal spot for those who want to go canoeing or kayaking. Be sure to include the West Point Mill, the Packhouse and the Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography and the McCown and Mangum House in your itinerary. The park is home to an amphitheater, which along with the Mangum House, is an ideal venue for hosting community and cultural events. The park is open from 8:00a until sunset.

Durham, NC, United States
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Gypsy Divers Aquatic Center

Gypsy Divers is a swim and dive club offering lessons, certifications, and on-site dive gear support. Visitors can take advantage of a well-stocked gear store and rental center, a spacious indoor heated pool, and locker rooms and showers. The center also organizes summer swim camps, children’s scuba programs, and a dozen group diving trips annually. The staff makes knowledgeable recommendations for diving off of the Carolina coast and elsewhere.

Raleigh, NC, United States
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Eno River State Park

Spread over 4,200 acres (1699 hectares) of opaque forested areas, the Eno River State Park is a popular outdoor destination that boasts of nearly 28 miles (45 kilometers) of some of the finest hiking trails in North Carolina. The Eno River runs alongside these trails, which leads hikers through old-growth forests, rocky landscapes, and historic vestiges. The vestiges are mainly gristmills from the time of the Eno River's settlement, with as many as 30 mills lining the river's banks at the time. A number of interesting trails help explore various corners of the park, from the steep trail leading to Cox Mountain, to the Eno Trace that offers avenues to view wildlife. In spring, the Pump Station trail is an excellent way to take in views of wildflowers sprinkled across small mounds. Other popular activities in the park include angling, camping, wildlife photography, picnicking, and canoeing and kayaking.

Durham, NC, United States
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