Best places to visit in the Triangle, Sandhills this summer

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Looking to explore the outdoors?

Here are some beautiful places to visit in the Triangle and Sandhills areas.

Cumberland County

Circle M Farms

Location: 216 Menscer Dr. Hope Mills, NC

Phone: (910) 423-3867

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Offers horse riding lessons. Call for lesson times

Horses available on site for trail riding

Zipquest

Location: 533 Carvers Fall Rd. Fayetteville, NC

Phone: (910) 488.8787

Prices vary

Zip through the trees of Fayetteville

The longest zip line on the course runs over 800 feet

Harnett County

Cape Fear River Adventures

Location: 100 South Main St. Lillington

Phone: (919) 495-5555

Activities available: Kayaks, canoes, rafting, tubing

Prices vary

Durham County

Duke Lemur Center

A site focused around the research of Lemurs and their conversation, enjoy seeing Lemurs and learning about the importance of the center

Tours by reservation only. Call (919) 401-7240

Open year-round from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Little River Lake

Available for Rent: Fishing, motor, rowboats

Pricees vary

Orange County

University Lake

Available for rent: Kayaks, canoes, flat-bottomed boats

Fees vary

Lake opens 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Cane Creek Reservoir

Available for rent: Kayaks, canoes, flat-bottomed boats

Fees vary

Lake opens 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Wake County

Bass Lake Park

Available for Rent: canoes, rowboats, Jon Boats

Price: $5-$10 per hour

Canoes only available after 5 p.m. weekdays starting mid-June through mid-August

Must be 16 or older to rent

Fred G. Bond Metro Park and Boathouse

Available for rent: pedal boats, sunfish sailboats, rowboats, kayaks, canoes

Price: $8-11

Rentals are available 7 days per week June-August; Saturday and Sunday April/May; Sept/October

Must be 18 to rent a boat

Go Ape Raleigh

Location: 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd. Raleigh

Phone: (800) 971.8271

Prices vary

Soar the skies of Raleigh in a tree top adventure park

Lake Benson Park
Available for rent:jon boats, kayaks, canoes

Price: $4-$8 per hourfnew

Rentals are Friday- Sunday Mid-March- October. No service during July/ August)

Playgrounds, hiking, picnic areas, trails also available.

Lake Crabtree County Park

Available for rent: kayaks, peddle boats, paddle boards, rowboats, canoes.

Price varies with $20 deposit

Rentals are available Friday-Sunday

Must be 18 to rent a boat. Hiking and biking trails also available

Lake Johnson Park

Available for rent: Jon Boats, kayaks, paddleboards, rowboats, canoes, sunfish sailboats

Price:$4-$10 per hour

Rentals are available 7 days per week

Must be 16 to rent a boat.

Hiking and biking trails also available

Lake Wheeler Park

Available for rent: Jon Boats, rowboats, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats

Price varies with a $20 deposit (cash only)

Must be 16 to rent a boat

Water sport activities allowed (skiing, tubing), no swimming

TreeRunner Raleigh

Location: 12804 Norwood Rd. Raleigh

Phone: (919) 410.7347

Hours: Monday- Wednesday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (last ticket sold at 7); Thursday- Saturday 9 a.m.-11 p.m. (last ticket sold at 9); Sunday- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4)

Season pass options available.

Prices vary.

Hop through the treetops on a jungle gym in the sky on a nearly 2-acre plot of land. A junior course and advanced courses are available

Umstead State Park

Available for rent: canoes and rowboats

Price: $5 per hour. cash or check only

Must be 16 years old to rent

Rentals are available Saturday and Sunday May 5 - Sept. 30.

Hiking, runner, biking, and horseback riding also available

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