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Top Things to Do When Flying Into RDU

The Raleigh-Durham area is known for its great quality of living, with much to offer in a family-friendly environment. When flying into Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), you might have some extra time on your hands to explore some local attractions.
Don’t miss these local things to do near RDU:
Raleigh Observation Deck

While at RDU, do some plane watching at the Raleigh Observation Deck. The deck is within close proximity to RDU’s Air Traffic Control tower, where visitors have access to incredible views of the runway. Note: The observation deck must be accessed by vehicle, not as a pedestrian. Need a lift to the observation deck? Contact RDU Shuttle for reliable transportation while in the RDU area.

Cipher Escape

Escape rooms have become all the rage over recent years. At Cipher Escape, each room is individually-themed and outfitted accordingly.  You and your team are given clues on how to successfully navigate your way out of the room. Choose an adventure from themes such as Brewery Heist, The Attic, Baker Street Room, and The Geek Room. If you’re up for the challenge, add this attraction to your to-do list.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

As the largest natural history museum in the Southeast, this attraction features exclusive scientific artifacts including dinosaur and whale skeletons. Guests can interact with live animals and take part in hands-on learning stations and cultural exhibitions. Regional habitats including the Rocky Mountains, the Piedmont and Coastal Plains areas are displayed in the tours. Guests love the Nature Research wing of the museum, where they are led down the skywalk to observe research scientists at work.

Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

Theater lovers need look no further than the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Visitors have plenty to choose from to feed their appetite for live entertainment. From Broadway shows to live onstage bands and musicians, visitors will experience all the excitement of the performing arts center.

Triangle Rock Club

Have an afternoon filled with adrenaline-rushing excitement at TRC. This attraction offers bouldering and indoor rock climbing, yoga and fitness classes. It’s climbing festivals provide free food and beer to participants. Instructional events are offered for beginners. Join the rock club’s membership program and enjoy member benefits free instructional events,

Daniel Dhers Sports Complex

Indulge in the thrill of DDSC, a widely popular skate park, and action sports facility. Located approximately 24 miles from the Raleigh-Durham airport, this sports complex is a little farther away than most of the other attractions listed here. However, you might find it worth the commute. Experience ramps skated by some of the most talented athletes in the world. For those interested in expanding their skating or biking skills, the action complex has Ramp Camp and BMX Academy. DDASC Ramp Camps teach riders are taught basic techniques such as starting, turning, and stopping, as well as more advanced tricks. Professionally trained instructors guide campers through group activities designed to enhance resilience and skill.