1) The Raleigh Trolley is a lot of fun for adults and children.
2) Raleigh is full of excellent museums:
3) Jimmy V Golf Classic
4) Bentonville Battleground. This is a good place to visit if you are interested in Civil War history.
5) There are a few places to camp reasonably close to the convention site. If interested contact us for places.
6) Shopping, how could we forget? Crabtree Valley Mall, Streets of Southpoint (Durham), Triangle Town Center, and Cary Towne Center are the major malls. Carolina Premium Outlets is about 50 minutes east of Raleigh in Smithfield, NC
7) Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheatre's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
8) Lazy Daze Street Fair in Cary (Aug 27, 2011) is during the convention but would be fun for a spouse not attending the convention.
9) State Fairground's Flea Market. A huge flea market that has tons of stuff.
10) Marble's Kids Museum. It has an IMAX theatre too.
11) Raleigh Pub Crawl and Haunted Adventure Tour.
12) Goodnight's Comedy Club. The schedule should update as the August draws near.
13) Gardens. Sarah P. Duke is a beautiful garden located on Duke University. The JC Raulston Arboretum is part of NC State's campus.
14) Morehead Planetarium. This place is neat and a landmark of Chapel Hill. Great for kids and adults.
15) Cool restaurants:
42nd Street Oyster Bar. A famous and excellent seafood landmark of Raleigh. A favorite of Al's.
The Pit BBQ Nationnally famous BBQ restaurant.
Danny's BBQ This is where the Friday night organized dinner is located.
Angus Barn. Famous and absolutely good.
Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern. One of Raleigh's best. A little pricey but you can splurge.
Andy's Burgers, Shakes, and Fries. In Apex and has great Icees.
Pelican's Ice Cream. In Apex with excellent ice cream and gazillions of flavors of Snoballs.
Daniel's Pizza Pasta. In Apex and Al's wife said it is great.