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Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden - Raleigh, NC


If there’s one thing this pandemic has taught us, it’s take time to smell the roses. Slow down and appreciate the beauty we have in our lives that we may normally take for granted.

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One place we were recently able to do this, both literally and figuratively, was the Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden. Tucked away behind the Raleigh Little Theatre, this small but beautiful garden is truly enchanting. Because you have to walk down either a ramp or a flight of stairs to enter the garden from street-level, you may not even know this hidden gem is there if you were just driving by.

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When driving up, we noticed there is a small parking lot, but the sign indicates it is permit-only with towing enforced. Definitely not looking to test that, we parked in the 2-hour, free street parking that surrounds the garden. We went on a weekday morning and found there to be ample spots by multiple areas where you can enter the garden.

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We first ended up going through the theatre’s outdoor amphitheater, which Peter really enjoyed (it’s the simple things with kids, really 😂), and then checked out the rose garden. Before going, we noticed online that the garden looked small, but that there was another park just across the road from it called Isabella Cannon Park, so after we were done at the garden, we hopped over to that park.

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Isabella Cannon was the first female mayor of Raleigh and this park is named after her. While also not large, the park does have a small playground, a basketball court, a rock climbing boulder, a picnic shelter, and room to run around.

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If you find you’ve finished with both the rose garden and Isabella Cannon Park, but you’re not quite ready to call it a day, we’d recommend walking up to Hillsborough Street just up the block, which has plenty of eateries and shops that might interest you!

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Lastly, don’t forget to snap a photo with Jessie, the statue of a little girl reading a book outside the Raleigh Little Theatre. Don’t worry, she knows what’s up and is wearing her mask to slow the spread of COVID-19. 😉


(Note: We're currently working on updating our website with our reviews. This review was originally posted on Instagram and Facebook on August 6, 2020.)

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