New to Southeast Raleigh? Check out these activities.

By Troy Johnson | for Raleigh Convergence

New to Southeast Raleigh and looking for things to do? This post is part of Raleigh Convergence’s New Neighbor Project, which connects newcomers to the Raleigh area with content from community members around things to do, civic engagement, local history and more.

Southeast Raleigh is filled with great opportunities to explore. You know you are a Southeast Raleigh Resident when you indulge in the below activities and eateries!

One of the hotspots is the Walnut Creek Wetland Center located at 950 Peterson Street. The Wetland Center is a melting pot of fun and adventure for the whole family. 

The facility is currently closed, but open spaces, trails and greenways are still open. 

When it reopens, you can enjoy the nature center, which has a monthly theme “that includes artifacts, books, scientific information, games and crafts to educate” and many activities free of charge, including interactive displays, explorer backpacks, scavenger hunt, and interaction with live animals, books, puzzles, toys and crafts.

The nature center is a great place to relax and be one with nature with access to rocking chairs that overlook the wetlands. 

Another great outdoor opportunity is the Neuse River Trail located at the Poole Road Park, 1721 Riverview Road. [maps]

The Neuse River Trail is a 33-mile long paved greenway along the banks of the Neuse River from Falls Lake Dam to the town of Clayton. The trail offers scenic views of the Neuse River, winding boardwalk areas through wetlands, historical sights, interpretive signs and agricultural fields. 

Whether you love cycling, running or just a brisk walk; this trail has the scenery to keep you moving!

After a great day of nature filled activities, it is time to fill your belly! (continues below)

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We have hidden gems when it comes to food halls. One of my favorites, Transfer Company Food Hall, is located at 500 East Davie Street.

This food hall has an eclectic vibe throughout the ambience and food choices; from Asian to Latin cuisine, to grass feed burgers, fresh seafood and street tacos. This place even has its own fresh butcher/deli shop! [information on vendors]

If you are looking for a local home town pizzeria, check out Frank’s Pizza, located at 2030 New Bern Ave., currently offering takeout. [learn more on their Facebook page]

This Southeast Raleigh sweet spot is sure to fill your taste buds with fresh mozzarella and a zesty tomato based sauce! 

Let us know what other places you find interesting and enticing within the city!

About the New Neighbor Project: Southeast Raleigh Ambassador

I am Troy J. Johnson, community leader, author, nonprofit visionary, child advocate and inspirational speaker.

I have enjoyed residing in Southeast Raleigh with my wife and three children for almost eight years. I currently serve the community in the capacity of mentoring through my nonprofit, YM4C – Young Men 4 Christ. 

We engage young men ages 10-17 through several programs that promote character development, life skills and an active lifestyle. Serving in this capacity, YM4C has built strong relationships throughout all parts of the RDU. Ultimately, giving YM4C an opportunity to bring all people together; building this thing we call commUNITY. 

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