Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I heart Pullen Park.

During my parents' recent visit we went to Raleigh's historic Pullen Park. This isn't just any park. It has many special features. There is a wonderful old carousel. The animals (which aren't just your run-of-the mill horses) are over-sized and beautifully hand-carved. Brady and Gammi enjoyed two rides. Grandad and I joined in the fun for the first ride.

TV Land bestowed this sculpture of Andy and Opie from The Andy Griffith Show to the park since it is in the heart of the capital city. The fictional town of Mayberry was based on Mt. Airy, North Carolina where Andy Griffith once lived. My parents actually visited Mt. Airy on their way to visit us. They now have their own copy of this statue.

There are plenty of play areas throughout the sprawling landscape. There's a kiddie boat ride and a train for all. The best news is that every ride is one ticket per person and tickets are a dollar each. (The only exception is the 6 ticket paddleboats, which were of no interest to the adults, anyhow.)

It was a great way to spend an afternoon. I highly recommend it to all Triangle residents and anyone who visits the area, although I'd avoid it on hot days. Look at this picture. I love my girl's sweet profile.


  1. That looks like a great place! I see why you love it. Thank you for reading my blog and THANKS for the book recommendation. I'll check it out.

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  3. Oh my goodness! I wandered over to your blog after you commented on mine, and I came across this post! I spent part of my young childhood near Raleigh and we visited Pullen Park a LOT! I remember loving this park -- and the little train is still running! Super cool! I want to take my little ones there sometime.

    Thanks for the great memories. It's nice to see some things remain unchanged for the past 25+ years....