Downtown Raleigh offers variety of activities for FutureWeb participants

18 02 2010

Downtown Raleigh, location of April's Futureweb 2010 Conference, is home to a wide range of activities to entertain conference participants. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

The Raleigh Convention Center is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, giving participants easy access to all that North Carolina’s state capitol has to offer. Looking for ways to maximize your experience during the downtime of FutureWeb 2010? The city offers a variety of activities, from attending nationally acclaimed ballet performances to enjoying local southern cuisine.  For more information about specific events, visit the Downtown Raleigh Alliance Web site.

Downtown Raleigh Map


For locations that are out of walking distance, take advantage of Raleigh’s newest eco-friendly transportation option: The R-Line, a free, hydro-electric bus system. Buses circulate throughout the city and have stops near restaurants, retail locations, entertainment venues, museums, hotels and other parking facilities downtown. Buses run every 10 to 15 minutes on the following schedule:

Mon-Wed (7 am-11 pm)

Thurs-Sat (7 am-2:15 am)

Sun (1 pm-8 pm)

Click here for a map of all the R-LINE stops.


Visitors staying at the convention center will find themselves in close proximity to an abundance of restaurants and cafes, ranging from casual to fine dining. Choose between Asian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Spanish, steakhouses, tapas and many others. A good number are within walking distance, including Poole’s Diner, Sam & Wally’s Eatery and Bar, Shish Kabob, Starbucks, Plaza Café and Deli and Chick-fil-A. Many eateries can be found along the R-LINE bus route.

Click here for a full list of nearby dining options.


Raleigh is home to some of the best cultural attractions that North Carolina has to offer. Visitors can attend a variety of performing arts shows, visit historical museums, peruse art galleries and explore the buildings of the state capitol.

Performing Arts Center: The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts is just around the corner, within walking distance of the convention center. Visitors can enjoy an evening out at a Broadway show or a nationally acclaimed Carolina Ballet performance. The venue is also home to the North Carolina Symphony and the Fletcher Opera Center.

IMAX: The Wachovia IMAX Theater can be found at one of the R-LINE stops downtown. The theater hosts North Carolina’s only 3D-capable giant screen, giving viewers the ultimate movie experience. Tickets may be purchased either online or onsite, and advanced ticket purchase is recommended due to the popularity of the theater.

State Capitol: The North Carolina State Government buildings are popular tourist sites. The North Carolina Executive Mansion, State Archives, Capitol Building, State Legislature and City Museum all offer tours of their respective facilities.

NC Museum of Natural Sciences: The Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest of its kind in the Southeast. Home to numerous exhibits, programs and field experiences, it provides visitors of all ages with insight into the natural world. The museum is adjacent to the NC Museum of History, founded in 1902 and known for its impressive collections and unique exhibits.

Click here for a full list of Raleigh’s entertainment venues.


Looking for a fun way to spend your nights? Downtown Raleigh hosts an abundance of nightlife options, including a local bar scene, lounges and live entertainment that draw eclectic crowds. The city’s local music scene is highly respected, with live performances by local bands at many venues.

Click here for more information regarding the city’s nightlife.


Downtown Raleigh shopping features a variety of options, whether you’re looking to browse retail art galleries, clothing and accessories, home furnishing, antiques or sports memorabilia. Many local shops are within walking distance of the convention center.

Click here for a detailed map of shopping options.

By Ashley Dischinger




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