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“An Amazing Park”
Review of Pullen Park

Pullen Park
Ranked #2 of 165 things to do in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Richard Stanhope Pullen founded Pullen Park on March 22, 1887. Once farmland, Mr. Pullen donated the land as a gift to the City of Raleigh to be used as parkland. He characterized it as on old cow pasture, red and rocky. He intended this land to be used for the recreation use and pleasure of the inhabitants and the visitors to the City of Raleigh. Through his visions, Pullen Park became the first public park in North Carolina.
Reviewed 23 February 2018

What a beautiful park! Pullen Park, dedicated in 1887, was the first public park in North Carolina. It is the fifth oldest operating amusement park in the United States and the sixteenth 16th oldest in the world. It consists of nearly 65 acres with a community center, the Gustave A. Dentzel Carousel, kiddie boats, a one-third size, near-replica of the C.P. Huntington train, peddle boats, aquatic center, arts center, cafes, shelters, and much more. The people of Raleigh should be justly proud of this urban jewel. It was cold and raining when we were there but there were still quite a few visitors at the park. I imagine it will be packed on warm days. Despite the weather we enjoyed strolling along the paths.

Thank Robert P
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Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

This place is very good for outdoor picnic with family and friends but not worthy for teens as they don't have anything to do.
There are rides and swings and slides but only for younger kids.
Park is well maintained but I still find there are less rides. kids can play for an hour or two.

Thank patel1981
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Reviewed 2 February 2018

It’s not Disneyland, but Raleigh’s Pullen Park has a magical charm all its own and is the epitome of a city park. Raleigh residents enjoy spending time at their beautifully-landscaped park, and those from outside the Capitol City area will likewise find it a rewarding place to visit. Listed among the park’s current amenities are picnic facilities, ball fields and tennis courts, a community center, an arts center, an indoor aquatic center, and a well-equipped playground area. The Pullen Park Café is a concession stand that prides itself on offering customers fresh, local, and seasonal food.

The main draws, of course, are the old-time amusement rides. Pedal boats are available to ply the calm waters of the pond, and there’s a miniature locomotive, a brightly-painted, scaled-down version of the steam engines commonly used in latter half of the 1800s, to take passengers on a short trip around the park’s outer boundaries. The grand attraction for most Pullen Park visitors, however, is the circa 1910 Dentzel Carousel. Built in Germantown, Pennsylvania, this merry-go-round is one of only 23 remaining Dentzel carousels in the world, and one of only 14 Dentzel menagerie carousels operating in North America. 50 feet in diameter, the merry-go-round features two chariots, 16 stationary animals, and 36 galloping animals. The hand-carved, garishly-ornate collection of animals includes a lion, tiger, and giraffe; flying pigs and cats; and nearly two dozen charging ponies. While riders whirl, a Wurlitzer Military Band Organ dating to the early 1900s provides the appropriate musical accompaniment.

Pullen Park is open every day, year-round. Tickets are required for all rides.

Thank D2958ZXgarym
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

This is a beautiful park, right next to NC State. Lots of walking trails, a small train, and don't forget the gorgeous carousel.

Thank David P
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Enjoyable the park was clean family friendly easy to get to lots of space clean rest area the park has something for everyone from pool for swimming boating out on the water

Thank jameskC1684YT
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