Throughout the Triangle, there are many ways to pass the long summer days that don't involve using alcohol or drugs. The Raleigh area offers you plenty of natural attractions, art, and athletic opportunities to take advantage of. While there is no shortage of things to do, taking off and enjoying these activities is best done with family and friends who support your sober and healthy lifestyle. Remember that triggers can come from anywhere and that relapses do happen. By planning ahead and choosing to surround yourself with those who support the positive choices you've made your risk of relapse is smaller.
Live Music and Movies
Skip sitting in an air conditioned theater and opt to take a picnic and a lawn chair to Movies in the Garden at Raleigh Little Theatre's Stephenson Amphitheatre or the North Carolina Museum of Art's film series this summer. Movie choices range from recent theater offerings to musicals to animated classics. Not feeling like a movie? Head to Walnut Creek and enjoy an outdoor concert this summer at Coastal Credit Union Music Park. Headliners are often national acts and watching live music under the stars is a great way to pass the time. If live theater is more your speed, check out the Ira David Wood III Pullen Park Theatre for live productions all summer long. Pack a light dinner and a blanket and spread out on the lawn.
There are tons of sporting events in the Triangle this summer. Finding a game to watch just takes a quick search. The Durham Bulls are home for a majority of the month of August and with tickets to sit in the Bull Pen starting at just $7.00, an evening at the ballpark may be just what you need. Not a Bulls fan? Grab your peanuts and Cracker Jacks and head on down to Holly Springs to watch the Salamanders play at Ting Park or cheer on the Mudcats at Five County Stadium. If baseball isn't your favorite past time, opt for a soccer game at the WakeMed Soccer Park or head down to the Gov. James B. Hunt Horse Complex and watch the horses put on a show.
The North Carolina Museum of History gives you a chance to take in an exhibit on World War I this summer or put your brain to the test at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences with its special Mazes & Brain Games exhibit. The Natural Sciences Museum also features a 3D movie theater which is showing a new film "Backyard Wilderness." Prefer art over science and history? Check out the pop-up art opportunities, outdoor movie series, and free weekday programs at the North Carolina Museum of Art. As an added bonus, go around lunchtime so you can take advantage of their beautiful grounds. You can bring a picnic lunch or purchase a gourmet sandwich from the onsite cafe.
Hike, Swim, Bike, Play
For those who like a little thrill with their fun, there are plenty of activities that will get your heart racing and have you playing the day away in the Raleigh area. Want to challenge yourself to something new and a little different? TreeRunners Raleigh Adventure Park and Go Ape may be just the answer. These ropes courses offer challenging climbs for every age group and make an excellent choice for a family fun day. Go wild in the outdoor play space at Three Bear Acres and run through the sprayground, go fishing, play in the tree houses, ride the giant slide, or bounce on the extra large jumping pillow. Go old-fashioned and head to Pullen Park for carousel rides and paddle boats. Once you've had your fun, head to the Pullen Park pool for an indoor dip that's cool and refreshing. Walnut Creek Wetland Center offers up the chance to wade through the creek and learn about wetland animals. Runners and bikers rejoice at the trail options available around the Raleigh area. The Art to Heart Trail in downtown Raleigh begins at the North Carolina Museum of Art and winds 5.9 paved miles to just outside the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Lake Johnson Park offers hikers, runners, and bikers a place to exercise. The three-mile loop is paved so bikers and runners can put in some reasonable distance. Hikers at Lake Johnson Park should head west of the boathouse for a quiet, unpaved adventure.
The early bird gets the worm, or in this case, the best produce and baked goods the Raleigh area has to offer. The State Farmers Market draws around 100 vendors each weekend to sell the freshest fruits, vegetables, flowers, and homemade goodies in the city. While you're there, don't miss the chance to grab lunch at the fantastic seafood place that's tucked away to the north of the central vending area or catch an early breakfast at the onsite restaurant. Other farmers markets can also be found throughout the area.
Even with all the sober events happening in Raleigh this summer, if you're still having trouble staying sober or want to get sober, Legacy Freedom can help. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment can help you get to the root of your addiction and understand why you choose to abuse drugs or alcohol to excess. By combining traditional talk therapy with alternative treatment methods, our care team can create a plan that will help you get sober, reignite your passions, and motivate you to live a purpose-filled life.
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