The Top 7 Things to Do and See in Midtown, Raleigh

Jed Johnson

Located just north of Raleigh’s downtown, Midtown, also known as the North Hills, is a mixture of hilly lush forests and superb cultural offerings. Parks, art galleries, and upscale shopping awaits at one of North Carolina’s most upscale locations. Find out the best things to do in Midtown, Raleigh, below.

Crabtree Valley Mall

1. Shelley Lake Sertoma Park


Perfect for dog-walking, running, and biking, Shelley Lake Sertoma Park is a lovely place to spend time outside any time of year. Trails loop just over two miles long around the lake, and because the area is so hilly, the park offers scenic vistas of the surrounding areas.

2. Colony Theater

Movie Theater

Featuring primarily foreign language and independent films, the Colony Theater is your answer to an evening out in Midtown. Offering classic movie nights, wine and beer, and delicious snacking, this theater is cozy and unique. Don’t let the 70s decor scare you away!

3. Art Bar

Bar, American

Art Bar is another Raleigh establishment where art and alcohol combine to unleash the creativity of everyone involved. This studio occupies a large Bohemian loft, reminiscent of an artist’s studio in any major American city, but with all the Southern charm that North Carolina can muster. Conjure cocktails at the self-serve bar and create fine art either with or without the help of the very capable instructors.

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