Capital Area Greenway -- if you want to step outside a bit during the conference!
The Capital Area Greenway system is a network of public open spaces and recreational trails which provide for activities such as walking, jogging, hiking, bird watching, nature study, fishing, picnicking and outdoor fun. The trails connect many of Raleigh’s parks and in many cases provide a compliment to the recreational activities at the parks. Many of the city’s major ecological features can be experienced in their natural state along the Greenway. Currently, the Greenway is a 54 mile – 3000 acre system and continues to grow.
You can access a map of the system.
From the Convention Center, you are just a couple of blocks from Optimist Park (#27 on the Greenway map) with easy access to the downtown leg of the Greenway.
And, if you have your car and are a bit more adventure- some, my favorite trail is the one that circum- navigates Lake Lynn (#19 on the Greenway map). It is a two mile trail that hugs the lake -- along the boardwalks you see several varieties of ducks, geese and other fowl, and in the warmer months you see turtles basking in the sun and other wildlife!
Via the Captial Area Greenway system you can quickly and easily seek the quiet and beauty of nature.