I know how hard it is to get young kids out of the house to go somewhere - even quick outings require you to pack enough snacks, diapers, and toys to make you think you’ll be gone for a week. And who wants to wrestle kids in and out of carseats just to find out that your destination isn’t kid-friendly? That’s why I’ve decided to visit Triangle area sites to see if they’re worth your trip. I won’t use a rating system but I’ll try to describe what you’ll see well enough for you to decide if your kids would find it interesting. I’ll also give you the heads up on bathrooms, stroller accessibility and any other SNAFUs I encounter.


Knightdale Station - Knightdale


      I have been anxiously waiting for this new park to open. And with it being almost in my backyard, you better believe I was there on opening day.

     Knightdale has needed this for a long time - a dog park, walking trails, playing fields, picnic shelters, and a large playground for toddlers and school-age children. Even in its first stage, the park will be a huge asset to Knightdale and its' eastern cousins Wendell and Zebulon.

    The playground makes an effort to be ADA compliant with additional accessible swings promised for the future. The initial plans for the park made promises that reclaimed materials (lumber, etc.) would be used whenever possible. It would be interesting to know if that promise was kept.

    Perhaps most important would be a promise from park visitors not to treat this new space like the litter repository that nearby Harper Park has become.

A chicken coop with wiffle ball eggs

The playground's signature silo

Bathrooms are located close to the playground.

Nice touches like a weather vane and working crossing gate highlight Knightdale's past.

Knightdale's first dog park is well landscaped and includes separate areas for small dogs.

Signage and pet waste stations assist visitors using the park's trails.

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