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Spots Your Teenager Will Love Around the Triangle (Open during COVID-19!)

(The Triangle Trend) — So the verdict is in. Teenage students are going to be stuck at home until school boards deem public schooling to be reasonably safe again. And as much as you may love your moody little adolescent, chances are that that moodiness has really started to shine this year. Stuck indoors, hanging with parents, missing out on Summer fun, and binging Netflix isn’t exactly a recipe for success. No matter how old you are. But teens, preteens, and even tweens are really feeling like they’re missing out on what’s supposed to be some of the best years of their life. (Even if as adults, we know those years are inevitably not.) Fortunately, there are still public locations your teenager can safely visit and enjoy right in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill. So bookmark this list, and let him or her take their pick.

ROOM 5280 – Raleigh Live Escape Games

123 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603

Room 5280 is a real-life adventure game designed for groups of friends, families, co-workers, and strangers. Find the hidden objects, figure out the clues, and solve the puzzles to escape Room 5280. Room 5280 is for people of all ages and skillsets. You do not need to have any special knowledge to solve the puzzles and have a good time.

Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park

3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614

The Go Ape Treetop Adventure and Treetop Journey courses create a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience. These exciting high ropes courses include suspended obstacles, rope ladders, Tarzan swings, and some truly epic ziplines. More than a simple canopy tour, the Treetop Adventure takes between 2-3 hours to complete and Treetop Journey takes one.

Adventure Landing

3311 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604

The park offers attractions for all age levels, a food and beverage area and specializes in Birthdays and Group Outings.

Crabtree Valley Mall

4325 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612

Crabtree Valley Mall has been offering the top trends in fashion and food since 1972. As one of the largest malls in the Southeast, with more than 1.3 million square feet of retail space, the center includes popular destinations like H&M, Apple Store, Disney Store, Lego, Build-A-Bear Workshop, LUSH, and Sephora.

American Tobacco Campus

300 Blackwell St #104, Durham, NC 27701

Featuring flexible, award-winning new and historic spaces, ATC is an irresistible talent magnet. Your teen will love American Tobacco’s mix of breathtakingly refurbished factory and new creative office and retail space, complete with views of Durham Bulls Athletic Park, our events lawn and downtown Durham.

Buffaloe Lanes South Family Bowling Center

6701 Fayetteville Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603

Buffaloe Lanes South has several family packages to choose from to save some money and have loads of fun. Packages range from 6 – 12 bowling games, 2 – 4 shoe rentals, and 10 – 40 Arcade credits.

Umstead Park

399 Umstead Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Beautiful park that provides more than just a playground. Large shaded tables to eat, bathrooms, big open fields, and paved walking paths next to a stream. Highly recommend for relaxing, nature watching, or exercising.


1241 S Main St #15, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Gamesturz offers used video games and consoles from Atari to Nintendo Switch and everything in-between. They buy, sell and trade video games and consoles, so if your teen’s a gamer, this is the perfect spot.

Citi Trends

3901 Capital Blvd Suite 154, Raleigh, NC 27604

The latest in fashion apparel, shoes, accessories, and home decor for the entire family. The best part? It’s all available at discounts of 20%-70% off department and specialty stores’ regular prices.

Crowder County Park

4709 Ten-Ten Rd, Apex, NC 27539

Located on 33 acres of landscaped grounds and hardwood forests, Crowder County Park offers citizens a variety of recreational and educational opportunities. Park amenities include three playgrounds, three picnic shelters, a sand volleyball court, playfield, walking trails, restrooms, an outdoor amphitheater, and a 3-acre pond with a boardwalk and an observation deck.

Plato’s Closet

6011 Poyner Village Pkwy, Raleigh, NC 27616

7920 Skyland Ridge Pkwy Raleigh, NC 27617

111 Crossroads Blvd. Cary, NC 27518

At Plato’s Closet Raleigh they buy, sell, and trade all of your teen’s favorite brands for guys and girls. They have all the hottest name brands and styles that you see at the malls for up to 70% less than the mall prices. They sell brands such as American eagle, Hollister, love culture, forever 21, express, lucky, Anthropologie, and many more.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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