Family Resources and Activities

Wolfpack fans take a photo with Ms and Mr Wuf during game day tailgating at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Family Resources and Activities

Your family is part of The Pack too! There is an abundance of opportunities for our Wolfpack families on and around campus.


On Campus Access

Spouses are eligible to join the gym for $20/month. The employee will need to bring their spouse to Member Services to have them added on to their membership. For more information, visit the Wellness and Recreation’s website

Members can bring their dependant children, 17 years and younger to participate during Family Recreation at no additional charge. For more information, visit Wellness and Recreation’s website.

Spouses and Families can utilize open spaces, enjoy events, exhibits, and workshops at the Libraries. For more information check out NC State Libraries website.

Need to submit an application for a passport for you or someone in your family?

NC State’s Passport Resources provides details for Passport Acceptance Facilities in and around Raleigh. You can also find answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Take advantage of discounted pricing on event tickets and classes.

The Crafts Center’s mission is to provide hands-on, immersive, life-long learning skills to NC State students, faculty and staff, affiliates, alumni and the general public to support research, enhance critical thinking through creativity, and strengthen personal
and professional development.

Spend some time with the family at the Gregg Museum.

A free collecting and exhibiting museum with more than 35,000 objects in the permanent collection, the Gregg Museum makes the art in the museum collection easily accessible to the NC State community and public.

Spend a day on the links with your friends and family with discounted rates.

Lonnie Poole Golf Course is the only collegiate golf course in the world designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer. It is a public golf course on Centennial campus that also serves as a venue for the men’s and women’s varsity golf teams.

Consider yourself a foodie or love a great view? Enjoy a great meal with incredible views of the course and the downtown Raleigh skyline with your family at the Terrace Dining Room in the Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse. If you are signed up for the Incredible Savings Club, you receive 10% off the meal when using your Campus One Card.

Around Campus

The JC Raulston Arboretum is a nationally acclaimed garden with one of the largest and most diverse collections of landscape plants adapted for landscape use in the Southeast.

Visitor Information: Admission is free (donations encouraged) and open to the public.

Check out the calendar of events.

The Randleigh Dairy Heritage Museum is a unique agritourism experience for children and adults to learn how wholesome milk gets from the farm to the table. And of course while you are there, you can enjoy some Howling Cow ice cream! Howling Cow dairy products are made right on campus. Sales of the milk and ice cream support research and provide funding for the education of tomorrow’s dairy leaders.

Guided tours are available.

Key Haven is a large wooded site on a peninsula at Kerr Lake. It is available for camping, picnicking, boating, enjoying nature and privacy. It is leased from the Army Corps of Engineers by NC State University to be used by its faculty, staff, graduate students, retirees, legacy key holders and their guests.

Want a key for Key Haven?

If you are a member of Carmichael Complex (campus gym), you can rent various camping equipment.

Festivals and Activities

Who doesn’t want to share a day full of 2400 calories, 12 doughnuts, and 5 miles, with their family and friends. The mantra of the Krispy Kreme Challenge epitomizes the test of physical fitness and gastrointestinal fortitude. What started as a challenge among ten friends has transformed into a nationally publicized charity race for the NC Children’s Hospital, and the number one tradition on campus.

Participants begin the Challenge at the Memorial Belltower on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Runners then travel 2.5 miles through historic downtown Raleigh to the Krispy Kreme located at the intersection of Peace and Person Streets, where they attempt to consume one dozen original glazed doughnuts. The hardest part of the Challenge awaits them as they run 2.5 miles back to the Memorial Belltower.

Don’t want to run or eat the doughnuts? You and your family can get involved by donating or volunteering.

Enjoy the great NC fall weather at The North Carolina State Fair is an annual fair and agricultural exposition held in Raleigh, North Carolina, and organized by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The fair typically runs the second and third weeks in October.

The Triangle area hosts multiple different international festivals, below is a list different festivals in the area.

International Festival

Korean Festival

Greek Festival


North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival

African American Cultural Festival

International Families