Historic Yates Mill County Park, at 6420 Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh, is a 174-acre wildlife refuge and an environmental research center. The centerpiece is the Historic Yates Mill, which is the last operable water-powered gristmill in Wake County. The mill is on the National Register of Historic Places and was restored to working order in 2005.
Admission to the park is free. Tours of the mill are available at various times and cost $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children, and are free for kids under age 6.
The park hosts many events throughout the year. Some are free and some have a small fee. Many are for kids, but there are some programs that will appeal to adults as well. To see them all, visit the website.
Here are some of the upcoming free or very cheap events. It’s not a complete list. Some require pre-registration. To see the whole list, and to pre-register, go to the Historic Yates Mill County Park website, find the event, and you’ll see the link to pre-register.
Saturday, December 7th
For all ages (adult accompaniment is required for all children); fee: FREE. Registration is not required. Stop by the Finley Center exhibit hall anytime during the program time.
Art in the Park
A Side of History
Friday, December 20th
Field School for Kids
For ages 7–14; FREE. Registration is required. This is a drop-off program, but adults are welcome to stay.
Friday, December 27th
Wednesday, December 11th
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Have you found yourself wanting to take a closer look in the forest? We will learn about the parts of insects, explore where they live, and go on a ground safari. Join an old park ranger to hear a beetle tale and discover the life under the leaves. We will be outdoors for the whole program. Bring water and wear long pants and socks. Be prepared for all weather. For all ages; FREE. Registration is required for everyone, and adult accompaniment is required for all children. Maximum: 20 people
Saturday, December 21st
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Yates by Night