Dorothea Dix Park

Daffodils blooming at Dorothea Dix Park
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Destination Dix event from 2016

Celebrate with us at Destination Dix 2.0

Destination Dix 2.0 celebrates the completion of the Master Plan with a family-friendly festival Saturday, June 1 from 3:00 – 9:00 on the Big Field! Enjoy food and drinks, live entertainment, fun activities for kids and adults, a giant Ferris wheel, carousel, history hayrides  and a special fireworks display at the end of the night! 



SEEK Raleigh graphic for Dorothea Dix Park with dates May 31 and June 1

Public Art at the Park

SEEK Raleigh is a  collection of 20 temporary art installations and performances taking place at the Dix Park in partnership with Raleigh Arts. These experimental projects are designed to introduce the public to new, diverse, and thought-provoking experiences in which both the artist and the community will find novel ways to learn and share the stories of Dorothea Dix Park, one of the City’s most important historical sites.



Williams Field at Dix Park

Challenge your cardiovascular system with this week's vigorous circuit training class. We’ll combine the variables of time, intensity and repetition to blast through exercise plateaus and surge towards new fitness heights! 

Our Get Fit at Dix fitness program is offered by GymGuyz.

The Big Field at Dix Park

Little ones will have fun learning all about animal feet with this program featuring Stan Tekiela’s book Paws and Claws. Games, songs, and interacting with live creatures will bring this program to life!

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Williams Field at Dix Park

Enjoy the nature and tranquility of Dorothea Dix Park as certified yoga instructor Dana Lindquist leads you through yoga poses to increase strength and flexibility. All fitness levels are welcome!

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Support Your Park

This is your park, and it needs your support. When you give to the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy, you are supporting community engagement, park planning, and free events + programs - helping us create an amazing park for everyone.



Park Planning

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Master Planning process - over 65,000 residents share feedback online and in person through hundreds of engagement opportunities! On February 19th, 2019, the Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan was adopted unanimously by Raleigh City Council. This was an important and exciting milestone.


Getting to Dix Park

There are multiple entrances to Dorothea Dix Park. The most widely used entrances are Hunt Drive at Western Boulevard, South Boylan Avenue at Western Boulevard, Umstead Drive at Lake Wheeler Road, and Goode Street at Lake Wheeler Road.  Because this is an active staff campus for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the next few years, parking at Dorothea Dix Park is limited during business hours. On weekends, visitors may park in any of the parking areas striped green.


Dorothea Dix Park is open daily (including holidays) from dawn to dusk. Hours for events vary. Please note that areas of the park may be closed occasionally for maintenance or events.