The Best Kid & Family-Friendly Breweries in Raleigh, North Carolina
Looking for a kid-friendly brewery near Raleigh, North Carolina? We’ve teamed up with TheBreweryBear to compile a list of the best family-friendly breweries in and around Raleigh, NC.
By Kelly Jones on Mar. 09, 2020
There’s nothing like a Saturday afternoon at a craft brewery. A great place to enjoy a brew and the atmosphere, perhaps a burger or two. However, what would really top it off is being able to share the experience with the whole family!
Craft breweries tend to operate either like a restaurant, a bar or a pub. Restaurants are typically family-friendly, pubs are usually kid-friendly during certain hours and bars are strictly for those that are of legal drinking age. In this article, we’ve collaborated with Kelly Jones of TheBreweryBear to compile a list of kid-friendly, baby-friendly and family-friendly breweries in Raleigh, North Carolina and a few of her personal favorites!
If there’s a brewery you’re wondering about and it hasn’t been listed, you can find their contact info in the Raleigh Beer Guide and give them a shout to see if they’re kid/family-friendly!
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This spot has it all: great beer, dim sum, a flower shop, and endless books/games for kids. What caught my eye first was the modern simplistic aesthetic and branding. What kept us coming back was the spacious library area for the kids to hang and run around! It’s located smack dab in the middle of downtown Raleigh, directly across the street from the Kids Museum which makes for a great day of beer + play.
We stumbled across this prime location after eating across the street at The Pit (best barbecue in North Carolina). Crank Arm has industrial modern vibes with antique bicycles everywhere, literally: on the walls, ceilings, bar; you can’t look anywhere without parts of a bike. They have lots of kids crafts, games, crayons, giant Jenga, and plenty of space to run around + play. The taproom itself is very large, with big garage doors that open up in warm weather.
Also located in Downtown Raleigh, Little City Brewing is a hidden gem of the triangle area. Lots of board games, arcade games, and a charging station for all your devices. The industrial diner vibes bring big cozy booths, which was perfect for our rambunctious toddler that likes to take over any space. What’s unique about this brewery is that while they do brew their own beer, they also have a full bar and serve delicious specialty cocktails– so your non-beer drinking friends can tag along! Little City is also super dog-friendly; the bartenders made sure all the pups had water and even played with our son for a bit. Overall, this brewery is a great family spot.
Located in Aberdeen, a little over an hour from Raleigh (but worth the drive). The brewery itself is feet away from the train tracks, which is enough to keep my kid occupied! This veteran-owned brewery is very family-focused with lots of space for kids to run around, great food + beer, darts, and outdoor seating as well.
Last but not least (and only because it’s the furthest from Raleigh), Hugger Mugger is a newer brewery located (also on train tracks) in Sanford, NC. This is by far the most kid celebrated brewery we’ve found on the East Coast. The taproom is incredibly large and spacious. The bar area has plenty of seating and towards the back is open space with kids’ cars + bikes to ride around. Outside, there is almost always a food truck and plenty of more seating. Great spot if you have kids that love to play independently while you enjoy a beer!
This amazing outdoor spot is located in Durham, just a short drive from the city of Raleigh. Ponysaurus is a brewery, taproom and beer garden all in one. The beer garden makes up 90% of the location, with a 2 story patio and a giant field filled with picnic tables. If the weather is nice, you can expect this place to be packed with beer drinkers, families, dogs and almost always, a food truck. This spot is a must-do in the summer!
Another great brewery that is focused largely on their outdoor space, which brings in lots of families with kids + dogs. Many people tend to bring their own blankets and food to set up picnics while trying out Bond Brothers’ very well known beer. It is located just outside the city in Cary, NC. They have since opened up 2 new locations as well!
List of Kid-Friendly, Family-Friendly and Baby-Friendly Breweries in Raleigh and Area
Kid-Friendly Breweries in Raleigh, NC
Looking for more Raleigh breweries?
Check out the Raleigh Beer Guide for a map of Raleigh’s breweries and list of beers!
Family-Friendly Breweries Near Raleigh, NC
(Holly Springs, NC)
Click here to view the Holly Springs Craft Beer Guide
Click here to view the Clayton Craft Beer Guide
(Durham, NC) – Adults only after 9pm
Click here to view the Durham Craft Beer Guide
(Durham, NC) – Adults only after 8pm
Click here to view the Cary Craft Beer Guide
Click here to view the Apex Craft Beer Guide
Did we miss a family-friendly brewery in Raleigh, NC or surrounding areas? Let us know!
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My name is Kelly Jones, creator of the Instagram account @thebrewerybear, which focuses on the beer I drink and the time my family and I spend exploring kid-friendly breweries in the US. My son, Bear was born in June 2017 and since then he’s been to 47 breweries in 7 different states. Our first time taking him out of the house at 10 days old was to our favourite Growler shop- it may have been that very day that I really fell in love with craft beer. Ever since then he’s become my little Brewery Bear.
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