As a sizeable suburb of Raleigh, Cary has plenty of things to do. Whether you’re a young couple out on a date, a pack of friends hunting for something unusual or exotic, or a family looking for an activity which everyone can enjoy. If you’re in that last group, here are some prime places to go in and around Cary, North Carolina.
Dave and Buster’s
Dave and Buster’s is a chain of sports bar arcades, and you can find one at the Cary Towne Center mall just off I-40. The arcade includes everything from classics to the latest machines, and they employ professional event planners who can help you with everything from corporate getaways to children’s birthday parties.
Fred G. Bond Metro Park
At 310 acres, Bond Park is one of the biggest metropolitan parks in the county, and not only does it have activities for everyone, it has so many that you can keep coming back and doing something new. The park has a variety of paths for walking and biking, a full six baseball fields and two soccer fields, a large playground, a challenge course for exercise and building teamwork, an amphitheatre, and boat rentals for Bond Lake itself.
William B. Umstead State Park
Just north of Cary is Umstead Park, which maintains a lot of the natural beauty of North Carolina right in our own backyard. Umstead Park features miles of trails good for hiking, biking, and even horseback riding, and you can turn your afternoon visit into a weekend trip by pitching a tent at one of several camping sites scattered around the park. Boating and fishing are also available at one of the three man-made lakes. To get there from Cary, your best bet is to follow North Harrison Avenue all the way to the north.
Marla Dorrel Park
While Dorrel Park may be smaller than the other two, it’s particularly kid-friendly thanks to the Kids Together Playground. This playground has been carefully engineered to be a safe and exciting way to pass the time for children of all ages and ability levels. The playground runs a number of events each year, and if you’re more of a nature lover, Marla Dorrel Park is also the starting point of the two-mile Hinshaw Greenway trail.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Just north of the State Capitol building in Raleigh is the Museum of Natural Sciences, the biggest such museum in all of Southeast America. Exhibits cover everything from dinosaur fossils to North Carolina flora and fauna, and the Discovery Room has a variety of activities designed for youngsters to enjoy. In the Nature Research Center wing, you can watch as veterinarians care for the museum’s live animals and find out how you can personally contribute to cutting-edge scientific studies.
Whether it’s the perfect weather to spend all day outside or it’s become too chilly, rainy, or humid to stay out for very long, Cary has plenty to do, no matter how old you happen to be.