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Things to do in Cary

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Miles and miles of hiking trails, running trails, picnic and camping areas.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Nice hiking and biking area. Very large park, doesn't feel you are in a city at all.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Fresh made breakfast combos and breads; Housed next to a Whole Foods, so you can do grocery shopping as well ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Food
“Spacious brewery with a great selection of beers. Indoor and outdoor seating, family and dog friendly, a favorite of locals.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Entertainment
“A renowned performance venue with beautiful walking trails around a lake. Check their schedule for incredible events! During the summer they have low cost outdoor movies once a week!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“An extensive shopping center with NC favorite restaurants, movies, and more!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great spot for dinner! This is right downtown Apex and it's great for dinner and drinks!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Nicely restored old movie theater with coffee & snack shop. Has an interesting mix of current, older, foreign, various theme movies, live concerts & comedy acts. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“My favorite place to walk, run, hike, kayak. It is a beautiful park with many different things to do. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
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“Farm-to-table locavore with gorgeous outdoor seating and great indoor ambiance. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Lots of shops and restaurants here including a Target, a Movie Theater, TJ Maxx, Pier One”
  • 8 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Lakefront park with a variety of trails, boathouse with rentals, athletic fields, playground etc. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“Raleigh's urban state park, great trails for running and hiking, offers canoe and boat rental and even camping. This is the center of the Research Triangle, geographically, but feels miles away from all. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“One of the jewels of Cary! It's the home of Cary Little Theater, local school performances and more. Check their website and catch an event!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“One of the best Bottle Shops in the Triangle with 16 rotating taps of some of the best brews around. Great place nearby!”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Great spot for dinner! This is right downtown Apex and it's great for dinner and drinks!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Farm-to-table locavore with gorgeous outdoor seating and great indoor ambiance. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best chicken and waffles. Homemade biscuits and jam. Great local haunt for a southern flair and even counter eating diner style. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Best bang for the buck meals. Excellent fish-n-chips. Open late most evenings, when most other places have closed. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Really good smoked meats - pork, beef or chicken and great sides. About 3 mile drive. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Hotel
“Amazing spa! Beautiful grounds. Great restaurant. Live music. Cocktails. The nicest hotel in Raleigh. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very authentic Chinese restaurant, not the stereotypical takeout or buffet place. ”
  • 6 locals recommend

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