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Top 18 Neighborhood Amenities in Cary, NC

Cary is one of the largest cities in the state of North Carolina, yet it is one of the safest in the country, it consistently ranks amongst the top cities to live in the US, best places to raise a family and best places to retire. Cary is also home to endless entertainment, restaurants and shopping. Take this guide to get acquainted with the top 18 sites in Cary.

Koka Booth Amphitheatre

The Koka Booth Amphitheatre is a performing arts amphitheatre in Cary, North Carolina. It is located in Regency Park, which is owned and operated by the Town of Cary; the venue is managed by SMG, formally known as Spectacor Management Group. The venue was formerly known as The Amphitheatre at Regency Park prior to the town's decision to name it after former Cary mayor Koka Booth. It was constructed in 2001 on the north bank of the park's Symphony Lake. The Booth Amphitheatre is located on Regency Parkway in southern Cary, which can be accessed by US 1/US 64 via the Tryon Road exit. The venue predominantly serves the Triangle area. The amphitheater, as well as adjacent Regency Park, plays host to the annual Cary 5K/10K, as of 2005.

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WakeMed Soccer Park

WakeMed Soccer Park is a major soccer complex located that was originally opened in 2002 as the home of the Carolina Courage of the WUSA, WakeMed Soccer Park is now the home to the Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League. The North Carolina State Wolfpack men's and women's teams of the ACC play select matches there and the complex regularly hosts major tournaments such as the NCAA College Cup, the ACC Soccer Championships, and the NCHSAA high school state soccer finals.

The soccer complex consists of a purpose-built, soccer-specific main stadium, two lighted practice fields, and four additional fields. The main stadium and the 2 lighted fields (2 & 3) are all FIFA international regulation size (120 yards x 75 yards). The main stadium seats 6,883 and is expandable to 10,000 with temporary seating. Field 2 also has 1,000 permanent bleacher seats. The complex also sports a full-length, nationally recognized cross-country course and houses the offices of Triangle Professional Soccer.

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Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is a joint project between the North Carolina state park system and the Town of Cary in Wake County. Located in Cary, it covers approximately 140-acre (0.57 km2) in the Research Triangle region of the state. The state owns 97-acre (0.39 km2) of the preserve, known as Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area. The Town of Cary owns approximately 42-acre (0.17 km2) of the preserve, and the town leases the state's land for management. The preserve protects a population of Eastern Hemlock trees and other vegetation more typically found further west, in the Appalachian Mountains. The tall, north-facing bluffs of Swift Creek provide conditions similar enough to the mountains to have allowed the plant communities to have survived here since the last ice age.

The Stevens Nature Center is a nature center located on Cary's portion of the preserve, which provides the preserve's core visitor facilities. It provides information about the natural history of the area and the plants and animals that live in the Nature Preserve. The preserve has approximately 3 miles of hiking trails.

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Cary Arts Center

The Cary Arts Center is located in the former Cary Academy building, a 48,000 sq. ft. facility offering a theatre, classrooms, studios, and much more. The Cary Arts Center's primary mission is to offer the community a space for art performances, exhibitions and fully equipped studios.

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Cary Tennis Park

The Cary Tennis Park is one of the largest and best equipped tennis facilities in the Southeast, it offers visitors 29 championship courts, including one stadium court, as well as: Four permanent 36' QuickStart Courts; Pro shop; 2 comfort stations; Meeting room; Baseline Cafe snack bar; Locker rooms with showers.

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The Cary Theatre

The Cary is a local landmark, it opened in 1946 and was the town's first indoors movie theatre. Over the years, The Cary has shown everything from famous Hollywood movies to small independents, as well as live performances, and even doubled as a clothing and auto parts store.


Wakemed Cary Hospital

WakeMed Cary Hospital opened in 1991 as Western Wake Medical Center. This is a 156-bed hospital with 24-hour emergency services, a same-day surgery center, a Women's Pavilion & Birthplace, an intensive care unit, imaging services, and a sleep center specializing in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.

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Cary Community Library

As part of the Wake County Library System the Cary Library offers visitors a wealth of books, computer lab, internet access, and much more.

Cary Towne Center

Cary Towne Center is an indoor shopping mall in Cary, North Carolina managed by CBL & Associates Properties. It offers such anchors as : Belk (160,993 sq ft); J.C. Penney (97,087 sq ft); Macy's (103,515 sq ft); Dillard's (152,428 sq ft); Sears (92,709 sq ft).


Tribeca Tavern

Tribeca Tavern is a local favorite, famed for its exquisite burgers and locally made beer. Besides the burgers, the tavern of course offers a full fledged menu filled with many goodies from appetizers to full meals. Tribeca Tavern offers a relaxed atmosphere and a full outdoor terrace to enjoy during good weather, which in North Carolina is often.

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Buffaloe Lanes Cary Family Bowling Center

Buffaloe Lanes Cary is a family oriented bowling alley, smoke and alcohol free, offering 32 lanes and a relaxed atmosphere. The alley also offers a fully stacked snack bar and video game arcade.

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Cary Family YMCA

The Cary YMCA is a full featured community wellness center, it offers everything from a fully equipped gym to running tracks, basketball courts, racket-ball courts, fitness and yoga classes, and much more. The Y is traditionally a family place and they always have kids programs as well.

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Backyard Bistro Restaurant

Backyard Bistro is a local favorite sports bar and family restaurant. It offers an extensive menu, relaxed atmosphere, and a plethora of TV screens to watch the game on. The bistro is very popular with the locals and as such requires advanced reservation, especially on game nights. They usually run several games at once, on different big screens, so call ahead to make sure you have a spot for the game you want to watch!
The bistro does also offer catering and take out.

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Page-Walker Arts and History Center

The Page-Walker Arts & History Center, also known as The Page-Walker Hotel, is an historic house museum and former hotel located in Cary. It was built in 1869 in the Second Empire style by the founder of the town of Cary, Allison Francis Page. The hotel was later bought by J. R. Walker.

The Arts & History Center also contains the Cary Heritage Museum, gallery exhibitions, educational rooms, an archive gallery, a smokehouse, and a garden. The Page-Walker Hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 29, 1979.


Waverly Artists Group

Waverly Artists Group is a gallery and a working studio in one, the gallery focuses on local artists, offering them a place to work and showcase. Waverly also offers art classes, private instruction with both local and visiting artists.


North Carolina Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) is an art museum in Raleigh which opened in 1956 as the first major museum collection in the country to be formed by State legislation and funding. Since the initial 1947 appropriation that established its collection, the Museum has continued to be a model of enlightened public policy with free admission to the permanent collection. Today, it encompasses a collection that spans more than 5,000 years of artistic work from antiquity to the present, an amphitheater for outdoor performances, and a variety of celebrated exhibitions and public programs. The Museum features more than 40 galleries as well as more than a dozen major works of art in the nation’s largest museum park with 164-acres (0.66 km2). One of the leading art museums in the American South, the NCMA recently completed a major expansion winning international acclaim for innovative approaches to energy-efficient design.

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The Fresh Market

The Fresh Market is a nationwide chain of fresh produce stores, which started with one store in Greensboro, NC, not too far from Cary. The Fresh Market in Cary is not unlike the original location and holds true to the same primary principles - high quality meats, fresh seafood and some of the best local, organic produce one can buy.

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The Cary Downtown Farmers’ Market

The Cary Farmer's Market offers the best local vegetables, fruits, meats, crafts, jewelry, and much more. The Farmer's Market aims to put the buyer and the producer together, and help them develop relationships which will strengthen the community.

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Top 18 Neighborhood Amenities in Cary, NC