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Top 10 Neighborhood Amenities in Cary, North Carolina

The town of Cary is split between Wake and Chatham counties of North Carolina. It forms part of the so-called Research Triangle (together with Raleigh and Durham) and is the 5th fastest growing town in the U.S. Cary is also regarded as one of the safest municipal areas with under 500,000 residents. In fact, the town enjoys a reputation of a "bedroom" area for the well-to-do incomers from up North, which, in turn, has earned it a humorous acronym for its name - "Concentrated Area of Relocated Yankees." Check out this guide to see some of the top amenities that make this neighborhood so popular!

Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's is a local grocery chain store that sells both imported and domestically-produced food and drink. A substantial part of traded merchandise here are Trader Joe's own private labels, which are sold at considerable discounts to brand-name equivalents. The store is open 8AM - 9PM (Mon-Sun).

Crossroads Plaza

Crossroads is a major commercial center hosting under one roof more than 60 stores, services and restaurants. Among major brands inside this location you will find Marshalls, Ross, HomeGoods, Michaels, Old Navy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bed Bath & Beyond, and DSW.

Cary Towne Center

This mall houses four department stores — Belk, Dillard’s, Macy’s and JCPenney — as well as a variety of other major retailers, such as Hollister, Coldwater Creek, Jos. A. Bank, Bath & Body Works, Crazy 8, American Eagle, Gap/GapKids and Kirkland’s. In total, the Center comprises over 130 stores and restaurants. It is open Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm, and Sun, noon-6pm.

Grand Asia Market

Grand Asia Market, around since 1997, has been largely appreciated by the local community for the top-quality Asian groceries it provides. Grand Asia Market also accommodates Chanelle Cake bakery and Joy Luck Club restaurant. The former is a Cantonese-style bakery, and the latter is an authentic mainland-China cuisine, home-style restaurant.

Hibachi China Buffet

Hibachi is a regular Chinese buffet restaurant which, in turn, says it all. On offer here is a huge variety of main courses, sushi, hibachi, dumplings and noodle soups, let alone desserts - all finger-licking delicious and waiting to be dug in. Just grab a seat and eat till you're full! The place is open Mon-Sun, 11:00 am – 10:30 pm.

WakeMed Cary Hospital

WakeMed Cary Hospital, located in Cary, North Carolina opened in 1991 as Western Wake Medical Center.
WakeMed Cary Hospital is the only hospital in Cary, NC and western Wake County, specializing in babies, womens, surgery, cardiac and emergency care.

Cary Theater

The Cary Theater building was originally constructed in 1946. Initially, it housed the town's first indoor cinema, which, alongside movies, also showed live performances. Later on, the property was consecutively utilized as a clothing store, auto parts store and recording studio. Eventually, it has been restored in its former capacity as a theater, and nowadays The Cary Theater is a major sight in downtown Cary offering a stage for art house films and live shows set to enrich the local community both culturally and artistically. The Theater seats 175 spectators, and its lighted marquee serves as a beacon to those who have the taste for art house independent and classic films, music and live performances, including stand-up comedy. For those interested, there is a concession service!

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, North Carolina in the United States. 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 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 Koka Booth Amphitheatre

The Koka Booth Amphitheatre is a performing arts amphitheatre in Cary, North Carolina, USA. 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 known as The Amphitheatre at Regency Park before the town's decision to name it after the former Cary mayor Koka Booth. It was constructed in 2001 on the north bank of the park's Symphony Lake.

Eva H. Perry Regional Library

Eva H. Perry Regional Library operates under the umbrella of Wake County Library System, through which it provides access to a great variety of books. On site there also a computer lab with public-use PCs (offered on a first-come, first-served basis), Internet and more. It has been in place since January 1996, set in a spacious 23,000 square foot building with a rather appealing to book-lovers design, featuring large overhead skylights, a glass-walled quiet reading room, a comfortable conference room available for public use, and a tree house for children's programming.

MacGregor Downs Country Club

MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary, NC is a private club, founded in 1967. It represents a combination of elegance and tradition of an old English manor house with all of the latest amenities of modern classy country property. The club boasts terrific views of Lake MacGregor paired with the tranquility of a prestigious community, and a well-trimmed, spacious golf course complex with lots of parking space. In the course of over 40 years, the club has established itself as a popular venue for weddings and other celebrations, and been often rated one of the best golf courses in North Carolina and the Southeastern United States. MacGregor Downs employs highly-professional and friendly staff.
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Top 10 Neighborhood Amenities in Cary, North Carolina