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Best Things to Do in Cary

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Spring has sprung and with beautiful weather approaching, we want to give you the inside scoop on the top things to do right here the heart of the Triangle. Cary has a small town vibe with big city experiences and unique restaurant options. We guarantee you’ll never get bored in Cary after you read this post!

📷 Fount Coffee + Kitchen

Good Morning! Best Breakfast Spots

LA Farm Bakery

Serving the Triangle with artisan bread, pastries, tarts, espresso, and more, LA Farm Bakery is a modern-day boulangerie and café in the heart of Cary. Their loaves are handcrafted daily! This is a great spot for families and friends to come together, have a great meal, and get the caffeine necessary to function the rest of the day.

Fount Coffee + Kitchen

Just minutes away, you’ll find Fount Coffee + Kitchen. We love this place and definitely think it’s worth the visit. Partnering with Counter Culture Coffee, Fount Coffee + Kitchen brings you high-quality caffeinated beverages. Also, their food menu features 100% gluten-free dishes and all organic ingredients. Insider tip: snag a pic under their awesome “Come As You Are.” mural and tag us @StufftoDoinRaleigh on Instagram.

📷 Alyson Boyer Rode of Alycat Photography

The Afternoon: Things to Do

During the day you can find yourself at one of our beautiful parks, the Booth, or cheering on our NC soccer teams. Here are the top picks of what to do when the sun is shining:

Shop and Eat at Chatham Square International Market

On the outside, Chatham Square may look like your typical shopping mall but once you enter, you will be mesmerized by all the color and culture! The businesses in Chatham Square are from around the world–from India to Korea, from Pakistan to Mexico. In addition, you’ll find great ethnic spots to sit down and grab a bite to eat. Just type “Chatham Square Shopping Center” into your Google maps and start exploring!

Hike, Relax, or Picnic at Bond Park

Needing some exercise? Bond Park is a great place to go for a walk, play with your dog or have a picnic.  Enjoy the Spring weather here with family and friends. Make a day of it and check out some of the upcoming events that Bond Park has to offer!

Attend a Festival or Concert at the Booth

Located in Regency Park, the performing arts amphitheatre has got it going on. From concerts to festivals and everything in between, the Booth will be a top destination for you and your friends. Check out their upcoming events and food festivals.

Score Tickets to a Game at WakeMed

If you are a Soccer fan, you will not want to miss a match here. Home to the North Carolina FC and the NC Courage, games are fun for all ages to gather, chant, and support your home team. Check out upcoming games.

📷 Bond Brothers

Breaking Brews! Top Brewery Picks for Beer Lovers

We could have included breweries in the above section, but we know beer lovers will appreciate breweries as its own category. No need to leave Cary for sippin’, we’ve got some of the best beer options right here! Check out some of our top brewery and bar picks:

Bond Brothers

Serving you old school classics with new school originals, Bond Brothers is a city fave. At this brewery, there are indoor and outdoor seating areas, bar snacks ready to be served, and different food trucks on site each week. Bring your friends, your dog, and a yoga mat because there is always fun happening at BB. Check out their upcoming events here.

Cotton House Brewery

Located in beautiful downtown Cary, you will find Cotton House Brewery. What’s unique about this place is that it was previously a historic home that has been artfully restored…making it a must-visit destination. The inside gives us Williamsburg tavern feels with tons of old charm. There is indoor and outdoor seating available and your furry friends are allowed to join the fun, too!

The Biergarten

Paying homage to the German culture, The Cary Biergarten offers traditional German menu items and, of course, a great selection of your favorite German beers. With outdoor and indoor areas you can enjoy the weather, entertainment, and fun games. Our tip: ask about the hidden gnomes!

📷 Nancy Thapa

Drool-Worthy Restaurants


One of Cary’s best-kept secrets! Bosphorus is a traditional Mediterranean and Turkish restaurant, serving grilled meats, kebabs, and even baklava! It’s a family-owned restaurant with a great atmosphere. The menu is large, the dishes are shareable, and did we mention this place is so delicious? MMM!

Herons Restaurant

Looking for a 5-star meal? Well, you’ll find it right here in Cary at Heron’s Restaurant with their refined menu. Located in the Umstead Hotel and Spa, Heron’s Restaurant offers amazing course options to amazing chef’s specials. It is a great place to relax and let the cooks wow your palate. Our tip: make a reservation!

Noodle Boulevard

Known for its Asian dishes, Noodle Boulevard is a small restaurant with BIG flavors. The menu ranges from Shoyu Ramen to Spicy Kimchi, Curry Ramen to Tom Yum. There’s not one boring thing on the menu. We wish we could tell you what to order, but everything really is that good!

Doesn’t a day in Cary sound great? Whether you attend a soccer match, are drinking at a local brewery, or rocking out at the Booth we know you’ll enjoy spending time in here. Make sure you tag @StufftoDoinRaleigh in all your Cary adventures so we can see what you’re up to and download the UNATION app to keep up with all of the latest events in the Triangle!


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