Cary

Southwest of Raleigh, Cary is making a name for itself.

Welcome to Cary

Suburbia with flair​​

Southwest of Raleigh, Cary is making a name for itself. MONEY Magazine considers Cary to be one of the best places to live, and it’s hard to disagree. With a booming economy, family-oriented atmosphere, and diverse eateries, Cary is a thriving neighborhood situated only seventeen miles from Downtown Raleigh. With plenty of attractive green spaces, it’s easy to stay active in Cary. Athleticism is prominent throughout the community as Cary is home to the USA Baseball National Training Complex and WakeMed Soccer Park. The city is dotted with forever homes—detached single-family dwellings that exude Southern charm.

What to Love

  • Growing neighborhoods
  • Renowned restaurants
  • Top-tier education
  • Family-friendly 

People & Lifestyle

Cary attracts people from all walks of life, but it’s especially popular with young professionals and budding families. Cary is the seventh-largest municipality in North Carolina, and it continues to grow. Putting down roots in Cary is a no-brainer for many young families who seek the accommodations of a big city with the appeal of a suburb. This bustling area is popular for its laid-back attitude and proximity to Raleigh’s wealth of amenities.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The area is brimming with flavorful eateries. In fact, tucked inside Cary’s borders are over 200 stunning restaurants. Upscale Herons serves locally-sourced American cuisine in the renowned Umstead Hotel and Spa. Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen brings craft beer and authentic Southern cuisine to the table. Master Baker Lionel Vatinet brings the tastes of an authentic French boulangerie directly to Cary with La Farm Bakery. Nafkot Ethiopian spices things up with a menu that includes a hearty selection of vegetarian dishes. 

Crossroads Plaza
is an all-encompassing shopping center with high-profile retailers, boutique shops, and a selection of on-campus restaurants. The shopping center spans 237 acres and is home to over 60 retailers, so it’s the perfect destination for a shopping spree. 

​​​​​​​For a night out, rock out at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Surrounded by gorgeous pine trees, this 7,000-capacity venue knows how to put on an incredible show.

Things to Do

Cary makes it easy to explore the great outdoors. Downtown Cary Park in the city’s center is an excellent place to spend an afternoon. Enjoy lunch alfresco with a picnic at the fountain. Bond Park is one of the area’s largest municipal green spaces, with 310 acres dedicated to preservation. Work up a sweat on Bond Park’s outdoor obstacle course and then reward yourself with an ice cream cone at the Boathouse

Get lost in Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, a stunning natural habitat spanning 140 acres south of Cary. Its many winding trails showcase North Carolina’s remarkable beauty, and on-site Stevens Nature Center offers a variety of educational programs. 

Cary is also home to a number of food and music festivals spread throughout the year. Each summer, food trucks gather along Academy Street for the annual Pimento Cheese Festival. The Koka Booth Amphitheatre hosts the Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival each August in celebration of three of Cary’s favorite culinary creations. For more than 40 years, the Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival has been held at Cary Town Hall. Don’t miss Triangle Oktoberfest, where you can dine on authentic Bavarian fares and celebrate with German beers each fall.

Schools

Cary’s schools offer well-rounded curriculums and a variety of extracurricular activities to stimulate young minds to their fullest potential. A few of the area’s finest academic establishments include: 

Cary Academy, 6-12
Cary Elementary School, K-5
Triangle Math and Science Academy, K-12
Heartwood Montessori School, PK-12

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