Top 5 Things to do in Cary

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You never have to look hard to find something to do in Cary, North Carolina.  Here is a list of my top 5!

1- Cary Arts Center-  If you are visiting, look into the art exhibition and theatre performance schedule.  If Cary is your home, you may want to look into taking classes here! There are fantastic children, teen and adult programs which include dance classes, art classes, theatre, music and much, much more.

2- Bond Park- awesome place to spend a day with everything from boat rentals, hiking trails, fishing playgrounds and more.  Bring bread with you to feed the ducks at the lake!

3- Koka Booth Amphitheatre- check out the schedule and catch a concert here.  In the summer time, there are family outdoor movie nights, too!

4- Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve & Stevens Nature Center- a wonderful wooded trail with lookout points, streams and more.  Visit the Stevens Nature Center to learn about the things that live in the Preserve, and check out the great kids programs they have!

5- Golf the Day Away-  Cary has 5 golf courses, so you have your pick.  While 4 of the golf clubs are private, Lochmere Golf Club is a semi-private option. Lochmere is an 18 hole, par 71 course.  The club also offers a pro shop, driving range and restaurant.  You can also check with the pro shop to set up some lessons.

 

 

Let’s Go to Cary’s Skate Park!

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Do you have any kids who enjoy skateboarding? If so, the Town of Cary’s SK8 Park is the place to be! The SK8 Park is open daily to the public for all ages and skill level.  This park features more than 12,000 square feet of outdoor transition and street course.  There are tons of ledges, railings, ramps, fly boxes and more to get your skateboarder soaring to new heights!  SK8 Park is not just limited to skateboards; rollerbladers, bicyclists, quad skaters and scooters are also welcome.

Let’s Go to Bond Park!

There are more than thirty public parks in the Town of Cary, plus at least seventy miles of the Greenway system for hiking, biking and walking.  Honestly, with this many parks, you can never get bored finding a new one to experience.  While everyone has their favorites, Bond Park is definitely high on my list!

Bond Park is located on High House Road, right across from St. Matthews Roman Catholic Church. It is one of the largest municipal parks in Wake County, featuring 310 acres.  There are two entryways, and signs will direct you around the scenic driveway.  The Park contains the Bond Park Community Center as well as the Cary Senior Center.  These are located adjacent to one another at one of the entrances.

Inside the park, you will find a Boathouse that offers canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals.  You can also rent a fishing pole for the day, or hour- and they sell bait as well.  There is also a sandy beachfront area, picnic tables, a lengthy dock area and all sorts of wildlife viewing.  This is a great spot at the heart of Bond Park. Nearby, you will find LOTS of paved trails, which are great for walking, biking, jogging or just simply taking a nice stroll.  You can also rent out one of the pavilions for a party or barbeque. Just make sure to book the date early, as these spots can go quickly!

Nearby, there is a playground area just for children.  When my daughter was younger, I used to bring her here to play and there were always other children around to play with.  There is a fair amount of equipment in this area for your children to climb, jump and walk on.

Throughout the Park, there a many different athletic fields.  Most days, these are wide open and are great for a less crowded stroll, especially if you have a dog! Have I mentioned that dogs are welcome here? On a weekend, you can easily see tons of dogs happily meandering with their owners.  I’m a dog person, so this makes me happy!

There are many open spaces around the lake itself too; these spaces are used for various programs and events sponsored by the Town of Cary.  For example, every year in March, the Town has a wonderful family-friendly Kite Flying event for the spring. Everyone loves it and there are all sorts of kite-making activities and more.  There is also a contest for the kites.

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Bond Park also contains an outdoor learning facility which is a ropes challenge course.  The course can be reserved for large groups, for team building exercises, birthday parties, churches, camps and more.  However, the Park also schedules opportunities throughout the year for individuals to check it out.

Finally, there is a Compost Education Center, as well as the Sertoma Amphitheatre within the Park.  The Compost Education Center is a free self-guided educational area where visitors can learn more about composting, gardening and more.  The Sertoma Amphitheatre offers seasonal performances.

This is just an overview of what awaits you at Bond Park.  It is a great place to go for a day- or even just an hour!  You will never get bored, always find something to do and get lost in right in the middle of Cary.  Have fun!

 

 

CARY, NORTH CAROLINA: WHY DO SO MANY NORTHERNERS RELOCATE HERE?

Throughout the years I have lived in Cary, North Carolina,  I have heard lots of generalized reasons why people relocate here.  Among the top reasons given for relocating to Cary, North Carolina include:

  • employment relocation
  • to take advantage of the excellent schools
  • to have a warmer, more moderate climate
  • to live in a family-friendly locale
  • easy access to the outdoors (mountains to beaches and everything in between)
  • to get a lower cost of living than their previous residential state

I have heard many other reasons as well!  But when you get right down to it, why do so many northerners flock to Cary when relocating? Why is Cary known as the “Containment Area for Replanted Yankees?”

Coming from Long Island, New York, I tried to research this question by asking those “replanted” here from New York.  What is it about Cary that makes it so appealing?  Not surprisingly, many northerners cited to a better quality of life.  Some spoke of the “rat race” mentality they left behind up north. Many sought better public schools, lower taxes and getting more for your tax dollars.  Still others talked about how the traffic congestion was out of control.  Others noted that there is much more you can get for your money here in terms of housing.

Personally, when I lived in New York, I owned an itsy bitsy house that cost me $415,000.  It was a 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bathroom house.  It had some neat aspects to it- it had formerly been a late 1800’s town elementary school, it had some unique architectural features and a very interesting addition.  But I frequently think to myself- what $415,000 could buy you in a house in Cary, North Carolina, would be astonishing in comparison! I mean, to put it into New York lingo-fuggitaboudit! There is definitely a substantial difference in terms of how far your dollar will go when purchasing a home in Cary- and as a Realtor here, I can vouch for that.

Nevertheless, throughout every conversation I had with my fellow “replanted yankees,” there was one common thread  without exception- regardless of the “why” they relocated to Cary originally, they stayed here because of the strong sense of community among their neighbors and friends.  Undoubtedly, there is a unique hospitality here that us northerners can appreciate- and as time has passed, I have come to see that over and over again. This hospitality is contagious; once you reside here in Cary, you cannot help but emulate what makes this a great place to live.   Perhaps its what one would call “southern hospitality,” but I prefer to see it as a powerful testament to what makes Cary such a wonderful place to live.