Page-Walker Arts & History Center
History buffs will love spending an afternoon at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center. Built in 1871, this Victorian-era building was originally a hotel before becoming Cary’s first town hall. Today, it houses a heritage museum highlighting Cary’s roots and rotating exhibits of work by local artists. Don’t miss the picturesque gardens surrounding the building. The Page-Walker Arts & History Center also hosts events like outdoor concerts and theater performances. It’s a true small-town gem!
Address: 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC 27513
North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival
Each November through January, the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival transforms Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre into a glowing world of larger-than-life illuminated lantern displays. Marvel at the traditional Chinese artistry of elaborate lantern scenes depicting dragons, pagodas, and more. Beyond the lantern exhibits, enjoy live acrobatic performances, culturally inspired cuisine, and crafts. Don’t miss this magical festival that light ups Cary’s cold winter nights!
Address: 8003 Regency Pkwy, Cary, NC 27518
Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve
Trade Cary’s neighborhoods for the tranquil wilderness at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve. Spanning 137 acres, this natural oasis features hiking trails through forested areas and along scenic creeks. It’s hard to believe such an unspoiled landscape exists so close to bustling Cary. The preserve also offers environmental education programs. Or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after exploring Hemlock Bluffs’ natural beauty. It’s the perfect place to reconnect with nature without leaving Cary city limits!
Address: 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC 27511
Sertoma Arts Center
Browse local art and watch live demonstrations at the Sertoma Arts Center. Operated by the Town of Cary, this community arts center offers instructional classes and workshops in pottery, jewelry making, painting, photography, and more. The center also features rotating exhibits of works by students and faculty. Check the events calendar to catch one of the fun monthly gallery walks or stop by anytime to admire the creativity on display!
Address: 1400 W. Millbrook Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609
Cary Arts Center
Discover Cary’s lively local performing arts scene with a show at the Cary Arts Center. This spacious venue hosts theater, dance, and musical performances from Cary-based groups like the Cary Players Community Theatre and Cary Ballet Conservatory. The Arts Center also offers arts classes for all ages. With affordable tickets and accessible parking, it’s easy to take in a play, concert, or dance performance at this small-town treasure.
Address: 101 Dry Ave, Cary, NC 27511
Frankie’s Fun Park
At Frankie’s Fun Park, kids of all ages can enjoy an afternoon of old-fashioned family fun. This entertainment center offers everything from roller skating and bumper cars to mini golf and arcade games. Win big at the midway-style games and redeem your tickets for prizes. With casual dining options like pizzerias and ice cream parlors on-site, Frankie’s is a one-stop afternoon of fun in Cary for families and friend groups alike!
Address: 111 Tryon Rd, Cary, NC 27511
Experience dinner and a show at The Cary, a historic theater offering live performances and films. Built in 1946, the fully restored theater transports guests back in time with its Art Deco architecture and retro neon marquee signage. Enjoy indie films you won’t find elsewhere or live music, comedy, and theater productions on the main stage. With a cozy lobby bar and old-timey concession stand, The Cary is classic night out!
Address: 122 E. Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
Bond Park’s sheltered coves on Crabtree Creek make it one of the most peaceful places to spend a sunny day in Cary. Pack a picnic and dine al fresco on the waterfront. Spend the afternoon fishing, walking trails, or admiring flowers in the formal gardens. Kids will love exploring the educational Discovery Center with hands-on nature exhibits. With tennis courts, playgrounds, and recreation fields, there’s always something fun to do at this Cary oasis.
Address: 880 Bond Park Dr, Cary, NC 27513
Historic Yates Mill County Park
Step back in time at Yates Mill County Park. This historic grain mill on Swift Creek dates back to the late 1700s. Tour the restored mill and see how grain was processed in the 18th and 19th centuries. The park also features scenic hiking trails, a visitor center with educational exhibits, and mill demonstrations every Saturday. Don’t miss witnessing this key part of Cary’s agricultural heritage.
Address: 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603
See a concert under the stars at Cary’s premier outdoor music venue. Booth Amphitheatre hosts nationally touring musicians spanning all genres, from rock to country, jazz, pop, and more. The venue features reserved seats and general lawn seating for over 7,000 guests. Enjoy pre-show picnics and on-site food vendors at this lively hot spot during Cary’s warmer months.
Address: 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary, NC 27518
Cary Tennis Park
Cary Tennis Park is a tennis lover’s paradise with over 100 courts, including clay and hard surfaces. Most courts are lighted for night play. Hit the on-site pro shop for equipment and lessons. The park hosts tournaments throughout the year but also has courts open for public play. With dozens of nets to choose from, it’s easy to squeeze in a quick match at this Cary favorite.
Address: 2710 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC 27511
Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival
Shop artisan wares from over 180 talented exhibitors at Cary’s signature arts festival each August. Lazy Daze celebrates creativity with live music, food trucks, beer, and of course, rows of arts, crafts, and handmade goods. Find paintings, pottery, jewelry, clothing, yard art, and more at this juried show that brings downtown Cary to life for two summer days.
Prestonwood Country Club
Prestonwood Country Club is one of Cary’s premier golf destinations. The club offers two championship 18-hole courses, expansive practice facilities, and expert instruction. With a classic clubhouse, dining options, and event spaces, it’s easy to make a day of golfing and socializing at this member-owned club open to public play.
Address: 300 Prestonwood Pkwy, Cary, NC 27513
Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena
Catch NHL action with North Carolina’s own Carolina Hurricanes hockey team at downtown Raleigh’s PNC Arena. Travel 20 minutes from Cary to cheer for the ‘Canes as they skate the ice and battle their biggest rivals. After the final buzzer, enjoy celebratory eats from the arena’s array of restaurants and food vendors. They don’t call it the Loudest House in the NHL for nothing!
Address: 1400 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607
Plan Your Trip With Cary Party Bus Company
Now that you know Cary’s best hidden attractions, it’s time to start planning your visit! Cary Party Bus Company offers modern charter buses, mini-coaches, and limo buses to transport your group in comfort and style. Our experienced team knows the area well, so leave the driving and parking to us. Whether you’re a local exploring your own backyard or coming to Cary from afar, we’ll get your group to each destination ready to discover. Call (984) 208-0198 anytime to rent your party bus and uncover Cary’s secret gems!