You don’t have to drive for hours to discover the perfect summer activities. In fact, you don’t even need to leave town limits! Cary is one of those rare communities that continues to offer something new and exciting year after year, so it’s an ideal place to enjoy a memorable stay-cation.
The Essential Summer Bucket List
Whether you enjoy paddling on a lake or swimming at the pool, Cary is where you can enjoy all of your favorite summertime activities. This suburb spans nearly 55 square miles, so there’s always something new to explore!
While the town’s parks and shopping centers are always top picks, there are a few activities and events that are a must for any Cary resident. We’ve picked out the essentials for you to try this summer. Which ones are your favorite?
Chow Down at the Annual Food Truck Rally
Cary’s Downtown Chowdown — Sunday, June 25th & Sunday, July 30th @ Downtown Park, 12:30 PM
Food trucks are a big deal in the Triangle, so if you’re eager to taste some of the best cuisine around, visit Downtown Cary for the annual Downtown Chowdown. Popular local trucks include The Humble Pig, Fullsteam Brewery, Thai Box Zing, FRESH Ice Cream, Bond Brothers Beer Co., Chatham Hill Winery, and so many more. Don’t forget to stick around for the live music!
Celebrate Independence Day Like a Local
Independence Eve — Monday, July 3rd @ Cary Arts Center, 6:30 PM
July 4th Celebration — Tuesday, July 4th @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 3 PM
The best fireworks in Cary take place at Koka Booth Amphitheatre as part of the town’s July 4th Celebration, but there’s more to the Independence Day festivities than the fireworks show. Come to the amphitheater grounds with your favorite snacks and a picnic blanket, participate in fun activities and watermelon-eating contests, and listen to live music from the Cary Town Band and North Carolina Symphony.
But if you can’t wait until July 4th to celebrate Independence Day, the Town of Cary is hosting an Independence Eve Celebration on July 3rd with performances by Applause! Cary Youth Theatre and the Cary Town Band.
Shop Local at Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival
Lazy Daze — Saturday, August 26th & Sunday, August 27th @ Cary Town Hall
Cary’s Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival is well-known throughout the North Carolina, so it’s definitely a must-see! This arts and crafts fair has been held every year but one since 1977, and this year looks like it will be bigger and better than ever. It is now a two-day event, so be sure to come out at least one day for great food, local vendors, and performances by local bands.
Take a Stay-Cation to Bond Park
Fred G. Bond Metro Park has it all: playgrounds and ball fields, greenways and nature trails, picnic shelters, a large lake with fishing and boat rentals, and a concession stand at the boathouse. Spend time outside enjoying the fresh air, then sit back and relax with an ice cream or snow cone.
Kids who are eager to go to camp can enjoy the Town of Cary’s summer camp programs. Bond Park offers day camps for rising 1st through 6th grades and a teen camp for rising 7th through 9th grades. For year-round school students, there are also track-out camps for Kindergarten through 5th grades.
Cool Off at Jack Smith Park’s Sprayground
At Jack Smith Park off Penny Road, the Town of Cary’s first splash pad is the perfect place to spend time on a hot day. Kids will love cooling off under all of the interesting fountains and water features! Another great spray park option is located in the Waverly Place shopping center.
This is Why Cary is the Best Place to Live!
Not only does Cary offer all of these fun summer experiences, it offers plenty of things to do year-round. Plus, it boasts an award-winning school district, premier shopping centers, top employers, and a wide range of beautiful homes.
If you’re considering buying a home in Cary, we can help you find the perfect place to live. Visit our Cary area guide to search for homes and popular communities or contact us. We would love to talk with you about your plans!