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Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson St., Raleigh 27610; 919.996.2760
Unique location within a short distance of
downtown Raleigh but, because it is a portion
of the Walnut Creek floodplain, it provides
ample habitat for a variety of plants and
animals. Offers nature programs, wildlife
viewing, an expansive deck and easy access to
greenway trails. Free admission. Hours: Tues.Sat., 10am-dusk; Sun., 1pm-dusk.
Holly Springs Cultural Center
(30 minutes from downtown Raleigh)
Holly Springs began as a crossroads near
springs of fresh water at a spot where holly
trees were numerous. Travelers stopped by
the springs to quench their thirst, and while
that bit of history doesn't continue today, the
residents and visitors do indulge in libations
from the area's successful craft breweries.
Make a point to visit the Bass Lake Park, which
features a 54-acre lake stocked full of fish for
any fishing enthusiast, and the Holly Springs
Cultural Center, which hosts events yearround, including concerts and films.
(25 minutes from downtown Raleigh)
West of the airport and south of the Research
Triangle Park is Morrisville. The town is home
to the East Meets West Festival, celebrating
Morrisville's diverse cultures from around the
world. If you're up for the challenge, take your
getaway to new heights at Triangle Rock Club,
featuring multiple types of indoor climbing.
Visit the Orchid Trail Greenhouses, where
the team not only grows and sells orchids but
also offers classes. Take the family to RDU
Observation Park, which provides sweeping
views of the RDU International Airport
runways. If you have an interest in our nation's
Civil War history, discover the Skirmish at
Morrisville through artifacts at the Morrisville
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Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural
316 N. Academy St., Cary 27513;
Offers an array of recreation, sports, nature
and cultural programs. With 30+ parks, 80+
miles of greenways, WakeMed Soccer Park,
Cary Tennis Park, USA Baseball National
Training Complex, Koka Booth Amphitheatre,
Cary Arts Center and more, there is something
for everyone in this Gold Medal Community.
Call or visit website.
Cary Tennis Park
2727 Louis Stephens Dr., Cary 27519;
Nestled on 24 acres, CTP has year-round
recreation for players of all skill levels. CTP
features 25 outdoor courts, seven covered
courts and four QuickStart courts. And, we
now offer new ball machines, Playmate iSmash.
Enjoy walk-up play, lessons for kids and adults,
camps, leagues and more. Hours: Daily,
Fred G. Bond Metro Park and Boathouse
801 High House Rd., Cary 27513; 919.462.3970
As one of the largest municipal parks in Wake
County, this 310-acre facility has picnic shelters,
athletic fields, hiking trails, a playground, a
300-seat amphitheater, and a challenge course.
The boathouse serves as a central point for
rentals and concessions. Fee for boat rentals.
Hours vary; call or visit website.
Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve/Stevens
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary 27518;
Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is a unique,
140-acre preserve featuring approximately 3
miles of trails, unique vegetation, and Eastern
Hemlock trees. Interactive nature programs are
conducted at the Stevens Nature Center. Free
admission (fee for some programs). Hours vary;
call or visit website.
North Cary Park
1100 Norwell Blvd., Cary 27513; 919.460.4964
With a variety of recreation opportunities
including sand volleyball, soccer, walking trails
and picnic shelter, the park is highlighted by
two, eight-foot climbing boulders. Experts
enjoy traversing the two challenge elements,
while beginners can learn grips and footing.
Free admission. Hours: Daily, sunrise-sunset.
Sk8-Cary Skate Park
2040 N.W. Maynard Rd., Cary 27513;
Action sports venue is open to the public yearround for all ages and skill levels, with valid
waiver and required safety gear. Skateboards,
inline and quad skates, non-folding scooters
and bicycles are permitted. This skate park
is staffed, includes a pro-shop and lighted
course. Hours vary; call or visit website.
Thomas Brooks Park
9008 Green Level Church Rd., Cary 27519;
The 224-acre, multiuse park consists of a fourfield, lighted softball complex, two batting
cages, two lighted basketball courts, two
soccer fields, playground, two picnic shelters
and half-mile walking trail. Also includes the
USA Baseball National Training Complex,
with four baseball fields maintained at MLB
standards. Free admission. Hours: Daily,
Wake County Parks, Recreation and
337 S. Salisbury St., Fayetteville Street, Raleigh
Acquires and maintains parks and natural
areas that promote outdoor recreation,
environmental and cultural education and
natural resource stewardship. WCPROS
delivers a wide range of programs and
recreational opportunities across its nine parks
and preserves. For additional information, call
or visit website.
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh
This 236-acre park offers many opportunities
to learn about and enjoy the natural world.
Park attractions include environmental
education, hiking trails, shoreline fishing,
picnic areas, playgrounds, open play areas and
a Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course. Free
admission. Hours: Daily, 8am-sunset.
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten Ten Rd., Apex 27539; 919.662.2850
Offers visitors opportunities to enjoy
nature, walk, picnic, play or participate in an
environmental education program. Includes
a 2.7-acre pond with a boardwalk and
observation decks (no fishing), three picnic
shelters, three playgrounds, 0.8-mile, paved,
accessible trail, amphitheater, educational
gardens, play field and sand volleyball. Free
admission. Hours: Daily, 8am-sunset.