The start of the weekend promises fun times and the chance to step away from the usual weekday grind. If you live in the area around Cary, North Carolina, you know the Research Triangle is an energetic region that boasts museums, live music, and an array of restaurants. Many of these places truly come to life over the weekend. Here’s a list of weekend destinations in and around Cary to help you enjoy your days away from work.
Weekends Are for Wine
Offering to help you “WineAway the work week,” Chatham Hill Winery in Cary is an ideal weekend destination. Live music by local musicians, cheese sampling, and wine tastings are just some of the special weekend activities at this lovely spot. This is the place to sip whites, reds, and wines infused with sweet fruit from the Carolinas. Favorites include Sweet Carolina Blackberry, Peach, and Cherry Berry fermented beverages.
Get Lost in Nature
If you want to savor some time outside, stroll the trails that wind through the 310 acres of Fred G. Bond Metro Park. Conveniently located in the heart of Cary, this serene plot of land is the ideal place for picnics, ball games, and playground time. Try your hand at the Challenge Rope Course for adults, or visit the boathouse to rent a canoe or kayak. The park’s small lake is a peaceful place where you can get out on the water. Fishing is also allowed at the lake.
Experience More Natural Beauty
If the metro park merely whets your appetite for the great outdoors, head to Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve. Mulched nature trails cover about three miles, offering the chance to watch for birds and animals as you while away the hours. The weekend is also an ideal time to participate in nature programs and classes at Stevens Nature Center located on the preserve’s property.
View Stunning Works of Art
Hop in the car for a 20-minute drive and make your way to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. A robust permanent collection awaits you, showcasing pieces from Africa, ancient America, the Italian Renaissance, and Egyptian funerary art. The art museum hosts visiting exhibits and events to bring even more variety for visitors. Concerts, tours, classes, films, and lectures are a few of the events the museum hosts on the weekend.
Tap Your Toes to Live Music
If you want to stay in Cary, check out the concerts scheduled to take place at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre. This venue hosts a wide variety of acts playing music such as classical, jazz, classic rock, and country. Weekends are also a good time to watch a movie under the stars at this outdoor venue.
If none of the concerts at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre tickle your fancy, check out the weekend concerts scheduled at Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh. Offering contemporary, country, and classic rock, this is a favorite place to hear well-known musicians.
Whether you want lively music or a quiet walk outdoors, Cary and the surrounding areas have plenty to offer on the weekends.