Welcome to Cary, North Carolina! Here in the heart of the Triangle area, nestled between Raleigh and the Research Triangle Park, we’re thriving! Ranked among the top regions in the country to live and work, start a business or retire, the place Money Magazine names as one of the hottest towns in America is just waiting for you to come join us. Tree lined streets and lovely subdivisions are only two of the reasons to enjoy Cary, whether you’re visiting or relocating here. We’ve got world class businesses and national retail stores as well as prestigious universities close by and while we’ve grown to over 160,000 people, we’ve maintained our small town charm.
Once you’re here, you’ll be calling your Realtor and making plans to relocate to our big ‘small’ city! Learn more about Cary.
Cary began life as a settlement called Bradford’s Ordinary, but credit is given to Frank Page for establishing Cary as a town when he and his wife Kate bought 300 acres surrounding the railroad junction in 1854. Page promptly named his development after Samuel Fenton Cary (a former Ohio congressman he admired), and became the railroad agent and the town’s developer. He laid out the first streets in Cary, building a sawmill, general store and post office, becoming Cary’s first official Postmaster.
By 1868, Page had built a hotel for railroad passengers, and in 1871 Cary was incorporated, with Page becoming the first mayor. With the advent of the Raleigh and August Air-Line Railroad coming from the southwest in 1879, Cary’s growth continued. Although it grew quickly, in the early years Cary adopted ordinances to control growth and give the town structure and that tradition has continued.
In 1971 Cary’s government created a PUD (Planned Unit Development) to accommodate the growth created by the nearby Research Triangle Park. With the use of PUD’s, developers can plan out entire communities and ‘see’ the area before it actually exists, making it possible to use land to its best advantage. Thanks to their foresight, Cary is a beautifully maintained, well functioning city with over 160,000 people who live here and love their Cary!
Attractions & Activities
Built as a hotel in 1868 by founder Frank Page, by 1979, the hotel had been added to the list of National Historic Places. In 1985, residents of Cary banded together to save the building, restored it and today, it’s alive with classes, events, performances and exhibitions of local and regional artists. Come take a walk through the history of Cary and enjoy the many exhibits and artists that call the Page Walker Arts & History Center home.
Talented local and regional artists display their work at various public venues in the parks and public venues. Located around town, gifted artists share their vision with the public, with an opening reception to meet the artists and attend the unveiling of exciting new work!
MacGregor Downs Country Club
Play 18 holes, then hit the club house. Whether you’re a par golfer or a beginner, MacGregor Downs will keep you on your toes.
Parks & Recreation
With twenty four parks in Cary, there’s something for every member of the family, from playgrounds to tennis courts and walking trails.
Annie L. Jones Park
Six lighted tennis courts, baseball, basketball and softball areas as well as a playground and picnic tables make for a great day of fun for the whole family!
Cary Dog Park
Bring Rover and let him run free on this one acre park, adjacent to Godbold Park, making new friends to fetch with while being safe.
Green Hope Elementary School Park
With a playground, picnic shelter and tables and three soccer fields as well as lighted volleyball courts, kids can play to their hearts content while you cheer them on!
Town of Cary Parks and Recreation lists all of the great parks in Cary.
Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival
Thirty three years has made this one of the South’s premier festivals, bringing 50,000 people into the downtown area of Cary for a fun filled day of food, arts and crafts and live entertainment. Don’t miss the fun!
Heart of the Holidays
Let an old fashioned Victorian Christmas bring you into the spirit of the holiday at the Page-Walker Annual Holiday Open House. Learn about century old traditions in the perfect setting, a newly renovated 1868 hotel. Sing Christmas carols around the piano, enjoy refreshments and take the tour to view historic rooms decorated for the season. It will be a fond memory that will last a lifetime.
Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival
Join in the festival that’s filled with your favorite festival food, arts and crafts and the opportunity to get involved in Cary to help improve a good thing. Kids will love the activities that are just for them, like The Children’s Village, and adults will love browsing arts and crafts of all the talented local artists.
To learn more about attractions and activities in Cary, visit Cary Recreation and Entertainment.
Town Government and Chamber of Commerce Guide
Contact information for the utilities for your new home.
Wake County Schools
Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year was 161,900 students. With a total of 191 schools, Wake County is the largest school system in the state and the 14th largest in the nation. The student population has almost tripled since 1980. For more information, visit Wake County Public Schools.