In 1970, Cary was called Bradford’s Ordinary. The founder of the town, Allison Francis "Frank" Page, made a purchase of all surrounding railroad junctions in 1854. Frank Page ended up naming the development 'Cary' after a former Ohio Congressmen and prohibitionist he likened, Samuel Fenton Cary. Surviving its railroad roots, the city is now known as the Technology Town of North Carolina since over 97% of the citizens have access to the internet.
One of the largest municipal parks in Wake County is Fred G. Bond Metro Park or "Bond Park." Bond Park is a 310-acre park with athletic fields, an amphitheater, and a playground. Dogs are welcome. If you're dropping in be sure to bring Rover for a walk along the lake or hike on their trails. If he gets tired, don't worry, there’s a drinking fountain in the area to keep him hydrated. Bring your dog for a walk with Nature at the Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve. You can enjoy some outdoor activities that can vary from bird and wildlife watching, nature and historical exhibits or a simple walk on their trails with Rover while watching the scenic beauty of nature. Other than being a family-oriented, green city, Cary also has plenty of restaurants, parks, hotels and business centers that welcome pets. No wonder it was included in Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live list for 2006.
Northwoods/ Buckherst is a small, dog-friendly neighborhood close to the downtown area of Cary, which features wide streets, sidewalks and access to the Northwoods Greenway for a hiking adventure. It is also home to the Cary Dog Park at Robert V. Godbold Park. This fenced, off-leash 1-acre park offers separate areas for smaller and quieter dogs, and their larger, more boisterous counterparts. It’s open until 10 p.m., and provides lights for those night owl growlers and their humans, as well as water, waste receptacles and bags, benches and a gazebo. Owners need to obtain a municipal pass for entry to the dog park, and show proof of rabies vaccination. This neighborhood is also home to 2 dog-friendly restaurants. The Lucky Chicken serves Peruvian fare, while Noodle Boulevard offers noodle and rice bowls, kimchi and other Asian street food. Both offer outdoor tables that welcome your pup!
This neighborhood is the home of one of Cary’s many dog-friendly parks: Downtown Park. This beautiful city park boasts large open spaces for frisbee-chasing, ball-fetching, or just running around. Downtown Park features a fountain in its plaza (no doggy swimming allowed, but the spray feels wonderful!) It’s easy to find dog friendly restaurants in this neighborhood. The Crosstown Pub and Grill nearby welcomes you for Irish pub fare and salads (drooling optional.) Train Station Sports Bar and Grill boasts the “best wings in Cary,” while the Kababish Café serves up Mediterranean, Pakistani, and Indian fare. Havana Grill is the place for Cuban desserts, and Verandah offers traditional Southern fare with a twist. All these delicious spots welcome your pup to their outdoor tables.
Carpenter is a pleasant residential neighborhood that abuts Carpenter Park, a 16-acre open space that features several short trails and a community garden, along with a playground. This park has a central pond with an earthen dam, a large play lawn area for running and fetching, as well as a terraced lawn. As with all Cary city parks, dogs are welcome if well-behaved. Well-behaved owners are expected to clean up after their dogs. Your furry friend will love spending time with his family while the “siblings” play on the playground, and mom and dad just relax on the benches.