Date Ideas in Cary, NC

Cary offers a mix of fun and cultured dating venues to choose from.
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Part of North Carolina's "Triangle," Cary is home to numerous entertainment venues and has plenty of romantic hideaways for a quiet evening, while also catering to the young and young at heart looking for a more fun and festive date night. Whether you and your date enjoy physical activity, have a competitive side or enjoy embracing the arts, Cary and the Triangle area have date night options for every type of occasion.

1 Get a Taste for Adventure

Adrenaline junkies have plenty of date options to choose from in Cary. Tackle the intense rock walls at the Triangle Rock Club or unleash your inner child at Frankie’s Fun Park as you challenge each other to go-kart races or team up against dozens of others on the laser tag arena. If you can get away to Raleigh, Adventure Landing offers Go-Karts, mini golf and a giant arcade loaded with games for you and you date to play.

2 Explore the Arts

Impress your date with your knowledge and appreciation of the arts by visiting one of the area's many museums, galleries and performances. You can embrace science and nature at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences or explore the world of modern art at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh. If your date has an appreciation for the performing arts, consider an evening with the North Carolina Symphony or catch a Broadway production at the North Carolina Theatre.

3 Unique Dining Options

Whether you decide to go all out on a romantic dinner for two or simply want to grab a bite to eat before embarking on the rest of the night's adventures, there are numerous eateries in and around Cary to suit your date's needs. If you’re looking for a romantic dinner experience, the Melting Pot can provide a quiet and engaging dinner event where you and your date take part in cooking your four-course meal. If your date has more of a sweet tooth, Coffee & Crepes is cooking up a collection of sweet and savory crepes, highlighted by their in-house art gallery. While nearby Raleigh offers many dining choices, some of the area's most interesting eateries are on wheels. Raleigh's food trucks can be spotted all over the city and offer choices ranging from barbecue to hibachi.

4 Night Life

Those who are 18 and older can take advantage of all that the Triangle's nightlife has to offer. Whether you're in the mood to see a live band or dance the night away, the Triangle has plenty for you to choose from. Check out the Goodnights Comedy Club for some of the comedy industry’s biggest acts to tickle your funny bone. Area night clubs such as Shooters II in Durham or Dual Lounge and Nightclub in Raleigh are home to some of the area's hottest DJ's and live music.

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