If you live in or frequent the triangle, chances are you’ll end up in Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary for either Kite Festival, Winter (man-made) snow sledding, a sporting or running event, or one of the great concerts the town has in the park’s small amphitheater. At 350 acres, Bond park is one of the largest municipal parks in this area. In addition to the aforementioned fun, the park also has several baseball fields, fishing lake with boat rentals, picnic shelters, and miles of paved greenways and running trails. Our favorite part of this park is the Compost Education Center, a series of outdoor exhibits and landscaped garden areas exploring the different aspects of composting, complete with a worm bed! The kids also love the “Lazy Days” playground here, especially the large sandbox and shaded swings. The park is fronted by Cary’s Community and Senior Centers, and has a ropes course area that can be booked for classes and team building activities. Whether you visit for an event or a fun outing with the family, I hope you get to spend some time at Bond Park soon!
Know Before You Go: Bond park has several restroom areas, but they are all a few minute walk from the playground. (We first visited with a toilet-training toddler and that was tough for us!) You can find bathrooms near the boat house and across Bond Park Drive from the playground in the direction of the amphitheater, as well as near the Compost Education Center and Ropes Course.
There is no swimming at the Bond Park Lake.
Admission is free to the park, however, certain events require a fee.
There are snacks and drinks for sale at the boathouse during the summer months.