Are you new to North Carolina and wondering what Apex NC—long billed as “the peak of good living”—has to offer? Or maybe you’re from the area but this long year has you wanting to plan a day of fun, exploring somewhere other than your own neighborhood. Either way, we’ve put together a loose agenda of one “perfect day in Apex,” aiming to include a little something for just about everyone.

Kick off your day with a delicious breakfast and some outdoor fun

If you’d like to eat out but skip the chains, Apex has an abundance of independent restaurants. One to try on your first excursion is the Bonafide Bakeshop.  It opened summer of this year and has been earning rave reviews. In addition to a drool-worthy bakery case (and baked goods to order) they have a variety of beverages from coffee to Kombucha and tasty hot breakfast sandwiches. (If you’d rather hit them up for lunch, their salads and creative sandwich assortment is worth a stop.)

On a nice day, get your breakfast packed to go and enjoy it at one of the many local park or recreation areas. Apex is a perfect town for anyone who likes sports and the great outdoors; here are a few highlights:

The Nature Park & Seymour Athletic Fields have something for everyone: multi-age playgrounds, lit tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, an amphitheatre, disc golf course, a dog park, and more. It’s a beautiful spot for eating (or working off) those breakfast treats! Note that some options require registration, so check out their website before you head out.

Elevate Fitness Course was originally designed to be geared toward teens, but it’s open to all, and the Apex Parks and Recreation Department uses it and surrounding park for a wide variety of programs.

For the golfers in your family, Knight’s Play is a Par 3 course with 3 sets of 9-hole courses—and you can finish 18 in about half the time of a regular course. Plus, it’s lit, so if you’d like a round at 8:30pm, go for it! (In non-COVID times they close at midnight.) There’s also a 60-station driving range if you’d just like to get some practice in.

Time to refuel with a good lunch, then mix up your afternoon activities

A new local favorite that was initially launched as a food truck in 2018 and now has 2 locations, Peak City Hots of Apex, made its mark by introducing “Trash Plates” (a Rochester, New York specialty): 1/2 home fries, 1/2 macaroni salad, your choice of meat, and onions, mustard, and TRASH meat sauce. Now people who line up can sit right down to enjoy a plate.

Shoppers looking to avoid the chains and enjoy a charming stroll should be sure to visit Historic Downtown Apex, with a mix of boutiques and galleries, a knitting store, restaurants and brew bars and more. Country decor lovers should visit local institution The Rusty Bucket for furniture, décor and everything country.

For jewelry and accessories, Moon and Lola is a must-visit. This is a local success story with stores across the country, and their design studio and business office are right here in downtown Apex NC.

Ready for an adventure? Either of these will definitely fit the bill

Whole Brain Escape Rooms, the brainchild of 2 highly-skilled gaming industry veterans (with Fortnite and ViewScream among their credentials), this award-winning spot has 4 fun rooms to challenge your problem-solving abilities: Bustin’ Out of the Eighties, Escape the Supervillain’s Lair, Seekers of the Mystic Orb, and Mystery of the Mad Scientist. Get ready for an amazing 60-minute game!

And for those of you who like to get some airtime, Defy’s Apex location should be on your list: test yourself while feeling the freedom of soaring with angled trampolines, aerial silks and a trapeze, plus a ninja obstacle course, warped wall, and more.

Wrap up your perfect day in Apex NC with a relaxed dinner, drinks—and more fun

After a long day of exploring and activity, you probably want something tasty but easy. Try Alpaca Chicken—the family owned and operated local chain with 9 locations, including one in Apex at Nichols Plaza—is the home of Peruvian Chargrilled Chicken (vegetarian options too). You’ll have your choice of a variety of inventive Latin sides to go with the rotisserie entrée, and not have to worry about what to wear.

Beer drinkers will enjoy tasting the goods at Apex’s first craft brewery, Brüeprint, on Perry Street. With 14 drafts available every day in their taproom, including seasonal specials, you’ll feel right at home.

Finally, for fans of paint-and-wine events—or those who are crafty but looking for a fresh take on the art you get to take home, Board and Brush  is a fun alternative. You’ll learn a little about wood, woodworking and finishing, while creating a beautiful, lettered, heirloom sign. (There’s no drop-in crafting, so you may need to plan your outing around their evening workshops.)

Of course Apex has SO MUCH fun to offer, there’s no way we could include everything… maybe that means we’ll need to do more perfect day in Apex NC posts down the road!

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