Fuquay-Varina

Fuquay-Varina Mural by artist Sean Kernick (from seankernick.com)

Fuquay-Varina Mural by artist Sean Kernick (from seankernick.com)

Fuquay-Varina, NC

The small towns of Fuquay Springs and Varina became one municipality in 1963. Since then, Fuquay-Varina (pronounced “FEW-qway vuh-REE-na”, for the many who ask!) has held on to a charming small-town feel. Plus, “located just 15 minutes south of the capital city, [Fuquay-Varina] remains a rewarding destination for those looking for day-trip adventure or a weekend getaway.” (from visitraleigh.com) Population 30,324


THINGS TO DO IN FUQUAY-VARINA

  • Downtown Fuquay-Varina
    Eat, drink, and shop at some of Fuquay-Varina’s favorite locally owned businesses. Great to walk around and take in the small-town charm!
  • Mineral Spring Park
    Discovered in 1858 by the Fuquay brothers on their father’s farm, “[t]he Mineral Spring was believed to have healing powers and visitors came from far and wide to partake of the mineral waters.”
  • Fuquay-Varina Arts Center
    Opened in 2019, the Arts Center features an “art gallery, administrative offices, dance, painting, and digital studios and four classrooms” in refinished space, as well as a brand new “294-seat theatre, complete with technical booth and performance support spaces”
  • Fuquay-Varina Museums
    “The Fuquay-Varina Museums Complex consists of six museums: The First Fuquay Post Office, the “Squire” Ballentine Schoolhouse, the Centennial Museum, the Tobacco Barn, the Johnson Playhouse, and the Norfolk Southern Caboose #375, all found in the heart of Fuquay.
  • Fuquay-Varina Community Center— Gymnasium, Exercise Room, Meeting Rooms for town sponsored classes

 


 

PARKS & PLACES TO PLAY

  • South Park
    Next to the Fuquay-Varina Community Center, South Park often home to many town activities and celebrations/ Complete with sports fields, a playground, picnic shelter, a walking track and access to Jeff Wells Memorial Trail- a paved greenway. This is also home to the town’s ever popular Splash Pad, typically open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Who can resist this amazing 6,000-square-foot splash pad?
  • Hilltop Needmore Parks & Preserves
    This former golf course is now a beautiful green space for the town to enjoy! The park includes 143 acres, multiple ponds, and five miles of paved trails
  • Fleming Loop Park
    Newly re-opened in 2020 after a $5.5 million renovation! Fleming Loop boasts multiple partially-shaded play areas, a fun climbing orb for kids, paved trails, and sports fields.
  • Falcon Park
    Falcon Park is 5 acres, and features a playground, picnic shelter, a concession building, a “performance lawn” for events, and a few paved trails

 


DINING: MUST-TRY LOCAL FAVORITES

  • Aviator Brewing
    Choose your location! Aviator has FOUR options in Fuquay-Varina, all with great things to offer! Try all of them for great food and craft beer– SmokeHouse BBQ Restaurant, Aviator TapHouse & Kitchen, Aviator Pizzeria & Beer Shop, and Brewery Hangar Bar for Beer Drinking.
  • Mason Jar Tavern
    “A Taste of Southern Hospitality”. This restaurant and bar carries local beers from Mason Jar Lager Co, as well as their take on amazing classic and modern Southern cuisine!
  • FuQuay Brus
    Home to amazing coffee, baked goods, beer and a wine bar… PLUS Keto-friendly baked goods and drinks. Be sure to try their ever-changing types of macarons!
  • Cultivate Coffee Roasters
    At Cultivate Coffee “[y]ou get to see into our roasting process while drinking the freshest coffee around.” Stop by for amazing coffee, plus baked goods from local Bestow Baked Goods and breakfast/ lunch items from local gluten-free catering company Living Fit!”
  • Fainting Goat Brewing Company
    “Founded in 2014, we are a small, veteran and woman-owned brewery with locations in Fuquay-Varina and Benson, NC. We offer a variety of handcrafted brews in a casual atmosphere with dog-friendly patios and outdoor fire pits.”
  • Stick Boy Bread Company
    “If you’re looking for a “real” bakery, you’re in the right place! We are a family-owned and operated bakery creating handcrafted baked goods from scratch. All of our products are made in small batches and baked in our kitchen using time-honored techniques and all natural ingredients.”

For more information on Fuquay-Varina, visit the town website