“Venture just ten minutes from downtown Raleigh and check out Garner, an All-America City with unique amenities and a genuine, hometown authenticity. Garner has retained its charm while boasting an exceptional quality of life thanks to hundreds of acres of award-winning parkland, an abundance of recreational and cultural arts opportunities, and a broad array of shopping and dining options.” (from visitraleigh.com) Population 31,407
THINGS TO DO IN GARNER
- Garner Performing Arts Center— Art Gallery, 471-Seat Performing Arts Theatre, Local Camps & Classes, Rental Space
- White Oak Crossing Shopping Center
Largest shopping and dining destination in Garner featuring Target, Kohl’s, Regal Movie Theater, and much more retail and dining. Click photo for a current directory!
- Garner Veterans Memorial
“The memorial was designed to honor all veterans, especially those who died during conflict and war. Visitors to the memorial have an opportunity to read the brief but informative history of our war-torn past. Where our nation experienced decades of peace are reflection benches that offer a place to sit and contemplate our past, present and future.”
- Rush Hour Karting
All-indoor go-kart facility with a sports bar for after-race refreshments. Now also featuring a rock climbing wall and ax throwing… get ready for some fun!
PARKS & PLACES TO PLAY
- Lake Benson Park
64-acre park with two playgrounds, a dog park, 3 picnic shelters, 1.8 miles of walking trails, fishing in the lake, and the Garner Veterans Memorial. Frequently used for town events!
- White Deer Park Nature Center
A beautiful park that includes “two miles of paved trails, two playgrounds, a wildflower meadow, an arboretum, five picnic shelters and a 2,500-square-foot LEED Gold Certified Nature Center with live and preserved animal specimens”
- Garner Recreational Park
“20-acre park features a new picnic shelter, two lighted ball fields, a concession stand, a playground, 2.25 miles of mountain biking trails, and is home to North Garner Dog Park.”
NEW Amazon Distribution Center
New in 2020– this 640,000 square foot facility is hiring over 3,000 full-time employees!
DINING: A FEW MUST-TRY LOCAL FAVORITES
- City Barbecue
This regional chain is a great place to pick up some favorite slow-smoked barbecue, traditional southern sides, and scratch-made desserts that are well worth the trip!
- Alexander’s Mediterranean Cuisine
“Here at Alexander’s, we honor the breadth of traditional Greek cuisine by bringing fresh, wholesome dishes from all regions of Greece to an elegant, contemporary and comfortable setting near the Raleigh area.”
- Walking Crab
This amazing seafood & catering restaurant with a South Carolinian low-country chef brags about its “finger-licking low country boil seafood”. THE place to go for a crab or shrimp boil!
- Angie’s Restaurant
A local favorite showcasing classic Southern favorites served for breakfast and lunch. A must-try, especially if you’re new to the South!
- Ugly Mug Bean & Brew
A local, family-owned cafe with personality! Visit to try their hand-crafted coffee drinks, tasty foods, as well as beer and wine.
For more information on Garner, visit the town website