Fuquay-Varina was originally a resort town centered about the Fuquay Mineral Spring Park, which attracted many visitors to come and experience the legendary healing powers of the water. Today you can still visit the park to take a pleasant walk, have a picnic or have a sip of the spring water. The town has several historic sites and buildings which you can visit at the Fuquay-Varina Museum Complex and on a walking tour of the historic district. During the summer months children can have loads of fun at the South Park Splash Pad. When you have worked up a thirst you can head to a couple of the town’s craft breweries or make your way to the Stick Boy Bakery for the best cup of coffee in town. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Fainting Goat Brewing Company

Fainting Goat Brewing Company
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Like many craft breweries the Fainting Goat Brewing Company started off in as one man’s passion for brewing great beer in his kitchen/garage. After teaming up with a business-savvy friend, the micro-brewing business moved out of the garage and into their Parrish Drive Brewery. Today the Fainting Goat welcomes locals and visitors to come and find out all about what goes into making a fine artisanal beer. At the Tap Room on Main Street you can look forward to tasting a variety of brilliant core brews including American Pale Ale, Pomegranate Witbier, Hefeweizen and IPA’s as well as a rotation selection of seasonal additions.

Fainting Goat Brewing Company, 330 South Main St, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526, Phone: 919 346 7915

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2.Aviator Brewery, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

Aviator Brewery, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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Aviator Brewery started off in an old airplane hangar in 2008. Since then the business has grown by leaps and bounds and currently encompasses a large modern brewery complex with a canning facility, the Hangar Bar, two restaurants and a Tap Room. Visitors are welcome to stop by for an informative tour of the brewing facility, followed by a tasting in the Tap Room or at the bar, where you will find at least 19 beers on tap. At the Aviator Smokehouse, just down the road, you can enjoy a great American BBQ meal and then round off your evening with some live music at the Aviator Tap Room.

Aviator Brewery, 209 Technology Park Lane, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526, Phone: 919-567-2337

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3.Museums of Fuquay-Varina

Museums of Fuquay-Varina
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To learn about the fascinating history of the town and explore some historic buildings, visitors should plan to visit the town on a Monday, Wednesday or Festival Day to tour the Museums. The museum complex is located just off Main Street and encompasses 6 separate buildings of historic interest. Visitors are advised to start their tour at the Centennial Museum, where a docent will meet you and guide you along your tour. The remaining 6 buildings which form the complex include the First Fuquay Post Office, the Squire Ballentine Schoolhouse, the Johnson Playhouse, the Tobacco Barn, and the Norfolk Southern Caboose #375. The museum tour is suitable for all ages and interests.

Museums of Fuquay-Varina, 131 South Fuquay Ave, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526, Phone: 919-552-5562

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4.Garibaldi Trattoria, Fuquay-Varina, NC

Garibaldi Trattoria, Fuquay-Varina, NC
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Named for the famous Franco-Italian military commander Guiseppi Garibaldi, Garibaldi Trattoria celebrates the excellence of Italian cuisine in Fuquay-Varina. The restaurant is conveniently located right on Main Street and is open for lunch and dinner. The extensive menu offers a good variety of antipasti, soups, salads and fresh, home-made pasta dishes as well as a selection of pizza and some mouth-watering entrees. The emphasis is on serving authentic Italian cuisine and great wines at an affordable price. House specialties include Zuppa di Pesci, a mélange of seafood in a delicious sauce served with linguini and house-made Ravioli de Aragosta – lobster ravioli with a creamy shrimp sauce

Garibaldi Trattoria, 900 North Main Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526, Phone: 919-552-8868

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5.Stick Boy Bread Company, Fuquay-Varina, NC

Stick Boy Bread Company, Fuquay-Varina, NC
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Stick Boy Bread Company is a very popular bakery/coffee shop where locals and visitors can find the best bread, cookies, pastries and coffee in town. The bakery is run by a hands-on husband and wife team who take great care to ensure that every loaf of bread and cup of coffee is prepared just the way you like it. All the breads and sweet treats are made from scratch daily (favorites sell out quickly) and the bakery contracts with two specialist coffee roasters to bring the best Fair Trade coffee to your table. Bread varieties include Sourdough, Organic Whole Wheat, French Baguette, Sundried Tomato and Basil and many more. House-made pizza dough is available for you to take home and craft your own designer pizzas.

Stick Boy Bread Company, 127 South Main Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526, Phone: 919-557-2237

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6.Nil’s Bakery and Cafe, Fuquay-Varina, NC

Nil’s Bakery and Cafe, Fuquay-Varina, NC
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Nil’s Bakery and Café was established in 2000 and served breakfast and café meals for several years before new owners extended the offering to include lunches with a Mediterranean flair. With over 30 years of international experience as a chef, the new owner has recently started offering mouth-watering Mediterranean dinners in addition to his popular lunches. The menu offers a large selection of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and flavorful Greek dishes like Gyro-grilled beef or chicken in pita bread or a wrap and a delicious phyllo pastry spinach pie. The menu offers a very good choice of dishes suitable for vegetarians.

Nil’s Bakery and Café, 513 Broad St, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526, Phone: 919-567-0887

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