Wake Forest, North Carolina lies just north of the bustling capital city of Raleigh. Despite its size, this small town offers enough activities, culture, and history to keep people entertained for several days. Visitors can take a walk through the historic downtown area, have a meal at one of the many great restaurants or cafes, explore nature and enjoy outdoor recreational activities at the Falls Lake State Recreation Area, or even try one of the local craft beers at the White Street Brewing Company. Scroll to see the full list with photos or jump to the table of contents.


Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Falls Lake State Recreation Area

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The Falls Lake State Recreation Area consists of seven different access areas that are located around the shore of a 12,000-acre, undeveloped reservoir. Within the recreation area are picnic areas and five swimming beaches, as well as numerous boat ramps, with some reserved for non-gas powered boats and paddlers.

The Falls Lake State Recreation Area also includes a network of trails for mountain biking and part of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail for hiking. Over three hundred campsites provide camping opportunities for visitors who want to stay overnight, ranging from group campsites to primitive tent campsite to RV hookups.

Falls Lake State Recreation Area , 13300 Creedmoor Rd, Wake Forest, NC 27587, Phone: 919-676-1027


White Street Brewing Co.

White Street Brewing Co.

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The White Street Brewing Co. is focused on classically styled and authentic beers, with every batch expertly crafted using knowledge based on traditions that have been around for centuries.

The brewery creates beers that feature the exceptional flavors “as they were intended,” aiming to show those who taste their brews how an IPA, a stout, or a Kölsch are supposed to taste. Opened in Wake Forest in 2012, the taproom serves as the White Street brewery’s “heart and soul” and a gathering place for the community. Guests can sample a variety of brews tap for an ever-changing selection.

White Street Brewing Co., 218 S. White Street Wake Forest, NC 27587, Phone: 919-647-9439


Winterpast Farm

Winterpast Farm

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The Winterpast Farm spans across ten acres of land near Falls Lake in Wake Forest, North Carolina, serving as a sanctuary for both children and animals, a place where people can interact with nature and animals.

During a visit to the Winterpast Farm, guests can tour the grounds, meet the variety of resident animals, and even hold or feed some of them. The animal sanctuary provides a home to chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, pigs, peacocks, ducks, miniature donkeys, emu, sheep, goats, and more. For those wanting to visit the farm, arrangements need to be made ahead of time.

Winterpast Farm, 12936 Ghoston Rd, Wake Forest, NC 27587, Phone: 919-244-1800


Brigs at the Forest

Brigs at the Forest

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Brigs at the Forest serves a wide array of breakfast dishes, fresh salads, hot sandwich platters, and more in the town of Wake Forest. In addition to the restaurant’s regular menu, Brigs also offers weekly breakfast specials, the “Benedict of the Month,” monthly and weekly seasonal specials, a “Kidstuff Menu,” and a Senior’s Menu.

Opened to the public in 2004, Brigs at the Forest is open seven days a week from 7:00 in the morning until 2:30 in the afternoon. While there are now a number of Brigs restaurants in North Carolina, the Wake Forest location is the largest.

Brigs at the Forest, 12338 Wake Union Church Rd, Wake Forest, NC 27587, Phone: 919-556-8422


Shuckers Oyster Bar & Grill

Shuckers Oyster Bar & Grill

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Shuckers Oyster Bar & Grill offers a little bit of something for everyone, even the picky eaters. The menu here includes seafood, wraps, burgers, salads, sandwiches, steaks and more, including a gluten-free menu with more than thirty options.

The Oyster Bar serves some of the tastiest and freshest oysters around and guests can even shuck their own oysters if they wish. The Shuckers Oyster Bar and Grill strives to offer delicious food that captures different and new flavors using the best ingredients at reasonable prices. The restaurant provides a great place to relax with good food and drinks.

Shuckers Oyster Bar & Grill, Phone: 919-453-1593


The Lemon Tree

The Lemon Tree

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Situated in the historic downtown district of Wake Forest, North Carolina, The Lemon Tree serves a menu consisting of freshly prepared sandwiches, wraps, soups, and salads.

The portions served at this popular local dining establishment are known for being “just the right size” and the menu changes often, with different options offered daily. Serving delicious and healthy food to the community, the cafe also provides catering services for all kinds of special events and offices. The Lemon Tree Cafe is open Monday to Saturday for lunch from ten in the morning until five in the evening. Map


Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant

Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant

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Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant started when owner and Executive Chef Filippo Fanfani fell for a renovated house from the 1800’s along South Main Street in 2018. This house was full of history, class, and character and was a place that made people feel like they’re at home.

Filippo grew up in Italy and attended one of Italian cuisine’s best culinary schools, which was followed by him working at a number of Michelin-starred restaurants. Amalia's is named for Filippo’s grandmother and prides itself on serving classic and authentic Italian fare that’s cooked to order and has been passed down over generations.

Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant , 1248 S Main St, Wake Forest, NC 27587, Phone: 984-237-0002


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