Nestled just minutes outside of North Raleigh and tucked quaintly between Durham to the west and Rolesville to the east, Wake Forest is a budding town to live in, shop and visit. With business, industry and residential life thriving daily, it makes perfect sense that this unique community offers a refreshing quality of life for its 40,000+ residents and many visitors.
Conveniently located to the Triangle’s first class universities, Atlantic Coast Conference athletics, Research Triangle Park, professional sporting teams including NHL, NWSL, and world-renowned PGA golf, here are the top reasons why you should visit and explore the town of Wake Forest, a hidden gem of a destination in the Northernmost part of Wake County.
The Town’s Historic Gorgeous Campus
Former home of Wake Forest College’s campus before the school relocated up the road to Winston-Salem in the 1950s, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary has an incredibly gorgeous campus and offers numerous public events including musical recitals, Christmas concerts, conferences and more.
919’s Most Soulful & Historic Downtown
For one of the best, small-town soul vibes, stop by both Shorty’s Famous Hot Dogs (the landmark sandwich & hot-dog joint) and White Street Brewing for the ultimate, local beer experience, before claiming your seat early for Wake Forest’s popular Friday Night on White free, outdoor concert series (second Friday of each month from April through September).
With premier artists including Bull City Syndicate, Love Tribe, and Big Love, you will want to pack your chairs and bring your appetites for some of the best hot dogs, food trucks, and tunes around.
Friday Night Lights – It’s Game ON!
Wake Forest has its own rendition of Friday Night Lights. Winners of back to back 4AA State Championships (2016, 2017), the Wake Forest High School Football team has made jaw-dropping headlines throughout the state. With undefeated seasons and a plethora of talented scholarship athletes, a Friday night visit during football season would provide the perfect sporting entertainment to kick off the weekend.
A Million Dollar Renovation Treasure
Located in the heart of the town’s renaissance district, the Wake Forest Renaissance Center provides a variety of entertainment, theatre, arts and performance options for families, children, adults, and seniors. With the center’s $1 million renovation underway, this venue alone would make the trip worthwhile.
Top Rated Outdoor Photoshoot Destination
Visit E. Carroll Joyner Park on any given day and you’ll see photographers and families frolicking through this beautifully manicured park grounds perfect for timeless memories. A local favorite, Joyner Park is also home to the Six Sundays in Spring Concert Series which continues to blossom each year with families, friends and tons of fun.
Calling All Coffee Lovers
One of the newest restaurants to open, which would warrant a morning or afternoon calendar event reminder, is Stewart’s Bistro. The family-owned specialty coffee, gourmet espresso & full breakfast (and lunch) coffee shop is simply divine. The friendly staff, expansive menu and delicious food are life-changing. But hurry, they close at 3:30pm daily.
For All Your Lake’s Desires
Falls Lake Recreation Area is a collective of many easily accessible areas dispersed around a 12,000-acre reservoir. With more than 300 campsites, this recreation area covers all of your outdoor desires and adventures. Native to five swim beaches, the recreational venue also allows boating, camping, cycling, hiking, fishing and so much more.
The Area’s Grandest Street Meeting
The town’s annual Meet in the Street festival is held in May in the historic downtown area. The family-friendly festival presents a day filled with food, fun, art, entertainment, vendors, live music and an array of children’s activities. Admission is free.
Wake Forest Basically Has It All
So, whether you are near or far from the reception that 27587 offers, the drive or alternate commute option will be well worth the memories and moments that await. Wake Forest is a welcomed retreat from the busyness of life. Experience the embrace yourself.
This post was created in collaboration with the Wake Forest Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Carla Williams for exclusive digital publication via TBN