Fortunately, we had found ourselves at the boat house. Bond Park has a great lake complete with several boating and fishing options. The boathouse also had some nice picnic tables and sold refreshments including sno cones! After we had all freshened up a bit, we figured we had to take advantage of the boating opportunities, so against my better judgment we piled the whole family in life jackets and onto a rowboat. The lake was lovely and we saw quite a few people out fishing and using other boats like kayaks and paddleboats. It actually turned out to be a great boat trip and we spotted several birds including a heron, some geese, and some ducks.
After our boating outing and a lovely picnic lunch at some shaded tables near the boathouse we finally decided to check out that playground, and it didn't disappoint. They had two play structures-a bigger and a smaller one, a sand box area, separate sets of bucket and regular swings, and some bouncy ride-on figures. It was a great way to finish up our adventure in the park.
What we liked: We loved how there was so much to explore. We didn't even get a chance to check out the ampitheater, ball fields, community center, or ropes course. The prices were also quite reasonable for the boating options with our rowboat excursion only costing $5.
What we would change: Our only piece of advice would be to possibly take a map. The park is large and it would have been nice to have a map with us so we knew where we were all the time. That being said, most of the park was well-marked and we always found our way to our destinations without a map. At the time of day we stopped by, the playground was also mostly in the sun so it was a bit hot. However, it was surrounded by shady trees if we needed a break from the sun.
Website and other important information:
Address: 801 High House Rd, Cary
Phone Number: (919) 469-4100
Hours of Operation:
November - February: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
March: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
April - May: Sunday - Friday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday & Holidays 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
June - August: Sunday - Friday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday & Holidays 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
September - October: Sunday - Friday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday & Holidays 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
*Boathouse/Waterfront Hours of Operation:
November - March: closed
April - May: closed Monday - Friday; Saturday & Holidays 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
June - August: Monday - Friday* 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday & Holidays 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
September - October: closed Monday - Friday; Saturday & Holidays 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
*Closed weekdays in August with the start of the Wake County traditional school year
1. The wooded trail
2. A view from the rowboat
3. The playground