|One of the greatest things about Ryan’s Crossing is its proximity to so many fantastic cities and towns in the Triangle area. While living there feels like an escape to a lush green oasis, nights and weekends can be easily spent on the bustling streets of Chapel Hill or at the upscale shops at Southpoint Mall or trendy downtown Durham. Take a look at our top 10 recommendations for activities near our new home community to fill your calendar for weeks to come.
1. Jordan Lake
Located southeast of Ryan’s Crossing, Jordan Lake is a 14,000-acre state recreation area with nine access points located along its shoreline. From fishing and hiking to camping and swimming, this large lake offers family-friendly activities no matter the time of year. Summer days on the lake are what weekend dreams are made of. Whether you have your own boat or want to rent one from a center like Crosswinds, a beautiful North Carolina day out on the water is sure to please every member of the family.
2. Fearrington Village
This historic farm dates back to the 1770s but has been reimagined over the past 40 years. It now offers an award-winning Inn with an onsite spa, multiple restaurants, space for wedding and events, and a multitude of boutique shops. From afternoon tea to a relaxing day at the spa, Fearrington is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Not to mention, they have a full calendar of events, such as classes, workshops, and live music.
3. Franklin Street
If you’re heading to Chapel Hill, this iconic street is a must visit. Known as the place for Chapel Hill students to socialize, Franklin Street is home to many incredible restaurants including TOPO (Top of the Hill) — a restaurant & brewery offering signature dishes, in-house brewed beers, and their very own distilled spirits, and Al’s Burger Shack — voted #1 burger in the country. From record stores to boutiques, the experiences on Franklin Street will have you coming back time and time again.
4. Downtown Durham
Over the past few years, Downtown Durham has started to give Raleigh a run for its money. With tons of fun breweries like Fullsteam, restaurants ranging from window pick-up to 5-star, and endless activities, the Bull City has it all. Catch a Durham Bulls game with the whole family or find tickets to your favorite artist, comedian, or show at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). Durham is growing and so is your bucket list!
5. Southpoint Mall
Less than 30 minutes northeast of Ryan’s Crossing, The Streets at Southpoint offers over 150 stores, dining, and an AMC movie theater. They also host many events throughout the year such as live music and free yoga classes at Lululemon. Meet a friend for coffee, plan a day of shopping, or grab dinner and drinks for date night — Southpoint offers a wide variety of dining options for any occasion.
6. Duke Forest
Duke University competes with prestigious schools like Yale and Harvard when it comes to its beauty, architecture, and even curriculum, but one of the most incredible parts of campus is the Duke Forest. Made up of over 7,000 acres, the land has been owned and managed by the University since 1931. The school uses the grounds for research, but there are also endless trails for horseback riding and recreation available to the public. This is an absolute must-see, especially on a gorgeous North Carolina fall day.
7. Chapel Hill Farmers Market
Founded in 2008, the Chapel Hill Farmers Market brings farmers from all over North Carolina to the University Place shopping mall — just north of UNC Chapel Hill — Saturdays and Tuesdays, all year long. Grab sweets from Chocolatay Confections, homemade pasta from Melina’s, or delicious baked goods from Sour Bakery.
8. Chapel Ridge Golf Club
Nothing can beat a golf session on a gorgeous Sunday morning, especially when it’s on the 790 rolling acres at Chapel Ridge. Discover premier facilities including an 18-hole championship golf course designed by JMP Golf Design and Fred Couples, a practice range and a short game area. Take advantage of this beautiful course for everything from perfecting your swing to practicing your drive.
This museum, founded in 1958, features a permanent collection of over 19,000 pieces of art. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, guests have the unique opportunity to observe and appreciate artwork from all over the world, spanning centuries and mediums. In addition to their own collection, Ackland also has a constantly-changing calendar of guest exhibits. Check out what’s new and on view for your educational and entertaining free visit.
Grab your tickets to this interactive center to learn about science and astronomy in the full dome planetarium theater and science stage. Perfect for kids of all ages, the live demonstrations both educate and provoke curiosity. Open Saturdays and Sundays, their ever-changing calendar is sure to peak interest in family members of all ages.
In addition to these local activities, the Ryan’s Crossing community also offers:
● 46-acres of wide-open green space for picnics and family fun
● A covered outdoor yoga pavilion
● Gorgeous hiking trails for a casual stroll or exercise run
Whether you’re looking to stay in the area or venture out, Ryan’s Crossing gives its residents the best of both worlds with its convenient location and unique neighborhood amenities.
To learn more about Ryan’s Crossing, contact us today and become a part of something truly special.