Celebrating its turn-of-the-century railroad heritage, the charming town of Apex features more than 60 commercial and residential structures dating from 1870 to 1940. Take a stroll through the quaint, pedestrian-friendly downtown area to see colorfully restored buildings that house thriving businesses. Downtown Apex is home to bustling antique shops and specialty stores, as well as restaurants like the award-winning Anna’s Pizzeria. History buffs can tour historic Hughes and Salem Streets, part of a district recognized by the National Register of Historic Places that includes the circa-1914 Apex Union Depot, an iconic example of late Victorian architecture.

You can also enjoy small-town theater and artwork at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, with three galleries, two studio classrooms and a 150-seat theater. Further south, the North Carolina Railroad Museum offers rides on restored historic steam engines and self-guided tours where visitors can learn about historic railroad equipment.

Enjoying authentic Italian cuisine at Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering is an Apex tradition, along with First Fridays, the Apex Music Festival and the annual town celebration, “Peak Fest,” in early May. Concerts at the Depot are essential for music lovers, with a wide variety of live bands entertaining locals and visitors alike on gorgeous spring and summer nights.

Downtown Apex is the perfect place to spend a holiday, with events including the Ole Fashioned 4th of July, Trick or Treat on Salem St. and Christmas on Salem St. Naturally, shoppers find themselves embraced by Southern hospitality as they look for variety and value in Apex. The options range from local charms (pun intended) like Moon and Lola (founded by Raleigh passionate mind Kelly Shatat), to retail destinations like Beaver Creek Commons/Crossings. Named the number one “Best Place to Live in America” by MONEY magazine, Apex is a delightful discovery for anyone visiting the area.

Historic locomotives
Take a ride on an historic steam engine at the North Carolina Railroad Museum & New Hope Valley Railway, plus take a self-guided tour through the museum featuring antique train cars, artifacts, memorabilia and a gift shop.

Local arts
Enjoy small-town theater and artwork at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, with three galleries, two studio classrooms and a 150-seat theater that’s host to jazz concerts, ballet performances and free movie series’ throughout the year.

Music not to miss
The Apex Music Festival (pictured below), an all-day festival with live music featured in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, draws 25,000 people annually to beautiful downtown Apex. In the spring and summer, the free Movies in the Park series brings families with picnics and blankets to downtown and Apex Nature Park.

Tee it up at night
Day or night, Knights Play Golf Center’s 27-holes are ready for action. The fully-illuminated par-three golf course is a truly unique experience—open until midnight! The course also offers a 60-station driving range, a modern clubhouse and is fun for all ages and skill levels.

Monogrammed treasures
Treat yourself to one of Oprah’s “favorite things”—local passionate mind Kelly Shatat’s jewelry empire, Moon and Lola, operates out of a store and loft on Salem St. in downtown.

Family fun at PeakFest
For nearly 40 years, arts and crafts festival PeakFest has brought historic downtown Apex alive. The free festival, the largest public event in the town, also features all-day live music, artist vendors, entertainment for kids and State Fair-inspired food.

Good eats
Taste American fare fused with Carolina character at The Peak City Grill & Bar, plus hit The Blistered Pig Smokehouse for out-of-this-world smoked briskets and Anna’s Pizzeria for famously-kind service and great slices.

The freshest local foods
Take a stroll through the Apex Farmers Market to pick up local foods, baked goods, bath and body products, crafts and more. It's a great place to shop for gifts and take-homes during your visit.

Holiday favorites
At holiday events—including the Olde Fashioned 4th of July, Trick or Treat on Salem St. and Christmas on Salem St.—you’ll feel the warmth and Southern charm of the Apex community.

Cheers to craft beer
Visit Apex’s first homegrown brewery—Brüeprint Brewing Company. At the taproom you’ll find their year-round and seasonal brews, plus typically there will be a local food truck out front.

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Updated: 15th December, 2018 8:11 AM.