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Moderate temperatures allow for year-round outdoor activities. Area lakes, rivers and a quick trip to the North Carolina coast provide a variety of water and boating activities. The mountains provide a great place to go skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.

Numerous public and private golf courses, tennis courts and family parks are available for use as well. The Garner Parks and Recreation Department offers its many facilities to the public for a variety of recreational activities. The Recreation Department is committed to providing youth and teen activities that encourage creativity, enhance social development, provide opportunities for new experiences, and promote fitness and fun.  Garner has been recognized as a Playful City USA designation by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to preserving play for America's children.