Great Durham Travel Tips
Durham, North Carolina is a vibrant and energetic city filled with an abundance of great activities to capture the attention of anyone, no matter what their interest. More than five million visitors annually travel to the Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh, NC region, known as the Triangle visiting historic locations such as Bennett Place and cultural meccas like the Nasher Museum of Art on the campus of Duke University.
There are some great things to do while sight seeing Durham NC.
Bennett Place – General William T. Sherman and General Joseph E. Johnston met in April 1865 at Bennett’s farmhouse to work on the final settlement to the Civil War. Their meeting resulted in the Civil War’s largest troop surrender. In 1921, a fired destroyed the Bennett farmhouse and kitchen, but in the 1960s, both were reconstructed using old sketches and photos.
Museum of Life and Science –
This museum is very family friendly with lifelike exhibits and great hands-on activities and incredible live plants and animals. The Carolina Wildlife exhibit includes bats, snakes, owls, an opossum, gators, and a woodchuck. There is a Magic Wings Butterfly House resembling a tropical rainforest with gorgeous colorful butterflies everywhere. A sure not-to-miss exhibit is the ABC News Channel 11 exhibit where the kids can build sand dunes or stand in a simulated tornado.
Sarah P. Duke Memorial Gardens – meticulously landscaped, these gardens bring a new palette of colors with each new season. Tulips, pansies, daffodils, dogwood, wisteria, magnolia, crab apple, azalea, and cherry blossoms create a splendor of color in spring and into summer. Concerts, workshops, classes, and special programs are offered in the gardens all year-round.
Cameron Indoor Stadium – this 9,000 seat stadium was built in 1940 and fills to capacity when the Duke University Blue Devil are in town. It’s great to see a game, but hard to get tickets.
Duke Chapel – Duke University is a beautiful campus with many architectural highlights, but the Chapel is one of the best. This neo-Gothic stone wonders has an English bell tower with seventy-seven stained glass windows. Weekdays between 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM the incredible organ plays and is beautiful to hear. There is also a Bell Recital every day at 5 PM for fifteen minutes. There is also a memorial to honor James B. Duke.
Duke Homestead – the Homestead was a tobacco farm and has been turned into a museum where visitors can glimpse how it was to live on a tobacco farm during the 1850s. There is a tour of former tobacco factories, the smokehouse, pack house, well house, curing barn and of Washington Duke’s home.
Duke University – the university was founded in 1924 by James Duke and has an enrollment of around 13,000 students. Known for its research, Duke has a famous medical center, the only lemur center in the world, and an incredible library with over five million volumes. Duke also has one of the best athletic programs in the country with the renowned Blue Devils Basketball team anchoring their system.
Duke University Lemur Center – Duke’s research into the endangered lemurs which are native to Madagascar is critical to the species survival. The center also houses twenty four African galagos and Asian lorises.
Eno River State Park – a scenic get-away near the city, this pretty state park offers canoeing, hiking, camping and picnicking, along with fishing as long as you have a state fishing license.
Nasher Museum of Art – also known as the Duke University Museum of Art, the museum is home to nine permanent collections including Renaissance, Medieval, Contemporary, and pre-Columbian works as well as Russian, Latin American and African art. The Nasher also features continuing traveling and temporary exhibits which offer glimpses into the wonderful works of other artists.
Visiting Durham NC makes a great vacation for a family or for a couple or just for one.
There’s a wealth of things to do and see, so just pick what you’d like to experience and plan your vacation for fun!