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Best things to do in Durham

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Garden
“The Sarah P Duke gardens is a large area just outside the Duke Campus with so much to see. You can walk anywhere and see beautiful plants, ponds, etc. We bring a lunch, find a nice spot and have a picnic while our kids explore. There are only a few bathrooms and there is duck food available at the visitors center. (No Food or water for sale unless the snack shack happens to be open)”
87 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Great concerts and shows. Often great last minute deals at the box office to be had!”
74 locals recommend
Park
“Ok, so you're going to have to drive a bit to get here (about 45 minutes) but what a great place to explore! We love trails that follow rivers and creeks and this one is a beauty!”
61 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“Go grab a beer and a hotdog and watch Crash Davis play for the Bulls. Incredible iconic ballpark!”
72 locals recommend
Brewery
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“An original in every sense of the word. One of the earliest breweries on the Durham scene, it's been a neighborhood staple since 2010. You can't go wrong with any of their award winning beers but I'm currently loving the Durham 150.”
69 locals recommend
Science Museum
“This is a whole day adventure! With a huge indoor museum and lots to do outside, you can do some or do it all, you will be satisfied! Food is available about half way up the outside area and you can bring your own lunch as well. ”
60 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Chill coffeehouse for single-origin coffee, tea & drinking chocolate with outdoor seating.”
73 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“If you are willing to venture a little further, Southpoint is a very popular shopping venue for our area. It blends the traditional mall (like Crabtree) with a street lined shopping experience as well. There are many restaurants, shops, theaters, and even an IMAX. ”
31 locals recommend
University
“Take a walk around Duke University. Duke's campus spans over 8,600 acres on three contiguous campuses in Durham. The main campus incorporates Gothic architecture with the 210-foot (64-meter) Duke Chapel at the campus' center and highest point of elevation. East Campus, home to all first-years, contains Georgian-style architecture, while the main Gothic-style West Campus 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) away is adjacent to the Medical Center. ”
38 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Awesome local brews and chill people. Also,​ the space is huge so you can always find a seat.”
40 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theatre
“My favorite place to watch stand-up comedy. Also known for their film festivals, and live music”
50 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Thinking about a gift or just scrumptious food? The Market is open Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings, most of the year.”
48 locals recommend
Bakery
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“The outdoor space is magical, their food is great and even vegetarian friendly! Save room for dessert, and check out that bar!”
63 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This is a Durham gem, great museum with permanent and rotating exhibitions, and a great cafe'.”
33 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Restaurants are changing here but it is still a nice place to walk around and explore with kids. Parking in the parking structure is free and easy. You can also walk to DPAC or Bulls Stadium from here. ”
47 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Great food, huge outdoor area, great local beers. Get the chips and salsa. ”
50 locals recommend