“Before our sidewalks were lined with award-winning eateries, they were traversed by our first generation of industrious entrepreneurs. Seeds of equality and justice were planted here long ago, and they have blossomed into a colorful community where murals tell our proud story of inclusivity. We are where inspiration is found, where all are welcome and where the wild, wonderful, bold and beautiful come together in unexpected ways.” Population 269,702
THINGS TO DO IN DURHAM
- Durham Central Park
“Durham Central Park is a 5-acre city owned park located in the heart of Downtown Durham.” This urban park is an amazing place for locals to hang out and be a part of the community
- Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)
Seating over 2,700 in it’s auditorium, “DPAC hosts over 200 performances a year including touring Broadway productions, high-profile concert and comedy events, family shows and the American Dance Festival.” Upcoming Broadway tours include Hamilton, Tootsie, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, Hadestown, Oklahoma! and more.
- Durham Bulls
“Durham Bulls Athletic Park is a 10,000-seat ballpark in Durham, North Carolina that is home to the Durham Bulls, the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball. It is also home to the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Central Eagles college baseball teams.”
- Brightleaf Square and American Tobacco Campus
These walkable mixed-use developments are filled with places to work, shop and dine, many housed in historic buildings from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Be sure to check for community events as well!
- The Streets at Southpoint
“[…] a shopping and dining destination distinguished by award-winning design and a wide selection of retailers. Come discover over 150 shops, dine at distinctive restaurants, enjoy a movie or relax in our lifestyle area.” This indoor/outdoor mall is home to some of the area’s premier stores and restaurants!
PARKS & PLACES TO PLAY
- Parks and Recreation
“Durham has great places to play! The City’s parks serve as sites for many of Durham Parks and Recreation’s athletic leagues, activities, and events. More than 65 parks are available for public use with more planned for future development.” Click here to view all current parks including cultural heritage parks, dog parks, and playgrounds. https://www.dprplaymore.org/157/Parks
- Durham Central Park- Play Area, Skate Park & More!
“Durham Central Park is a 5-acre city owned park located in the heart of Downtown Durham.” Including Mount Merrill, a handicap accessible interactive children’s play area (with nearby Barnaby D. Troll & The Troll Trail!), a skate park, a public garden, multiple gardens, space for food truck rodeos, a 9,000 square foot pavilion that hosts concerts and the city’s Farmers Market, and many more public events!
- Eno River State Park
“The park offers nearly 30 miles of trails along a swift, shallow stream that’s popular with anglers, photographers and sightseers.” Swimming, camping, hiking, fishing, and even canoeing and kayaking during high water times!
MUSEUMS, IN THEIR OWN WORDS
- Museum of Durham History
“The Museum of Durham History is a 21st-century museum that uses stories about people, places and things to foster curiosity, encourage further inquiry, and promote an understanding of diverse perspectives about the Durham community and its history. The museum is putting its mission into action through a personal approach to history that sets this museum apart: an innovative, community model that engages with history through stories—the personal memories, experiences and family lore of our shared heritage.”
- Hayti Heritage Center
“[This] once thriving business and residential district was dubbed “Black Wall Street” by Booker T. Washington. The Hayti Heritage Center opened in 1975 under the management of the [St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Inc.]. The Center is a cultural enrichment and arts education facility that promotes cultural understanding through diverse events, activities and programs that preserve the heritage and embrace the experiences of Americans of African descent.”
- Museum of Life and Science
This “84-acre campus includes a two-story science center, one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast, and beautifully landscaped outdoor exhibits. Our interactive experiences include Dinosaur Trail, Ellerbe Creek Railway, Hideaway Woods, Into the Mist, Earth Moves, and Aerospace, which features one of the largest collections of Apollo-era NASA artifacts in the state. The Museum is also an AZA-accredited zoo, home to rescued black bears, lemurs, endangered red wolves, and more than 60 species of live animals.”
- Duke Lemur Center
Come see the world’s most endangered mammal to help save them from extinction! “Founded in 1966, the Duke Lemur Center (DLC) is an internationally acclaimed non-invasive research center housing over 200 lemurs across 14 species—the most diverse population of lemurs on Earth, outside their native Madagascar.”
DINING: MUST-TRY LOCAL FAVORITES
- Durham Hotel & The Roof Bar
Durham Hotel boasts a restaurant with a fantastic menu and excellent drinks and coffee. However, be sure to visit the Roof Top Bar for one of the best views in downtown Durham along with a great cocktail list!
- Dame’s Chicken and Waffles
Incredible entrees, Southern classics, and of course, waffles (and schmear)! A great spot for breakfast or brunch, but also perfect for dinner.
- Motorco with Parts&Labor
Motorco Music Hall “consists of a large, state of the art Showroom, the Garage Bar and [food hall style] restaurant Parts & Labor with a giant outdoor patio. We have full NC Liquor licenses and have a wide variety of beers, liquors, wines and specialty cocktails […]. We are located in the Central Park district, within a short walking distance to the restaurants and bars of Downtown.”
“Guglhupf is an innovative bakery, cafe and biergarten serving contemporary cuisine with southern German roots, emphasizing local and seasonal ingredients.” This casual restaurant has a fantastic ambiance, and is a unique spot with great indoor and outdoor dining!
- M Sushi
This fancy yet casual traditional sushi restaurant boasts delicious sushi and great saki options. Check out other Mike Lee restaurant M Kokko for fun, experimental Asian-fusion dishes as well!
- Fairview Dining Room at the William Duke Inn
An upscale, relaxing dining experience for an incredible brunch or dinner at the classy William Duke Inn, adjacent to a lovely sprawling golf course.
- Durham Food Hall
“Durham Food Hall is a casual, modern space designed for community – a chef-driven culinary and cocktail experience where everyone is welcome.” Eat food from 10 top talented chefs, drink at the Auctioneer Bar, and shop from local vendors, or rent space for meetings, private parties, and events of all sizes.