With a population of around 250,000, Durham, North Carolina covers 108 square miles in the central part of the state known as the Triangle. Known affectionately to residents as “Bull City”, Durham houses some of the best restaurants in the Southeast United States as well as top-ranked universities, sports teams, and a vibrant music and arts scene. After your Durham car accident, you may need to heal emotionally and mentally, which could mean pursuing relaxing experiences such as attending art shows or fun, local events.
Check out our list of attractions in Durham, North Carolina!
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This art museum’s permanent exhibits features contemporary art, focused on work by artists of African descent. Nasher also displays European medieval art, European and American paintings, Outsider art, classical antiquities, African art and ancient American (Pre-Columbian) art. Tickets to visit the museum during regular hours are $5 , but the exhibits are free to the public every Thursday from 5pm to 9pm. Check out the museum store and cafe or attend one of the numerous events throughout the year.
Duke Gardens is open 365 days a year from 8am ’til dusk and admission is always free. The Gardens host events throughout the week, such as kids camps and musical performances. As one of the top ten public gardens in the U.S., Duke Gardens contains four distinct garden sections with an incredible amount of diversity and beauty. The Gardens also offers classes in photography, natural history, and gardening for the public to learn and engage.
Museum of Life and Science
Address: 433 W. Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704
Phone: (919) 220-5429
Website: Museum of Life and Science
The Museum of Life and Science can be described as an interactive science park, with indoor science exhibits that teach and engage children and adults alike, as well as over 6o species of live animals. Some of the animal exhibits serve as safe havens for endangered species such as red wolves and lemurs. Members of the museum receive free admission and regular admission costs $18 for adults and $13 for children. Check out the summer camp options for kids!
This historic home, farm and factory was owned by Washington Duke. Duke and his family lived here from 1852 through 1874, and today visitors can take guided tours to learn more about life in the 19th century. Duke Homestead welcomes volunteers that would like to help preserve the property. Washington Duke had a tremendous impact on the city of Durham, bringing Duke University to the area and contributing to the area through philanthropy and business. Duke did employ the use of slave labor before the Civil War, and the Homestead recognizes this piece of history as historically significant and problematic, despite all the good that Duke did for the state and city of Durham.
21c Museum Hotel
Address: 111 North Corcoran Street, Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 956-6700
Website: 21c Museum Hotel
21c offers a unique experience in its combination of an art museum and boutique hotel. The exhibits throughout the building are intended to reflect the “global nature of contemporary culture” and the exhibits are free and open to the public every day of the year. The renowned Counting House restaurant is also located in the museum and hotel and contains art throughout.
The Museum of Durham History calls itself “a museum without walls,” with one central space and exhibits throughout downtown. Learn more about the history of the city, its people, and its culture, including the history of jazz in Durham and the role of black women in the city’s past (and present), and hear personal stories of life in Durham. The museum also offers special events throughout the year – check the website for details.
Dame’s Chicken & Waffles
Address: 317 W Main Street, Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 682-9235
Dame’s Chicken & Waffles’ “almost famous” Southern fried chicken and sweet waffles combination has gained a following in the Triangle that leads to a full restaurant at almost any time of day, any day of the week. Make a reservation online if you can!
Guglhupf was voted Best Bakery, Best Bread, Best Outdoor Dining, and Best Sunday Brunch in the Triangle by Indy Weekly readers. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and offers a perfect setting to enjoy German-inspired dishes and baked goods.
Durham Central Park’s Food Truck Rodeos
Address: PO Box 1526, Durham, NC 27702
Phone: (919) 794-8194
Website: Food Truck Rodeo
The food truck rodeos at Durham Central Park happen on Sundays five times a year in downtown Durham. Some of the best food trucks in the Triangle come together for an afternoon of food and music in this urban park.
Motorco Music Hall attracts an incredible variety of musical artists from folk to hip hop to electronic music. Parts & Labor Restaurant is located adjacent to the venue and offers crafty cocktails and great late night food.
The Lemur Center studies different types of lemurs, which are animals that only reside in the wild on the island of Madagascar but are experiencing endangerment as a result of human population growth and activity. Visitors to the Center can learn more about lemurs and engage with them in exhibits and more natural settings.
The Carolina Theatre brings in musical artists, comedians, and dancers to its theater venue, and shows indie films in its movie theater. The Theatre prides itself in Durham as a source of “civic pride; an important marker of historic change; a valuable touchstone for the community; [and] a crucial resource for education through the arts.”
The Eno River State Park offers hiking, fishing, kayaking, camping and other events for visitors to learn about nature. Experience the beauty of the Eno River, which is protected both as a state park and through the efforts of the Eno River Association and the Nature Conservancy.