Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Durham to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.

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In April 1865, Generals Joseph E. Johnston and William T. Sherman met at the Bennett's farmhouse to iron out a final settlement to the Civil War. This meeting resulted in what was the largest troop surrender of the war. Although a fire destroyed...  Read More

There is no wrong time to visit these meticulously landscaped gardens and the neighboring pine forest. Each season brings a palette of color from pansies, tulips, daffodils, wisteria, dogwood, magnolia, azalea, crab apple and cherry blossoms....  Read More

Offering a wide variety of exhibits, the Duke University Museum of Art (DUMA) provides rich insight into the fascinating world of art. Guests enjoy nine different permanent collections, as well as a number of temporary and traveling exhibits....  Read More

Located between Hillsborough and Durham, Eno River State Park offers a peaceful afternoon get-away for those seeking refuge from the never-ending bustle of city life. From canoeing and hiking to picnicking and camping, this quiet state park...  Read More

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Duke Homestead

At this historic site, visitors get to peak back in time at life on a tobacco farm in the 1850s. In the tobacco museum, live exhibits demonstrate historic agricultural methods and a film narrates the history of the industry. You'll also get to...  Read More

Duke University

Founded in 1924 by James Duke, Duke University has an enrollment of approximately 13,000. A prestigious research university, the university boasts a renowned medical center, a 5-million volume library, and the world's only lemur center. Also...  Read More

This research center focuses on prosimian primates, which are traced as the evolutionary predecessors to monkeys and apes and are native to Africa and Asia. Lemurs, an endangered species native to Madascar, account for most of the center's 254...  Read More

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One of the architectural highlights of Duke's campus is this striking neo-Gothic stone chapel, adorned with an English bell tower, 77 stained glass windows, and a memorial honoring James B. Duke. On weekdays, drop by between12:30pm and 1:30pm to...  Read More

Home of the Blue Devils, Cameron Indoor Stadium was built in 1940 and seats 9000. If you're in town during basketball season, be sure to catch game. Be aware though, that competition for tickets is stiff – just look at all the students camped...  Read More

This family-friendly museum boasts many fascinating hands-on activities, lifelike exhibits and best of all, live plants and animals. The Magic Wings Butterfly House resembles a tropical rainforest, while the Carolina Wildlife section houses...  Read More

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