Things to do in Durham

I do enjoy being in a new place and trying to discover the hidden gems and fun things about the area! When I moved to Durham, NC from Washington, DC I felt like I needed to intentionally search out some things to do, since I had absolutely loved the city that I came from.

It took some research from friends, and a lot of google searches, but I am proud to say that I have a list of things to do in Durham (& surrounding areas) and being one year in, I still have some things to do, but I am excited to continue exploring the area! I mean, we do have one more year here in Durham! 

Is there anything else I should add to the list? Have you tried these things?

Goals list for Durham (beginning summer of 2014 through summer 2016)

  • Duke Basketball Game
  • Duke Football Game
  • Duke Lacrosse Game
  • Basketball Museum at UNC
  • Go to Capitals Hockey game when they play the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh
  • Eno River Rock Quarry
  • Mapleview farms – Ice Cream!! & Bike Ride
  • Ghimgoul- a castle home of a secret society in Chapel Hill 
  • Duke Gardens
  • NC Botanical Gardens
  • Durham Bulls Game 
  • Downtown Durham Tobacco District and riverwalk
  • Museum of Life and Science- free for Durham residents every Wed aaaaaand they have a butterfly house
  • Duke Forest
  • Jordan Lake -to go Bald Eagle Watching
  • Outerbanks, NC
  • Duke Lemur Center
  • Climb Duke Chapel
  • Durham Farmers Market
  • NC state fair (Raleigh)

Places to Eat

  • Cosmic Cantina
  • Bowick’s
  • Foster’s
  • Elmo’s
  • Bullocks BBQ
  • Allen & Sons BBQ (Hillsborough), pittsboro
  • Pelican SnoCones
  • The Parlour
  • Q shack
  • Locopops
  • Nana tacos
  • Sunrise bisquits
  • Monuts 
  • Mateo


Jenilee Joy