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Families

Your kids are tired of watching you read law books and you are tired of reading your law books. You're in luck! There's so much for kids to see and do in Durham and the surrounding area that we can't list all of it here. These are just a few suggestions for family fun in the Triangle. For more ideas, check out these resources:

Museum of Life and Science

There is no better kid-friendly location in Durham than the acclaimed Museum of Life and Science. It's an interactive science park where you and your kids can enjoy hands-on scientific discovery, sit inside a space capsule, paint with water, walk through a landscape of mist, see rescued black bears, and wonder at the "total immersion" of the 35 foot tall Magic Wings Butterfly House. There's even a Dinosaur Trail! They have camps, classes and clubs year round. The experience of the Museum of Life and Science is one that can be enjoyed everyday except Mondays (when the museum is closed).

Durham Parks and Recreation

Durham has a wonderful variety of activities in its more than 60 parks and recreation centers. Toddler playgrounds, big-kid climbing structures, trails, sports fields, pools, and even dog parks are available. Chapel Hill has several nice parks as well, and Jordan Lake State Recreation Area has boat ramps, beaches, and bald eagle sightings. Your kids will also love Pullen Park in Raleigh, with its old-fashioned carousel, kiddie and pedal boats, and a miniature train they can ride on.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Kids love the Duke Gardens. Its paths wind through landscaped gardens and wooded areas, with grottos, arched bridges, stone benches, gazebos, and pavilions. The duck and geese pond is a favorite with young visitors. Duke Gardens also has a café, visitor center, and gift shop. And there is the "bowl," a large sloping lawn perfect for picnics, outdoor games, and just enjoying the sunshine. Duke Gardens is open year round and is free!

West Point on the Eno

West Point on the Eno is the convergence of nature and history in Durham. Restored mill buildings feature a water wheel and demonstrations of stone-grinding of corn meal and wheat flour. Acres of land are great for hiking and picnicking. And the Eno River is the place to dip your feet in, take a swim, or put in a canoe. There is even a small Museum of Photography. Don't miss the annual Festival for the Eno!

Durham Bulls

What would summer be without a baseball game? Durham is home base for the popular Durham Bulls, the AAA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. Besides the action of the game, the great food (and beer) selection and the friendly crowds, DBAP (Durham Bulls Athletic Park - not to be confused with its artsy neighbor DPAC) offers hilarious entertainment between innings, a bouncy castle, climbing wall, toddler play areas, gift shop, Friday Fireworks, Kids Run the Bases on Sundays, and at every game, the beloved mascot Wool E. Bull!

Duke Lemur Center

Do you know the one place that every lemur in a U.S. zoo has been? Durham, and the Duke Lemur Center. Home to the largest population of lemurs outside of Madagascar (their only true habitat), the Duke Lemur Center offers a range of tours including guided walks with the experts, training sessions with keepers or caretakers, and even observing as lemurs paint you a picture!

Wrightsville Beach

A necessary escape for any Duke Law student. Whether it’s for Beach Week or a random Saturday getaway during August, Wrightsville is the perfect retreat – only two and a half hours away on I-40 with surfing, boating, and delicious seafood restaurants for miles. Parking is scarce and can be annoying to find so be sure to leave early! If you don’t mind the longer drive, Emerald Isle and the Outer Banks also have beautiful beach spots and are filled with history – you can visit Kitty Hawk, site of the Wright Brothers’ historic flight, the vanished colony at Roanoke, or even Blackbeard’s grave.

Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art

An absolutely beautiful space! The park is over 150 acres with a trail system and site-specific works of art to entrance any walker, cyclist, or jogger. Best of all, it’s a space for the museum to host orchestras, performance artists, singers, and even a screening of The Big Lebowski.

Durham County Libraries

Take a break from the outdoors and head into Durham’s public libraries! In addition to the materials you can borrow, like books, CDs, DVD, audiobooks, and Ebooks, the libraries offer lots of great programming and events for kids. Visit the large Main Library Downtown or any of the branches located throughout Durham.

Museums in the Triangle

Museum Day Trips

Arts and Culture Fun

Family-Friendly Festivals and Events

Rainy Day Activities

Food Kids Will Love

Independent, used and rare bookshops

  • Regulator BookshopA reliable favorite, this bookshop on 9th Street has a collection of used fiction, magazines, new and prizewinning literature, non-fiction and, best of all, a carefully curated selection of books on Durham and North Carolina.
  • Letters BookshopTheir inventory is small but growing! Located right on Main Street, Letters has a beautiful feel and an accessible and highly useful website.
  • Nice Price BooksThe selection is incredible, their records are rare and wonderful, and the prices are extremely reasonable. You can happily spend hours browsing in here.
  • Wentworth and Leggett Rare BooksThe best place to get old maps, painted postcards, and beautifully bound, gilt and leather books. A Triangle treasure!
  • The Bookshop (Chapel Hill)Huge, well-stocked, and best of all, the owners’ cats wander the aisles to keep you company while you browse. What’s not to love?