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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:

Museums in the Triangle

Museum Day Trips

Arts and Culture Fun

Family-Friendly Festivals and Events

Rainy Day Activities

Food Kids Will Love


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!

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.