4350 Garrett Road
Durham, NC 27701
This amusement venue offers an array of activities for families to enjoy including a miniature golf course, go-carts, bumper boats, batting cages, paintball, and video games.
Magic Wings Butterfly House and Bayer Crop Science Insectarium
433 Murray Avenue
The Butterfly House is just beyond the State Museum of Life and Science and adjacent to the NC Museum of Life and Science.
This 3-story, tropical
conservatory, largest museum butterfly house east of the Mississippi, features
over 1,000 tropical butterflies in free flight including many rare species from
Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. Butterflies are drawn to certain
plants and blooms. This butterfly-friendly vegetation is available here with
beds of exotic flowers, tropical fruit trees and a flowering meadow in a
rainforest area (that even includes a stream garden).
Museum of Life and Science
433 Murray Avenue just beyond the State Museum of Life and Science and adjacent to the NC Museum of Life and Science.
Family Fun magazine wrote that the NC Museum of Life and Science is among the top four family-friendly museums in the Southeast.
This 78-acre, 50,000 square foot regional science-technology campus offers user-friendly learning experiences and a sense of discovery, which enhances the learning experience.
Patterson's Mill Country Store
5109 Farrington Road
Durham, NC 2751
An authentic turn-of-the-century country store and doctor's office/pharmacy that features relics from the Patterson's Mill community, as well as extensive pharmaceutical exhibits and tobacco paraphernalia.
Bennett Place State Historic Site
4409 Bennett Memorial Road.
Open Monday through Friday from 9 - 5
Perhaps the official end of the Civil War was
General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, but the big surrender was at the Bennett
farmstead where Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered to Union
General William T. Sherman 17 days after Lee’s Appomattox surrender.
Duke University Chapel
Duke University West Campus
The Chapel is normally open to
tourists daily from 8a to 5p. Tourists are also invited to attend Sunday service
The Inter-denominational chapel
serves the university community and holds Sunday morning worship at 11am to
which all are welcome. During the fall and spring semesters, there are numerous
recitals and concerts by the university organists and guest performers. The
carillonneur gives a recital at 5pm weekdays, and before and after the Sunday
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
418 Anderson Street
Open daily from 8am to dusk.
55 acres of landscaped and
wooded gardens featuring over 2,000 kinds of plants. Of special interest is
their 20-acre Culberson Asiatic Arboretum. About 550 species and cultivars of
Asian plants present a living example of the close relationship between the
flora of the Eastern U.S. and the flora of eastern Asia. Five miles of pathways
with landscaped bridges, courts, lawns, ponds and waterfalls help create a very
enjoyable experience for the visitor. Docent-led tours are also available by
West Point on the Eno
5101 North Roxboro Road,
Durham, NC 27701
Located along a two mile stretch on the scenic Eno River, this 388 acre city park offers a variety of recreational activities such as picnicking, hiking, canoeing, and rafting. An amphitheater is also inside the park, as well as many historic buildings such as a reconstructed 1778 working gristmill, the McCown-Mangum House built in the 1880s, the Hugh Manhum Museum of Photography, and a recreation of a 19th century blacksmith shop
Wheels Family Fun Park
715 North Hoover Road, Durham, NC 27701
An enjoyable activity for the whole family can be expected at this full service family entertainment amusement park that features a race course for remote controlled cars, a miniature golf course, a skateboarding park, an indoor playground, an indoor roller skating rink, go-carts, and batting cages