Durham attractions

Top Choice Plantation in Durham

Historic Stagville Plantation

Exceptional in prioritizing the 1000 or so ‘enslaved persons’ who worked here above the families that claimed their ownership, Stagville Plantation ranks among North Carolina’s most important historic sites. What su…
Top Choice Zoo in Durham

Duke Lemur Center

The secret is out – Durham’s coolest attraction has to be this research and conservation center, home to the largest collection of lemurs outside their native Madagascar. No one could fail to melt at the sight of th…
Gallery in Durham

Nasher Museum of Art

Set amid the Duke University campus woods, this impressive futuristic cube displays art from around the world and across the ages. Only a small portion of the university's collection is on show at any one time, but …
Historic Site in Durham

American Tobacco Campus

The massive former American Tobacco factory has been transformed into a million-square-foot cavalcade of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. Still dominated by the towering ‘Lucky Strike’ chimney, but now ce…
Museum in Durham

Museum of Life & Science

There’s something to appeal to every child at Durham’s Museum of Life & Science, 3 miles north of downtown. Its main building, stuffed with everything from live snakes to a lunar lander, serves as an appetizer f…
Historic Site in Durham

Duke Homestead

After the Civil War, Confederate veteran Washington Duke returned to his farm and built an astonishing fortune, astonishingly fast. Tobacco manufacturing operations moved downtown in 1874, so the Duke Homestead, 4 m…
University in Durham

Duke University

Although it can trace its history back to 1838, Duke University became a university, and took its current name, in 1926, thanks to a major endowment from the Duke cigarette family. Spreading across the Georgian-styl…
Gardens in Durham

Sarah P Duke Gardens

These heavenly gardens on the Duke University campus include 55 acres of koi ponds, terraced rose gardens and magnolia groves. On warm afternoons, they fill with students and visitors playing Frisbee.
Chapel in Durham

Duke Chapel

The major landmark on Duke University’s west campus, and the epitome of its neo-Gothic style, is the 210ft tower of Duke Chapel. Erected in the 1930s, the chapel is worth visiting even if you don't coincide with the…