101 South Columbia Street Chapel Hill, NC 27514 +1 919 966 5736
Dedicated in 1958 and renovated in the early 1990s, Ackland Art Museum is on the University of North Carolina's campus and features everything from European paintings, contemporary American works, as well as Asian and African art. There really is nearly thousands of works on display. Paintings and sculptures by well-known artists Degas and Pisarro are part of the museum's permanent collection. The museum annually hosts four to six temporary exhibits. In the past, these exhibits have included famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Edvard Munch. Admission is free.
250 East Franklin Street University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27599 +1 919 962 1236
This is one of the largest planetariums in the country. The immense domed Star Theater houses a completely automated Zeiss Model VI Star Projector, one of the very few in the world. Shows include "Solar System Adventure," for older students and adults, "Sol & Company" for the youngsters and "Larry, Cat in Space" for the preschool set. Tickets go on sale one half-hour before show time.
This shopping and dining district runs all the way from East to West Franklin Street, parallel to the University of North Carolina's main campus in Chapel Hill. An eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, most independently owned, draw everyone from young families to retirees. Shop for hip fashions, jewelry and sports gear, then pull up a chair on the quaint patio at Top of the Hill and imbibe in some of its signature Herbed Fried Chicken. Accepted credit cards vary.
211 Pittsboro Street Chapel Hill, NC 27516 +1 919 933 2001
Founded in 1924, The Carolina Inn contains much of the charm of a historical southern hotel. Modeled after George Washington's Mount Vernon, you'll want to take your time to absorb the chandeliers, luxurious furnishings and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows of the lobby. Warm color schemes, large windows framed with flowing drapes and charming furniture make the guest rooms equally inviting. At the CrossRoads Bar, enjoy a cocktail in a lounge reminiscent of an estate parlor, appointed with generous leather chairs and adorned with antiques. Stroll over to the on-site Carolina CrossRoads Restaurant for an unforgettable meal.
Motorco Music Hall is a popular bar and music venue in the Central Park district of downtown Durham. They have a full bar with an extensive liquor and wine listing as well as bottled microbrews and a rotating selection of twelve different beers on tap. Motorco is usually closed on Mondays but may open for an event or concert so be sure to check their website for the latest music schedule. Some seating is available around the bar and outside but why would you be sitting when your favorite band is playing anyways? Unless stated otherwise, Motorco requires patrons be 21 years of age or older.
125 Science Drive Duke University Durham, NC 27708 +1 919 684 2323
They say variety is the spice of life and that is just what you get at Bryan Center Building, which is located within Duke University. At this center, students and visitors can find a number of shops, restaurants, performing art theaters, ATM machines, the University Box Office and a broadcast studio. This place is fun for all with the amount of things one can do. The trees all around the building offer a well-sculpted look, making it a nice place to relax at after dining at a restaurant here or even after spending some time shopping.
290 Frank Bassett Road Duke University Durham, NC 27702 +1 919 681 2583
Opened in 1929, Wallace Wade Stadium is part of Duke University and hosts sporting events for Duke's Blue Devils. This horseshoe-shaped stadium seats nearly 34,000 and was the first facility built on Duke's west campus. Originally called simply Duke Stadium, it was renamed in 1967 for noted football coach Wallace Wade. Check their website for details on upcoming events and ticketing information.
115 Whitford Drive Duke University Durham, NC 27708 +1 919 681 2583
Cameron Indoor Stadium is the perfect home for the Duke University basketball program. While legend has it that the design for the stadium was conceived on the back of a matchbook cover, one would be hard put to deny that the atmosphere of the stadium has contributed to the success of the university's basketball teams, who win a good portion of their games all-time. The intimacy of the arena places fans in the center of the action, ensuring frequent sell-out crowds.
420 Anderson Street Duke University Durham, NC 27705 +1 919 684 3698
In the early 1920s, planners were set to create a lake in the valley that is now Duke Gardens. Funds were short back then and they began planting instead. Now, this is one of the most beautiful scenes around. Comprised of three main sections, the original terraces, the Blomquist garden of native plants and the Culberson Asiatic arboretum, the gardens are a treat all year round but make their best show in spring when the tulips are blooming. Bring a picnic and set out a blanket among the flora or just relax under a shady tree. Admission is free.
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