401 Chapel Drive Duke University Durham, NC 27708 +1 919 681 9488
Built in the early 1930s, the tower of Duke Chapel soars 210 feet (65 meters) into the sky. James B. Duke, founder of the chapel, felt that its presence would influence the spiritual lives of Duke students. Fine ornamentation, stained glass and four beautifully crafted organs, including a Flentrop or "Bach's organ," draw thousands of admirers each year. For more details, check website.
428 Morris Street Historic Durham Athletic Park Durham, NC 27701 +1 919 683 1709
For more than a decade, Durham has been the site of the biggest Blues celebration in the state. The festival draws upwards of 15,000 people and features the soulful sounds of the hottest artists. The concerts are held at various venues throughout the city, including Hayti Heritage Center and the Durham Athletic Park; call for details.
Walk through a tornado, experiment with water pumps and surround yourself in a giant bubble. Watch in wonder as exotic butterflies float by in the Magic Wings Butterfly House and feel a chill go up your spine as you visit with un-caged giant orb spiders. Home to an actual Apollo Command Module and Neil Armstrong's space suit, this museum makes the history of space travel come to life.
905 West Main Street Durham, NC 27701 +1 919 682 9229
Once the center of Durham's famously successful tobacco industry, Brightleaf Square is housed in two large early 20th-century brick warehouses. Stroll the original cobblestone walks and enjoy the flower-filled courtyard that separates the two buildings. Inside you'll find high-end specialty shops catering to young Durham professionals. Check out the latest men's fashions at B. Hyman and Company, browse the wares at Horizon Gallery and hunt for that perfect accent piece at James Kennedy Antiques, Ltd.
This beautiful wooden carousel was built in 1900 making it one of the oldest in the country. Originally a part of the Bloomsbury Park, the carousel has been regaling kids at the Pullen Park since 1915. Featuring 52 hand-carved wooden animals, the carousel was extensively restored in the late 1970s and stays true to its original design and function.
If you're looking to enjoy the great outdoors while in Raleigh, definitely pay a visit to Lake Wheeler. You'll see people bringing their boats or renting boats for some leisurely fishing and cruising. Bring a picnic to enjoy on a boat or on land. Take a lovely stroll or jog on the winding trails in the park.
Centered around an ancient gristmill, the Historic Yates Mill County Park is a vast expanse of wildlife with open green lands and a small pond offering visitors fishing, hiking and bird-watching experiences. Mill tours are organized, where corn-milling is demonstrated from start to finish at the renovated gristmill. The visitor center also sells the finished products as souvenirs. Dogs and pets are not allowed and strict guidelines need to be followed when inside the park.
14 West Martin Street Raleigh, NC 27601 +44 919 833 1091
The original Kings bar was opened in 1999 by three local musicians and has since closed, but the creative spirit lives on in the new Kings Barcade on West Martin Street in downtown Raleigh. Large acts come through the bar and stage, but the venue, though it is a bit larger than the original, has not lost its original homespun charm. Also, the separate basement bar called Neptune's is worth a visit itself.
508 West Jones Street Raleigh, NC 27603 +1 919 831 2811
Oysters have been integral to this establishment since 1931 when it first began serving oysters alongside draft beer. The 42nd Street Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill has expanded its menu to include a wide-range of tasty treats. Try their Lightly Blackened Tuna Tacos or the Salt and Pepper Fried Grouper Fingers. It's worth going back again to try both. Now serving cocktails and wines, their draft beers still remain a favorite among patrons, especially the locally made North Carolina Craft Beers.
Nickname for brains, get your marbles rolling at the Marbles
Kids Museum. Launched in 2007, the museum nurtures a revolutionary concept that aims to inspire kids with the power of play. Innovation is the driving force behind its philosophy ...
Explore the natural wonders of North Carolina, from the depths
of its ocean to its rocky mountains. Complete with a 20 foot (6 meter) waterfall, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science has much to offer. See North Carolina ...
Founded in 1902, this museum is committed to exploring and
preserving North Carolina's rich heritage. Among the permanent exhibits is the Sports Hall of Fame, North Carolina folk life, and David Marshall "Carbine" Williams, a famous inventor of weapons ...