As the fifth-largest city in the state of North Carolina and the 85th-largest in the United States, Durham is a vibrant, fast-growing Southern city. Whether you’re new to the “Bull City” or are a long-time resident, check out this list of some of the must-see destinations near downtown Durham.
For Fine Arts Fanatics: North Carolina Central University Art Museum
Why: An important teaching resource and cultural attraction near downtown apartments in Durham, the NCCU Art Museum contains one of the most prominent collections of works by African-American artists, as well as featuring five special exhibits a year that have included lithographs by Nelson Mandela and photographs by leading civil rights-era photojournalist Alex Rivera.
Where: 1801 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27707
For Outdoorsy People: West Point on the Eno
Why: Located just six miles north of downtown apartments in Durham, this 404-acre natural and historic park stretches along the scenic Eno River. Take a hike on one of the park’s many trails through the woods, canoe down the Eno River or enjoy a picnic on the grounds. The Amphitheatre at West Point often has live music and performances.
Where: 5101 North Roxboro St., Durham, NC 27704
For “Shopping Is My Cardio” Types: Brightleaf District
Why: The Brightleaf District is North Carolina’s first commercial district to make the National Register of Historic Places. Spanning nearly three blocks near downtown apartments in Durham, the district features a number of specialty stores and restaurants in turn-of-the-century tobacco warehouses.
Where: 905 West Main St., Durham, NC 27701
For Sports Lovers: Durham Bulls Athletic Park
What: Home to the Durham Bulls minor league baseball team, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park is a 10,000-seat park known for its towering bull sign. An intimate ballpark with seats that allow every fan a great view of the field, the park features five restaurants where fans can take a break from watching a game to enjoy a great meal.
Where: 409 Blackwell St., Durham, NC 27701
For Scenic Walks: Duke University Campuses
Why: Spanning more than 8,600 acres in Durham, Duke’s three contiguous campuses easily offer some of the best scenery in the city. Stroll amongst the striking Gothic architecture on the West Campus and stop in the ornately constructed Duke Chapel, one of the tallest buildings in the county and one of the university’s most recognizable buildings. The East Campus features buildings constructed in the Georgian architecture style. While on campus, make sure to visit the beautiful plants at the public, 55-acre Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
Where: Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
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