Home to the Research Triangle Park and Duke University, Durham is a major hub for healthcare, technology and academics. Dubbed the "Bull City," Durham's character has been strongly shaped by its once-thriving tobacco industry. The urban downtown district boasts historic architecture and performing arts venues, but natural areas like Falls Lake and Eno River State Park aren't far outside the city limits.
Did You Know?
During the late 19th century, Durham transformed from a rural unincorporated community into one of America's largest manufacturing centers thanks to tobacco industry tycoon George Washington Duke.
Neighborhoods in Durham
Ready to make your move? Consider Hayti, a historically African-American community that's home to one of the country's top HBCUs, or rent an affordable apartment in Southpoint and spend your monthly savings at the many nearby shopping centers. Duke Forest is another great neighborhood, catering to outdoorsy types and college students who want to stay close to the funky retailers, restaurants and bars on Ninth Street.
Fun Things to Do in Durham, NC
As one of the top five most populous cities in North Carolina, Durham is thriving and offers plenty of things to do and see. Here are our top 10 picks for fun things to do in Durham:
Info for Families with Kids
According to recent data by Niche, Durham is home to one of the state's best high schools and more than 75 other public, private, charter and magnet schools. For an after-school family adventure, pick your own strawberries at Waller farm or get close to the cute and cuddly primates at Duke Lemur Center.
Pet-friendly Durham, NC
Durham extends a warm welcome to pets and their humans with its numerous dog-friendly trails and dog parks. Check out Piney Wood Dog Park, with its separate fenced areas and one for Frisbee before heading to The Regulator, a Durham landmark that welcomes well-behaved dogs with a treat.
Getaways from Durham
Water lovers and weekenders appreciate Durham's proximity to Cape Hatteras, the Travel Channel's pick for #1 beach in the state, and Carolina Beach, the closest beach to the city. Looking for a destination further inland? Durham is within five hours of Baltimore, Washington DC, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Savannah and Knoxville.