Durham Family Attractions
Museum of Life and Science
DESCRIPTION: A perfect place to take the kids, this 78-acre interactive science center is popular for its interactive features. It showcases aerospace, weather, geology, Carolina wildlife, farmyard, train rides, traveling exhibits, and Bayer CropScience Insectarium. The most eye-catching exhibit is the Magic Wings Butterfly House, a 17,000 square foot three-story butterfly house. A feast for the eyes, this colorful exhibit features more than 1,000 butterflies in free flight year round. Well stocked gift shops and a café round out the visit experience. A Must Visit!
DAYS & HOURS: Winter, Spring & Mon-Sat 10a–5p, Sun Noon-5p; Fall closed Mondays
ADMISSION: see website for pricing matrix; age 2 and under enter Free
ADDRESS: 433 Murray Avenue, Durham, NC MAP
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
DESCRIPTION: Nationally acclaimed 10,000-seat home of the Durham Bulls Triple-A baseball club. It was made famous by the movie Bull Durham, starring Kevin Costner. The historic park has old-fashioned ambiance that fans love, skyboxes for the well-heeled and year-round Ball Park Corner with Durham Bull’s memorabilia.
ADMISSION: varies by game
ADDRESS: 409 Blackwell Street, Durham, NC MAP
PHONE: 919-956-2855 tickets
Duke Lemur Center
DESCRIPTION: Promotes the research and understanding of prosimians and their natural habitat. The center has an active conservation program for lemurs and mimics their natural habitat in Madagascar, Africa.
ADMISSION: free, but by appt
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat
ADDRESS: 3705 Erwin Road, Durham, NC MAP
West Point on the Eno
DESCRIPTION: This 404-acre city park located along a 2-mile stretch of the Eno River and 6 miles north of downtown Durham. It was the home of the Shocco and Eno Indians. Today, it features a 1778 working grist mill, a blacksmith shop and several other re-created or renovated facilities from the 19th century. It includes hiking trails, river streams for fishing and a popular amphitheater. Frog Hollow also offers boat rentals.
DAYS & HOURS: daily 8a-Dark
ADDRESS: 5101 North Foxboro Road, Durham, NC MAP
Cameron Indoor Stadium
DESCRIPTION: For college basketball fans, it doesn’t get any better than this. The historic, but renovated, indoor stadium seats 9,314 and is home to the Duke Blue Devils, winners of several NCAA basketball championships. Fans love being so close to the action and players. Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski, lovingly called “Coach K”, may be as famous as arena since he also coaches Mens Basketball Team USA in the Olympics.
ADDRESS: Duke University, 115 Whitford Drive, Durham, NC MAP
Dean Smith Center
DESCRIPTION: A multi-purpose arena primarily used as the home for the U. of North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball team. It was timed to opened the day before the 18 January 1986 game against the arch-rival Duke Blue Devils. The building is named in honor of its legendary basketball coach and carries the formal name Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center. It seats 21,750 patrons for basketball games and occasionally, its most famous alumnus drops in, Michael Jordan. The venue has also been used to host concerts, graduations, other sporting events, and a speech by Barack Obama when campaigning for the Democratic Presidential nomination.
ADDRESS: 300 Skipper Bowles Drive, Chapel Hill, NC MAP