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Sarah P. Duke Gardens

  • 420 Anderson St, Duke University West Campus
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • Primary: (919) 684-3698
  • Alternate: (919)
  • Fax: (919) 668-3610

Named one of the top 10 public gardens in the U.S. by TripAdvisor and winner of the 2013 Horticulture Magazine Award for Garden Excellence, Duke Gardens is a stunning 55-acre public garden on the campus of Duke University and one of the premier university gardens in the country.

Dedicated in 1939, Duke Gardens is open 365 days a year, free to all, and it has earned top honors internationally. Among its many features are Italianate terraces, an Asiatic arboretum, a garden of native plants, a white garden, water features, and a SITES-certified organic food garden.

Duke Gardens also has a café, gift shop, and visitor center with an elegant rental hall. It offers classes, walking and trolley tours (reserved in advance), free drop-in programs for families, and other events for adults and children, as well as internships, summer camps, and volunteer opportunities.

  • Business Hours: Daily 8am-dusk
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  • Miles To Convention Center: 2.00
  • Miles to RDU Airport: 16.1
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  • Avg. Tour Length: 2 hours
  • Comments Regarding Groups: Motorcoach parking in designated spots
  • Group Rates: See https://gardens.duke.edu/visit/tours
  • Scheduling Policy: Advance reservations advised.
  • Tour Type: Self-Guided & Guided
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  • Year Built: 1939
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Fish Pool

Walk on the Wild Side

  • Sarah P. Duke Gardens
  • (919) 668-1707

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Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604