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7 Durham Activities to do Before the Summer Ends

Have you ever canoed down the Eno River by the light of the moon? Or played Bottle Cap Disc Golf at Fullsteam Brewery? Summer in Durham brings exciting opportunities to enjoy the city - whether you're exploring a state park or relaxing on a patio.

Keep reading for 7 activities you should add to your summer bucket list.

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1. Tour de Fat | June 25

New Belgium Brewing brings its day-long celebration of the bicycle to Diamond View Park each June. You'll find costumes, lots of bikes, music, and contests - in addition to opportunities to taste New Belgium beers. In 2015 the celebration raised nearly $30,000 for local organizations.

2. The Point 262 | June 26

Marathoners run 26.2 miles, half marathoners run 13.1 miles and Durham runners can add the proud achievement of running .262 miles. "Run for two minutes. Party all day," is the slogan of this fun, tongue-in-cheek running event sponsored by Fullsteam and Bull City Running. Participate in the competitive .262 sprint, or the recreational fun run through downtown Durham. Afterward, fuel up for the Impromptu Feats of Strength, a silly competitive eventfeaturing The Growler Lift, Bottle Cap Disc Golf, and Relay of Food.

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3. Festival for the Eno | July 2 and 4

For decades the Eno River Association has hosted this major benefit festival each July. Enjoy dozens of outdoor musical performances, food trucks, a juried craft show, and learn more about sustainability in Durham, all while enjoying the natural beauty of the Eno river at West Point on the Eno city park.

4. Pork, Pickles & Peanuts | July 9

When it comes to southern festivals, the Pork, Pickles & Peanuts festival should not be missed! Duke Homestead State Historic Site, the birthplace of Washington Duke's tobacco empire, hosts this outdoor festival celebrating North Carolina's food culture and heritage. Events include a barbecue and pie contest (attendees will have an opportunity to taste the entries) and historical cooking demonstrations. You'll find craft and food vendors on site all day.

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5. Rock the Park Concert & Movie Series | June 25 through Aug. 20

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy free outdoor entertainment. Every other Saturday night between June and August, you can enjoy live music or a family-friendly film in a different Durham city park. Food vendors will be on site, so you can get your snack on while enjoying Durham's public spaces. See the City of Durham's website for Rock the Park's 2016 schedule.

6. Frog Hollow Outdoors | Multiple dates, see website

Paddle Falls Lake and the Eno River by the light of the stars. Frog Hollow Outdoors will lead you on a leisurely canoe trip, allowing you to see Durham County's wilder side from the water. In addition to nighttime paddle trips, Frog Hollow offers daytime and overnight trips, as well as private guided trips for groups of eight or more and adventure camps.

7. Tree Camp | Multiple dates, see website

You probably know you should stop and smell the roses, but in Durham you can also stop and look up at the trees! Join naturalist and herbalist Riverdave Owen for a tour of Durham's old growth forestry. Depending on the class, you'll tour Durham neighborhoods like Trinity Park, or a canopied Durham trail where you'll learn about different trees and shrubs that call the Bull City home. Some Tree Camp classes are offered in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Duke University. See the Tree Camp website for information on upcoming events.

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Duke Lemur Center

  • 3705 Erwin Rd at NC Hwy 751
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 401-7240
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Lemurs are native only to Madagascar, where they evolved in isolation from other primates. But luckily for Durham locals and visitors, you don’t have to travel to the Indian Ocean to find a lemur: …

Eno River State Park

  • 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Main Access Area: Fews Ford off of Cole Mill Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705-9275
  • (919) 383-1686
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

The Eno River flows through Durham for 33 miles before eventually ending up in Falls Lake on the eastern edge of the county. This park, only 10 miles from Downtown Durham, offers terrific access for …

Little River Regional Park & Natural Area

  • Park entrance is off Guess Rd, 1 mile north of the Durham/Orange County line
  • 301 Little River Park Way
  • Rougemont, NC 27572
  • (919) 732-5505
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

With 391 acres of park and natural area developed from tobacco farmland, the Little River Regional Park & Natural Area offers ample opportunity to take in the natural beauty of Durham County. There …

Museum of Life + Science

  • 433 W Murray Ave
  • I-85 Exit 176-B
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 220-5429
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

The 84 acres that encompass the Museum of Life + Science are packed full of attractions designed to spark wonder and curiosity in guests. Popular exhibits include one of the largest butterfly houses …

The Research Triangle Park

  • NC Hwy 147 Exits 5-8, I-40 Exits 279 and 280
  • Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
  • (919) 549-8181
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

RTP is the world's largest university-related research park with more than 170 companies employing over 49,000 people. Carved from Durham pinelands in 1959, it is a prominent high-technology research …

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

  • 420 Anderson St, Duke University West Campus
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 684-3698
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

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 …

West Point on the Eno

  • 5101 N Roxboro Rd
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 471-1623
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Combining natural beauty and history, West Point on the Eno is free park along the Eno River spanning 404 acres with three historic buildings. A rebuilt grist mill on the site of what was once the …

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists

  • 1 Davis Dr
  • Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2215
  • (919) 549-8141
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

The world's largest technical and scientific textile membership society where practically all dyes, finishes, and textile chemicals produced in the U.S. are tested. Call for tour information.

American Village Park

  • 4703 American Dr
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, small shelters, and water fountains.

Bayer CropScience: Bayer Bee Care Center Tour

  • 2 TW Alexander Dr
  • Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
  • (919) 549-2000
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Bayer has in-depth expertise and experience in both animal health and crop protection with business based on an inherent interest in preserving bee health and promoting sustainable agriculture. …


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