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Free Things to See & Do

Some of the best things in life are free, and that's no less true in Durham. There are some of the leading public gardens in the country, historic sites where you can tour structures from bygone eras, and galleries where you can see the newest trends in art - all without spending a cent. Whether you're looking to get the most bang for your buck during your trip or just finding something easy to do with a big group, the following list of free things to do has you covered. Search by category to find what interests you most.

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21c Museum

  • 111 N Corcoran St, Downtown Durham
  • I-85, Exit 177
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 956-6700
  • Downtown Area

21c Museum is a contemporary art museum featuring permanent, commissioned installations. It presents dynamic group and solo exhibitions by both emerging and established artists, including Bill Viola, …

American Tobacco

  • 300 Blackwell St, American Tobacco, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 433-1566
  • Downtown Area

The former home of the Lucky Strike cigarette factory has been transformed into a one-million-sq.-ft. entertainment district, complete with apartments and offices in addition to restaurants, a …

Bennett Place State Historic Site

  • 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 383-4345
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Bennett Place is the site of the largest troop surrender and the effective end of the Civil War. It was in April 1865 that Confederate general Joseph E. Johnston and his Union adversary, General …

Duke Basketball Museum & Sports Hall of Fame

  • 306 Towerview Dr, Schwartz-Butters Athletic Center
  • Durham, NC 27708
  • (919) 613-7500
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Impressively, given the global academic renown that the university has captured, Duke University may be best known for their men’s basketball team. The Blue Devils have won four NCAA championships …

Duke Homestead State Historic Site

  • 2828 Duke Homestead Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 477-5498
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

This national historic landmark marks the spot where Washington Duke started his worldwide tobacco empire. After learning of the demand Union soldiers had for brightleaf tobacco during his service in …

Duke University

  • West Central Durham
  • Durham, NC 27708-0079
  • (919) 684-8111
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Duke is one of the most prestigious universities in the country, consistently included near the top of the U.S. News & World Reports' college rankings. Many of their programs are highly regarded, …

Duke University Chapel

  • 401 Chapel Dr, Duke University West Campus
  • Durham, NC 27708-9974
  • (919) 684-2572
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Duke Chapel is the most visible piece of Duke University's architectural beauty. Its tower soars 210 feet above West Campus, making this neo-Gothic building an awe-inspiring sight. The structure …

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 …

Golden Belt

  • 807 E Main St, Downtown Durham, Golden Belt Arts
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 967-7700
  • Downtown Area

Once a textile mill that made pouches for Bull Durham tobacco, the Golden Belt has been transformed into a LEED-certified complex of apartments, galleries, studios, event spaces, and more. The …

Historic Durham Athletic Park

  • 500 W Corporation St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 687-6573
  • Downtown Area

Originally named El Toro Park when it was first built in 1926, the Historic Durham Athletic Park served as the home of the Durham Bulls for almost 70 years, and was a film location for the movie Bull …

 

 

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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