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African American Dance Ensemble

120 Morris St, Durham Arts Council Bldg, Downtown, I-85 Exit 177

Preserves and shares the traditions of African and African-American dance and music through research, education, and performances. Founded by award-winning choreographer and instructor Dr. Charles "Chuck" Davis.
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More than three miles of gravel jogging and walking trails around the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Course. Named for Al Buehler, former Duke track coach and six-time ACC Champion.
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AMC Southpoint 17 + IMAX

8030 Renaissance Pkwy,The Streets at Southpoint, I-40 Exit 276

Sixteen-screen, stadium-style multiplex with digital surround sound and a full IMAX Theater.
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American Dance Festival

715 Broad St, Ninth Street District

The world's greatest dance festival, according to the New York Post, celebrating influential modern dance since 1934. Featuring public performances, classes and seminars for more than two dozen companies and hundreds of choreographers, writers, and students. See website for schedule.
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American Tobacco

300 Blackwell St, American Tobacco, Downtown Durham

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 documentary theater, a barber shop, a basketball court, plenty of open green common space under the iconic Lucky Strike smokestack, and more. Restaurants include offerings of authentic Italian, Cuban tapas, and classic American, as well as craft beers and other libations to make a night out of a trip to DPAC or the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, both located across the street. American Tobacco also puts on many of their own events, like art shows, pop-up shops, and free concerts in the summer.
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American Tobacco Amphitheatre

300 Blackwell St, American Tobacco, Downtown Durham

Outdoor venue on the American Tobacco Campus, seating more than 2,000 in front of a stage beneath the Lucky Strike Water Tower. Live performances, events, and receptions.
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American Tobacco Trail

Downtown Durham to NC Hwy 54

12 miles of trails from Downtown Durham to NC Hwy 54, then from Massey Chapel Rd to Durham/Chatham County line. Bicycling, hiking, walking, and running.
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Includes grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, small shelters, and water fountains.
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AMF Durham Lanes

4508 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd

Thirty-two lanes, video games, and billiards.
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Horse rentals, camps, trail rides, holiday-themed rides, and boarding.
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Includes picnic facilities and play grounds.
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Belmont Park

2200 Sovereign St

Includes picnic facilities and play grounds.
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Bennett Place is the site of the largest troop surrender and the effective end of the Civil War. It was in April 1965 that Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston and his Union adversary, General William T. Sherman decided to meet in Durham at Bennett Place, where Gen. Johnston surrendered the Southern armies in the Carolinas, Florida, and Georgia. That historic event can be explored at this official North Carolina State Historic Site. Today it includes restored historic structures, special living history events, including a commemoration on the anniversary, and tours – all available without any admission fees.
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Includes basketball courts, play grounds, and youth baseball fields.
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Brightleaf Square

Gregson St at Main St, Brightleaf District, Downtown Durham

Built in the early 1900s to store and age the tobacco produced by the American Tobacco Company and on the National Register of Historic Places, Brightleaf Square consists of two separate warehouses renovated to house shops, restaurants, and offices. The space between the two structures is now a public courtyard, hosting seasonal events and concerts. Tenants include luxury clothiers and jewelers; a record store complete with LPs, CDs, and Durham apparel; and a bookstore brimming with rare pieces of publishing history. There’s also a Brazilian steakhouse, a café featuring gelato and other desserts, and, across Main St. in another building, authentic Mexican, fresh seafood, and a brewpub featuring Durham-made beer.
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Bull City Craft

2501 University Dr, Rockwood Shopping Ctr

Bull City Craft is an art boutique and craft lounge with a local, eco-friendly focus and offers art supplies, gifts, craft projects, workshops, and parties.
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Bull Durham Blues Festival

Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St

A celebration of the birthplace of the Piedmont Blues, featuring national, regional, and local blues performers, from the mournful sounds of the Mississippi Delta to the fine finger-picking and rag-time exuberance of the Piedmont Blues.
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Includes grills, picnic facilities, and play grounds.
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Burton Park

1000 Sima Ave

Includes basketball courts, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, small recreation center, small shelters, and water fountains.
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C.M. Herndon Park

511 Scott King Rd

Includes soccer and baseball fields, playground, picnic shelter, parking, and more.
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C.R. Wood Park

417 Commonwealth Ave

Includes basketball courts, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, small recreation center, restrooms, small shelters, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.
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Campus Hills Park

2000 S Alston Ave

Includes adult softball field, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, large recreation center, and water fountains.
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Carmike Wynnsong 15 Theater

1807 Martin Luther King Pkwy

Fifteen-screen, stadium-style multiplex with digital sound.
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Carolina Tarwheels

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Bicycle club welcoming visitors on weekends for recreational and scenic rides around Durham and Orange counties.
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Carolina Theatre

309 W Morgan St, Downtown Durham, I-85 Exit 177

Situated in the heart of Downtown Durham, this Beaux Arts-style building includes Fletcher Hall, restored to its original 1926 décor, which houses live performances by musicians, comics, speakers, theater companies, and special series like the Arts Discovery Series, which are stage performances designed to augment traditional classroom learning with presentations of dance, classic works like Charlotte’s Web, and other pieces. The building also includes two adjacent cinemas that screen newly released films and classic works from cinema history in the Retro Film Series. These screens are also home to annual film festivals like the nationally renowned Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and the Nevermore Film Festival of horror movies.
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Includes basketball court and picnic facilities.
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Four-acre outdoor learning experience at the Museum of Life and Science features a series of large-scale, interactive exhibits that express how wind influences the environment. Included with admission to the Museum of Life and Science.
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Common Ground Theatre

4815B Hillsborough Rd

Black box-style theater hosting music and theater rehearsals, classes, auditions, and performances from local and regional artists. Call for ticket information.
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Includes adult baseball field, basketball courts, picnic facilities, play grounds, small recreation center, small shelters, and water fountains.
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Dead Broke Farm

6921 Wildlife Trail

Horseback riding and lessons, guided trail rides, camping, birthday parties, corporate outings, and other special events on more than 10 miles of wooded trails.
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DefyGravity

4300 Emperor Blvd, Ste 250

A 13,000 square-foot facility with wall-to-wall, steel-frame trampolines including angled wall trampolines, an Olympic Foam Pit and one of the largest trampoline dodgeball cages in the country.
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Take an unforgettable journey into the Late Cretaceous period along a half-mile forest path featuring life-sized dinosaur replicas and a fossil dig site. Included with admission to the Museum of Life and Science.
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Doris Duke Center at Sarah P. Duke Gardens

420 Anderson St, Duke University West Campus

The Doris Duke Center is an 18,000-sq.-ft. complex complementing the existing landscape of Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Features outdoor terrace, education wing and library, horticultural complex with two greenhouses, and special events hall available for rental.
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Downtown Durham Historic District

Downtown Durham, Downtown Loop

North Carolina's first commercial district on the National Register of Historic Places. Includes Main Street, government buildings, central business district, Convention Center, Brightleaf & Warehouse Districts, and American Tobacco & Golden Belt Campuses.
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DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center

123 Vivian St, Downtown Durham

Situated next to the historic American Tobacco Campus in downtown is this state of the art, 2,800 seat, live entertainment theater. Opened in 2008, DPAC hosts over 150 events each year, ranging from Broadway musicals and comedy to family shows and concerts from leading musical acts, providing something great for everyone. Past performances include BB King, Jon Stewart, Wicked, Elvis Costello, Chicago and many, many more. The SunTrust Broadway series is now one of the biggest Broadway subscription series in the country. DPAC ranks among the highest attended theaters in the country according to Pollstar magazine. You can also get a behind-the-scenes tour every Monday at 11 a.m. from DPAC staff.
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Includes picnic facilities and play grounds.
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Duke Basketball Museum & Sports Hall of Fame

306 Towerview Dr, Schwartz-Butters Athletic Center

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 and over 20 ACC tournaments and produced dozens of All Americans and nine national players of the year, all in addition to having a hall of fame coach in Mike Krzyzewski. You can see the trophies, the memorabilia, the videos, and more behind this storied history at the Duke Basketball Museum. Duke also has many other athletic success stories that are showcased in the connected Duke Sports Hall of Fame, celebrating all 26 athletic teams and the combined 13 national championships these stars helped win.
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Duke Blue Devils

107 Cameron Indoor Stadium

NCAA Division I sports teams for Duke University, including several national champions . For schedules and ticket information, call (919) 681-2583 (baseball, basketball); (919) 684-4112 (football); (919) 684-2633 (lacrosse, soccer).
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Duke Blue Devils Basketball

Cameron Indoor Stadium, Science Dr, Duke University West Campus

Duke University Blue Devils Basketball NCAA Division I National Champions in 1991, 1992, 2001 and 2010. Seven consecutive "Final Fours."
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Duke Blue Devils Football

118 Cameron Indoor Stadium

One of only a few schools to have played in all four major football bowls: Rose, Cotton, Orange, and Sugar.
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Duke Chapel Congregation

Duke University West Campus


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7,060-acre teaching and research forest of Duke University with a variety of ecosystems represented. Preserved for research and recreation since the 1930s. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, and picnics permitted; see website for regulations.
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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 the Civil War, Duke returned to the fledgling tobacco operation he had left behind, built a small factory, and began selling his product to the world. The historic site includes the restored mid-1800s Duke family home, tobacco barns, original factory, and farm. It also has a museum to showcase the beginnings of the modern day tobacco industry, complete with demonstrations of early farming techniques and manufacturing processes, special programs, and experts to answer any questions you may have.
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Duke Lemur Center

3705 Erwin Rd at NC Hwy 751

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: just head to the Duke Lemur Center (DLC) where there are 250 individuals from 21 different species – the largest collection of lemurs anywhere in the world outside of Madagascar. A non-invasive research, education, and conservation facility, DLC studies behavior, genomics, physiology, paleontology, and more. That means that not only can you tour the center to see lemurs up close in one of the tours offered by appointment, but you can also join a research session to see how the scientists teach lemurs, shadow a lemur keeper for a day, or even paint with lemurs!
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Duke Park

106 W Knox St

Includes greenway access, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, and water fountains.
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Duke University

West Central Durham

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, including law, medicine, the humanities, and social sciences. It is also home to the Duke Lemur Center, the Duke Chapel, the Nasher Museum of Art, Cameron Indoor Stadium, and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Originally named Trinity College, it moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, the Duke family endowed the college with $40 million and it expanded to become Duke University, whose three campuses now frame Downtown Durham. The hub of the University is the Gothic-style West Campus, with richly detailed stonework and landscaped grounds. Central Campus connects West to East and houses the Duke Gardens, the Nasher Museum, and student housing. East Campus is the Georgian-style Old Trinity College Campus of the 1800s. Campus tours conducted M-F at 11:30 am and 2 pm.
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Duke University Chapel

401 Chapel Dr, Duke University West Campus

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 houses the Flentrop Organ (5,200 pipes), 50-bell carillon, and is adorned with stained-glass windows. Completed in 1932, the Chapel now houses a robust and welcoming church community with interdenominational services open to the public that are notable not only for the beauty of the building, but for the music integrated into each service and played on one of the three organs and sounded out by the carillon. Concerts, theological discussions, and more events are also regularly held in the Chapel, making it a centerpiece of the religious community at Duke, and in Durham as a whole.
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Durham Arts Council, Inc.

120 Morris St, Downtown Durham, I-85 Exit 177

The Durham Arts Council is a private nonprofit dedicated to supporting the arts in Durham and the entire North Carolina Triangle Region and has served the community since 1954. Each year DAC serves over 300,000 visitors and program participants, 600 plus artists, and more than 60 arts organizations through classes, artist residencies, exhibits, festivals, grants programs, technical support, arts advocacy and information services. Support of the Durham Arts Council helps DAC fulfill its mission of promoting excellence in and access to the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the people in the community.
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Nationally-acclaimed home of the Durham Bulls Triple-A baseball club, made famous by the 1988 movie "Bull Durham." Designed by the same architects who created the historic Camden Yards in Baltimore, DBAP includes a 32-foot high left field wall dubbed the Blue Monster, complete with a towering bull on top, terrific views from each of the 10,000 seats in the park, and a brick design that both harkens back to baseball’s storied fields (including the original Durham Bulls stadium) and matches the historic tobacco warehouses surrounding the stadium. Skyboxes, comfortable seats, a playground for children, many food options, and the year-round Ball Park Corner with Bulls' memorabilia mean that a AAA baseball game at DBAP is a memorable experience.
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Durham Bulls Baseball Club

409 Blackwell St, Downtown Durham

The Durham Bulls are the Triple-A Baseball affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. The team plays 144 games per season, 72 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, overlooking historic Downtown Durham and designed by the architects of Camden Yards.
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Durham Central Park Skatepark

501 Foster St, Durham Central Park, Downtown

10,000-sq.-ft. state-of-the-art park features a floating quarter pipe, launch boxes, step-up bank, three stairwells with handrails, a street clam, and an eight-foot trog bowl. Helmets and pads required.
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Durham Central Park, Inc

501 Foster St, Downtown Durham

5.8-acre urban park offers gardens, outdoor/public art, an arts pavilion, trails, a 10,000-sq.-ft. skate park, and other amenities. Adjacent to the Durham Farmers' Market Pavilion, the park hosts the Durham Craft Market each Wed and Sat, Apr-Nov.
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Durham County Library, Main Branch

300 N Roxboro St, Downtown Durham

The first free, tax-supported library in North Carolina, founded in 1898. Inaugurated NC’s first bookmobile in 1923. Now has more than 400,000 volumes in nine branches, serving 975,000-plus patrons annually. Highest per capita student/child use in state. Site of Durham County Electric Recharging Station. Visit http://durhamnc.gov/ich/cmo/sustainability/Documents/Durham%20EV%20and%20EVCS%20%20Plan.pdf for more details.
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The Stanford L. Warren Branch Library was formerly the Durham Colored Library until it merged with the present system in 1966. Located within a mile of the Main Library, S.L. Warren Branch serves a distance community with special needs, interests, history, and cultural heritage. Home of the Selena Warren Wheeler Collection.
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Durham Farmers' Market

501 Foster St, Downtown Durham

Durham’s largest farmers’ market, offering fresh, locally grown produce (including organic), herbs and other plants, eggs, meats, cheeses, and more from over 60 local vendors as well as a hot spot for several mobile food vendors.
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Durham Parks and Recreation provides opportunities for the Durham community to "Play More". DPR strives to help citizens discover, explore and enjoy life through creative and challenging recreational choices that contribute to their physical, emotional and social health . 
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Durham Symphony Orchestra

120 Morris St, Durham Arts Council Bldg, Downtown, I-85 Exit 177

Professionally-trained volunteer symphony orchestra offering classical, youth, and pops concerts as well as Rent-a-Symphony service with solo musicians up to full orchestra available for events.
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Includes basketball courts, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.
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East End Park

1200 N Alston Ave

Includes athletic field, basketball courts, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, small recreation center, restrooms, small shelters, spary ground, tennis courts, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.
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Elodie Farms

9522 Hampton Rd

Elodie Farms is a family-owned farmstead offering goat cheeses, produce and more. Tours are available along with cheese-making classes and dinners on the porch.
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Eno River State Park

6101 Cole Mill Rd, Main Access Area: Fews Ford off of Cole Mill Rd

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 those who wish to experience the natural beauty the region has to offer. The river winds through hills and bluffs with shrubs and pines that are ready to be hiked and enjoyed through one of five access points. Day trips can also include canoeing or fishing in the Eno itself and can also easily turn into overnight trips with both individual/small group and group camp sites available along the trails in the park. There’s ample opportunity to sink in to the peaceful atmosphere of the natural forests for as much time as you need before you return to your daily life, whether it’s a quick walk or a night under the stars.
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Preserved natural setting home to black bears, red wolves, and lemurs. Natural observation areas, 750-foot boardwalk, outdoor microscopes, and field cameras look into this dynamic natural landscape, its wildlife, plant life, and supporting habitats. Included with admission to the Museum of Life and Science.
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Falls Lake Trail

See website for details

A 34-mile nature trail, the area’s longest, that stretches from NC Highway 98, at the Little Lick Creek crossing along Falls Lake, and east into Wake County. Part of the North Carolina Mountains to Sea Trail.
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Designed by William Daniels. Also includes a practice area.
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Flat River

Moore's Mill Rd off US Hwy 501 N to State Forest Rd

Natural area for boating/sailing, mild whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, and rockhounding.
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Includes greenway access, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, small recreation center, restrooms, large shelters, soccer fields, spary ground, tennis courts, and water fountains.
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Guided individual and group tours as well as kayak and canoe rentals. Advance reservations required; no walk-in traffic.
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Ganyard Hill Farm grows more than 30,000 pumpkins a year in their patch. Visitors can pick their own pumpkins straight off the vine. The farm is open in the Fall and has educational and family-friendly activities, including hayrides, crop mazes, hay mountain, corn crib, cotton picking, school field trips, and barnyard animals.
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Includes greenway access and picnic facilities.
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Golden Belt

807 E Main St, Downtown Durham, Golden Belt Arts

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 restored campus is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tour the galleries and artist studios, interact with local artists, and explore this creative hub which also houses a tattoo shop, salon, and yoga studio. The Golden Belt also regularly hosts special events, including the monthly Third Friday series when all of the 30 artists’ studios are opened to the public for viewing.
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Herndon Hills Farm

7110 Massey Chapel Rd

Pick-your-own blueberries, blackberries, and muscadine grapes. Harvest times and available hours vary by season.
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Hillside Park

1301 S Roxboro St

Includes basketball courts, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, large recreation center, restrooms, large shelters, spray ground, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.
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Historic Durham Athletic Park

500 W Corporation St, Downtown Durham

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 Durham. In 1995, the team moved to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, a mile south, but this field is still maintained as the home of the NCCU baseball team and is available for rentals for special occasions. The park is a short walk from many of Durham’s great visitor draws including the Central Park dining and entertainment district.
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Historic Stagville

5828 Old Oxford Hwy

Once one of the largest plantations in the South, with 900 slaves and almost 30,000 acres of land, Stagville is a preserved piece of history. Featuring an 18th-century house, a 19th-century house, slave quarters, and a unique barn, this historic site is dedicated to preserving and studying the plantation’s African-American culture. In addition to offering free tours daily, Stagville regularly hosts events that add to the educational and cultural experience of the site, including lectures from experts on the lives of the enslaved and celebrations that offer a personal experience of those lives. Annual events including Juneteenth and “Christmas at the Big House, Christmas at the Quarters" provide unique opportunities for visitors.
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Historic Woolworth's Counter

1801 Fayetteville St, NCCU, James E. Shepard Memorial Library

After a pioneering sit-in at the Durham Woolworth's lunch counter on Feb. 8, 1960, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continued this form of civil protest in other locations throughout the South to great effect. A portion of this original lunch counter, its seats, and pie rack are now preserved in the James E. Shepard Memorial Library at North Carolina Central University.
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Ho-B Recreation Center Park

1058 W Club Blvd, Northgate Mall, I-85 Exit 176

The Ho-B Recreation Center Park is a a 20,000-square-foot remote control model car racing and recreational facility at Northgate Mall.The park features multiple racing tracks as well as a full hobby shop with model car accessories and expert repair service.
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Private tennis club with 19 clay and three hard courts and three pools. Guests must have member sponsor.
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Includes grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, small shelters, and water fountains.
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Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography

5101 N Roxboro Rd, West Point on the Eno City Park

Displays of photography and early 20th-century equipment. Contemporary exhibits featured on rotating basis. Call for ticket information.
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Includes greenway access, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, and water fountains.
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Island Carousel

1058 W Club Blvd, Northgate Mall, I-85 Exit 176

Full-size Americana carousel located in Northgate Mall.
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Five impoundment areas ranging from 50 to 2,000 acres providing habitats for waterfowl, including ducks and Canadian geese. Bird-watching (duck-hunting, Dec-Jan).
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Picnic area/shelters, hiking trails, primitive camping, bird-watching, and rockhounding. Park access is free; fee for camping, boating, and fishing.
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Lakeview Park

3500 Dearborn Dr

Includes basketball courts, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.
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Offering ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern dance, yoga, Pilates, and Feldenkrais . Call for class information and fees.
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Leigh Farm Park

370 Leigh Farm Rd

This 90-acre nature preserve is the site of a 19th century plantation which features an antebellum house and a cluster of farm buildings including a dairy, smokehouse, and slaves' quarters. Leigh Farm Park is also home to an 18-hole recreational and professional level disc golf course managed by the Durham Orange Recreational Disc Association.
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Little River Lake

Orange Factory and Old Blalock Rds

Recreational area offering bank fishing, motor and rowboat rentals. Fee charged for boating and fishing. Privately-owned boats not permitted.
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Little River Regional Park & Natural Area

Along the Durham/Orange County border, entrance on Guess Rd (NC Hwy 157)

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 are seven miles of hiking trails, seven miles of mountain biking trails, and a birding trail taking you through hardwood forest and around the flowing waters. There is also a group campground, as well as picnic shelters, an open-play meadow, and a playground. In addition, there are restored buildings from the farms and mills once active on the site, and the park regularly offers educational programming on a variety of topics.
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Includes basketball courts, greenway access, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.
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Includes basketball courts, greenway access, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.
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Magic Wings Butterfly House and Bayer CropScience Insectarium

433 W Murray Ave, I-85 Exit 176-B, Museum of Life and Science

Three-story tropical butterfly conservatory, the largest on the East Coast, featuring exotic flowers and tropical plants in a rainforest area and stream garden. Insectarium has more than 25 live exotic species of insects and an extensive collection of mounted specimens from around the world. Included with admission to the Museum of Life and Science.
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Mallarmé Chamber Players

120 Morris St, Durham Arts Council Bldg, Downtown, I-85 Exit 177

Nationally acclaimed, Durham-based ensemble of professional musicians, performing in small ensembles of three to seven for over 25 years.
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Maplewood Park

1507 Whitcomb St

Includes play grounds.
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Mardi Gras Bowling Center

6118-A Farrington Rd, Falconbridge Center

24 bowling lanes and video games.
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Museum of Life and Science

433 W Murray Ave, I-85 Exit 176-B

The 84 acres that encompass the Museum of Life and Science are packed full of attractions that will let young ones (and the young one hiding in every adult) run wild. Includes one of the largest butterfly houses in the Southeast, with over 1,000 butterflies fluttering about. Other exhibits include Launch Lab, an interactive aerospace experience; a Play to Learn space for children under six; Dinosaur Trail with a fossil dig and replicas; Explore the Wild, housing live black bears, wolves, and lemurs; and an insectarium full of exotic insects from around the world. It’s hands-on learning fun for science lovers of all ages. The Museum of Life and Science was ranked as one of the top family-friendly museums in the Southeast.
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Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

2001 Campus Dr, Duke University Central Campus

Duke University’s focal point for visual arts is the 65,000-sq.-ft., Rafael Viñoly-desgined Nasher Museum of Art. The permanent collection includes Medieval art, pre-Columbian American works, classical pieces, and an ever growing list of modern and contemporary works. The striking building also houses an auditorium, two classrooms, and a café that host a wide variety of programs, including lectures, talks with artists, film series, social gatherings, and more. Revolving collections also include exhibits that travel around the world, ensuring that the Nasher is always an exciting and fascinating destination, and a great place to explore art in the region.
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Native American Powwow

1219 Broad St, NC School of Science and Mathematics

Full day of traditional Native American dancing, singing, crafts, food, and socializing.
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New Hope Bottomlands Trail

4800 Chapel Hill Rd, trailhead at Githens Middle School

2.2-mile trail through the New Hope Creek flood plain with hiking and walking. Begins near Githens Middle School in Southwest Durham.
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New Hope Creek

Wooden bridge entrance Korstian Division, Duke Forest

Meandering waterway through parts of Duke Forest home to local wildlife. Offers paddling, bird-watching, and hiking.
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Located in the historic Hayti neighborhood on the eastern side of Durham, NCCU is home to an art museum, biomanufacturing and biomedical research institutes, an award-winning marching band, and fifteen athletic squads which compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. It is an integral part of Durham’s proud history as the nation's first public liberal arts college for African Americans. NCCU was founded by Dr. James E. Shepard as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua for the Colored Race in 1909. In 1925 it became the first state-supported liberal arts college for African Americans in the country, and in 1972 it joined the University of North Carolina System. The school carries that proud heritage today, working to train socially responsible leaders in a diverse society.
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For schedules and ticket information, call 560-5170 or 560-6574.
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North Carolina Central University Eagles Basketball

McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium, Fayetteville St at Lawson St

1989 NCAA Division II National Champions. Alternate phone: (919) 560-5170.
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North Carolina Central University Eagles Football

O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium, Fayetteville St at Lawson St

North Carolina Central University Eagles play at O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium. 1990 NCAA quarter finalists.
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North/South Greenway Trail

Trinity Ave to Club Blvd through Northgate Park into Rock Quarry Park

3.5-mile trail from the Eno River through Downtown Durham ideal for hiking and running.
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Northgate Park

300 West Club Blvd

Includes dog park, greenway access, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, large shelters, tennis courts, and water fountains.
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Northgate Stadium 10

1058 W Club Blvd, Northgate Mall, I-85 Exit 176

Ten-screen multiplex with stadium-style seating, digital sound, and internet cafe.
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Includes athletic field, basketball courts, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, soccer fields, and water fountains.
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Orchard Park

1000 S Duke St

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

2200 W Club Blvd

Includes adult softball field, basketball courts, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, tennis courts, and water fountains.
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Page Farms

6220 Mt Herman Rd

Farm with pick-your-own strawberries, farm tours, hayrides, and pumpkins in season.
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Patanjali's Place

700 Foster St, Downtown Durham

Yoga facility offering classes and single-day workshops for adults and children. ZenKids Afterschool offers the joy and excitement of yoga and meditation to children In addition to learning coordination and balance, children will help prepare their own vegetarian, organic, and locally-sourced meals, create daily art projects, write poetry, design and perform in skits about yoga concepts, and more. First class is free. Drop-in rates available, but discount available with 5+ classes.
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Penny's Bend Nature Preserve

3706 Snow Hill Rd, at Old Oxford Hwy

Uncover unusual wildflowers and unique rock formations on this 84-acre peninsula formed by the Eno River. Includes hiking trail; occasional guided tours by the NC Botanical Garden.
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Quarry Trail

East Club Blvd (between Rock Quarry and Northgate Parks).

Hiking, jogging, and biking trails between Rock Quarry and Northgate Park.
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Includes basketball courts, grill, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.
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Includes athletic field, greenway access lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, large recreation center, soccer fields, tennis courts, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.
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Rockwood Park

2310 Whitley Dr

Includes basketball courts, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, and water fountains.
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Rocky Creek Park

1014 N Elizabeth St

Includes grills, picnic facilities, and play grounds.
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Rolling View State Recreation Area at Falls Lake

I-85N to US70 Bypass. Exit at NC Hwy 98 & follow signs to Rollingview

Bird-watching, boating/sailing, boat launches, recreational activities, swimming, beaches, water skiing, windsurfing, as well as 115 tent & trailer campsites. See website for reservations and fees.
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Sarah P. Duke Gardens

420 Anderson St, Duke University West Campus

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens began in 1935 with 100 flower beds. In the time since, they have expanded to 55 acres of botanic bliss, with five miles of pathways to explore and appreciate. These free public gardens are one of the premier public gardens in the country, known for their four distinct areas: the historic gardens are a series of terraces on the site of the original 100 beds; the Doris Duke Center gardens, which contain a pond complete with water plants, a garden of white foliage, and a sustainable discovery garden; the Asiatic Arboretum with 18-acres of Southeast Asian flora; and the Blomquist Garden of plants native to the region. All 55 acres are replete with natural beauty, and seasonal plantings, tours, and classes ensure that there are always new discoveries to be made.
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Includes basketball courts, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, tennis courts, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.
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Shiloh Farms

1212 Southview Rd

Equestrian training center offering lessons, boarding, and other services. Private, semi-private, and group lessons available.
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Solite Park

4704 Fayetteville Rd

Includes basketball courts, greenway access, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, large shelters, and water fountains.
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Includes basketball courts, greenway access, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, tennis courts, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.
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St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation is dedicated to preserving Durham's African-American heritage and proud black history at its Hayti Heritage Center, a cultural and educational institution that houses a community room, two classrooms/artists' studios, a dance studio, the two-level Lyda Moore Merrick Gallery, the Rhythm & Blues Gallery, and the 450-seat St. Joseph's Performance Hall. Located in a former church listed on the National Historic Landmark registry, the Hayti Heritage Center aims to enrich and educate through concerts, classes, art exhibits, and other events that showcase African-American culture and heritage.
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Restored former sanctuary of St. Joseph's AME Church, one of America's first autonomous African-American churches dating back to 1869. On the National Register of Historic Places, this 1891 Richardsonian Romanesque building includes stained glass windows honoring legendary patrons. Renovated into a performance hall by St. Joseph's Historic Foundation, Inc.
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Stay & Play Snack Cafe

405-A E Chapel Hill St, Downtown Durham

Coffee and snacks in a comfortable environment stocked with lots of toys and activities for kids. Call or see website for more details.
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The Bicycle Chain

5400 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd

Full service bicycle store offering rentals in the spring and summer. Call ahead for availability.
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The Little Gym of Durham/Chapel Hill

202 W NC Hwy 54, Southpoint Crossing Shopping Ctr, I-40 Exit 276

Fully-equipped gymnastic development facility specially designed for kids ages four months to 12 years, with weekly classes, camps, parties, and more.
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The Scrap Exchange

2050 Chapel Hill Rd, Shoppes atLakewood

Promotes creativity, environmental awareness, and community through re-use. Materials available as well as gallery showcasing creative re-use in art. Craft classes offered throughout the year.
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The Streets at Southpoint

6910 Fayetteville Rd, I-40 Exit 276

Dubbed one of the nation's "ten great places to spend it all in one place" by USA Today, The Streets at Southpoint is one of the nation's top super-regional malls. Including over 100 different stores, a cinema complete with an IMAX theater, and more than 20 restaurants, Southpoint has plenty to keep you busy. The mall includes both an indoor section and an outdoor "Main Street." Stores include Nordstrom, Macy's, the Apple Store, Crate + Barrel, Anthropologie, Cole Haan, and other luxury stores that make Southpoint a destination for shoppers.
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Tree Camp

See website for details

Become familiar with the 100 species of trees native to the Eno River valley on a leisurely study-walk guided by Durham native and naturalist Riverdave. Call or visit website for more details, location, and dates.
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Triton Stables

2521 Baptist Rd

Individual or group horseback riding lessons, horse boarding, and shows.
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Tuba Exchange

1825 Chapel Hill Rd

Unique clearinghouse for new and used tubas, euphoniums and sousaphones.
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Includes athletic field, boating, fishing, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, large shelters, soccer fields, and water fountains.
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40 bowling lanes, video games, and billiards.
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Walking Tours of Duke University

2138 Campus Dr, McClendon Commons

One of the nation's top universities; founded as Trinity College and renamed in 1924 after an endowment by James Buchanan Duke. Highlights include Duke University Chapel, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Cameron Indoor Stadium, 7,060-acre Duke Forest, Duke Lemur Center, Nasher Museum of Art, and Duke University Medical Center. Student-led campus tours conducted through the admissions office; call for information. Reservations Required.
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Working farm offering pick-your-own strawberries as well as other fresh-grown fruit and vegetables for sale seasonally.
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Includes basketball courts, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, recreation center, restrooms, small shelters, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.
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Includes basketball courts, greenway access, lights, recreation center, and a youth baseball field.
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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 largest mill on the river operates once again after the original closed in 1942, and its products are sold on site. The restored house of the one-time mill owners is also available to tour, and the old tobacco packhouse is now home to the Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography. There are also five miles of scenic trails along the river and the surrounding bluffs for hiking and fishing, picnic facilities available for rent, an amphitheater used for festivals and concerts, and the river itself, with a natural play space and rapids that can be explored on a paddling trip.
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Westover Park

1900 Maryland Ave

Includes greenway access, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, and water fountains.
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Family fun park offering skateboarding, RC cars, go-karts, mini-golf, batting cages, indoor roller-skating, and indoor playground.
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Includes greenway access, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, tennis courts, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.
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Includes basketball courts, picnic facilities, and play grounds.
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Wrightwood Park

1301 Anderson St

Includes picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, and a youth baseball field.
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September 4 - 7, 2014

tiltExpo

For enthusiasts of board gaming, CCGs, console games, or tabletop RPGs, featuring vendors, games and live action play. Sponsored by The Triangle Game Initiative and The Escapist Magazine. One-day pass is $20; 3-day pass $40 (discount for advance purchase).

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