No matter how you like to spend your time, Durham has ways for you to engage your passion. With many museums, art galleries, shopping districts, outdoor recreation areas, and more, there are endless ways to experience the Bull City.
From low-key indie shows to Broadway performances, visitors can enjoy live music, theater, and dance throughout the year.
• There are more than a dozen theaters in Durham and even more venues that routinely host live music, including The Pinhook.
• Durham's Manbites Dog Theater exclusively produces original, progressive, and queer theater.
• DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, brings Broadway productions to Durham, where you can enjoy a great performance without the big city hassle.
• Durham is also home to the Carolina Theatre, a historic venue where you can catch national acts and independent films. The annual, 10-day North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is hosted here.
With dozens of galleries and museums there are opportunities to see art in all media and styles, from local artists to esteemed collections by the likes of Joan Miró and Ansel Adams.
• Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art is a mecca for those interested in modern art. The facility also routinely hosts traveling exhibits by the masters from all points in history, like El Greco, Picasso, and Warhol.
• Third Fridays in Downtown Durham are a great time to explore galleries and studios while enjoying live music and other special events.
• The Scrap Exchange is a creative arts reuse center, where you'll find a maker space, craft supply store, arts programming, and more.
• 21c Museum Hotel features a 24-hour contemporary art museum that's free and open to the public. View rotating exhibits and the museum's permanent collection.
The Bull City has a great system of public parks and trails, several lakes, and a state park. Durham County's compact size means that natural sites are never too far away from the city center.
• Eno River State Park is only 10 miles from downtown, but you can lose yourself in Durham's natural beauty. Hike alongside the Eno River and explore the woodland trails, accessible via five different access points.
• Go hiking, camping, or boating at Falls Lake, which has a sandy beach and 115 tent and trailer sites.
• Little River Regional Park and Natural Area offers 391 acres of parkland, hiking trails, and mountain bike trails in northern Durham County.
Check out all of the ways you can explore Durham. We can't wait to see you!