Special Alert

Cool Off for Summer

Turn a hot summer day into an excuse to take advantage of Durham's gorgeous outdoor spaces – complete with water features to cool off in. You can experience natural spaces, city parks, and even science museums!

Eno River

Cool Off Eno 
Dip a toe into the Eno River at Eno River State Park or at West Point on the Eno after an invigorating hike. Or plan ahead with a bathing suit and jump all the way in! The Eagle Trail and Sennett Hole Trail at West Point on the Eno lead to Sennett's Hole, one popular swimming area, and the Bobbitt Hole Trail at Eno River State Park leads to another, called Bobbitt's Hole.

Falls Lake

Cool Off Falls Lake 
If you prefer lakes to rivers, head over to Rolling View State Recreation Area at Falls Lake. There's a sandy beach you can lounge on before and after swimming, as well as hiking trails. You can also camp at the park if you want to see the stars shine over the water.

Little River Lake and Lake Michie

Cool Off Lake Michie 
Take a short drive north of Downtown Durham to Little River Lake or Lake Michie, where you can push off from the shore in an electric motor boat, row boat, or kayak that you can rent from the City of Durham. You can also fish from the banks.


Cool Off Spraygrounds 
Put the kids in their bathing suits to splash around and get misted at one of four spraygrounds operated by the City of Durham. These special parks include water features little ones can explore, including sprinklers built into playground equipment. It's a great way to get some energy out and cool off at the same time.

Museum of Life + Science

Cool Off MLS
Discover the science behind clouds at the Museum of Life + Science's outdoor water exhibit Into the Mist. Kids and adults are encouraged to learn about cloud formation by playing in the mist that forms over the green landscape. There are also tunnels and places to make sand sculptures.

Frog Hollow

Cool Off Frog Hollow Outdoors 
Get some adventure during your time in the water! Frog Hollow Outdoors will guide you on a kayak or canoe trip on Falls Lake or Jordan Lake. They offer instructions and classes for beginners, and if you're a seasoned veteran, you can rent their equipment and go out on your own.


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