Baseball season has arrived in Durham! The famous Durham Bulls kick off their 2016 season on April 7 and will play ball through September.
In addition to the great matchups at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP), there are a lot of exciting things to check out in Downtown Durham. With DBAP as your starting point, you're a 15-minute walk - or less - from dozens of shopping, dining, and sightseeing options.
Doze in the hammocks or relax on the lawn at American Tobacco, a historic tobacco factory transformed into residential, retail, and office space. If you're feeling competitive, challenge a partner to a game of outdoor chess - you'll be charmed by the two-foot-tall Durham-themed chess pieces.
Stretch your legs with a stroll to the Historic Durham Athletic Park, only three-quarters of a mile away. The 1926 ball park was a film location for Bull Durham, and also home to the Durham Bulls until 1995.
Learn the Bull City's history with a visit to the Durham History Hub. The local history museum, only a half-mile from the ball park, showcases rotating exhibits about Durham's unique story. In the Story Room visitors can record their personal memories of Durham, and listen to the stories of others.
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Enjoy a beer while checking the latest scores: Tyler's Restaurant and Taproom and Tobacco Road Sports Café, which overlooks the ballpark, offer a wide selection of beers and post-game eats within steps of the ball park.
Baseball is the all-American game, but that doesn't mean your dining choices have to be. Explore Durham's global cuisine by noshing on sushi at Basan, ramen at Dashi, or Spanish small plates at Mateo Bar de Tapas.
Cuban Americans, including Durham Bulls alumni Ariel Prieto and Alex Sánchez, have made a mark on baseball, and Cuban food has also made a mark on the Bull City food scene. Try the El Caney at Old Havana Sandwich Shop, or tres leches cake at Cuban Revolution Restaurant and Bar.
Burger gourmands won't want to miss these two gems: Bull City Burger & Brewery offers North Carolina-sourced, grass-fed beef, and a play area for the kiddos. OnlyBurger, a stone's throw from the ballpark, will wow you with its take on the classics - try the Famous Fried Green Tomato Burger, and don't forget to order a shake.
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Celebrate your team's win with a handcrafted cocktail or a glass of wine. Alley Twenty Six's handcrafted cocktails are highly celebrated and Bar Virgile's beverage offerings pair well with their charcuterie boards or a heavier entrée.
Durham has a top-notch beer and beverage scene, so check out the breweries and cideries located nearby. Head towards the Golden Belt district to reach Ponysaurus Brewing Company. Heading north towards the Central Park district, you'll reach Fullsteam Brewery, a dog-friendly brewery that sources ingredients locally. And right inside the ballpark, you can buy beers made by Bull Durham Beer Co., the only brewery in the country located inside a minor league baseball stadium.
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Spend Saturday morning shopping and munching at Central Park. The Durham Farmers' Market draws local vendors selling produce, meats and cheese, hand-made artisanal goods, and more. Right around the corner is the Art Market at Vega Metals, where you'll find food trucks as well as local art.
Take a break from the ball games to browse Durham's unique boutiques. Shop women's clothes at Vert & Vogue, Magpie Boutique, and Fifi's of Durham. For souvenirs, gifts, or household goods, check out Dolly's Vintage, Chet Miller, Indio, and Exotique.
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