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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

View Details »
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21c Museum Hotel

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

21c Museum Hotels has rehabilitated the historic Hill Building in Downtown Durham as a 125-room boutique hotel. In addition to its spacious rooms, complete with contemporary design, the hotel …

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Arrowhead Inn

  • 106 Mason Rd
  • Durham, NC 27712
  • (919) 477-8430
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

The Arrowhead Inn is a romantic Durham bed and breakfast in a restored 18th-century plantation located on six acres of lush gardens and lawns. There are seven spacious guestrooms in the historic …

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Blooming Garden Inn

  • 513 Holloway St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 687-0801
  • Downtown Area

The Blooming Garden Inn includes four guestrooms, each with its own private bath and own distinct character. It also features high curved ceilings, heart-pine wainscoting, raised wood panels, nine …

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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 …

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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