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Free Things to Do in Durham, NC

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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Golden Belt

  • 807 E Main St
  • Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 967-7700
  • Downtown Area

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 …

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Historic Durham Athletic Park

  • 500 W Corporation St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 687-6503
  • Downtown Area

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 …

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Historic Stagville

  • 5828 Old Oxford Hwy
  • Durham, NC 27712
  • (919) 620-0120
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

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, …

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Little River Regional Park & Natural Area

  • Park entrance is off Guess Rd, 1 mile north of the Durham/Orange County line
  • 301 Little River Park Way
  • Rougemont, NC 27572
  • (919) 732-5505
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

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 …

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Garrett Road Park

  • 6815 Garrett Rd
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Includes fishing, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, tennis courts, and water fountains.

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Geer Cemetery

  • Camden at Colonial and McGill Sts
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • East Durham

First cemetery for African-Americans in Durham, including the founders of White Rock Baptist Church and St. Joseph’s AME Church and organizer of the Hayti neighborhood. Includes some funereal art.

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The George Watts Hill Pavilion for the Arts

  • 538 Foster St
  • Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701-1271
  • (802) 347-3278
  • Downtown Area

One of only a few large-scale, public facilities in the Southeast offering mold-making and metal casting. The tree-of-life art design on the Pavilion is a prominent feature of Durham Central Park.

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Glendale Heights Park

  • 707 W Murray Ave
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 560-4355
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Includes greenway access and picnic facilities.

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Golden Belt Artist Studios

  • 807 E Main St, Downtown Durham, Golden Belt Arts
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 967-7700
  • Downtown Area

Showcases exhibitions of emerging local and national contemporary artists, as well as studios of painters, jewelry-makers, photographers, mixed-media artists, and more in a creatively restored …

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Grant Park

  • 918 Grant St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes play grounds.

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