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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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Sarah P. Duke Gardens

  • 420 Anderson St
  • Duke University West Campus
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 684-3698
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Named one of the top 10 public gardens in the U.S. by TripAdvisor and winner of the 2013 Horticulture Magazine Award for Garden Excellence, Duke Gardens is a stunning 55-acre public garden on the …

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St. Joseph's Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center

  • 804 Old Fayetteville St
  • Durham, NC 27701-3958
  • (919) 683-1709
  • Downtown Area

St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation (SJHF) is a non-profit organization that manages the Hayti Heritage Center. SJHF is dedicated to preserving Durham's African-American heritage and the impact of the …

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West Point on the Eno

  • 5101 N Roxboro Rd
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 471-1623
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Combining natural beauty and history, West Point on the Eno is free park along the Eno River spanning 404 acres with three historic buildings. A rebuilt grist mill on the site of what was once the …

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Selena Warren Wheeler Collection at Stanford L. Warren Library

  • 1201 Fayetteville St, at Umstead St
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-0270
  • Downtown Area

Collection of African-American cultural artifacts, history, and literature named for Warren’s daughter. The second African-American library in North Carolina, it was originally established in 1913 in …

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Shady Oaks Park

  • 2400 Nebo St
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Includes play ground.

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Sherwood Park

  • 2325 Cheek Rd
  • Durham, NC 27703
  • (919) 560-4355
  • East Durham

Includes basketball courts, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, tennis courts, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.

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Site of Former Downtown Durham Woolworth Store

  • 124 W Main St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • Downtown Area

Site of 1960 lunch counter sit-in where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. appeared and first endorsed direct but non-violent confrontation with segregation laws. King's famous "Fill up the jails" speech in …

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Solite Park

  • 4704 Fayetteville Rd
  • Durham, NC 27713
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Includes basketball courts, greenway access, pump track/gateway mountain bike trail, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, large shelters, and water fountains.

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The South Durham Farmers’ Market

  • 5410 NC Hwy 55
  • Greenwood Commons Shopping Ctr
  • I-40 Exit 278
  • Durham, NC 27713
  • (561) 308-5796
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

We believe that everyone should have access to delicious and healthy food grown in a way that sustains and enriches our local environment.

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Southern Boundaries Park

  • 100 Third Fork Dr
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Includes basketball courts, greenway access, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, tennis courts, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.

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