The creative and scientific elements that make Durham a great place to live and work also make it a great place to learn and play. With miles of trails, several lakes and waterways, plus dozens of parks, outdoor spaces, and museums, Durham has great scenic natural beauty and places to explore science. Unique educational opportunities include the Duke Lemur Center where visitors can explore a species that is native to Madagascar, and the Museum of Life + Science where curious visitors can explore the world through interactive, engaging exhibits. Natural beauty can be admired at a variety of parks and gardens, including the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, whose 55-acres are full of more than 4,500 colorful plant varieties. Use the searchable listings below to explore science and nature in Durham.
You can easily spend a day exploring Duke Gardens. See what awaits you and get some tips in this tour of Duke Gardens’ four distinct areas. Read More
Get a behind the scenes look at the Museum of Life + Science's butterfly house in this interview with its director. Read More
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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 …
Includes fishing, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, tennis courts, and water fountains.
Includes greenway access and picnic facilities.
Includes play grounds.
With Mt. Merrill (an ADA-accessible "climbing mound"), a skate park, the Garden of Eatin', and a total of five acres, you're sure to find your refuge for fun in the heart of Downtown Durham.
Hideaway Woods is a two-acre, forested learning environment featuring tree houses, a flowing streambed, and fanciful nature sculptures. Connected by rope bridges, the tree house village encourages …
Established in 1929, this 2,450-acre forest has been managed by North Carolina State University as a teaching laboratory, where students learn to survey, measure, identify vegetation, perform water …
Includes basketball courts, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, large recreation center, restrooms, large shelters, spray ground, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.