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Science & Nature

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.

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A Day in Duke Gardens

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

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A Look Inside Magic Wings

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Museum of Life + Science

  • 433 W Murray Ave
  • I-85 Exit 176-B
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 220-5429
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

The 84 acres that encompass the Museum of Life + Science are packed full of attractions designed to spark wonder and curiosity in guests. Popular exhibits include one of the largest butterfly houses …

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The Research Triangle Park

  • NC Hwy 147 Exits 5-8, I-40 Exits 279 and 280
  • Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
  • (919) 549-8181
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

RTP is the world's largest university-related research park with more than 170 companies employing over 49,000 people. Carved from Durham pinelands in 1959, it is a prominent high-technology research …

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Maplewood Park

  • 1507 Whitcomb St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes play grounds.

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Morreene Road Park & Recreation Center

  • 1102 Morreene Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

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

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New Hope Creek

  • Wooden bridge entrance Korstian Division
  • Duke Forest
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Meandering waterway through parts of Duke Forest home to local wildlife. Offers paddling, bird-watching, and hiking.

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Northgate Park

  • 300 West Club Blvd
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes dog park, greenway access, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, large shelters, tennis courts, and water fountains.

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Old Farm Road Park

  • 7 Hedgerow Pl
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 560-4355
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Includes athletic field, basketball courts, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, soccer fields, and water fountains.

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Old North Durham Park

  • 310 W Geer St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4355
  • Downtown Area

Ball fields, not lighted (baseball, soccer)

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Orchard Park

  • 1000 S Duke St
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Includes grills, picnic facilities, and play grounds, small shelters, and water fountains.

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Oval Drive Park

  • 2200 W Club Blvd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes adult softball field, basketball courts, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, tennis courts, and water fountains.

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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