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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

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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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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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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SEEDS Educational Garden

  • 706 Gilbert St
  • (Corner of Gilbert St and Elizabeth St)
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 683-1197
  • Downtown Area

SEEDS is a two-acre urban garden and cooking classroom that develops the capacity of young people in Durham through growing, cooking and sharing food. Learn more and sign up to volunteer …

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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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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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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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Spruce Pine Lodge

  • 2303 Bahama Rd
  • Bahama, NC 27503
  • (919) 560-4355
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

1940s vintage log building located in the Lake Michie Recreation Area. Spruce Pine Lodge is available to rent for weddings, large picnics, meetings, retreats, parties, and other group activities. …

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The Dinosaur Trail at the 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)

Take an unforgettable journey into the Late Cretaceous period along a half-mile forest path featuring life-sized dinosaur replicas and a fossil dig site. Included with admission to the Museum of Life …

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Trail and Pump Track at Solite Park

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

In 2016, Performance Bicycle associates designed and constructed a Pump Track Expansion Project, adding two additional tracks to the original pump track at Solite Park. All three tracks join together …

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