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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Includes basketball courts, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, small recreation center, small shelters, and water fountains.
Three-story tropical butterfly conservatory, the largest on the East Coast, featuring exotic flowers and tropical plants in a rainforest area and stream garden. Insectarium has more than 25 live …
Includes soccer and baseball fields, playground, picnic shelter, parking, and more.
Includes basketball courts, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, small recreation center, restrooms, small shelters, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.
Includes adult softball field, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, large recreation center, and water fountains.