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Water Activities

Take advantage of Durham's water activities with a scenic view at the Eno River or Little River, a boat ride on Lake Michie or Falls Lake, a cool swim at the quarry, a playful run through one of the spraygrounds, or try a new activity, such as kayaking or tubing. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the watery side of life here - explore all of the opportunities in the searchable listings below.

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Campus Hills Park

  • 2000 S Alston Ave
  • Durham, NC 27713
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Includes adult softball field, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, large recreation center, and water fountains.

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Catch the Wind 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)

Catch the Wind is a four-acre outdoor learning experience at the Museum of Life and Science featuring a series of large-scale, interactive exhibits that express how wind influences the environment. …

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Downtown Durham YMCA

  • 218 W Morgan St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 667-9622
  • Downtown Area

Community-based fitness center that features cardiovascular and strength training equipment, group fitness classes, and personal trainers. Members and their guests only, with memberships available.

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Durham Parks and Recreation’s Outdoor Recreation

  • 400 Cleveland Street
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4405
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Programs are founded on the principle that participants learn more effectively if they are actively engaged in the process. We can work with your group to develop a plan for adding adventure learning …

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Edison Johnson Recreation Center

  • 500 W Murray Ave
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 560-4270
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

A recreational facility featuring an indoor pool, a playground and sprayground, and indoor basketball court.

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Forest Hills Park & Neighborhood Center

  • 1639 University Dr
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Includes greenway access, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, small recreation center, restrooms, large shelters, soccer fields, spray ground, tennis courts, and water fountains.

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Frog Hollow Outdoors Adventure Service

  • 614 Trent Dr
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 416-1200
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Guided individual and group tours as well as kayak and canoe rentals. Advance reservations required; no walk-in traffic. See website for details.

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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