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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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Hillside Park

  • 1301 S Roxboro St
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Includes basketball courts, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, large recreation center, restrooms, large shelters, spray ground, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.

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Hollow Rock Racquet & Swim Club

  • 5100 Erwin Rd
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 489-1550
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Private tennis club with 19 clay and three hard courts and three pools. Guests must have member sponsor.

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Hope Valley Farms YMCA

  • 4818 S Roxboro St
  • Durham, NC 27713
  • (919) 401-9621
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

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Irwin R. Holmes Sr. Recreation Center at Campus Hills Park

  • 2000 S Alston Ave
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-4444
  • East Durham

Senior recreation center featuring the Campus Hills Wellness Center. The Campus Hills Wellness Center offers a variety of equipment in a small private setting; perfect for getting started with a new …

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Jordan Lake Wetlands/State Recreation Area

  • Along NC 54 and NC 751
  • Apex, NC 27502
  • (919) 362-0586
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Five impoundment areas ranging from 50 to 2,000 acres providing habitats for waterfowl, including ducks and Canadian geese. Bird-watching (duck-hunting, Dec-Jan).

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Lake Michie Recreation Area

  • 2303 Bahama Rd
  • Bahama, NC 27503
  • (919) 477-3906
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Picnic area/shelters, hiking trails, bird-watching, camping and rockhounding. Park access is free; fee for boating, and fishing.

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LeRoy T. Walker Physical Education and Recreation Complex at NCCU

  • 1801 Fayetteville St
  • NC Central University
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 530-5315
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

North Carolina Central University athletic complex with seating for 1,500. Includes swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water polo, basketball, volleyball, fencing, gymnastics, wrestling, and …

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Levin Jewish Community Center

  • 1937 W Cornwallis Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 354-4953
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

The mission of the Levin JCC is to enrich the Jewish community by playing an integral, meaningful role in the lives of individuals, families, groups, and institutions through cultural, recreational, …

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Little River Lake

  • Orange Factory and Old Blalock Rds
  • Durham, NC 27712
  • (919) 477-7889
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Recreational area offering bank fishing, motor and rowboat rentals. Fee charged for boating and fishing. Privately-owned boats not permitted.

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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