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  • North Carolina Museum of Life and Science: This museum takes you for a ride to the history of space travel. The North Carolina Museum of Life and Science is the proud owner of the actual Apollo command module and Neil Armstrong’s space suit. Here at the museum you have lots of fun activities like walking through a tornado, talking to a friend through a video computer link, experimenting with water pumps or enclosing yourself inside a huge bubble. All these things to do are really interesting and educative. There is a miraculous section named the Magic Wing Butterfly House where beautiful butterflies float around you making you feel happy, but the chill runs down your spine when you visit the un-caged gigantic orb spiders. Admission is free for children under age three.

  • Sarah P. Duke Gardens: The land of Duke Garden was supposed to be a lake in the valley, but as the funds were short at that time  the planners started planting trees and other plants on the land, as the result one of the most beautiful gardens took birth. The garden has three main sections namely the original Terraces, the Blomquist Garden of Native plants and the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum. All the three sections have superb scenes around. These gardens are a year round tourist spot as they have an assorted variety of flowers that bloom turn by turn and keep the gardens lush. The best season to visit the garden is the spring time because the tulips are in their full bloom giving the garden richness. It would be a good idea to carry your picnic stuff and have a wonderful day at these gardens. Admission is free!

  • Duke University Chapel: The Duke University is a prestigious research university that has around 13,000 research students enrolled in it. The university is worth paying a visit and especially the Duke University Chapel. This chapel was built in early 30’s and is about 210 feet tall. This chapel was built by James B. Duke with an idea that the presence of this chapel may influence the spiritual lives of the students. Thousands of aficionados visit this place each year and the main features that attract the crowd is the fine ornamentation, stained glass and four beautifully crafted organs. Do visit this place.

  • Bull Durham Blues Festival: The biggest Blues celebration in the state is held in Durham for the last ten years. This entertaining festival draws audience upto 15,000 and features the poignant sounds of Eddy Clearwater, Marcia Ball, Blues Kravin and Bobby Rush. This festival is held at various locations in the city allowing the wide spread fans to watch their favorite stars perform live on stage. The major two places where the festival is held are the St. Joseph's Performance Hall and the Durham Athletic Park. It’s a treat for all music lovers. There are nearby restaurants and bars to let you satisfy your craving for snacks and drinks.

  • Down Under Pub: Durham’s best nightlife can be experienced at Down Under Pub. With the best drinks and food served at this pub you can enjoy a wide selection of imported brews. This bar is very popular among the young university students; this gives you a golden chance of mingling with the young crowd of Durham. You can chomp down some local snacks while passing time in the pub or play game of pool or darts there in the Down Under Pub. The milieu of the pub is young and lively, so why miss the fun! Make sure you visit this place atleast once.

  • The Streets at South point and Main Street: It’s shopping time! If you want to buy some real good stuff, plan out a visit to this popular area in Durham. These streets have good shopping malls along with other shops where you can bargain while you shop. This shopping hub houses Hudson Belk, JCPenney, Belk, Sears, Nordstrom, White House/Black Market, Pottery Barn Kids, J. Jill and Cole Haan. When you get tired and hungry while shopping grab a quick bite at the nearby cluster of amazing restaurants like Cheesecake Factory, Nestle Tollhouse Café, Nordstrom Café Bistro, Rockfish Seafood Grill, and Maggiano's Little Italy. And movie buffs can watch a movie at the onsite South Point Cinemas.

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  • Cameron Indoor Stadium: This place is a must see for basket ball players as they will love this beautiful indoor stadium which was built in 1940 and has a seating capacity of 9000 people. This very stadium is house for blue Devils and if you are lucky enough you may get a chance to see one of the basket ball match held here during the season, but remer that tickets sell out like hot cakes. The crowd has large chunk of students in it as the Duke University falls close by so the students spend time in Indoor Stadium.

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