• Downtown Durham fills 0.751 square miles and 14 x 12 blocks (according to Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau). Downtown Durham fills 0.751 square miles and 14 x 12 blocks (according to Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau).
  • Durham's eclectic Ninth Street is a popular location for restaurants and shops. Durham's eclectic Ninth Street is a popular location for restaurants and shops.
  • The beautiful 18-hole championship Duke University Golf Course opened in 1957 and is the only Robert Trent Jones-designed course in the region. The beautiful 18-hole championship Duke University Golf Course opened in 1957 and is the only Robert Trent Jones-designed course in the region.
  • The American Tobacco Historic District in downtown Durham is home to the Durham Bulls Stadium, the Durham Performing Arts Center, and several restaurants. The American Tobacco Historic District in downtown Durham is home to the Durham Bulls Stadium, the Durham Performing Arts Center, and several restaurants.
  • Brightleaf Square occupies a couple of historic tobacco warehouses that have been transformed into a pleasant area to shop, eat, and play. Brightleaf Square occupies a couple of historic tobacco warehouses that have been transformed into a pleasant area to shop, eat, and play.
  • The Durham Arts Council is located in the former City Hall on Morris Street. The Durham Arts Council is located in the former City Hall on Morris Street.
  • The revitalization done in recent years has helped to attract more crowds downtown. The revitalization done in recent years has helped to attract more crowds downtown.

Durham Attractions

A Vibrant Community Full of Culture, Sports, Recreation, Arts


Never a dull moment in Durham. As an eclectic city, Durham has a diverse mix of restaurants, historical and cultural places, professional and recreational activities, churches, and other resources. Near the Duke campus are the offbeat Ninth Street shopping district and Brightleaf Square, a renovated tobacco warehouse district. Durham has fully evolved from its tobacco-based roots to become a thoroughly cosmopolitan city.

From Duke Basketball to Durham Bulls Baseball to Golfing at the Washington Duke, you won't have to look far for things to do. But, if you're looking to get out of town, you can hop in the car and in a few short hours arrive at the Blue Ridge Mountains for hiking and mountain activities, Atlantic coast for swimming and water sports, or the NC Sandhills area for champion golf.

If cultural attractions are more your speed, take a study break and visit the new Durham Performing Arts Center, Hayti Heritage Center, Museum of Life and Science, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke Lemur Center, or another of the region's many cultural spots and historic sites.

Durham is also highly regarded as a great place for foodies looking to sample new tastes and it is host to the annual American Dance Festival.

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