10 Things to Do in Durham While You Attend Carolina Career College

Between taking classes to prepare for your new IT career and balancing home and work obligations, it can be easy to get lost in the day-to-day grind without making time to take a step back and enjoy life a bit.

If you need inspiration on ways to unwind, look no further than the city Carolina Career College calls home: Durham! There are plenty of fun activities to enjoy right here in our own backyard.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to act like a tourist in our hometown:

  1. Get lost in a world of wonder at the Museum of Life and Science

Spanning across 84 acres, the Museum of Life and Science features a treehouse village, a dinosaur trail, and one of the East Coast’s largest butterfly houses, among their exciting exhibits.

  1. Connect with nature at Eno River State Park

No matter what kind of outdoorsy activity you prefer, Eno River State Park has something for everyone. Hike along one of its 30 trails, go kayaking down the river, or set up camp within the park to disconnect and regroup.

  1. Help support an endangered species at the Duke Lemur Center

The Duke Lemur Center houses the largest group of lemurs outside of their native Madagascar. Visitors can schedule a tour of the facility to learn more about these beautiful, endangered creatures and contribute to operation costs, as all tour revenue goes directly back into the center.

  1. Enjoy a taste of North Carolina with a meal at Backyard BBQ Pit

North Carolina is known for delicious barbecue, and Backyard BBQ Pit is one of the best places around, having been voted as the best BBQ in the state by Yahoo a few years ago. Just keep in mind that they’re closed on Sundays, so you’ll want to plan your visit around that.

  1. Take in a good, old-fashioned baseball game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park

 Catch up with Durham’s minor league baseball team for a fun activity the whole family will enjoy. On most Friday and Saturday games, the night ends with fireworks!

  1. Stop and smell the roses at Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Founded in the 1930s, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens is a free, 55-acre botanical garden on Duke University’s campus. Aside from touring the gardens, you can take classes in gardening, photography, and more on-site.

  1. Catch a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center

 From Broadway hits to stand-up comedy and live music, there’s a performance to fit just about every taste at DPAC. New shows are announced regularly, so keep your eye on their event calendar.

  1. Get moving on the American Tobacco Trail

The American Tobacco Trail is a 23-mile rail-trail that spans across three counties. Whether you feel like walking, running, biking, or even horseback riding, you can hit the trail and let your worries melt away.

  1. Watch a battle on the court at a Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball game

 As one of the most consistently competitive NCAA men’s basketball teams in the country, even non-Duke fans are sure to enjoy a game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Overall, the team has been crowned NCAA Tournament Champions five times.

  1. See what the city has to offer at Durham Central Park

Located in the heart of downtown, there’s always something happening at Durham Central Park. Whether you’re attending an event at the pavilion, making art at the interactive pixel wall, or strolling through one of its three gardens, you’re sure to find something to pique your interest.

Our students love Durham just as much as we do! If you’re ready to take the next step to your new career, let’s talk.

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