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Welcome to Durham, NC

Ever-changing. Never changing.

Durham is a historical haven, a sanctuary for the spectacular, and a rough-cut gem waiting to be unearthed. Durham’s been a destination on the move for more than 150 years. Perhaps it’s time you discovered it too.

Maybe you’ve heard about our celebrated food scene, top-notch universities or buzzing startup culture. There’s just something about this place. It transcends categories. Durham has something intangible, inspiring and absolutely alluring.

Before our sidewalks were lined with award-winning eateries, they were traversed by our first generation of industrious entrepreneurs. Seeds of equality and justice were planted here long ago, and they have blossomed into a colorful community where murals tell our proud story of inclusivity. We are where inspiration is found, where all are welcome and where the wild, wonderful, bold and beautiful come together in unexpected ways.

Want in? Come discover Durham.

Due to the ever-changing nature of our current dealings with the coronavirus, we have dedicated the majority of this homepage and related content to local business and community relief efforts. Please engage this page in its entirety to learn about how you can affect positive change.

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Shop Local While Social Distancing

Shop Local While Social Distancing

Our global, national, regional, and local community are reeling from the implications of the coronavirus —though we all face vulnerabilities, those in our hospitality industry feel this impact severely. We are not exempt from this unprecedented occurrence, but this is Durham. Our community knows how to rally, support, and lift up one another in times of difficulty. If you're wondering how to help while investing in the health and well-being of Durham’s community, learn more here.

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Support Durham's Black-Owned Businesses

Support Durham's Black-Owned Businesses

Now more than ever, our community has responded to our request to source Black-owned businesses in Durham to offer support to, now and every single day to come. Here is a robust list of over 200 entrepreneurs based in our community and providing for our community.

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Dine Outside at These Durham Patios

Dine Outside at These Durham Patios

Here's how to eat well and social distance in Durham.

If you're visiting Durham and looking for an outdoor spot to meet up with a friend or family member, or if you need to leave the house and enjoy some cooking that's not your own, here's a list of places where you can feel safe eating outdoors and savor the flavor with a bit of elbow room.

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Visitor Info Center is OPEN

Visitor Info Center is OPEN

We're excited to announce our Visitor Info Center's reopening! Come see us Tuesday-Saturday between 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

If you’ve ever seen folks using our Mural Finder, exploring Durham with our African American Heritage Guide in hand, or wondered where to find other printed maps and guides to Durham, the Visitor Info Center is your answer. Ask us for personalized recommendations on things to do, places to explore, shops to find souvenirs, and restaurants with outdoor seating.

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