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Graduating? Here's Your Durham Bucket List

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Grab life, graduates.

Posted By Ashley Strahm on Apr 25, 2019

If you're already counting the activities you haven't yet marked off your Durham checklist, we’re here to help. This graduation bucket list is everything you need to see, do, eat, and enjoy before making your mark on the world outside of Durham — and you can even bring family and friends along for the ride!

1. Outdoor Music

Attend free concerts at Golden Belt and Durham Central Park. Or, stay indoors and enjoy a concert at Motorco Music Hall, or the Pinhook. See all upcoming concerts.

2. Stroll along the Eno

Go for a springtime hike at the 4,200-acre Eno River State Park — don't forget stop for photos on the suspension bridge!

3. Mother's Day Brunch

Mother's day is May 12; treat the mothers you know and love in life to afternoon tea at the Washington Duke Inn, followed by an evening Broadway show at DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center. Or, kick the day off with mimosas, live music, and a special brunch at the Tamale Factory!

What's more (and just in time for strawberry season) Guglhupf Bakery we’ll have strawberry tarts, strawberry rhubarb crostada, strawberry petit fours, and more! Enjoy their Mother's Day bakery specialties, and their special menu for our graduates on Friday and Saturday night, with more strawberry specials for weekend brunch.

4. Durham Bulls Game

Attend a Durham Bulls home game! As the City of Durham celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019, the Durham Bulls are throwing it back to 1902. That year, the Durham Tobacconists took the field as Durham's first professional baseball team, with the name an ode to the agricultural industry at the time. As no images of the Tobacconists team of 1902 can be found, the Bulls are proud to unveil a modern take on these "fauxback" uniforms.

Be there when the Durham Bulls transform into the Durham Tobacconists for five games in 2019. Get those tickets now!

5. Duke Lemur Center

Spend some quality time with the world’s most threatened mammal outside of Madagascar at the Duke Lemur Center, and maybe even consider adopting one to care for from afar.

6. Baseball with some History

Attend a North Carolina Central University baseball game at the historic Durham Athletic Park.

7. Eat All the Things!

Eat and drink at as many celebrated Durham restaurants and coffee shops as possible. Need some ideas? Check out these lists to create your own dining adventure.

8. Bar Hop

Visit (or revisit) some favorite Durham dive bars like Devine's and Dain's Place, then toast to adulthood at swanky spots like Bar Virgile, Alley Twenty Six, and the rooftop at the The Durham Hotel.

9. A Toast to Durham

Celebratory beverages abound in Durham for our 150th anniversary year; if you're into craft beverages, you're in luck. Enjoy your graduate status by enjoying some birthday brews at local breweries, or creating your own cocktails with award winning Conniption gin from Durham Distillery.

10. The Farmer's Market

Spend a Saturday morning picking up fresh and local food for a picnic with friends at the Durham Farmers’ Market, or head to Durham Central Park for a Sunday Food Truck Rodeo.

11. Tour Downtown

Cruise downtown on foot or by spoke, visiting Brightleaf Square, Black Wall Street, and local boutiques like Zen Succulent, Indio, and Everyday Magic. You can stop by the Durham Visitor Info Center in the heart of downtown for recommendations and a touch screen, AR view of Durham to plot your next stop.

12. Take an Iconic Photo

Take photos in front of iconic Durham backdrops like the Lucky Strike smokestack and water tower, the Pauli Murray murals, and Major the Bull in CCB Plaza. Check out this list of must sees for more photo opportunities, and stop by the Visitor Info Center to get a Mural Durham Finder to discover the celebratory public art that adorns our city.

13. Grab some Swag

Finally, pick up a Durham shirt from Bull City Apparel, Durham City Goods, or The Bull City T-Shirt Company, and Hometown Apparel to display your pride wherever you may go. Discover more places to pick up a Durham souvenir ... you're going to miss us.

About the Author

Ashley Strahm

Jersey roots, Durham fruits. Lover of all things edible, egalitarian and true. Find me clad in Birkenstocks, seeking Bull City Beautiful stories by trail, wheel and spoke.