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Durham Central Park


501 Foster St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 794-8194
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Durham Central Park is open every day from dawn to dusk. All visitors and members of the community are welcome to visit and enjoy the gardens, facilities, and the great outdoors in the heart of our lovely city.

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Photo of Heather Burns Heather Burns
Jul 12, 2019 5

This is a cool area of Downtown Durham! Lots of events are held here from time to time. If you are visiting the Durham area and want to do something fun be sure to check their website to see what events (food truck rodeos, etc) might be going down during your visit. Concerts are often held here as well. This area is super up and coming and there is alot of great things to do around the DC Park.

Photo of Jacqueline Fuller Jacqueline Fuller
Sep 8, 2019 4

Good food and music in the park. Today's event needed more activities for children. Parking always an issue.

Photo of Tawanna Alston Tawanna Alston
Aug 15, 2019 5

Nice location! I love how downtown Durham has changed since I was child! Some change is good change! I enjoyed Black August in the Park and the Farmers Market is always a plus!

Photo of john kendall john kendall
Sep 10, 2019 5

Very nice location I was there doing the Seafood festival I highly recommend. The variety of food trucks was in no shortage. It was wonderful!

Photo of Zed Mcmahon Zed Mcmahon
Jul 7, 2019 5

Awesome upgrade to the town. I've been enjoying the fresh herbs for years in my dishes. Also collected some catnip for my daughters kitty's. Thanks Durham.

Photo of Matt Edwin Matt Edwin
Jun 24, 2019 5

We have been to Central Park several times to go to the Farmers Market as well as events there as well. We have never been during the week, but on the weekend there are a couple of large parking lots that are available. There is some construction going on, but its really not bad finding a spot to park.

Photo of Laura Miller Laura Miller
Jul 5, 2019 5

I love the cool vibe of the farmer's market in Durham, the vendors, food trucks & live music all lend themselves to a 60s feel which is when I grew up. Bell bottoms and crop tops, fringe and tie dye are all back in style. I love being able to buy fresh food grown locally.

Photo of Kyra Malone Kyra Malone
May 11, 2019 4

So many fun events downtown. Kids love the playground. We especially enjoy the farmers market!

Photo of Tiffany Le Tiffany Le
Mar 26, 2019 4

We went when it was completely empty aside from a few teens skating around, because of that, the park felt very small and lonely, with not much to do. They did have some cool features like the block building section and a tiny playground. Hopefully I can come back when there is something going on and experience what everyone experiences here.

Photo of Michael Fogle Michael Fogle
Apr 15, 2019 4

Nice little venue in downtown Durham close to the West Morgan parking deck so parking is a breeze. Small open grassy area for seating (bring your own camp chairs) as well as small covered area across the street. Park has a playground with 2 slides and at the top of the hill, a skateboarding park.

Photo of Peter Gailitis Peter Gailitis
May 28, 2019 5

Love the Farmers Market and Food Trucks. Love the concerts (When they're free OR reasonably priced). A nice green space and community space in the city.

Photo of D. H. D. H.
May 21, 2019 3

This is not much of a park. Only a couple of slides, some animals to climb on, and a play hill. My kids were entertained for a while, longer than I thought. There is also a skateboard park at the top of the hill which is cool. I'm sure it is a fun place when a concert is going on right across the street at the outdoor venue. There is a big field there by the concert venue. If you are already here for a concert or event, this park is fine. But unless you are a skateboarder, don't make a special trip.

Photo of Gabriela Rife Gabriela Rife
Mar 27, 2021 5

Really nice place to chill on the grass or on a bench. Popular, well designed and planted.

Photo of Joyce Thoms Joyce Thoms
Mar 24, 2021 5

Living Arts Collectives had a dance wave event. It was an amazing time. Music, dancing, Organic food, candles, flowers, a lot of lovely lively people sharing energy. Thanks Aubry and Bruce for hosting.

Photo of Melissa Palomar Melissa Palomar
Mar 29, 2021 3

Big open spacious park. Nice little play area for kids, a skater area, and open field for playing soccer or football. Other side across the street had outdoor event space (with a MAKRS event going on) and bathrooms.

Photo of Casey Collins Casey Collins
Mar 10, 2021 5

Best park in the city, and walking distance to the city center.

Photo of carlos hernandez carlos hernandez
Mar 13, 2021 5

Very nice atmosphere. Good vegetables and more.

Photo of Cindy Witol Cindy Witol
Dec 13, 2020 5

Went for Durham Christmas 🎄🎄🎄craftsit was great, bought from three venders!!!

Photo of Matthew Hall Matthew Hall
Nov 24, 2020 5

Farmers market, skatepark, playground, great seating. Whats not to enjoy?

Photo of Spencer Wise Spencer Wise
Oct 20, 2020 5

Kid friendly park within close proximity to good food and activities

Photo of Stewart Evans Stewart Evans
Sep 13, 2020 5

Skate park

Photo of Will Sutton Will Sutton
Jul 21, 2019 4

A Taste of Soul NC: Ultimate Cookout Experience...Food from some of the best food trucks in the Triangle. The photos show the Naan Chicken Wrap from CockadoodleMoo food truck. It was quite filling and delicious. The fried Brussel Sprouts we're also pretty tasty. The Fried Fish, collards and yams were definitely home style from the Let's Eat Home Style food truck.

Photo of Rajanikanth T Rajanikanth T
Feb 24, 2020 5

Visited beads show. Good convention center.

Photo of Aaron Ponce Aaron Ponce
Sep 5, 2020 5

Beautiful area for farmers market. In age of covid very well orchestrated one way shopping and the park itself is beautiful and ideal for kids with a large playground.

Photo of Joe Ro Joe Ro
Jul 2, 2020 5

This proves to be a wonderful stop for catching up with friends while enjoying local cuisine take away. I really liked the aesthetic of the rock landscape with slides built in, almost made me wish my kids had come with. I can't speak to the serenity once COVID has been tamed, but during my visit it was a pleasant mix of calm and activity

Photo of E. Clary E. Clary
Jun 13, 2020 5

Super nice people. I recommend checking out all the booths first for what you need/want to make sure you get the best product and prices. Well organized event.

Photo of Tonya Del Soldato Tonya Del Soldato
Jun 3, 2020 4

A wonderful green space to have picnics. There's usually free summer music with food trucks. A nice playground across the street for the kids. A wonderful park

Photo of Raquicia Reams Raquicia Reams
Mar 4, 2020 4

Not a lot for smaller children to do, but the area is well kept and has a nice atmosphere.

Photo of Christine Chien Christine Chien
Feb 20, 2020 5

Love the farmer’s market here, fresh fruit fresh vege nice people, there’s a bakery stand ( forgot it’s name), they have the best cinnamon roll, must try!

Photo of Stephen Ferguson Stephen Ferguson
Feb 29, 2020 5

The farmers market is the greatest place for your family. We play bluegrass there occasionally and the best part is watching the kids sing and dance along.

Photo of Dana Higgins Dana Higgins
Dec 27, 2019 5

It's a wonderful space for the community to come together. I wish there were more movies in the park!

Photo of Chris Arena Chris Arena
Jan 2, 2020 5

A park with no swings! That gets 5 stars from me by itself, but the actual park is really cool - climbing, sliding, exploring, there is a lot to keep your kids active and using energy.

Photo of Kim Kruger Kim Kruger
Dec 30, 2019 5

I picked some fresh rosemary and catnip. It is a cute little patk

Photo of Shea Diamond Shea Diamond
Dec 14, 2019 5

The people were unbelievably nice! I’ve never enjoyed a pride event so much! I was performing and they treated me like a queen and i loved every minute of it!!!!!

Photo of Anber Ibarra Anber Ibarra
Nov 8, 2019 5

Always family and pet friendly... Never have a reason to complain.

Photo of Ernesto Corral Ernesto Corral
Nov 11, 2019 4

Cute little community park. Walked through during the hemp market. Nice galleries along the main road.

Photo of Andrés Fung Andrés Fung
Nov 21, 2021 4

Excellent park to share with dogs and people.Love the farmers market on Sundays

Photo of Gail Ellis Gail Ellis
Nov 25, 2021 4

Nice park and venue. Needs some good speakers behind audience so people can hear what's playing.

Photo of Dean Fox Dean Fox
Sep 10, 2021 5

Love central park, love the farmers market, love the free concerts. Got to see Valerie June here once! Fantastic!

Photo of Phyllis Hillian Phyllis Hillian
Oct 5, 2021 5

Different vendors was out, offering samples, selling their art work. Enjoyed the atmosphere.

Photo of Lucy Ruderman Lucy Ruderman
Oct 17, 2021 5

Great markets and festivals held here. Great food and drink options at the food hall across the street and brewery next door.

Photo of John C John C
Oct 19, 2021 3

It's a decent park with some typical playground stuff. There is a slide, some ropes to climb, and in typical Durham fashion, some cool artistic structures. I will say, the skate park looks pretty cool. As far as park/playgrounds go, I'd call this average.

Photo of Caroline Gilmore Caroline Gilmore
Sep 19, 2021 5

Terrific venue for so many different types of events! Great Farmer's Market, playground, skate park and pavilion. Definite destination Sat. mornings for the wonderful Farmer's Market. There's even a foundry there - the Liberty Arts Foundry!

Photo of Jon Leonard Jon Leonard
Aug 31, 2021 5

A wonderful little farmers market. Has everything you need. Fresh veggies, fruits, meats and tons more to eat and drink.

Photo of Terry Moultrie Terry Moultrie
Aug 6, 2021 5

Just coming home from a two-hour ride from Durham Central Park first Friday and it was awesome I really enjoyed myself at the right now I'm tired and exhausted I may be back in September the band was awesome and the DJ

Photo of John C John C
Aug 5, 2021 3

It's a decent park with some typical playground stuff. There is a slide, some ropes to climb, and in typical Durham fashion, some cool artistic structures. I will say, the skate park looks pretty cool. Aa far as park/playgrounds go, I'd call this average.

Photo of Anthony Morris Anthony Morris
Jul 16, 2021 5

Good place to hang out and is near plenty of bars and restaurants. Has fun events on the weekends.

Photo of Alder Linn Alder Linn
Jul 6, 2021 5

Really pretty, small park; becoming a bit dilapidated in parts, being revitalized in others. I really enjoy the little garden area that is behind the pavilion where the farmer's market is held.

Photo of John Seay John Seay
Jun 30, 2021 5

Beautiful and super awesome walkways. I love the bee gardens!

Photo of Joe Schuch Joe Schuch
Jun 17, 2021 5

The place to be, when you want to feel a part of something good, and real.

Photo of Boston M Boston M
Jun 14, 2021 5

Wonderful outdoor venue. Bathrooms on-site and there is a covered area with lots of space. Nice big lawn for setup or area for kids to play. Will return.

Photo of Thanh Ngo Thanh Ngo
Apr 17, 2021 5

Fun little playground area for kids with open spaces around to run around and play.

Photo of Shannida Letellier Shannida Letellier
Apr 1, 2022 5

Throughly enjoyed my experience at the food rodeo. Park nearby with great sun light and grass to have a picnic. Will definitely come back.

Photo of Keith Thomas Keith Thomas
Mar 20, 2022 4

It was was beautiful out there. Nice first day of spring. Plus, the food was amazing.

Photo of Marie Sander Marie Sander
Apr 11, 2022 5

Nice international festival with vendors. Not super crowded. Music, drummers and other performers. Easy to set up your own chair and take advantage of the good weather. There were a couple of food trucks and some drink stations. Had a great time.

Photo of Libby Santilli Libby Santilli
Apr 25, 2022 5

It’s always a fun time at the park whether there is a festival or market! The food hall is also right there which makes for a nice day out to grab some food and enjoy the park.

Photo of Nathan Anglin Nathan Anglin
Jun 26, 2022 5

Farmers' Market here is excellent. Plenty of fresh produce, flowers, pastries and breads from local shops, eggs, cheeses, meats...and a little bit of everything else. Great little diversion on a Saturday morning. I know they sometimes have other events here as well but I mainly patronize the Farmers' Market. Hot tip: there's a big parking lot off Morris St right around the corner....a very short walk away and much easier than hunting for street parking right next to it.

Photo of Kilolo Kiwoww Kilolo Kiwoww
Jun 28, 2022 5

I really had a good time at the Juneteenth event, fashion show could’ve been more prompt. There was a singer, idk who she was; she announced herself but, the sound on the lawn wasn’t great. Other than that, keep up the good work guys. (Just add a couple speakers to the lawn so the ones sitting in the shade could enjoy)

Photo of ram joce ram joce
Jun 24, 2022 5

I had a wonderful experience at the Home Depot. The website was accurate as to the amount of the products that I needed and the location in the store. The employees were extremely willing to help when I needed. They were also available to help me load my items into my car. This will definitely be my go to Home Improvement store.