Fun Places to Take the Kids in Durham

Trust us, whether you're 5 years old or 95, you'll have a ball.

Durham is an ideal destination for kids of all ages! With so many family-friendly things to do and places to go, the entire family is bound to enjoy fun and enrichment.

    Durham Central Park Skate Park

    501 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701 | (919) 682-2800 | www.durhamcentralpark.org/visit/#features

    Start downtown with a visit to the Durham Central Park skate park. This 10,000-sq-ft. state-ofthe-art park features a floating quarter pipe, three stairwells with handrails, and an eight-foot trog bowl, among other skater favorites. Helmets and pads are required! (Allow one hour.

    • Take Hwy. 98 E. Just past the Hwy. 70 underpass, turn left onto Hoover Rd. (20 min.)

    Rolling View State Recreation Area

    Falls Lake State Recreation Area, which consists of seven individual parks, is located at Falls Lake in Wake and Durham Counties, approximately 12 miles east of Durham.
    4201 Baptist Rd, Durham, NC 27703 | (919) 676-1027 | http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/fala/main.php

    There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors at Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Consisting of seven individual parks, activities include bird watching, boating and sailing, swimming, beaches, water skiing, windsurfing, as well as camping at 115 tent and trailer camping sites. Open Nov-Feb 8am-6pm, Mar-Apr and Sep-Oct 8am-8pm, May-Aug 8am-9pm. (Allow one to two hours.)

    • Return toward Durham on Hwy. 98. Just before the entrance to Hwy. 70, turn right onto Hoover Rd. (15 min.)

    Wheels Fun Park

    715 N Hoover Rd, Durham, NC 27712 | (919) 598-1944 | www.wheelsfunparkdurham.com

    Kids will go nuts for the attractions at Wheels Fun Park. From go-karts and minigolf to batting cages and a roller skating rink, there are plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Open M-F 10am-9pm, F-Sa 10am-10pm, Su 1pm-7pm. (Allow one to two hours.)

    • Return to Hwy. 98 and take Hwy. 70 S to S Miami Blvd.; take a right onto Ellis Rd., then first right onto Cash/Stage Rd. (10 min.)


    DPR Ropes Course

    1814 Stage Rd, Durham, NC 27703 (919) 560-4405 | www.durhamnc.gov

    The Discovery High Ropes Course pushes daring types to the limit. With 25 separate elements, the course tests strength and coordination and culminates in three peak experiences, including the 55-foot-high Crow’s Nest. Access to the course is by reservation at www.durhamnc.gov/ich/op/ prd/Pages/Ropes-Courses.aspx (Allow one hour.)

    • Return to Downtown Durham via Hwy. 147 N, Exit 12B (15 min.)


    Durham Bulls

    409 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701 | (919) 687-6500 | www.durhambulls.com

    Finish the day with America’s favorite pastime! Take in a Durham Bulls game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Arguably the country’s most famous Triple-A baseball team, the Durham Bulls are a Durham must-do. The team’s mascot, Wool E. Bull, offers delightful distraction as needed. Game times vary. Apr-Sept. (Allow three hours.)


    West Point on the Eno City Park

    5101 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704 | (919) 471-1623 | www.enoriver.org/what-we-protect/parks/west-point-onthe-eno/

    A perfect balance of outdoor activity and historic significance, the West Point on the Eno is located along the Eno River. The site features river access and hiking trails in addition to a working reconstructed 1778 grist mill with cornmeal for sale; the historic McCownMangum House dating to the mid-1800s; the Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography; and an amphitheater. Open 8am-sunset. (Allow one hour.)

    There’s something for everyone in family-friendly Southern Durham. From paved trails for strollers to modern playgrounds for modern toddlers, families will rest easy, knowing their children are having outdoor fun.

    From downtown Durham take N. Mangum St. heading south to University Dr. Turn right onto University Dr. Make a slight right onto Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. Continue straight on Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. for 4 miles. Turn left onto Southwest Durham Dr. Park entrance in on the left. (20 min.)


    Old Chapel Hill Road Park

    3751 Southwest Durham Drive, Durham NC, 27770 | 919-560-4355 | www.ci.durham.nc.us/gis_apps/ parkapp/mainmap.cfm

    Old Chapel Hill Road Park is a park that suites everyone’s tastes, featuring an athletic field, basketball courts, a playground area, and greenway access to the New Hope Creek Bottomlands loop trail. The trail is a 2.2-mile natural surface loop through beautiful bottomland hardwood forest between New Hope Creek and Sherwood Githens Middle School. Open dawn to dusk. (Allow one to two hours.)

    Take a left onto SW Durham Drive towards Old Chapel Hill Rd. Turn left onto Old Chapel Hill Rd. Turn right onto Garrett Rd. and go two miles. Turn left onto Highway NC 54 E. Destination will be on the left. (10 min.)

    American Tobacco Trail

    202 W. NC Highway 54, Durham, NC 27713 | 919-560-4355 | http://www.triangletrails.org

    The American Tobacco Trail is perhaps the most well-known greenway in Durham. Connecting Downtown Durham to southern Durham, this 12-mile paved walking and biking trail is perfect for an afternoon stroll, or a more intense run. Parking for the American Tobacco Trail is available via a gravel lot adjacent to the South Point Crossings shopping center, located at the intersection of Fayetteville St. and NC 54. The lot provides a direct entrance to the trail, as well as a large over view map of the trail. (Allow two hours.)

    Take a left onto Fayetteville St. Turn left onto Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. Turn right onto Hope Valley Rd. Turn left onto University Dr. Turn right onto Academy Rd. Turn left onto Pickett Rd. Take the second right onto Wade Rd. Cornwallis Road Park is ahead on the left. (15min.)
    3. Cornwallis Road Park

    2830 Wade Road Durham NC 27705 | (919)560-4355 | www.durhamnc.gov/gis_apps/sp/parkapp/park.cfm

    A local city park that includes a fit trail (walking trail plus exercise stations), traditional playground structures, climbing walls and webs, basketball court, picnic area, and a heavily wooded 18-hole disc golf course built amongst rolling piedmont NC hills. (Allow two hours.)