Fun Places to Take the Kids in Durham
Trust us, whether you're 5 years old or 95, you'll have a ball.
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.)
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.)
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.)
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 https://www.dprplaymore.org/368/Ropes-Courses. (Allow one hour.)
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.
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.)
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.)
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.)
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Visitor Information Center
Find helpful information on the great things to see and do in Durham by speaking with a friendly information specialist in person at the Visitor Information Center:
212 W Main St #101, Downtown Durham
(919) 687-0288 or (800) 446-8604
Official Durham website for visitors and newcomers. Features searchable event calendar, maps, things to see and do, places to stay and eat, and more.