The creative and scientific elements that make Durham a great place to live and work also make it a great place to learn and play. With miles of trails, several lakes and waterways, plus dozens of parks, outdoor spaces, and museums, Durham has great scenic natural beauty and places to explore science. Unique educational opportunities include the Duke Lemur Center where visitors can explore a species that is native to Madagascar, and the Museum of Life + Science where curious visitors can explore the world through interactive, engaging exhibits. Natural beauty can be admired at a variety of parks and gardens, including the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, whose 55-acres are full of more than 4,500 colorful plant varieties. Use the searchable listings below to explore science and nature in Durham.
You can easily spend a day exploring Duke Gardens. See what awaits you and get some tips in this tour of Duke Gardens’ four distinct areas. Read More
Get a behind the scenes look at the Museum of Life + Science's butterfly house in this interview with its director. Read More
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Includes grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, small shelters, and water fountains.
Horton Grove is Triangle Land Conservancy's largest nature preserve at just over 708 acres. The preserve contains land on both sides of Jock Road in Northern Durham, which was once part of the …
Includes greenway access, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, and water fountains.
Five impoundment areas ranging from 50 to 2,000 acres providing habitats for waterfowl, including ducks and Canadian geese. Bird-watching (duck-hunting, Dec-Jan).
Picnic area/shelters, hiking trails, bird-watching, camping and rockhounding. Park access is free; fee for boating, and fishing.
Includes basketball courts, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.
This 90-acre nature preserve is the site of a 19th century plantation which features an antebellum house and a cluster of farm buildings including a dairy, smokehouse, and slaves' quarters. Leigh …
Recreational area offering bank fishing, motor and rowboat rentals. Fee charged for boating and fishing. Privately-owned boats not permitted.
Includes basketball courts, greenway access, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.