Hidden Gems in Durham

Top 4 Hidden Gems in Durham That Only Locals Know About

There is so much to discover in the Bull City, especially if you venture off the beaten path. From color murals you didn’t know were there to local wildlife sanctuaries, there’s practically a surprise around every corner. Keep reading for all the best hidden gems in Durham and the Triangle!

Although you could fill up your visit to Durham with the activities below, you’re going to need to fill the rest of your trip to the Triangle with the best restaurants and some of the more well-known things to do! Access our complimentary Durham, NC Vacation Guide for a complete and thoughtful list of all the best dining, shopping, and more in the area!

The Best Hidden Gems in Durham

Satellite Park

Atlanta is roughly 382 miles from Durham and a very manageable five to six-hour drive. However, you may not want to drive the whole way in one shot. You may want to stop and see some places that you don’t normally get to visit, or experience. One of the benefits of this trip is that you pass through major urban areas on your way like Greenville, Charlotte, and Greensboro. Each city has its own charm and flair.  

Duke Lemur Center

Did you know that lemurs are the most endangered mammals on Earth? That’s why the Duke Lemur Center‘s goal is to study, care for, and protect the animals. In fact, the center is the world’s leader of the cause and houses the largest and most diverse population of lemurs outside their native Madagascar. During the warmer months, the center opens to the public for tours. It’s an amazing opportunity to see the animals up close and learn from the experts in the subject.

Food Truck Rodeo

Not necessarily a hidden gem to locals, Food Truck Rodeo is definitely something more tourists should know about! On several dates thought-out the year, Durham Central Park hosts a large food truck event. It features all the best local trucks and is free to attend! Just pay for whatever you decide to eat and enjoy the green space.

Arrowhead Inn Bed and Breakfast

About 15 minutes north of Downtown Durham, Arrowhead Inn is a bit off the beaten path to provide the perfect blend of relaxation and proximity to everything in the area. We have a variety of elegant rooms as well as a spacious cabin and a private cottage. Whatever reason you visit Durham, you’ll wake up each morning to a delicious and gourmet breakfast! You can also make your trip extra special with one of our amazing packages!

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