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

Satellite Park is one of our favorite hidden gems in Durham! Opened on the grounds of the Duke Arts Annex in 2018, the park features eight retired satellite dishes that have been transformed into works of art by local artists. It’s completely free to the public and is a great place to spend a beautiful afternoon.


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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 Breakfastarrowhead inn

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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