Play More | #NewYearNewCommute

Durham Farmers' Market

Durham Farmers’ Market (Photo courtesy of Stewart Waller / Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Find yourself rushing from work to home or school and back with little “you” time? What if this year you resolved to put more play in your life while exploring fun things to do and see right here in the Triangle?

Hopping on the Bull City Connector—a fare-free ride—offers a chance to see Durham like a tourist as the bus stops at major attractions, and many are free to visit.

  • Stroll through the Sarah P. Duke Gardens to gaze upon a historic 1930s-era terraced garden, venture into its Asiatic Arboretum or see its Native Plants garden.
  • Visit the Duke University Chapel to take in the imposing beauty of neo-Gothic architecture or perhaps catch a “Choral Evensong” service.
  • Head to Durham Central Park to picnic, ride the 10,000-square-foot skate park or attend a free event like the Earth Day Festival this spring or a concert or movie this summer.
  • Hop off at the Ninth Street District to dine, shop or browse stores that sell books, clothes, records and more.
  • Check out the Golden Belt Artist studios, located at 807 East Main Street in Building three, an Art Deco style landmark dating to 1929. The former hosiery mill now offers visitors an opportunity to see local artists at work and to buy their art.


Brightleaf Square

Brightleaf Square {Photo courtesy of Dan Hacker Photography and Durham Visitors and Conventions Bureau)


Heading outdoors to play could be the best thing you do for yourself, your friends and family this year. The benefits of moving more can help reduce your risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and some cancers and improve your mental health and mood this year.

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