Durham is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants and numerous award-winning food establishments. The culinary culture has a dedicated following in the Triangle. Four-star dining establishments intermingle with Southern style cooking and local pubs with craft beer. Fresh is in and farmers markets are big attractions for consumers who want cheeses, grass fed beef, organic produce and more.
Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is the 2nd most attended theatre in the US, with 2,800 seats. Since opening in 2008, DPAC has entertained over 4 million guests with a wide variety of Broadway, concert, comedy, and special events. Check out local bands at local clubs like Motorco. Nearby, the historic 1,000 seat Carolina Theater boasts a variety of shows, including nationally touring performers, films, and film festivals.
With the Duke/UNC rivalry described by ESPN as “the ACC’s best rivalry” and #3 all-time rivalry in the U.S., basketball creates tremendous excitement every year. North Carolina Central University supplies a formidable talent in football and other Division I teams competing in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
The Durham Bulls, AAA minor-league baseball team, are famous for many reasons. With game attendance topping 500,000 every year, it is the top drawing team in minor league baseball. The 10,000 seat ballpark underwent a $22 million renovation four years ago and has hosted the ACC Championship for the past three years.
The Bulls are back-to-back Governors’ Cup champions (2017 & 2018) and the 2017 AAA National Champions. The team even inspired the film Bull Durham starring Susan Sarandon and Kevin Costner. (P.S. even baseball cards were invented in Durham)
With miles of greenways and hiking trails, boating, fishing, some of the Triangle’s best golf courses, there is something for every outdoor enthusiast. The American Tobacco Trail is a 22+ mile rails-to-trails project that crosses through the City of Durham.
From the Durham Symphony to annual events like Full Frame Documentary Festival, CenterFest and the American Dance Festival to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and more, there are great arts and cultural opportunities for you taking place every day.
Frequent and direct air travel is easy through the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, where about 800,000 people travel through monthly to national and international destinations. Durham also has Amtrak and national bus services.
Checkout the city before you arrive courtesy of the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau 360 degree tour here:
Find out about Durham’s arts and its thriving business environment and economy courtesy of Durham Magazine.