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about DURHAM

From greenways to gardens, parks to patios, Durham is just the place to accommodate the great weather, indulge in fun activities and outdoor sports.

In as early as 1701, Durham’s charm was captured by the English explorer John Lawson in his chronicles, as he called this area “the flower of the Carolinas.”

Durham’s growth in the past has been mainly due to a thriving tobacco industry. In fact, the Bull Durham Tobacco Company, and Washington Duke‘s W. Duke & Sons Tobacco Company rapidly grew, and along with them, the city of Durham too made good progress. The Dukes were good businessmen and turned their sights to electric power generation, and what is now Duke Energy emerged as a major industry after all the towns of central and western North Carolina were electrified. Due to this, the late 19th and early 20th centuries gave impetus to the then-growing textile industry to locate just outside Durham.

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Bull City or City of Medicine?

Durham was nicknamed the “Bull City” in the late 1800s when the Blackwell Tobacco Company named its product “Bull” Durham Tobacco, and it soon emerged as the most famous trademark in the world.

Durham has evolved into a global center for information technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medicine after the Research Triangle Park (RTP) was formed during the 1950s. Also known as the “City of Medicine,” Durham has come up as a major healthcare industry, with more than 300 medical and health-related companies and medical practices.

Bill book of Broadway show Come Far Away seen at the Durham Performing Arts in Durham NC
At the DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center

ABOUT DURHAM

Situated in the state of North Carolina, between the Smoky Mountains and the beaches of the Atlantic  Durham is home to:

Art and Science museums, like the Museum of Life and Science and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; Duke and North Carolina Central universities, where world-class education is imparted; World-class medical facilities – The Duke University Hospital is nationally ranked among the best hospitals in the country; Durham Bulls Triple-A baseball – this professional minor league baseball team currently plays in the International League; more than 40 annual festivals, and over 300 restaurants.

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens is a sprawling expanse of  55 acres of gardens and boasts of some spectacular garden displays.  

With a gourmet blend of restaurants, water bodies, green spaces, recreational sporting areas, and other entertainment zones the American Tobacco Campus is one of the most happening areas in downtown Durham. 

Another top draw is the Durham Performing Arts Center, where Broadway shows like Hamilton and others are regularly performed before a 2,700 strong audience. With the center’s architecture proving to be as popular as its performing arts  – with its modern angles and stunning walls of glass, more than 200 concerts – dance, comedy, music, and theater regale audiences every year.

The Bennett Place Historic Site is a must-see for history fans, for this is the site where the largest troop surrender took place during the American Civil War. 

For an unforgettable fan game the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home to the Durham Bulls minor league baseball team is a must-visit. 

The Farmers’ Market, (the Pavilion, Durham Central Park) is an outdoor event that takes place every Saturday, bringing together the unique agricultural produce and food local to Durham. This outdoor market has been serving the community since 1999. 

Great Durham Neighborhoods

Whether they are growing families, retirees, students, or young professionals there is something in Durham for everyone!

  • Brightleaf at the Park
  • Carolina Arbors
  • Chancellor’s Ridge
  • Downtown Durham
  • Duke Park
  • Fairfield
  • Forest Hills
  • Grandale
  • Hope Valley Farms
  • Northgate Park
  • Parkwood
  • Southpoint
  • Treyburn
  • Trinity Park
  • Woodcroft
  • Woodlake

Situated in the state of North Carolina, between the Smoky Mountains and the beaches of the Atlantic  Durham is home to:

Art and Science museums, like the Museum of Life and Science and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; Duke and North Carolina Central universities, where world-class education is imparted; World-class medical facilities – The Duke University Hospital is nationally ranked among the best hospitals in the country; Durham Bulls Triple-A baseball – this professional minor league baseball team currently plays in the International League; more than 40 annual festivals, and over 300 restaurants.

A FOODIE DESTINATION

Durham has been listed as the South’s Tastiest Town (Southern Living). Great options can be found at M Sushi, Mateo, Guglhupf Bakery, Juju’s Durham, Nana’s Restaurant, Hotel Counting House, and Mothers & Sons Trattoria. There is also the Food Truck culture in Durham, they are all over the place – there is even a food truck rodeo each season, where one can choose from a variety of cuisines. And it wouldn’t be the south without Southern cuisine such as BBQ, Chicken & Waffles and fried seafood with The Original Q Shack, Saltbox Seafood Food Joint, Parker & Otis and Dames Chicken & Waffles.

LOCATION AND CONNECTIVITY

You can fly into the city of Durham through one of the many air carriers that serve RDU International Airport. The airport is just 2 miles away from city limits and only 13 miles from downtown Durham. On the road, it is easy to reach Durham via Interstate 85 from the north or south, and Interstate 40 from the east or west. 

Thanks to RTP, located primarily in Durham and the city’s expansive healthcare system companies and professionals are flocking to the city – this is also because of its affordability and the presence of great talent.

THE RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK - DURHAM’S THRIVING EPICENTER

The 7,000-acre park, formed in 1959 houses more than 250 businesses and around 50,000 people work here. The technology park has been instrumental in bringing jobs in science and technology to the state of North Carolina, apart from retaining talent from surrounding universities. Today, it has come to be an integral part of Durham and a great location for events and meetings.

EDUCATION

As the state’s 7th largest public school system, Durham Public Schools serve more than 33,000 students. Duke University is one of the country’s leading private institutions. 

North Carolina Central University is an integral part of the University of North Carolina system, while Durham Technical and Community College aims to provide a trained workforce. 

TRAILS AND GREENWAYS

Easy walking trail? Bike Trail?  Ambling Trail? 

Find all of these trails and more, across Durham:

Duke University Chapel
Durham University Chapel