Dinosaurs & Astronauts!!! (and butterflies, and farmyard
animals, and wolves and lemurs and rockets, and trains, and water fun
and so much more at
theMuseum of Life +
Science . .
. ) NEW in Summer 2012: Cool off in the wonderful new exhibit, INTO THE
Landing (further afield in Raleigh, NC)
3311 Capital Blvd., Raleigh,
North Carolina 27604.
Offers miniature golf, batting cages, video arcade, laser tag,
team-building, speedway Go-Karts, Snack Bar, and birthday party
packages. Visit their website for directions
Park(further afield in Raleigh, NC)
520 Ashe Ave., Raleigh, NC 27606-2150
Children will enjoy riding an antique carousel, as well as other
children's rides (boat rides, train rides), playground and fun stuff for kids and
families. Tickets are required for rides, and tickets cost $1
each. (Some rides require more than one ticket. The carousel
can get expensive particularly since most kids would love to ride it
over and over again!) (A stop at the park can be a fun way to
break up the drive to the beach
if you are driving through Raleigh.)
Directions to Pullen Park: Take I-40
east to the Wade Avenue exit. Take the first I-440 exit (outer
beltline). Get off at the second Western Boulevard exit, toward NC
State (not Cary) and continue straight. After you cross over Avent
Ferry Road, take the second left (sign points to Gov. Morehead school),
and the Pullen Park parking lot will be on your left.
Ride a train through the park and ride the antique Dentzel
carousel! The carousel is a recently fully restored turn-of-the-century piece with 46 authentic hand-carved animals and is the centerpiece of the 76-acre City Park in Burlington.
There are 46 hand-carved wooden animals including 26 horses, four ostriches, rabbits, and pigs; reindeer, giraffes, lions and tigers, and two chariots. These animals are hand-carved out of bass and poplar wood and are a hollow series of boxes and wood pieces glued together with hide glue into the basic shape, and then carved by hand.
The carousel was originally constructed between 1906 and 1910 by the Dentzel Carousel Company of Germantown, PA. and then purchased by the City of Burlington in 1948.
The Dentzel carvers were noted for their realism with the carving of the veins and muscles of the animals. The eyes are made of glass with true pupils, and the tails are real horse hair.
It is one of only 12 remaining Dentzel Menagerie carousels in the United States.
it Up - "The Inflatable Party Zone"
10700 World Trade Boulevard, Suite 112, Raleigh, North Carolina 27617.
(Located near the Airport.)
(919) 828-3344. Pump It Up has inflatable designs that are engaging, challenging and interactive. Kids
can play on recreational inflatables in the indoor arenas, and the inflatables are
available for private children's parties and other special events.
Bouncing, sliding, climbing, and tumbling for kids of all ages.
The indoor inflatables include a custom inflatable bounce house, inflatable slide, inflatable obstacle course, inflatable boxing arena, inflatable jousting arena,
and many other interactive inflatables.
The Chelsea 1129 Weaver Dairy Road (located in Timberlyne Shopping Center around
the corner from Subway and Sage restaurants), Chapel Hill. (919)
The Lumina 620 Market Street (Southern Village), Chapel Hill.
Movies at Timberlyne
Weaver Dairy Road (Timberlyne Shopping Center, 120 Banks Drive),
Chapel Hill. (919)
The Varsity, 123 E. Franklin St.,
Chapel Hill. (919)
IMAX Theatre (Films in 3D),
201 East Hargett St., Raleigh, NC
27601. (at the corner of Hargett and Blount streets across from Moore
(919) 834-4040. www.imaxraleigh.org
Click link for the
Movies at Northgate Mall (Durham, NC) Studio 10 Movie Theaters - 9:30 am
Tues-Thurs in June and July 2012
The movie theaters at Northgate Mall in
Durham, NC are offering FREE family movies at 9:30 am Tuesdays-Thursdays
in June and July 2012. See the Northgate Mall Movie Camp
Northgate is offering a special "Kid's
survival pack" to enjoy during the Summer Camp movies: drink, popcorn &
(fruit snacks) candy for $4.50.
Cinema at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences (WRAL Digital Theatre).
11 W. Jones St., downtown Raleigh, NC 27601.
Every Saturday at 3 pm.
Free movie presentations feature high-definition wildlife adventures, contests and prizes.
From the website:
"Nature lovers and film buffs alike now have a new source of inspiration every Saturday at 3 pm. Saturday Science Cinema is our new, free program combining awe-inspiring nature films ? shown in the Museum's high-definition movie theater ? with live presentations from Museum educators. Each full program lasts just over an hour, but the learning doesn't stop there. Kids and their parents are encouraged to ask questions of the program host or explore the halls of the Museum and discover more information about specific elements of the film." www.naturalsciences.org/cinemaniac (919) 733-7450.
Movie each First Friday of the month at NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601.
(919) 733-7350, ext. 302 or toll-free 877-4NATSCI.
Enjoy exhibits, food and a free "Natural Horror Picture
Show" movie (typically old classics and other sci-fi classic titles such as
"The Invisible Man" (1933) and "The Angry Red Planet" (1960) from 5 - 9 pm every First
Friday of the month at the North Carolina Museum of Natural
Sciences. Click link for the Museum's
calendar to find out what movie will be showing (Free) on a given
First Friday of the month.
Friday Nights at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh -
the schedule for Summer Music & Movies in the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr.,
Theater in the Museum Park. General admission $4 unless otherwise noted; Free to NCMA members and children 6 and under. Members must show current membership card and photo ID at the Box Office.
All movies begin at 9 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
information about riding classes, please click here.
N.C. Equestrian Trivia:
Legendary racehorses Man O War, Lexington, and Secretariat (1973 Triple
Crown Winner) can be traced back to the North Carolina lineage of Sir
Archie, a great North Carolina racehorse who resided in Northampton
County, N.C. in the early 19th Century.
Farm, Carol Zachary, 2618 Orange Chapel-Glover-garden Road, Chapel
Shows will resume in 2013: Hunter Jumper Schooling Shows, with food and
prizes, every second Saturday, April through November, beginning at 9
am. (No shows in 2012).
City Carriage Company offers carriage tours of the Durham Brightleaf
Square District and Duke's East Campus, Friday and Saturday nights (weather permitting) from 6?11:30pm. The horse-drawn carriage holds four
passengers; the 20?30 minute tours begin and end at the corner of Main and Gregson Streets.
Cost is $9 per person or $15 per couple; kids are free. For more information, call Robert Johnson at (919) 528-9056.
James B. Hunt Horse Complex, State
Fairgrounds, Raleigh 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC. Events include Appaloosa Horse Shows, Arabian Horse Shows,
rodeos, dressage, and more. www.ncstatefair.org/events/Horse05.htm
(919) 821-7400 or (919) 733-2145.
Western North Carolina (WNC) Agricultural Center, Fletcher, NC (much
(828) 687-1414 or (828) 667-5121.
Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center, Williamston, NC (much
(252) 792-5802 or (252) 809-0163.
Carolina Steeplechase Events
Block House Steeplechase, Tryon,
NC . (much further afield)
(sponsored by Tryon Riding & Hunt Club)
The Queen's Cup, Mineral Springs,
NC (much further afield)
For the benefit of the Catawba Lands Conservancy.
Stoneybrook Steeplechase, Raeford, NC (much further afield)
At the Five Points Horse Park.
Picking Tips: Don't pick your berries into a deep container,
as the weight of the berries on top could damage the berries
underneath. It's a good idea to pick your berries into low-sided
containers or fill lots of small containers.
Berry Handling Tips: Always
handle berries very gently, keep them dry and refrigerate them, and
don't wash them until you are ready to use them. (Wash
gently!) If you have some mushed/wet berries among your
fresh-picked berries, pick them out as they can cause the other berries
to go bad quickly. Also, do not wash berries before freezing them;
instead, freeze them straight from picking, and then wash them only
after thawing, right before you use them.
Trivia: April/May is the beginning of the season for North
Carolina strawberries, peaches, cabbage, greens, snap
beans, and sweet potatoes. In the Chapel Hill area, the season for
blueberries typically begins in July (this year, probably mid-July).
Ganyard Hill Farm, 319 Sherron Rd. in Durham. Ganyard Hill Farm provides Elementary School Field Trips and Family Farm Amusement
and has become a popular annual Fall destination for many local schools and families.
Offering pumpkins, hayride tours of the farm with a complimentary
pumpkin, cornfield mazes, giant haystack, a cotton
field for cotton picking, farm animal feeding, haymaze, corn fields to
pick, shuck and feed the animals, educational murals about bees, pumpkin
plant life cycle, cows, chickens, a picnic area, and more (all included in the price of admission). A one of a kind place that offers a true farm experience!
Family groups are welcome to drop in and enjoy all the activities any time during open hours during the fall season. No reservations
are needed. Fall Hours of Operation: Monday?Saturday 9:00 am?7:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am?7:00 pm Directions
to the NEW Ganyard Hill Farm location in Durham. www.pumpkincountry.com
Farms, (further afield), 703 Tarboro
Road, Youngsville, NC 27596. Petting barn, train rides, gemstone panning, antique
farm equipment, catfish feeding dock The Hillridge Farm fall festivals feature covered hay
rides and pumpkin picking as well as pony rides, a moon bounce and music
in addition to the farm's year-round fun. Also explore a 3-acre
corn maze and try the New Giant Slide. The Hill Ridge Farms
SUPERPASS is good every weekend during the Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Festival
- Hill Ridge Farms Express - unlimited rides
- Unlimited time in the Kiddie Park
- One Hayride with FREE Pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch
- One Gem Stone Panning Bag
- Farm Animal Corral
- Fish Feeding Dock
- Picnic & Playground Area www.hillridgefarms.com
CornField Maze Open for the Fall Season -
5011 Kiger Rd., Rougemont, NC 27572. Great Fun for the Entire Family in the country! An annual
tradition for local families. "A Field of Fun" cornfield
maze celebrates our country's love for baseball. The 14 acre
cornfield maze has 2 mazes to amuse young and old alike. The 12
acre corn field maze has one of the biggest baseball diamonds in the
US. The 2 acre cornfield maze for children or young at heart has a
baseball bat carved into the field. Also available: mums,
pumpkins, corn stalks, corn, straw, gourds, and other fall
decorations. Animals, shady picnic area, play area, and Maple View
Ice cream! Admission: Check the website for information; discounted rates
for children, Senior Citizens and groups of 20 or more. Hours: Check the website for up-to-date hours/times
ALSO: Haunted Maze Frightening Excursion, (traditionally
held on several evenings prior to Halloween, from dusk to 9pm. www.mckeecedarcreekfarm.com
to McKee CornField Maze:
From Durham, take Guess Rd. approx. 10 miles to Hwy 57. Turn
left on Hwy 57. Go approx. 2 miles. Turn left on Kiger
Rd. Go 1.5 miles on Kiger. Turn right on drive.
Watch for signs.
From Raleigh/I-40: Take I-40 to
Hillsborough. Exit off of I-40 on Hillsborough Exit. Turn right
on Hwy 86 traveling through downtown Historic Hillsborough.
Cross over Hwy 70. Go 0.5 miles. Turn right on Hwy
57. Travel 8 miles to Kiger Rd. Go 1.5 miles on Kiger.
Turn right on drive. Watch for signs.
From Burlington/I-85: Take I-85
to Hillsborough. Exit off on Hillsborough Exit 164. Turn
left on Hwy 86 traveling through downtown Historic Hillsborough.
Cross over Hwy 70. Go 0.5 miles. Turn right on Hwy
57. Travel 8 miles to Kiger Road. Turn right on Kiger
Road. Go 1.5 miles on Kiger. Turn right on drive.
Watch for signs.
N.C. Farm Tour / State
Directory of Agritourism Browse by location to find farms close to home
or near your vacation destination; also browse by category
to find petting farms, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree
cutting, and more. www.ncagritourism.com
Time Wagon & Draft Farm, Holly Springs, NC (Further
afield; approx. 1 hour form Durham and Chapel Hill, 35 minutes from
Raleigh and Cary.) [Call first to confirm whether the farm will be
open when you wish to visit; website currently is not accessible.]
This 14-acre historical farm is a great way to experience how local
farms operated in the old days. Watch draft horses at work, and
enjoy a tractor-pulled wagon ride! The farm also has a large park
area with picnic tables, a general store/museum, and a show arena for
the beautiful draft horse, as well as a petting zoo. Field trips,
birthday parties, picnics and tour options available. www.oldtimewagonanddraftfarminc.com [Website currently is not accessible.] 500 W. Stephenson Road, Holly Springs, NC, 27540.
Farm(further afield, just East of Raleigh in Bunn, NC)
617 NC Hwy 98E, Bunn, NC 27508. Directions
from Chapel Hill.Directions
from Raleigh. Vollmer Farm is a fifth-generation farm that has been welcoming guests to their fall Pumpkin Farm since 1987, and to their spring Strawberry Farm since 1995. In addition to the fruits of the harvest available at the produce stand, the fall activities include a giant
100-foot underground slide, a four-acre corn maze, horse rides, hayrides and farm animals.
Blueberry Picking - (Season July - early August)
picking is a fun activity
for the whole family and gives children a hands-on experience of nature
and the delicious fruits of nature!
A local favorite
Hillsborough Blueberry Patch offers
seasonal Blueberry Picking in
Hillsborough, NC. (Previously known
Berries and Philoxenia - was two
Patches run by different owners in same location).
Nice Berries (patch on the right-hand side as you enter)
Philoxenia (fka Blueberry Hill)(patch
on the left-hand side) (previously operated for the benefit of the Human Kindness
Foundation), 8411 NC Hwy 86, Cedar Grove, NC 27217
Located 11 miles outside of Hillsborough. (Take 86N through
Hillsborough, and continue North on HWY 86 for @ 11 miles past the intersection
of 86N and the Hwy 70 Bypass in Hillsborough. You will see
"Pope's Tires" on your right. Continue 100 yards and take a right
at the Blueberry Sign into the driveway. Park and pick from
either the berry patch on the left - Philoxenia; or on your right -
Nice Berries.) Pick the ORGANIC BERRIES on the left (picking
buckets are in the kiosk stand), then weigh
them and pay for them at the kiosk stand (honor system). In the
past was $2 a
pound; prices subject to change. What a great deal for organically farmed blueberries!
around July through August (sometimes through September -
depending on the year's crop), the
Blueberry Hill blueberry patch is expected to have an abundance of wonderful,
delicious, organic blueberries. (For example, Blueberry Hill sold nearly six
tons of delicious organic blueberries in 2005 - a great yield for a
historical note about the Human Kindness Foundation
(established in 1973) that previously/owned /ran the self-pick blueberry
patch in Hillsborough:
If you aren't
familiar with the Human Kindness Foundation or its founder, spiritual
teacher Bo Lozoff (who passed away in Hawaii in 2012 in a motorcycle
accident), take a look at the their website.
Children's icon Fred Rogers (of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood fame) was
so greatly impressed with Foundation founder Bo Lozoff, that in speeches
Fred Rogers often named among his heroes Ghandi and Bo Lozoff.
When he passed away in February 2003, Rogers left a sizeable bequest to
Mr. Lozoff in his will in support of the Foundation's work.
Dalai Lama also is an admirer of Mr. Lozoff, and wrote the foreword to
Mr. Lozoff's book, It's a Meaningful Life: It Just Takes Practice (Viking).
Of Mr. Lozoff's book, the Dalai Lama said, ""Anyone of any faith, or none, can benefit from the universal ideas and realistic advice in this book."
In addition, Bo’s first book,
We’re All Doing Time (available in
paperback and ebook), with over 400,000 copies in print,
was hailed by The Village Voice as “one of the ten books everyone in the
world should read.”
Supporters of the
work of Bo & Sita Lozoff's Human Kindness Foundation, can visit
their website catalog to see
the books, CDs, tapes, videos, t-shirts, stained glass, artwork and
other items they sell to support the Foundation at
Bo and Sita Lozoff's' son,
Josh Lozoff, is an AMAZING local (Chapel Hill) magician of international
renown, who has also done a great deal of service work both at
home and abroad. Now Joshua is regarded as one of the top magicians
working today. (Previously he also has worked as an actor in L.A.;
including his role as Logan in the movie "Clueless", a notable recurring
role on the TV show "Cheers," as Gino Tortelli, and a recurring
role as the young (flashbacks) George Clooney character on the TV show
"Sisters." You can see Joshua's martial arts talent on display (he holds
a 2nd degree black belt in Aikido) in the film
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Original Movie (now
available on DVD at Amazon).
Small world, right? - all
connected right here in the NC Triangle. If you get the chance to go to
one of Josh's magic shows don't miss it! (Or book him for a party,
wedding or event in the NC Triangle!) Learn more about Josh Lozoff's
fascinating close-up magic at
www.joshualozoff.com. . . .Now back to Blueberry Picking in
Faircloth Farm - 577 Gilmore Rd.,
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 Call before visiting for hours
and availability. (919) 967-2131
Herndon Hills Farm - Durham - Pick
your own Blueberries, Blackberries and Muscadine Grapes (or buy
pre-picked) -- Beautiful family farm is located a stone's throw from
Southpoint Mall - 7110
Massey Chapel Rd. / Barbee Rd., Durham, NC 27713 Herndon Hills Farm has
run a pick-your-own-farm since 1987 (and the farm has been
home to the Herndon family since the late 1700's.) Call before
visiting for hours and availability. (919) 544-3313
Call (919) 544-3313 for
hours and daily update.
Directions: To get to the
Herndon Fills Farm from I-40, take the Fayetteville Road exit
(Exit 276) and go south. Take the first left on Herndon Road. Go
1/2 mile. Take a right on Barbee Road. Go 1/4 mile to farm on
Strawberry picking is fun for children and the whole family!
Berry Patch, 3003 NC Hwy 751, 9.5 miles south of I-40 on the left (at intersection with Lewter Shop
Road), Apex, NC 27523. Seasonal
strawberry picking at
its best! Pick your own or buy pre-picked. A fun activity
for the whole family. www.jeansberrypatch.com (919) 362-5800.
Hunt's Strawberries, 4505 Watkins
Rd., Raleigh, NC 27616.Call first for availability. (919) 266-1619
Farm Strawberries, 5 minutes north of Durham, Exit 186A off I-85,
follow the signs. Strawberry picking from Spring through
mid-June. Kids will also enjoy feeding the goats! Have a
strawberry picking birthday party on the farm (children can pick
berries, feed the goats, have ice cream and cake in the picnic
area. $4.50 per child includes quart container of berries). (919) 528-3263.
Waller's Family Farm, 5005 Kerley Rd., Durham, NC 27705.
Pick your own strawberries! A fun activity
for the whole family. (Located just a few minutes away from the
shopping center at New Hope Commons and Patterson Place; from New Hope
Commons on 15-501, take Mt. Moriah Rd. to Erwin; left on Kerley;
Waller Family Farm is at the intersection of Mt. Sinai and Kerley Rd.) www.wallerfamilyfarm.com (919) 225-4305
Hanover Park Vineyard (further
afield in Yadkinville, NC around 1 1/2 hours from Chapel Hill)
1927 Courtney-Huntsville Rd., Yadkinville, NC 27055.
Come see lots of Fall activity in the vineyard! Bring the family
to explore the vineyard and have a picnic beside the 1897 farmhouse
under the shade of the old oak trees. Interesting trivia:
Hanover Park Vineyard is the first bonded winery established in Yadkin
County since prohibition. Hours: Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, 12-6; Sunday 1-5. Directions: I-40 to exit 170
onto US-601. Go North 9.8 miles. Turn right onto
Courtney-Huntsville Rd. The vineyard is one mile on the left. www.hanoverparkwines.com (336) 463-2875.
Carrboro Saturday Farmers' Market is held on Saturdays, 7 a.m. - 12 noon
the Carrboro Town Hall at the Carrboro Town Commons. (Not held in
Carrboro Wednesday Farmers' Market is held on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m.
- 6:30 p.m.
(Not held in Winter.)
Farmers' Market "Growers Only" Market, Open Rain or Shine!
Fearrington Village, Hwy. 15/501, Pittsboro, NC
Open April - November on Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. - early evening
Hillsborough Farmers' Market
Open Saturday mornings in the CCB parking lot downtown on N. Churton
Street and Wednesday afternoons in the Sherriff's Dept. lower lot on E.
Margaret Lane. (Not held in
Hill Ridge Farms
Gemstone panning is available at Hill
Ridge Farms (call first for days/hours) - also don't miss the
Hill Ridge Farms
Fall Pumkin & Harvest Festival (with gem panning options); annual
Holiday Festival of Lights display, train rides, birthday parties, farm
animals, picnic areas, school field trips. Hill Ridge Farms is open
year-round (check website for dates/hours/admission).
(Chapel Hill, NC) Visit
www.1870Farm.com to learn about
gemstone panning opportunities for birthday parties; also summer camps
and (new in 2016!) Preschool at 1870 Farm in Chapel Hill.
has 10 ocations in the NC
Triangle, including 2 convenient locations
in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, NC!
NC Location Village Plaza, 257 S. Elliott Rd.,
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (conveniently located in the Village Plaza on Elliott Rd.
between Franklin St. and 15-501)
02 Chapel Hill,
NC location features:
* Personal LCD Screen on Every
Treadmill, Elliptical, Bike and Stepper with over 60 Channels available
* Cardio Cinema Room: watch the hottest
new movie releases on the BIG movie screen with surround sound
* Personal Trainers available
Testimonial: The personal trainers at 02 are excellent! I can't say enough good things about
the personal training team at 02; they are professional,
fun, hard-working, and they help their clients get the results they
want. It's fun to actually witness people getting amazingly
fit working out with the trainers at 02.
They can help you take your fitness to a whole new level.
* Classes for Seniors
* Kids' Camps/ Classes/ Child
* Group Fitness Classes: Pilates, Yoga,
Kick Boxing, Spinning,
Boot Camp, Silver Sneakers and more!
NC Location 503 W. Main St., Carrboro, NC (919) 960-9910
02 in Carrboro, NC
convenient location with easy parking (near the Carrboro Fire
Station, Town Hall/Farmers' Market, a block from Weaver Street
Fitness Classes, Cardio, Free Weights, Yoga & Pilates, Child Care
02 Client Testimonial:As a mother with young
children, I highly recommend both the Chapel Hill and the Carrboro
02 locations. Both offer free childcare,
convenient hours, and easy parking, making it possible for mothers
to take time to focus on their own fitness and health. Making
time to work out at the gym can improve your quality of life in so
many ways. (If mom's
happy, everyone's happy!)
Chapel Hill - Carrboro
YMCA 980 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (Historic Airport Rd.), Chapel
Fitness Center and Aquatic Center; offers fitness classes, fitness
training, and lots of activities and camps for children.
Orange County SportsPlex
(fka Triangle Sportsplex) in Hillsborough, NC features a state-of-the-art Gym (&
Fitness Classes), Ice Skating, Kids Camps, Olympic & Kids' Swimming Pool
& Lots of Fun for the whole family!
Alliance for Historic
Hillsborough Take a trip through time when you visit beautiful historic
Hillsborough, a pre-revolutionary-war-era town located near Chapel Hill,
Durham and RTP off Old 86. Stop by the visitor's center (a lovely
18th-century house) and enjoy shopping and dining in the downtown.
Click here to visit www.historichillsborough.org.
Highlights of Historic Hillsborough:
Walking Tour of
Revolutionary War Era Sites, Departs from the Orange County
Visitors Center, 150 E. King St., Hillsborough. Guides dressed
in period costume offer walking tours of Historic Hillsborough;
includes a map of over 40 historic sties. Tape-recorded tour
Alexander Dickson House, 150 E King St., Hillsborough, NC. Late 18th-century Quaker-plan house is the home of the Orange
County Visitors' Center. Adjacent garden features traditional
18th- and 19th- century plants used for cooking, medicinal remedies
and dying cloth.
(ca. 1815) and the Poet's Walk, 376 St. Mary's Rd., Hillsborough,
NC. (919) 732-6886. (See listing below for more information.)
The Burwell School, 319 N. Churton St.,
Site of the Rev. and Mrs. Burwell's School for Young Ladies from
1837-1857. Two-story frame house (c. 1841), brick music building
(c. 1849), brick necessary house (c. 1940) and formal gardens.
Free. Thurs.-Sat. 11am-3pm; Sun. 1-4pm; guided tours on the
Occaneechi Indian Village
at the foot of Cameron St. (along the banks of the Eno River). Recreated
Occaneechi Indian Village (complete with abodes made of mud, straw,
and sticks) marks the site along the Eno River where the tribe lived
300 years ago, and is home to interesting festivals and Occaneechi historical
living re-enactments throughout the year. (919) 304-3723.
Old Orange County Courthouse, N. Churton St. & E. King St.,
Hillsborough. Built in 1844-1845 and still used for county
judicial business; Greek Revival architecture.
Old Town Cemetery, N. Churton St. & W. Tryon St.,
Ruffin-Roulhac House, 101 E. Orange St., Hillsborough, NC. Early 19th-century home once owned by Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin
is now used as the Town Hall.
and the Poet's Walk 376 St. Mary's Rd; Hillsborough.
The historic Federal-era
plantation home (ca. 1815) has been carefully restored and is
beautifully furnished with period antiques and fine art. Guided
tours (for a fee) during regular visiting hours. The Poet's Walk
is a lovely one-mile walking trail traverses woodlands and pastures along the banks of the Eno River, with views of the Kirkland family cemetery, the Indian trading
path, and a pond that is home to a chorus of frogs. (Dogs allowed, but must be on
leash.) Poet's Walk open daily (year-round), 9am-5pm (till 6pm, Mar.-Apr. & Sep.-Oct.; till 7pm, May-Aug.).
4409 Bennett Memorial Rd. Durham, NC 27705
(919) 383-4345 From the website: "This simple farmhouse was situated between Confederate General Johnston's headquarters in Greensboro and Union General Sherman's headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1865 the two soldiers met at the Bennett Place, where they signed surrender papers for Southern armies in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Today James Bennett's reconstructed farmhouse, kitchen, and smokehouse give visitors a glimpse into the life-style of an ordinary Southern farmer during the Civil War years."
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Duke University, Durham, NC
(919) 684-2921 This beautiful, famous neo-gothic chapel has a 5,600-pipe organ and a
50-bell carillon. The University Carillonneur performs a 15-minute recital on the 50-bell carillon Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 5:15 p.m. and before and after the Sunday worship services (at 10:45 a.m. and 12:00 noon). The carillon is located near the top of the Chapel tower and can best be enjoyed outside in the vicinity of the Chapel.
During the academic year: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Summer hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Holidays and Breaks: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day
Closed to the public for weddings, funerals, and other special events.
Check the schedule before planning your trip by calling (919) 684-2572.
Chapel Information Line: (919) 681-1704
Homestead and Tobacco Museum 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 477-5498 From the website:
"See the early home, factories, and farm where Washington Duke first grew and processed tobacco. Duke's sons later founded The American Tobacco Company, the largest tobacco company in the world. The tour includes Duke's restored home, an early factory, a curing barn, and a packhouse. The Tobacco Museum exhibits trace the history of tobacco from Native American times to the
present." Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am-4 pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
2005 Special Events at
Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum (All events are free.)
Jan.1-Dec. 31 "The Spitting Image: A History of Spittoons and Cuspidors." This exhibit, the first in the nation devoted solely to spittoons and cuspidors, features more than 50 different artifacts. These range from a spittoon shaped like a turtle that opens when its head is pressed, to a brass cuspidor used in the old N.C. Senate chamber until 1961.
March 14 Regional History Bowl. Middle school classes from thegreater Triangle area compete in tournament on North Carolina history. Winners advance to state championships in Raleigh in May. Open to the public, fun and educational for all ages. Cosponsor: Bennett Place. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
June 4 Herb and Garden Festival. Historical outdoor herb festival with traditional herbal-use displays, herb and craft vendors, and refreshments. Craft demonstrations and pottery, baskets, and herbs for sale. Historic games for children, afternoon musical performances for all. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
September 10 Tobacco Harvest Festival and Mock Auction. Costumed interpreters demonstrate traditional tobacco harvesting, stringing, and curing. Hear the sounds of the only tobacco auction left in Durham. Enjoy historic games, music, and refreshments. 10
October 22 An Evening at the Homestead. Duke's Junior Interpreters present music, wagon rides, fall foods, and 19th-century children's literature! Bring a picnic for dinner. 2-6 p.m.
December 2 Christmas by Candlelight. Celebrate an 1870 Christmas and an evening tour of the homestead. Period decorations, caroling, hot apple cider, and other goodies. Entertainment in visitor center. 7-9 p.m.
Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC
Preservation Society of Chapel Hill, 610 E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill,
(919) 942-7818. Historic Chapel Hill house features changing art exhibits and hosts
chamber music concerts. The Horace Williams House hosts numerous
events throughout the year (including an annual Easter Egg Hunt and
Fourth of July celebration and ice cream social). Click here
for the events calendar. Free.
From Sunday, April 24 - Sunday, Mary 22: The Horace Williams House
will be open for an art show featuring watercolors by Luna Lee Ray,
collages by Lisa Morton, and baskets by Peg Rees.
in the Horseshoe, Sanford, NC (further afield)
324 Alston House Rd., Sanford, NC 27330, (910) 947-2051.
Hours: October 1, 2004 - April 1, 2005
Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Historical plantation (ca. 1770) was owned by Philip Alston, whose band
of Whigs was attacked in 1781 by Tories. Subsequently, four-term
governor Benjamin Williams lived in the house, which now contains
colonial and Revolutionary War-era antiques. The house is now open
to the public and the grounds are the site of revolutionary war
Special annual events include: end of
April Spring Militia Muster. Encampment of Revolutionary War
soldiers and camp followers. Small arms and artillery demonstrations,
August Annual Battle Reenactment. Reenactment of the
skirmish at the house in 1781 between Loyalist and Rebel militias.
Encampment of soldiers and families, artillery and small arms
demonstrations, craft demonstrations. early-mid December Christmas Open House. Kick off the season
at a special open house featuring costumed tours, refreshments, and
militia demonstrations. mid-December through around December 23rd: Special Christmas Tours. Programs show
how Christmas celebrations have changed in North Carolina over the
Carolina State Capitol(further
afield in Raleigh)
1 East Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 733-4994 Tours of the Senate and House of Represenatives chambers; 14
monuments on Union Square. Hours: Mon- Fri 8 am - 5 pm; Sat 10 am
- 4 pm; Sun. 1 pm - 4 pm.
Patterson's Mill Country Store 5109 Farrington Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514. (Between
Hwy. 54 and Old Chapel Hill Road)
(919) 493-8149. Beautiful old country store serving the community in the same spirit
as the original Patterson & Company Store of the 1870's.
Patterson's Mill is a haven for those seeking a moment from an earlier
age! (You may feel as though you just walked into the General
Store from Little House on the Prairie days!) Contains some of the
finest collections of mercantile American in the country, including a
nationally recognized pharmaceutical collection and tobacco memorabilia
collection. The rambling store building houses a furnished early
twentieth century doctor's office, early artifacts from the Patterson's
Mill community, and aisle after aisle of memorabilia, much of which has
remained in the same farming and merchant family since R.S. Leigh opened
the store on his plantation over 100 years ago. Admission is
free. Permanent collections are not for sale, but a large
selection of local and regional crafts, books, and many antiques and
collectibles are offered for sale. (Patterson's Mill also hosts a
wonderful Christmas Tree and Greenery sale during the holidays.)
HOURS: [Check the
Patterson's Mill Facebook page for any changes in days/hours.] Tues.-Sat. 10-5:30pm, Sun. 2-5:30pm, closed Mondays.
Sanford, NC (further
South of Pittsboro on 15-501, has a walking tour of its historic
Snow Camp (further
Founded by Quakers in 1749, Snow Camp is the site each summer of the
Historical Drama Society's performance portraying the Quakers' struggles
in the Revolutionary War and their efforts to transport fugitive slaves
to freedom through the Underground Railroad.
Mary's School(further afield
900 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC
Dates to 1842 and is the home of a chapel designed by Richard Upjohn.
Ben & Jerry's National chain serves everyone's old
favorites in primo location right on West Franklin St. Kids will enjoy
the brightly painted interior (not to mention the dazzling selection of
ice cream). Open daily, 12 pm - 11 pm.
W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 27516.
Cold Stone Creamery Several locations in the Triangle area
offer yummy made-to-order ice cream with mix-ins (mixed in front of you
on an ice-cold slab of marble) and huge waffle cones. There are so
many flavors and specialty cones (for example, the strawberry shortcake
cone, apple pie cone, "Black Forest Dream," and "Mud Pie
Mojo" cones) that you may have a hard time deciding! Cold
Stone Creamery also offers beautiful ready-made ice cream cakes, and
kids' theme cakes (such as Winnie-the-Pooh, Harry Potter, and Nemo).
A fun family outing right on E. Franklin St. (as well as other area
locations listed below).
131 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 27514. (919) 933-2323.
additional NC Triangle area locations
Francesca's Dessert Cafe Elegant ice cream parlor offers gelato and sorbets along with
coffee, tea, cakes and other desserts.
La Vita Dolce Espresso
& Gelato Cafe Wonderful gelato, Italian Sodas, coffee and espresso and baked
goods. We were transported back to Italy as we tried some of the
many delicious home-made gelato flavors! The decor and ambiance
are soothing, and the large shop-front windows offer a nice view of the
Southern Village green.
610 Market Street, Southern Village Marketplace .
Lickity Split Ice Cream Hand-dipped
ice-cream and hot dogs makes for happy kids!
503 Meadowmont Village Cir, Chapel Hill. (919)
Maple View Farm &
Voted Best Ice Cream (Chapel Hill News Rose Award in multiple
years). Also named one of the Top 12 Ice Cream Parlors
Nationwide (!!! Nationwide !!!) in Saveur Magazine (June/July 2005 issue). Maple View Farm is a family dairy farm located just northwest of
Chapel Hill, and its ice cream shop/Country Store is a destination
outing for everyone! Enjoy delicious freshly made ice cream while
lounging on rocking chairs on the shop's front porch, which looks out
over a vista of rolling countryside and the Maple View Farm. Check
their website for a calendar of Maple
View weekly specials and events. During the holidays try the
yummy egg nog, and the pumpkin ice cream!
The Country Store also sells milk, cream, and other fresh dairy products
year round. Maple View dairy products do not contain
hormones. (You can also purchase their milk products at Harris
Teeter, Whole Foods and Weaver Street Market.)
website for updated hours.)
Sunday ? Thursday: 12 pm ? 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 12 pm ? 10pm
* Hours subject to change; also longer evening hours in the summer.
**All Mapleview products are
hormone-free and antibiotic-free.** (from the website 2012)
Maple View Store:
6900 Rocky Ridge Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Maple View Main Farm (across the street from the store):
3109 Dairyland Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278.
Note: *Despite the mailing address, the original
store is not in the town of Hillsborough proper. From Chapel Hill, take
Airport Road to Homestead Road, turn west on Homestead Road and go
straight for approximately 10 miles (Homestead Road becomes Dairyland
Road) to intersection with Rocky Ridge Road. Ice Cream Store will
be on your right at corner intersection of Dairyland and Rocky Ridge. Maple View
Farm map and directions.
S&T's Soda Shoppe
(further afield, in Pittsboro) Beautifully restored old-fashioned ice cream parlor located in the
heart of Pittsboro. Menu includes lots of great lunch and dinner
selections for grown-ups and kids. A destination in itself; but
you may also wish to visit some of the many Pittsboro area attractions,
such as the Carnivore
Preservation Trust. Business Hours (as of May 2009):
Open Tues. through Sat. 11am - 7:30pm (Closed Sundays and
85 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, NC.
TCBY National frozen yogurt chain offers cones, specialty drinks,
cakes and other treats. There are tables inside and outside
seating as well.
Eastgate Shopping Center, 1800 E Franklin St #22, Chapel Hill, NC
The Chapel Hill Public Library offers lots
of Story Time programs for young children (Baby Time, Time for Toddlers,
Story Time, and Pajama Story Time), as well as Teen Events and Summer
Book Clubs, and Special Programs including magic shows, crafts, and
family movie matinees. Click here to see the current
Hill Library's Calendar of Library Events.
Carrboro Century Center 100 N.
Greensboro St. (at Weaver and Greensboro Streets)
Arts Center (Downtown Carrboro) Wonderful ambiance and great music and theater for a parents'
night out! This year's
Second Annual American Roots Series performers include Ray Lamontagne on
January 21, (According to Rolling Stones Magazine, "His sandpaper
croon sounds like church, Van Morrison and dusty porches"),
Grammy-nominee acoustic guitarist Alex de Grassi on February 18, and
four-time Grammy award-winner Dr. John on February 10, Lucy Kaplansky on
February 19, Pura Fe on February 25, Hal Ketchum on March 4., Stillhouse
Bottom Band on March 12, Rodney Crowell on March 25, Corey Harris on
March 26, and The Avett Brothers on April 1, among many others!
Visit The ArtsCenter website
for more information and to see the schedule for other great
performances throughout the year. Note: The Arts Center offers children's theater, great art, music and other classes for
kids and adults.
300-G East Main St., Carrboro, NC 27510.
Carolina Theatre Great venue for theatre and music. Past featured musicians
include, for example, Buddy Guy, the Jonny Lang
Acoustic Band and many many more over the years. See the Carolina
Theatre website for more information. 309 West Morgan St., Downtown Durham.
Symphony, Meymandi Concert Hall, BTI Center, Raleigh, NC.
"Just 4 Kids" Young People's series includes many different
fun shows and events for children and families throughout the year. Click on this link for more information.
Pittsboro General Store
Cafe - (Great food and previously known for live Irish Music
first Saturday of each month; ownership has changed over the years but
great food and live music are mainstays.)
39 West Street, Pittsboro (Located next to the
downtown traffic circle, just across from the Pittsboro courthouse.)
Market, Downtown Carrboro (also Southern Village location, and in
Hillsborough on Churton Street). Live open air music in Carrboro on Sundays. Choose from the
Market's many buffet selections and have brunch outside at
the picnic tables or on a blanket while you enjoy the music, impromptu
dancing and hula-hooping. Stop by the Market for some wonderful
organic groceries and fresh produce while you are there!
Creek Reservoir (OWASA)
off Highway 54
(919) 942-5790 Cane Creek offers picnic areas, boat rentals, and fishing and is open for recreation from March through mid-November, Thursdays
through Saturdays, 6:30 am - 6 pm; Sundays 1 pm - 6 pm.
Arboretum UNC-Chapel Hill campus (East Cameron Ave at Raleigh St.,Chapel Hill.) (919) 962-0522 Hours: Open daily, dawn to dusk. This beautiful five-acre garden (part of the North Carolina Botanical
Garden) contains more than 500 species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.
Enjoy a stroll through the walkway sheltered by a native-vine arbor and
the adjacent stone gathering circle.
P. Duke Gardens) at Duke University 426 Anderson St., Duke
University, Durham, NC 27708. www.hr.duke.edu/dukegardens (919) 684-3698.
A wonderful outing for adults and children -- bring a picnic and wear
your walking shoes! Described as the "Crown Jewel of Duke
University," the Sarah P. Duke Gardens encompass 55 acres in the
heart of the University's West Campus, next to Duke University Medical
Center. According to the garden's website, the garden is
"recognized as one of the premier public gardens in the United
States, renowned both for landscape design and the quality of
horticulture." The garden also has a Terrace Shop and Terrace
Cafe (only open during the warm seasons).
Throughout the year, Duke Gardens offers events and performances for
families with children, including Arts in the Garden, Nature
Adventures Camp, Nature
for Sprouts (nature workshops for pre-school
3, 4, and 5 year old children), and storytime in the Children's Classroom, Doris
Duke Center. (Children must be accompanied by adults; $Fee. No registration required for storytime, unless bringing a
large group. Call 919-668-1708).
Check the website for more details about current programs.
(Take 15-501 east from Chapel Hill, and get off at the NC 751 exit. Follow signs to the
gardens. You might also want to visit the Duke University Chapel
and the Duke campus (and its gothic-style chapel) while you are there.)
Winter Hikes at Eno River State Park - Sundays at 2 pm through
February 27. Free. Call (919) 644-1806.
Lake State Recreation Area
280 State Park Road, Apex, NC 27523 14,000-acre lake with motorboat access, beaches for lake swimming, hiking, picnicing, boating, camping, bald-eagle
watching and more. $5
fee per car, $3 for senior citizens ages 62 and older, and $10 per bus.
Separate fees are charged for picnic shelter reservations and campsites.
Offers a C.A.S.T. learn to fish program (Catch a Sure Thing) for ages
6-12; pre-registration required. Saturdays, 9:30am-11:30am. (919) 362-0586.
Raulston Arboretum at NC State University (further afield in
4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh
(919) 515-3132 Arboretum is the home of beautiful rose gardens showcasing the Finley
Rose, Japanese gardens, and the Klein-Pringle White garden.
Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens (further afield in Raleigh)
Martin Luther King Blvd. and Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh
(919) 834-6264. Gardens feature a life-size statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. as well
as monuments to other civil-rights pioneers.
320 Saint Mary's Rd; Hillsborough.
(919) 732-7787. Open by appointment only; call for hours. Nationally
acclaimed gardens were begun in the 19th century by Gov. and Mrs. William Alexander Graham.
The gardens include specimen trees, rock garden, woods, and perennial borders.
Old 19th century buildings remain. Guided tours. Fee $10 per
person. By appointment only (phone
(919) 732-7787for tour appointment).
Botanical Gardens Totten Center, U.S. 15-501/NC Hwy 54 Bypass
at Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill, 27514.
Beautiful conservation garden where native trees, plants, and wildflowers abound in lush setting.
Great fun for kids! Fairy workshop in the herb garden offers art
activities (and loaner fairy wings to wear in the garden). Look
for the fairies hidden in the herb garden and leave mail for fairy
friends in the fairies' mailbox. Kids will enjoy playing with
wonderful natural wooden miniature tree house/fairy house hidden under the arbor in
the herb garden. There is also an area for digging in the dirt
with shovels and giant wooden tic-tac-toe blocks. The herb garden
also is the home of a recreated Indian abode structure. Children will
also enjoy discovering the Paul Green log cabin. The Botanical
Gardens hosts sculpture and art exhibits and offers courses and
plants for sale.
The Garden's horticulture and natural history
reference library are open to the public. Visit the website for hours. www.ncbg.unc.edu/
Each year (usually late September through
mid-December) visit the Annual Sculpture in
the Garden exhibition at the
Botanical Garden. The annual invitational show features
outdoor sculptures by
at Ayr Mount 376 St. Mary's Rd; Hillsborough.
Open daily (year-round), 9am-5pm (till 6pm, Mar.-Apr. & Sep.-Oct.; till 7pm, May-Aug.).
Lovely one-mile walking trail traverses woodlands and pastures along the banks of the Eno River, with views of the Kirkland family cemetery,
the Indian trading path, and a pond that is home to a chorus of
frogs. (Dogs allowed, but must be on leash.) The historic
home is open to visitors (for a fee) during regular visiting hours.
Rock State Park(further afield)
Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC 27546.
hour's drive from Research Triangle and 45 minutes from
(910) 893-4888. Take
a picnic or go camping; hike down the trail to the Cape Fear River.
From the website: "Should the humdrum of the work week leave you with the urge to travel and explore, head to Raven Rock State Park.
. . . The first feeling you are likely to experience at Raven Rock is one of renewal. Here, the forest reigns as each year the timeless cycle of growth further heals age-old wounds inflicted by man. Nature triumphs as plants compete in the stages of forest succession and the woodlands are restored. High above the Cape Fear River stands Raven Rock, its austere beauty a testament to the forces that have shaped the land. As the river below rushes to join the sea, nature's elements continue to shape the surface of this natural monument.
Spend some time at Raven Rock State Park and let nature refresh your spirit."
8801 Glenwood Ave. and Highway 70, Raleigh, NC 27612; Harrison Ave.,
Nearly 5,400 acres of park land offers bridle, hiking, and biking
trails, rowboat and canoe rentals, and camping facilities. Call for information and/or reservations. All programs are
free. Canoeing on Big Lake - Join a ranger at the Boathouse for a
paddle around Big Lake; equipment provided; reservations required.
Check website for dates.
Located two miles west
of Chapel Hill next to Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro.
Lake ( operated by the Orange Water & Sewer Authority) is normally be open for recreation from March through
Friday through Monday, 6:30am - 6pm.
Recreation at the lake
includes canoe rentals, boat and electric motor rentals and fishing, plus a free
picnic/sunbathing area. The lake is open between late March and
early November. Lake tours available by calling (919) 968-4421, ext.
the Eno 5101 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham
Two-hour natural history float trips on the Eno River, led by
naturalist, "River Dave" Owen. River Dave has been guiding
tours of the Eno River for fifteen years! All ages; call for
reservations. Trips from April through September. $Fee..
Tours depart from West Point on the Eno City Park, Monday?Saturday, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Owen also offers evening wafting around the time of each full moon.
This beautiful park is a great setting for a picnic along the river,
and is the home of the wonderful Annual Eno River Festival in early
July. The park includes three historic buildings. Be sure to visit
the West Point Mill (which you can view in operation, powered by the
river, turning wheat into flour, and corn into cornmeal.. You can
purchase the flour, cornmeal and grits produced at the Mill!) Also
see the McCown-Mangum House at West Point, and the Packhouse & Hugh
Mangum Museum of Photography. Open daily, year-round, from 8 a.m. - sundown.
From the website:
"This 388-acre park is located along a two-mile stretch of the scenic Eno River, six miles north of downtown Durham. You can enjoy a leisurely picnic and stroll around the grounds, or take a hike through the woods on one of the park trails. Feel free to bring your canoe or kayak and experience the beauty of the Eno River."
From September through Spring, Toddler Play Indoor Playtime is available
at the following locations/times in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. (A
great idea especially when the weather is cold or rainy)
Chapel Hill Community Center
Parent-Tot Morning Extravaganza (in the Community Center gymnasium) Located at 120
South Estes Drive, (across from the Main Post
Office and University Mall; 1 1/2 miles NE of downtown Chapel Hill ).
Call Chapel Hill Parks (tel. below) for more info (dates/times); Free.
Toys are available for toddlers to play with, and you can also bring
your own toys that won't scratch the floor.
Carrboro Century Center Toddler
Preschool Playtime (for children 5 years old and younger) in the
Contact Carrboro Parks for more info (dates/times).
Tumbling mat, toys, and music provided; also some directed activities.
Morehead Planetarium at UNC 250 E. Franklin St., Downtown Chapel Hill.
Info hotline: (919) 549-6863
Main office and reservations: (919)
962-1236 The Morehead Planetarium in
downtown Chapel Hill offers numerous planetarium shows and exhibits for
children and adults. The Planetarium's "Magic Tree House?
Space Mission" show is great for kids 5-12 and their families; the
Sol & Company show is recommended for younger children up to age 7;
the Carolina Skies and Cielo Carolina (Spanish language version of
Carolina Skies) shows are recommended for adults and children 8 and up
(not recommended for younger children); the Sky Safari show is
recommended for ages 10 and up; the Extinction! show (narrated by Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor William
Shatner), is recommended for kids 12 and up, the Star of Bethlehem (annual seasonal
show through January 2nd) is suited for adults and students in grades
5-8. The Planetarium also has a great gift shop offering
distinctive educational gifts, space and science books and other unique
merchandise. (For more gift shop info call 843-7997).
Burning Coal Theatre Company Check
here for scheduled performances.
512 St. Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
Carolina Theatre Great venue for theatre (including children's theatre) and music.
Arts Center (Downtown
Carrboro, 300-G East Main Street) Wonderful ambiance and great music and theater! Enjoy the
coffee shop and art exhibits in the spacious yet cozy lobby. (See
listing in Music section for more information about featured musicians).
300-G East Main St., Carrboro, NC 27510.
Dish Theater Located inUniversity Mall (across from Waldenbooks), 201 S.
Estes Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Check for new and changing performances throughout the year. (919) 968-1515.
Children's Theatre Kazoom Children's Theatre is a participatory theatre where
children get to be the stars or puppeteers. Each show features a
fairy tale or holiday story with lots of music with movement and
interaction. For ages 2 - 7. Visit website for dates/hours
and admission. Birthday packages available. 431 Peace St. (at the corner of Peace St. and West St.), Raleigh,
Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre - NRACT Located in Greystone Shopping Center, 7713-51 Leadmine Rd. Raleigh,
27615 (919) 866-0228 Offers classes in drama, musical theatre and improve for kids and
adults; community productions; birthday parties; auditions for junior
Carrboro Branch Library (McDougle Middle School, 900 Old Fayetteville Road, Chapel Hill)
Offers a show for children on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
Hours: Mon., Wed. 3:30-9 pm; Tues., Thurs.
3:30-6 pm; Sun. 1-5 pm.
Playmakers Repertory Company Paul Green Theatre, Center for Dramatic Arts, Country Club Road, UNC-Chapel Hill. (919) 962-PLAY (7529) Performs contemporary plays and hosts national guest artists.
301 Pogue Street, Raleigh, NC 27607. Business Office: (919)
821-4579 Box Office: (919) 821-3111. The Raleigh Little Theatre states musicals, comedies and dramas with
local performers and guest directors; also offers acting classes. Check here
for the current productions/season schedule. Scheduled 2005
productions include Sleeping Beauty, Blue, Divas!, The Emperor's New Clothes, Catfish
Moon, As You Like It, and Carousel. In December, don't miss the
Raleigh Little Theater's production of Cinderella, a Raleigh Holiday
tradition for 22 years! James and the Giant Peach is
coming in March 2006.
in the Park 107 Pullen Rd., Raleigh, NC
From the website:
"Theatre In The Park is located in the northern end of Raleigh's scenic Pullen Park and is internationally acclaimed for its outstanding theatrical achievements.
With more than 40,000 people attending our programming last year alone, Theatre In The Park is the largest community theatre in North Carolina, as well known as one of the state's most exciting and innovative theatre arts centers, earning it the prestigious Medal of Arts award from the Raleigh Arts Commission for ?extraordinary achievement.?
Summer camp sessions from June - July; 9am-3pm. Award-winning
camps; profiled on CNN News and Public Television; featured at the
Kennedy Center for Performing Arts & the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame. Directed by Joseph and Cynthia Henderson.
Chapel Hill Tennis Club (CHTC) is one of
the major tennis, swim, fitness and recreational facilities in North
Carolina operating as a non-profit, member-owned organization. CHTC
consists of a beautiful Clubhouse and expansive grounds, 29 Tennis
Courts, 4 Indoor Tennis Courts, 2 Platform Tennis Courts, a Fitness
Center, Fitness Programming, an Olympic Pool, Aquatics Programming,
a Super-Loop Waterslide, Pool, Clubhouse Slice Bar Cafem a full
service Pro Shop and an awesome Calendar of Events / Programming.
Chapel Hill Tennis Club has an exceptional and experienced staff of
experts relentlessly dedicated to your family's year-round fun.
Summer and Year-Round Memberships Available.
Lake State Recreation Area
280 State Park Road, Apex, NC 27523 Lake swimming, hiking, picnicing, boating, camping, bald-eagle
watching and more. $5
fee per car, $3 for senior citizens ages 62 and older, and $10 per bus.
Separate fees are charged for picnic shelter reservations and campsites.
Offers a C.A.S.T. learn to fish program (Catch a Sure Thing) for ages
6-12; pre-registration required. Saturdays, 9:30am-11:30am. (919) 362-0586.
Swiming Pool - YMCA
301 Old Barn Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Annual and seasonal memberships
available through the Chapel Hill / Carrboro YMCA; or swim for the day.
(Admission fee.) The Meadowmont swimming facilities offer
activities for the whole family and include a regulation size lap pool;
fun pool with a 98-foot water slide, raindrop and shoreline entry; band
shell within the pool deck for entertaining; children's playground; park
gazebo; sand volleyball court; basketball goal; a clubhouse with snack
bar and kitchen for catered events, and more. Year-round
activities for various ages, including themed summer-camp programs.
Summer camps, birthday party options also available. Open Summers
and also weekends in September.
Lake Waterpark -
[2012 note: Is this business still
open? Call first to check.]
5300 Tryon Road, Raleigh, NC 27606 Shallow kiddie area; "The Beast" waterslide; bumper boats; shipwreck
walk; sea monster; test your skills on the water log; pedal boats;
volleyball; shaded picnic areas; children's playground; regulation
horseshoes. Silver Lake Waterpark is located off exit 295 (Gorman Street) from Highway
I-40 in Raleigh. Summer season: Open Daily 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM;
Off-Season: Open Weekends (Weather Permitting). Call for updated
hours/times. (919) 851-1683.
Swim and Racquet Club
Swim team, swim lessons, diving
boards, summer camp, tennis, croquet, snack bar, clubhouse,
basketball. (Paid membership required).
6901 Turkey Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC. (919) 967-0915.
'n Wild Emerald Pointe
(further afield in Greensboro, NC)
Large water park offers lots of water recreation, including the Thunder
Bay Wave Pool, Dare Devil Drop, Runaway Raft Ride, Inner Tubes on the
Lazee River, Sunken ship and plank walk at Shipwreck Cove, Raging
Rapids, Pirate's Plunge, a Skycoaster, and Splash Island for kids under
54" tall (with a kiddie-sized wave pool, a volcano with two slides,
double tube slides and interactive water play elements). 2005
season open through August 28th; closed August 29, 20 and 31; open
September 3, 4, and 5. Season/Hours.
3910 South Holden Road, Greensboro, NC 27406
(336) 852-9721 or (800) 555-5900
North Carolina Zoo(further
afield in Asheboro, NC)
4403 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, NC 27205. (Approx. 1 1/2 hour
drive from Chapel Hill area.)
The North Carolina Zoo has so much to offer and is worth the
drive! Plan lots of time to visit, as the Zoo is quite large and
has a North America & Australia section, and a separate Africa
section, each of which could be a separate day trip. The exhibits
are large, so dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable
walking shoes. Bring sunscreen and binoculars, and of course,
don't forget your camera! The animals are more active in cool
temperatures, so it is a good idea to arrive near 9am if possible.
If you wish to visit a specific animal or exhibit, call ahead to make
sure the animal is out or the exhibit is open. (In some
seasons/weather, some animals may be kept off exhibit, and exhibits may
be closed temporarily for maintenance.)
In the North America section of the zoo,
don't miss the neat-o Garden Friends Playground which is home to giant welded
praying mantis and other giant welded insect creatures, leaves, and
gourds for climbing over, under and through! Soft rubber underfoot
and lots of climbing, tunnels, and places to explore make this a really
fun (and memorable )playground for kids. Great photo ops!
The North Carolina Zoo is open every day
of the year, except on Christmas Day. (Visit the NC Zoo
website for the most up-do-date hours/days of operation). Winter hours begin October 1
and extend from 9am - 4pm. Summer hours begin on April 1 and
extend from 9am-5pm in the North America section of the Zoo, and from
9:30-4:30pm in the Africa section of the Zoo. Admission fee (or
free with Zoo Society membership).
Note: Members of the NC Zoo get free admission at the NC
aquariums (see listing below), and vice versa, so bring your membership
card with you when you visit the member facilities for free admission.
Carnivore Preservation Trust (Pittsboro,
NC) 1940 Hanks Chapel Road, Pittsboro. www.cptigers.org
Nonprofit animal sanctuary offers guided tours by
reservation only on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am and 1 pm. $
Admission Fee, free ages 3 and under. The tours are guided
by a trained docent and include tigers, leopards, jaguars, ocelots, and other
exotic carnivore species. These educational tours allow you to view the
animals up close (as close as five feet), and last approximately an hour
and a half to two hours. Meet the Tiger cubs, Kaela and Raja
whom the Trust rescued in May 2005! (The cubs were 9 months old in
May, 2005).In the Summer of 2009, the Carnivore
Preservation Trust found and has cared for an abandoned Serval cat
(dubbed "Elvis") found on their doorstep.
Read more about
Duke Lemur Center (Home
of the "real" Zoboomafoo)
3705 Erwin Rd., Durham, NC www.duke.edu/web/primate
The Duke Lemur Center fka Duke Primate Ceneter is the home of more than 300 prosimians; visits
by appointment only. The Primate Center has a gift shop called Lemur
Landing. From the website:
The Duke University Primate Center houses the world's largest collection of endangered primates. The center specializes in "prosimians" -- lemurs and related species that evolved from the primate family tree long before monkeys and apes. Through conservation, education and research, the center is helping us to better understand and protect these remarkable animals."
Of interest to Zoboomafoo fans:
The Duke Primate Center also was the home of "Zoboomafoo," the
adorable lemur in the Kratt Brother's televised PBS show. The real
"Zoboomafoo" was named "Jovian," a young male Coquerel's
Sifaka who was born at the Duke Primate Center. (Jovian's mother
was born in Madagascar.) The Zoboomafoo production crew came to the Primate Center in September, 1997 and
filmed there for a little over 2 months. Part of the set for the
Zoboomafoo show's "Animal Junction"
was built inside Jovian's cage, and that is where they filmed the parts of the show where Chris and Martin are interacting with
Zoboomafoo (Jovian). (Martin Kratt received a BS in Zoology from
Duke University.) 2016 update: Sadly Jovian passed away a few years
ago, but he was the proud father of numerous little lemurs who still
live at the Duke Lemur Center.
North Carolina Aquariums(further
afield at the North Carolina beaches in Roanoke Island (near Manteo at
the Outer Banks), Pine Knoll Shores (near Atlantic Beach on the Crystal
Coast), and Fort Fisher (near Wilmington and Kure Beach). See
listings below for addresses and telephone information. The North
Carolina Aquariums are three state-supported public education facilities
(operated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources)
located along the North Carolina coast. The aquariums feature lots
of fun activities for kids and adults, including animal feeding time,
meet live animals (pet a salamander, touch a living conch, pet a
starfish; dialog with a diver (ask a diver about life under the sea as
the diver swims around with the sharks and fish in the aquarium; explore
the salt marsh, breakfast with the animals, coastal crafts, birthday
parties, and even sleep with the fishes (groups can experience the
Aquariums at night when they schedule a sleepover!) The sea
horse tank is one of our favorites, and the jelly fish are fascinating
to watch, not to mention the resident octopus at the Fort Fisher
Aquarium, and lots more! The N.C. Aquariums also provide a
unique backdrop for parties and special events.
- N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher
(Amazing see life right before your eyes! Watch the sea horses and
pet the starfish. Interact with scuba divers who answer questions
from the audience while swimming around with sharks, fish, skates, and
other sea life!) Located on US 421 @ 15 miles south of
Wilmington, just beyond Kure Beach. From Southport take the
Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry. 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach,
NC 28449. (866) 301-3476.
- The N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores(Closed for renovation & expansion! Look for reopening in
mid-2006, including wonderful features like a sunken pirate's ship with
sea life swimming all around it and much more.) (Located five miles
west of Atlantic Beach off Highway 58 in the Theodore Roosevelt Natural
Area.) P.O. Box 580, 1 Roosevelt Drive, Atlantic Beach, NC
- The N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke
Island(Located at 374 Airport Road, off Highway 64 BUsiness on
the north end of Roanoke Island near Manteo.) P.O. Box 967, 374
Airport Road, Manteo, NC 27954-0967. (866)332-3475.
For all three of the NC Aquarium
facilities, the daily hours year-round are 9am to 5pm; closed
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. [Check
www.ncaquariums.com for UPDATED
hours/days of operation.]
Admission: Adults, $7, Seniors
& Activie Military, $6, Children ages 6-17, $5. Note:
Members of the NC Zoo get free admission at the NC
aquariums, and vice versa, (with some restrictions - check their website
for more info) so bring your membership card with you when
you visit the member facilities for free admission.
North Carolina Nature Center (Asheville, NC)
(much further afield)
75 Gashes Creek Rd., Asheville,
NC 28805. (Buncombe County).
(828) 298-5600 See rare and endangered animals in many different settings at the WNC
Nature Center. The educational farm is a home to rare and
endangered farm livestock, children can pet lambs and Angora goats in
the petting area and watch the goats and cows being milked.
Predator habitat includes bobcats, mountain lions, red wolves and gray
wolves. Nocturnal hall features wildlife displays with owls, bats
and flying squirrels. The WNC Nature Center also has an otter
habitat and the main exhibit building houses box turtles, timber
rattlesnakes among many other reptiles and amphibians.
28th Annual Fall Family Festival featuring games, contests, music,
crafters, food and other festivities will be held at the WNC Nature
Center in October, 2005.
Open year round (except major holidays), 7 days a week, 10am -
5pm. (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Martin
Luther King day). Admission: adults, $5, seniors (65 and
over) $4, youth (3-14), $3. Ages 2 and under, free.
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