Durham is also home to Duke University, and on its campus lies the neo-Gothic Duke Chapel and Nasher Museum of Art that features work from many contemporary artists. If you're in the mood to learn something during your stay near North Carolina Central University, then you can visit The Museum of Life and Science that has many interactive exhibitions, butterfly housing, as well as natural animal habitats.
Beyond learning, Durham also has many beautiful outdoor wonders. You can visit the Duke Gardens, a 55-acre public garden with an amphitheater. The Eno River State Park is also close, and it features hiking trails, fishing areas, campgrounds, and canoeing. The Falls Lake State Recreation Area allows you to go swimming or take a boat out into the beautiful waters.
Children visiting the Durham area will enjoy Frankie's Fun Park. The amusement park has go-karts, laser tag, bumper boats, mini golf, and plenty of fun arcade games. You can also take the kids to Durham Central Park where they can enjoy the skate park or one of the many festivals held there.