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Graduating? Here's Your Durham Bucket List (2018 Edition)

Posted by Shayla Martin on Mar 7, 2018 11:51:29 AM

As college life winds down for so many students around the Bull City, they may be hit with the stark realization that the past four years have flown by, and there were so many activities they didn’t get to mark off their Durham checklist. We’re here to help. This graduation bucket list is everything you need to see, do, eat, and enjoy before making your mark on the world outside of Durham.

One bit of advice? Start now!

1. Attend a Free Outdoor Concert

Catch an outdoor shows at American Tobacco Campus and Durham Central Park. Or stay indoors and enjoy a concert at Motorco Music Hall, Beyu Caffe, or the Pinhook. See all upcoming concerts.


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2. Hike the Eno

Go for a springtime hike at the 4,200-acre Eno River State Park, stopping for photos on the suspension bridge.


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3. Tea Time

Put on your finest outfit for Afternoon Tea at the Washington Duke Inn, followed by an evening Broadway show at DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center.


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4. Bull Durham

Attend a Durham Bulls home game, especially on a theme night like Star Wars night or Merge Records night.


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5. Make Lemur Friends

Spend some quality time with the largest number of lemurs outside of Madagascar at the Duke Lemur Center, and maybe even consider "adopting" a lemur to care for from afar.


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6. Go Eagles!

Attend a North Carolina Central University baseball game at the historic Durham Athletic Park.

7. Durham Restaurants

Eat and drink at as many celebrated Durham restaurants and coffee shops as possible, Need some ideas? Check out these lists to make your own dining map.


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8. Go Bar Hopping

Visit (or revisit) some favorite Durham dive bars like Devines, Green Room, and Shooters II (and ride the bull of course), then toast to adulthood at swanky spots like Bar Virgile, Alley 26 Twenty Six, and the rooftop at The Durham Hotel.

9. Craft Breweries

Forget PBR and Natty Light – create your own Bull City beer crawl by stopping at Durham’s local craft breweries.


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10. Visit the Farmers' Market

Spend a Saturday morning with friends picking up fresh and local food for a picnic at the Durham Farmers’ Market, or head to Durham Central Park for a Sunday Food Truck Rodeo.

11. Go Shopping

Cruise downtown on foot, visiting Brightleaf Square, Black Wall Street, and local boutiques like Chet Miller, Indio, and Everyday Magic. You can stop by the Durham Visitor Info Center in the heart of downtown for recommendations and to use the phone charging station.

12. Break out your Camera

Take photos in front of iconic Durham backdrops like the Lucky Strike smokestack and water tower, the Pauli Murray murals, and Major the Bull. Check out this list of must sees for more photo op ideas.

13. Represent the Bull City

Finally, pick up a Durham shirt from Runaway, Durham City Goods, or The Bull City T-Shirt Company to display your pride wherever you may go. See more places to pick up a Durham souvenir.


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Topics: Itineraries, college grads, Duke University, North Carolina Central University

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