Summer is the perfect time for students to immerse themselves in Durham. From sporting events to strawberry picking, the Bull City offers activities for everyone to enjoy. The Chronicle has compiled a list of ten ways to spend the hot summer days.
Take a trip to the Farmers Market… and then stop at the Durham Food Hall
There’s nothing like fresh fruit on a hot summer’s day, and there’s no better place to buy some than at the Durham Farmers’ Market. A 20-minute walk from East Campus, the market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Vendors offer a host of fresh produce, baked goods and locally produced artwork that you won’t find anywhere else.
If you get hungry browsing the stalls, walk up Foster Street to the Durham Food Hall. The Hall serves everything from bagel sandwiches to homemade ice cream. Whatever you decide to eat, it’s impossible to go wrong in a city dubbed the “Foodie Capital of the South.”
Watch a Durham Bulls game
Take part in the American pastime at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Located in the heart of Durham city centre, a Bulls game with friends is ideal for a low-key, perfect summer evening. The stadium offers carnival food – from pretzels to hot dogs to ice cream served in mason jars – and often features fireworks and local performers. If you’re lucky, you might be able to take a photo with the team mascot, Wool E. Bull.
Visit the lemur center
After a seasonal hiatus, the Duke Lemur Center reopens in May 2022. Lemurs are one of the most endangered mammals on Earth, and the DLC is home to the largest population of them outside of their native Madagascar. Learn from expert keepers, take great photos, and if you’re lucky, meet Silas, one of the baby lemurs born this season. Tours are currently by appointment only, so be sure to schedule one on their website before you go.
Pick fresh strawberries
For a wholesome afternoon in the sun, visit the Waller Family Farm. Located between Durham and Chapel Hill, the farm has been a community staple since 1943, when it started growing tobacco and moved on to strawberries as its main crop. From late April through June, visitors can pick ripe berries that are in season for $14 a gallon.
Dinner with a view
For a more upscale evening, The Patio Pool and Lounge at Unscripted Durham offers stunning rooftop views and a menu to match. It is a popular destination for locals and tourists. Indulge in shareable dishes like Japanese gyoza, cheddar and bacon croquettes and lobster sliders, while enjoying live entertainment and the scenery of downtown Durham.
Whether your passions lie in improving the environment, improving the public education system, or ending hunger in the city, there are plenty of great volunteer opportunities in Durham. Gather some friends, find a cause you support, and immerse yourself in the community.
Attend a free concert or movie
Durham’s Rock the Park 2022 series offers six opportunities to see concerts and films this summer while surrounded by the natural beauty of the city’s parks. This is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the warm weather and food from local vendors. The events are completely free and open to the public. The only thing you need to bring is a picnic blanket!
Explore the Eno River
With its lush forest, winding trails, and serene waters, Eno River State Park is a great place for everything from a short day hike to a weekend camping trip. The park has nearly 28 miles of trails to explore – Cox Mountain and Bobbitt Hole are two particularly popular trails. On July 2 and 4, the 43rd annual Enofest will feature live music, crafts and activities on the river.
Get fit on a low budget
Duke students will be thrilled to find they can stay active without paying for a Wilson Recreation Center membership this summer. Durham Parkrun is a free 5k event that welcomes participants of all abilities and takes place every Saturday at 8am. After the event, the group meets at Foster’s Market for a post-race coffee. For those looking for lighter activities, there are plenty of offers for outdoor yoga and guided walking tours in Durham’s parks.
Build your fall wardrobe
And for those anticipating the fall season, consider checking out Durham’s thrift and vintage scene. The Durham Rescue Mission Thrift Store, TROSA Thrift Store, Gibson Girl Vintage, and Rumors Durham are all great places to start organizing a unique wardrobe.
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Sevana Wenn is a Trinity freshman and reporter for the News Service.