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Things to Do in the Triangle

There is no shortage of fun and enriching things to do in the Triangle Region. Below is just a sample of some of the most popular activities in our vibrant community.

Arts & Entertainment

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Ackland Art Museum: The Ackland Art Museum is a museum and academic unit of UNC. With its connection to the university, the museum is deeply committed to education and to programs that enhance learning for both adults and children. It is free of charge to visitors, and offers a wide selection of events related to exhibition, community, and university topics.

Carolina Performing Arts: Apart of the UNC community, Carolina Performing Arts is a presenting organization that strives to nuture artistic innovation and the development of new works on and off campus. Their mission is to integrate the arts into the life of the university, and they present numerous performances of dance, music, and art each season.

Durham Performing Arts Center: (Seen above) DPAC opened in November 2008 as the largest performing arts center in the Carolinas and hosts over 200 performances a year including touring Broadway productions, high-profile concert and comedy events, family shows and the American Dance Festival.

Duke Performances: Duke Performances is the professional performing arts presenting organization at Duke University and is committed to presenting willfully eclectic, forward-thinking performing arts of the highest quality. Annually, Duke Performances offers a robust season of 60-70 world-class performances, making extensive use of a network of Duke and Durham venues, and presenting artists spanning classical, new music, jazz, Americana, independent rock, international music, theater, and dance.

Nasher Museum of Art: The Nasher Museum of Art is the art museum of Duke University, and is located on Duke’s campus in Durham. The museum’s collection contains more than 13,000 works of art, and they are dedicated to presenting contemporary art from around the world, with particular attention given to those who have been historically underrepresented.

PlayMakers Repertory Company: PlayMakers is a professional theater company in residence at UNC. The company consists of residents, guest artists, professional staff and graduate students in the Department of Dramatic Arts. PlayMakers produces seasons of six main stage productions and three second stage productions of contemporary and classical works that run from September to April.

Athletics & Outdoor Activities

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American Tobacco Trail: The American Tobacco Trail (ATT) is a 20-mile long Rails-to-Trails project located in the Research Triangle area. The route crosses through Durham, Chatham and Wake Counties, and is open to pedestrians, cyclists, equestrians and other non-motorized users.

Carolina Hurricanes: The “Canes” are a professional ice hockey team that holds membership in the Eastern Conference of the NHL, and play their home games in the PNC Arena.

Duke University Athletics: Duke University has 26 varsity teams, known as the Blue Devils, that compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They have won a total of fifteen NCAA National Championships and are known for their famous rivalry with UNC.

Durham Bulls Baseball: The Durham Bulls are a Triple-A minor league baseball team that currently plays in the International League. Established in 1902, they play their home games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park located in the downtown area of Durham.

Jordan Lake: (Seen above) The Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is a state park spanning over Chatham and Wake Counties. It is a popular spot for swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, hunting, bird watching, and picnicking. Facilities include 3 boat ramps, 1 canoe launch, 2 swim beaches, 2 playgrounds, 3 fishing piers, a marina and 5 campgrounds.

North Carolina State Athletics: The NC State Wolfpack are the athletic teams representing NC State University. They compete as a member of the NCAA, primarily competing in the ACC for all 24 intercollegiate varsity sports. They are also a founding member of the ACC and have won eight national championships. Most NC State fans and athletes recognize the rivalry with the UNC Tar Heels as their biggest.

University of North Carolina Athletics: The Heels are the athletic teams at UNC-Chapel Hill. Carolina has won 30 NCAA Division I team national championships in seven different sports. Carolina’s most heated rivalries are with its Tobacco Road counterparts Duke, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest but the Carolina-Duke basketball series has attracted the most attention for their rivalry.


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Crabtree Valley Mall: Crabtree Mall in Raleigh is the largest enclosed mall in the Triangle area, containing over 220 stores and anchored by Belk, Sears and Macy’s.

Southpoint Mall: (Seen above) Located in Durham at the intersection of I-40 and Fayetteville Road, the mall has both an indoor and outdoor portion, which includes many popular shopping and restaurant locations, as well as a large IMAX movie theater.

University Mall: University Mall is the only enclosed shopping mall in Chapel Hill. They are anchored by a popular cooking and home goods store, A Southern Season, and has a mix of national and local stores, with a focus on specialty retailers. An attached movie theater is currently being constructed and plans to open in 2015.

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