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Chapel Hill Things to Do

  • Franklin Street

    RIOT? Celebrating a National Championship in Basketball? Just getting drunk going from bar to bar? Or just doing some shopping during the day? Franklin Street is ‘THE’ street in Chapel Thrill. I got caught up in 2 riots and 1 National Championship on the street. Almost all the best restaurants are here too. The Starting point is really the corner...


    RIOT? Celebrating a National Championship in Basketball? Just getting drunk going from bar to bar? Or just doing some shopping during the day? Franklin Street is ‘THE’ street in Chapel Thrill. I got caught up in 2 riots and 1 National Championship on the street. Almost all the best restaurants are here too. The Starting point is really the corner...


    The best daily University Newspaper in the country! The Daily Tarheel is available on campus every weekday and is free! Edited and written by the School of Journalism Students, it is well written and informative. In term of political content is slightly left of Stalin and Marx, but you get used to absurd diatribes. Great classifieds and – hey! –...

  • Ackland Art Museum

    The museum is nice inside. When I went the first floor had quite a few paintings from the 16 and 17th centuries. There was also a section of Chinese and ancient India sculptures/pottery. The second floor has 20th century art.

  • Old Well

    This is the symbol of UNC.A legend says that if a student drinks from the Old Well on the first days of class, it will bring him good luck throughout the school year...

  • UNC Botanical Garden

    All plant lovers must visit here. Although a bit small, the UNC Botanical Garden has a large array of diverse plants native to the Carolinas. The gardens are well kept and can only be described as beautiful. There are several sculptures of various animals here, and even a giant chessboard with two feet tall pieces. There is no admission fee, but...


Chapel Hill Hotels

  • Siena Hotel

    Details see its website. The Il Palio Ristorante - Italian restaurant serves very good fine dining...

  • The Franklin Hotel

    311 West Franklin, Chapel Hill Nc 27516, Chapel Hi

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • The Carolina Inn-Chapel Hill

    See their website for details. A charming historic hotel. Next to the University of North Carolina,...


Chapel Hill Restaurants

  • Excellent breakfast stop

    When you sit at the counter and watch the waffles as they're poured and browning, they taste better. The line will be especially long the morning after UNC plays Duke. Wear light blue, join that line, and talk like a Tar Heel fan. Waffles are #1 but it is hard to go wrong with any breakfast here.

  • The Best Biscuits Ever!

    Reviewed on NPR, revered by us locals is Biscuit Kitchen on Franklin Street as you wind up the hill into town and campus. The fried onions on any sandwhich are free - just ask. Its a drive thru - no seats. And if you are in a pick up with a wide turn radius you may have to open the door to get your food because its a tight turn. The chicken biscuit...

  • Skip the Salads, Enjoy the Pizza

    I still consider this a Chapel Hill place, even though they moved to the ballpark district in Durham. One of the best pizza chains ever, really. So I hate to nag. But ... when we ate there the other day I ordered a "Stuffed Portabella" salad, new on the menu. Two problems here: 1) the greens aren't very good at all. Instead of some nice Romaine...


Chapel Hill Nightlife


    The name of the bar is really called ‘He’s Not Here’. It is described as being on the Village Green. In 1800 I am sure it was, now it is down a small alley way that does actually open up into an outside area. There are a few trees and a little bit of grass. This is a great place for music. They have bands all the time. A great night for live music...

  • Old fashioned-movie theater

    Go catch a movie at The Varsity located right on Franklin Street. I went to a movie here a couple years ago and inside it's just a normal movie theater, but the old fashioned movie marquee on the outside adds a little something extra to the movie going experience.

  • A local legend

    Woody's is a pub located on Franklin Street that is popular with students and is always packed on game days. It's named for its owner, Woody Durham who is the longtime radio voice of Carolina basketball. Come as you are.


Chapel Hill Transportation

  • Free buses!

    The public buses in Chapel Hill are free for all standard routes, so don't hesitate to hop on board if you need a ride. Look for the sign in the window that says, "Tar Heel Express".

  • By Air: Fly into...

    By Air: Fly into Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) then take I-40 West, either getting off at the Exit 270 to NC 54 or Exit 273 to NC 15/501 S.It is very easy to drive around by car, downtown has a huge parking deck for visitors.Otherwise one can take buses (less frequent during weekends).Since Chapel Hill is a college town, many roads...

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Chapel Hill Shopping

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    by acemj Updated Mar 24, 2003

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    This place has everything you could want as a Carolina fan. From mini-basketballs to signed posters to all kinds of clothes, they've got it all.

    What to buy: My buddy Dave bought a tee shirt for his toddler son, Vincent.

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Chapel Hill Local Customs

  • Greeting people with "hey"

    Here it is a local custom to greet people you meet by saying "Hey". Then following that is " How are you today?" and maybe a little something about the weather. Here - we talk to each other. That means in the store, at the gas station, in the restaurant, at the grocery store and any person you may meet. We say "hey" - not 'Hi" or "Hello". We are...

  • Grab some coffee

    As with most college towns, coffee shops do a brisk business with students cramming for exams and needing all the caffeine they can get. This is a shot of the Carolina Coffee Shop that's been around since 1922 on Franklin Street.

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Chapel Hill Warnings and Dangers

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    by DAO Updated Jul 31, 2013

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    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Public Safety Department sounds like an office inside one of the administration buildings. One too many people have regarded these folks as security guards. They are not. They are a fully fledged Police Department with guns, jail cells and radar speed detectors. Drink driving, public drunkenness, vandalism (when drunk) or stealing things for souvenirs will all get you locked up. I almost got shot by one of them, but that’s another story. If they don’t get you then the town of Chapel Hill Police (last photo) will. That’s right – 1 University – 2 Police Departments. Keep it down unless you invite the neighbours over for a drink and take it easy in town. They also call in the Sheriff’s Department if there is a riot. Almost got hit by one of them during such a riot, but that’s another story again. So really, you have 3 different agencies to bring any stupidity to a crashing halt. Party, but keep it on private property.

    Drive the speed limit, these guys are everywhere.

    PLEASE NOTE: 'Public Consumption' is an offense on public property. This means drinking alcohol. I was prosecuted for this (3rd story) by the Chapel Hill Police when I walked across a car parking area.

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Chapel Hill What to Pack

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    by Lemonita Updated Sep 13, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: During the summer, North Carolina is pretty hot and humid (around 33C). I had the impression it was always sunny : clear blue sky with sun !!

    Winters are usually warm but it snowed the year I was there !! So don't hesitate to take a warm coat with you if you happen to be there around Dec/Jan.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are beaches off the coast. Bring your swimming suit !!!

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Chapel Hill Off The Beaten Path

  • Celebrity Dairy

    Celebrity Dairy is a local goat farm along with a beautiful B&B. In addition to goats, there are ducks, chickens, pigs and turkeys on the farm. Oh, and peacocks. Banish any thoughts of hokey, dirty farms. This is a lovely, classy place to stay AND a sustainable agriculture farm. There are also miles of hiking trails adjacent to the farm. The B&B is...

  • Visit Maple View Farm

    No trip for families - or any one else for that matter is complete without a trip to Maple View Farm - a Dairy Farm 20 minutes from downtown Chapel Hill. There is a Country Store here - with Ice Cream made on site from the cows you can look at while you eat your ice cream on the big front porch of the Country Store - as you rock in a rocking chair...

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Chapel Hill Sports & Outdoors

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    by acemj Written Mar 10, 2003

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    Carolina has a great winning tradition particularly in men's basketball and women's soccer. The basketball program, however, garners most of the national attention. On this day, they came out victorious over their arch rival, the Duke Blue Devils.

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Chapel Hill Favorites

  • The thrill of victory!

    A friend of mine who goes to school here gave me two tickets to the game (thanks, Elizabeth!) and my buddy Dave and I had a great time seeing these two rivals hit the hardwood. Despite the fact that Carolina was having a down year and Duke was favored in the game (Carolina was 5-10 and Duke 11-4 in the league coming at the time), Carolina pulled it...

  • The city of Chapel Hill

    You won't have much reason to visit Chapel Hill outside of visiting the campus of UNC, but here's a little bit of information about the city itself. It's located mostly in Orange County, North Carolina, but also a little in Durham County. It was founded in 1819 (after the school) and the population is just over 51,000. If you drive around the area...

  • Visit one of the three welcome...

    The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau recently opened a Visitors Center downtown, which is worth visiting on your arrival to get help with things to see and do. Then, start by visiting downtown, where you'll be able to explore the world-renowned Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Ackland Art Museum and lively East and West Franklin...


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