Create a masterpiece in just a couple of hours. Pick from a wide selection of bare pottery, pick your colors and go to it. The studio fires and glazes your work of art in less than a week. Great for kids!
In the 1960's Morehead Planetarium was used to house and train astronauts, attested by a display in one wing of the building. Now it is used to entertain budding astronomists.
Kids shows in the morning, adult shows in the evenings. The schedule changes every couple of months, check the website for the updated calendar. Gift shop and book store complete with gravity coin drop.
Also swing by the Visitor Center (separate entrance on the other side of the building) for a rare gem - a geniune Rembrant in the circular lobby.
At Jean's Berry Batch, there are strawberries galore- Recipes, jams, cakes, and of course the opportunity to pick some to take home. Picking season is March-May. Bring your own containers.
Mon-Fri 7:30 am-7:30 pm
Sat 7:30 until picked over.
$1 pound you-pick
The Duke Primate Center is one of the premier lemur and monkey research facilities in the world. Reserve at least 2 weeks in advance for a one hour tour of the grounds (includes video, grounds tour and nocturnal house) .
See over 500 lemurs, bush babies, and lorisees! Compare their jumping skills to your own (some lemurs can jump up to 30 fit).
Excellent for adults and kids, especially if your little one is a fan of Zamboomafoo (who is actually an inhabitant of the center).
With a strong emphasis on Asian and European Art, the Ackland holds over 1500 pieces of sculpture and painting to contemplate. Check the website for calendar of events and exhibits.
In 2001, The Ackland Art Museum housed two Tibetian monks who worked diligently for weeks to create a masterful sand piece. After the display, the monks ceremonially threw the sand into the river.
The Carnivore Preservation Trust is the largest of its kind in North America. See jaguars, panthers, snow leopards and tigers. Get close enough to touch, but don't!!
Make reservations in advance. $10 tour and admission fee go directly to the upkeep of the facility.
Carolina is known for its basketball, football and soccer teams, so no matter when you're in the area, something will be in season. Check out the university website for schedules, and don't forget to wear Carolina Blue!
I haven't been here in years but it is the coolest. We used to come here on field trips in elementary school. Inside you can see star shows inside their Star Theater, which is this huge darkened room and the whole ceiling simulates the night sky and they explain what you are seeing. They also host summer camps, workshops and classes for people of all ages. Here is a link that explains more of what there is to do here at the planetarium. Admission to the Star Theater is 4.75 for adults and 3.75 for children. More rates here.