Cozy University Town, Famous College Sports, Vintage 1800 architecture, Free public transportation
No Parking on Campus, Everpresent construction
A great off the beaten track intro to small town university life
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...more
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)....more
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...more
150 DuBose House Lane, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27517, United States
Good for: Families
1001 South Hamilton Road, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27517, United States
Good for: Solo
1740 Fordham Blvd, Hwy 15-501, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27514, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
The food here was great, service okay, atmosphere...nice in the bar but in the actual restaurant dining area, it's kind of uncomfortable. The tables are too close together, not much separation, your partner is sitting too far away and they hardly play music, so you just hear everyone else's chatter. Other than that the food was good, and unique. A...more
Mama Dip was featured on Good Morning America, her cookbook sells worldwide, and her local restaurant is not to be missed. Sample delicious Southern traditions including fried okra, chitlins, and chicken pastry. Also a great selection of vegetables and BBQ. Try the Chicken Pastry, but save room for Strawberry shortcake dessert.more
A cozy, dimly lit, atmosphere. Plenty of Martini selections on the menu, a nice long bar, plus additional booth seating in the back. Also, this is not too far from the Carolina Theater, showing a myriad of independent and hollywood mainstream movies. I had a Kir Royale. They also are an oyster bar, with several seafood entrees to offer. nonemore
Only been here once, but it was fairly nice and laid back on a Saturday evening. I didn't stay inside too long because there was outdoor seating and it was a nice night. They have a great selection of beers, (guiness, bass, harp, etc.), they place Irish music and there are pictures of Irish poets all over the walls with their quotes next to them....more
Perhaps to make up for the absolute lack of parking, Chapel Hill boasts a free bus system around town. A series of buses circle around campus, around town, into nearby neighborhoods and even to Durham.
Visit the website for schedule and stops.
The Apple Chill street fair happens once a year in April and is mainly an arts and crafts fair. During the fair which lasts most of the afternoon into the evening you will also find international foods and various entertainment. I have never been but I hear it's cool and I think I'm going to have to go this year. It's on Sunday April 17, this year.more
The University of North Carolina and Duke are two of the best universities in the country. A mere 11 miles separates these rivals and it is considered poor taste to celebrate one while in the town of the other. Remember in Chapel Hill, you are a Carolina Tar Heels fan, not a "Dookie"more
Every year on Halloween night, everyone (well, most everyone) here looks forward to the Chapel Hill Franklin St. Halloween celebration. The police close down several blocks of the main drag, Franklin St. and people of all ages and walks of life come out in all manner of homemade Halloween costumes. The typical french maid outfit to the most odd....more
I have been asked for change by the same guy five times in ten minutes, run into the kinds of bums who have pity stories about how they need money for the bus to get home to their families, and seen them sleeping in groups on the benches on Franklin st. They are not likely to hurt you but just a heads up, they're there.
Ever wanted to take the controls of an airplane, soaring and wheeling through the air? What about if you had an instructor with you, making sure you (and he) enjoy the landing? At Burlington Regional Airport, you can take a beginners 45 min flight lesson for only $50!! Do a pre-flight inspection, learn basic aerodynamics, as well as take off rolls,...more
I may yet build a separate page for this town but I thought it deserved mention here as it is so close to Chapel Hill. In Carrboro, you will find a lot of laid back folks, nice restaurants, and a favorite rock venue of many, The Cat's Cradle. All sorts of acts come here, and it's very intimate. Carrboro also deserves mention because I discovered in...more
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Are you a fan of Princess Bride, Gladiator, Zorro?
Try your own hand at fencing, and learn from a master. Ron Miller, head fencing coach at UNC since 1967, boasts a 1000 win record, several Olympic medalists, and countless All American athletes, most of whom started out as novices in his PE class.
Fencing Club is open to all ages, no fencing experience necessary. Every Tuesday and Thursday 7-10ppm during the academic year at 07 Fetzer Gym on the UNC campus.
Join a group lesson to learn a bit of footwork and then take a lesson with "Coach" for only $10. Free fencing with others for the rest of the evening.
Equipment: Equipment (weapon, mask, body protection) provided. Wear gym clothes, sneakers, and bring a sense of humor.
Favorite thing: It's not hard at all to find a good place to go on Franklin st. Up and down the street on both sides for several blocks there are all manner of restaurants and pubs to hang out at. Even a few coffee shops and ice cream places. Take your pick. There aren't a whole lot of places you can go wrong though. Watch out for the bums, they can be pushy and are abundant.