Chapel Hill Travel Guide

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Chapel Hill Things to Do

  • Paint the Earth Ceramics Studio

    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!

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  • Morehead Planetarium

    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...

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  • Pick your Own Strawberries

    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 pmSat 7:30 until picked over.$1 pound you-pickCall first

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  • See Lemurs!

    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)....

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  • Ackland Art Museum

    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...

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  • Bond with a Tiger

    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.

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Chapel Hill Hotels

  • Rizzo Conference Center

    150 DuBose House Lane, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27517, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Aloft Chapel Hill

    1001 South Hamilton Road, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27517, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hampton Inn Chapel Hill

    1740 Fordham Blvd, Hwy 15-501, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27514, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Chapel Hill Restaurants

  • Asian Fusion

    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...

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  • Fine Dining in Chapel Hill

    Four Eleven is a great way to celebrate a special occasion, or a great vacation! Wonderful wine selection, excellent piping hot gourmet meals. Though they specialize in Italian, I'm a big fan of their beef tenderloin entrees. Superb!

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  • Southern Heaven from Grandma's Kitchen

    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.

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Chapel Hill Nightlife

  • Indy Films

    Housed in an old building on Franklin St., this movie theater shows mostly independent movies. Comfy seats, sort of dumpy looking on the interior but this does not detract from the experience. The concessions are rather cheap as well. none

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  • Martini Bar

    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. none

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  • Irish pub on Franklin

    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....

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Chapel Hill Transportation

  • by Lildeer Written Mar 10, 2005

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    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.

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Chapel Hill Local Customs

  • Apple Chill Street Fair

    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.

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  • Do not Celebrate Duke in Chapel Hill

    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"

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  • Halloween Night

    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....

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Chapel Hill Warnings and Dangers

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    by TimDaoust Written May 29, 2005

    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.

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Chapel Hill Off The Beaten Path

  • Learn to Fly!

    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,...

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  • Carrboro

    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...

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Chapel Hill Sports & Outdoors

  • by Lildeer Written Mar 10, 2005

    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.

    Coach Miller
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Chapel Hill Favorites

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    by TimDaoust Written May 29, 2005

    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.

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