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    Sarah P. Duke Gardens

    by TimDaoust Written Feb 21, 2005

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    A bird that I had a staring contest with here

    These gardens are a part of the Duke West Campus area. Quite beautiful and a nice peaceful escape from the bustle of the city. They have all sorts of plant life that are not native to the area and a butterfly garden among other attractions. There are several duck ponds as well and fountains. Worth a walk, a stroll or even a picnic if you're in the area. One needs only to pay for parking which can be easily done at any of the parking kiosques (they even take credit cards). I have loaded a bunch more pictures into a travelogue. Unfortunately I just took this in the middle of a bleak month of February here so there isn't much life except for this bird here.

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    Beautiful Gardens - Sarah Duke Gardens

    by savvygirl Written Aug 6, 2007

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    The Sarah Duke Gardens are located on the Duke University Campus in Durham, North Carolina and stretches approximately 55 acres across. The gardens are split into 4 sections which include: wooded areas, gardens, winding walking paths and a large lake. It is the perfect place to go on a date, take a walk and enjoy the cornucopia of flora and fauna, or just chill out with a book in the grass.

    The garden was originally constructed as a memorial to Sarah P. Duke, wife of Benjamin N. Duke, one of Duke University's benefactors. It is considered one of the United States premier public gardens.

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    Attend a Duke University Basketball Game

    by ATXtraveler Written Feb 6, 2008

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    There are so many sporting events worldwide that garnish attention from rabid fans, that an entire VirtualTourist like site could be built. If you were building a US-based top ten sporting event list, a Duke University Home Basketball Game at Cameron Indoor Stadium would have to be high on this list.

    Consider this, when most men would be polled on where they would want to go, the Super Bowl, World Series, Nascar Chase for the Cup or NBA finals may be first on their list. March Madness and the NCAA tournament final might also make it up there. If you add in the female vote, the tide dramatically turns toward a small college located in Durham, NC called Duke. I am not sure if the women like it because it is a true underdog story, or if there is just the romantic appeal of a small school competing in major athletics and winning that makes Duke basketball so exciting.

    When I posted the photo of me with the Duke Blue Devil on my social networking site for the first time, I had multiple people immediately message me with "Jealous" or "WHY Didn't you invite me", or "I can not believe you got to go!". These were just the women responding!

    Either way, make sure if you are in town during the time when Duke is playing (Nov. through March), to think about going to the game. Tickets are almost impossible to get ahead of time, but with a little patience and some negotiating skill, you can get a ticket outside from a scalper for at or around face value.

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    Carolina Theater

    by TimDaoust Written Feb 22, 2005

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    This historic venue is great for indpendent flicks, the occasional film festival or even live shows. There is a schedule of events on the web page. I recently saw "A very long engagement", a Jeanne-Pierre Jeunet film, here that I enjoyed thoroughly. It was also nice to be able to buy beer at the concession stand. you'll pay what you pay in any bar for the alcohol here and concessions are typical of any theater. If you're in the area, it's worth catching a movie here. The building's architecture is beautiful.

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    The Sarah P. Duke Gardens

    by queensgirl Written Oct 22, 2004

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    A public garden located on Duke University's Campus. It is a huge garden to be open to the public. The flower displays are gorgeous this is nice place to come on a Sunday afternoon. They have alot of flowers that are native to North Carolina. There is no admission

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    Bennett Place State Historic Site

    by queensgirl Written Oct 22, 2004

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    Is the reconstructed farmhouse of James Bennett. This is the site of the negotiation leading to the largest troop surrender of the Civil War. This house gives you a glimpse into the life-style of the Southern farmer during the Civil war.

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    Peace in the midst of turmoil

    by etfromnc Updated Sep 4, 2013

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    Whether in springtime...

    If you visit Durham for just about any reason at just about any time of the year, please do not miss the Sarah P. Duke Memorial Gardens, 55 meticulously maintained acres bursting with diverse flora, and if you are quiet and still some remarkable fauna. As you stroll along the circuitous walking paths that curl around the gorgeous gardens’ grassy slopes and placid ponds, keep an eye out for the majestic resident great blue heron..

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    Sara P Duke Memorial Gardens

    by grasshopper_6 Written Apr 29, 2007

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    A beautiful 55 acre botanical garden complex right in the middle of the Duke Campus. The flora and fauna here is just amazing. There is no fee for the Gardens, but there is a fee for parking. I think it was 1$/hr.

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    Duke University Campus

    by grasshopper_6 Written Apr 29, 2007

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    What a great place to go to school! The students were very friendly here, although I think most were pretty serious about their studies. The grounds are beautiful. The buildings were constructed in a English neo gothic architecture, which explains why it reminded me of walking through an English village.

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    The Duke University Chapel

    by acemj Updated Oct 17, 2002

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    The Gothic structure that dominates Duke's West Campus is full of beautiful statues, stained glass windows and is made from stone that was quarried in nearby Hillsborough, North Carolina. Although it looks old, it was completed in 1932.

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    Durham Savoyards

    by Radiomom Written Jan 16, 2012
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    One of the reasons we moved here! I have been a costumer for the wonderful Durham Savoyards, who put on a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta every March at the historic Carolina Theater in downtown Durham.

    This year we'll do "Iolanthe" from March 29-April 1, 2012

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    Nasher Museum of Art

    by etfromnc Updated Sep 4, 2013

    The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University fosters the understanding and appreciation of the visual arts by providing direct experiences with original works of art supported by a range of exhibitions, programs, and publications for the university and the broader community. The museum draws on the intellectual resources of a great research university and serves as a laboratory of the arts dedicated to multidisciplinary approaches to learning. These strategies make the Nasher at Duke a unique cornerstone of the arts for Duke University, Durham, and the Triangle community, the State of North Carolina, and the greater Southeast region.
    The admission fee is currently $5 and the museum is closed on Mondays.

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    Classic and eclectic films

    by etfromnc Written Sep 4, 2013

    When I was at Duke, I had very little time for off-campus activities but when I did, I usually went to Bat's for a pizza or spaghetti or to The Ivy Room for something a bit more upscale. Several years ago (at a VT meet coincidentally), I discovered, much to my dismay, that both were now closed. That same weekend, however, I discovered that the Carolina Theater was still in business and that it still features classics, such as Casablanca and the original Fay Wray version of King Kong, and off-beat documentaries or foreign movies (which incidentally sometimes helped me with my French). Check it out when you are in Durham.

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    Duke University Lemur Center

    by etfromnc Updated Mar 18, 2009

    From my admittedly prejudiced point of view, Duke University has uncounted attractions and reasons to visit, even spend four years or more. One of the most under-rated of those reasons is the Duke University Lemur Center (originally known as the DU Primate Center but renamed as the Lemur Center in 2006). It is the only research and education center in the world devoted to the study of prosimians. (Prosimians are considered to be the most primitive order of primates and they are characterized by very large ears and eyes, usually blue. The most common species within the suborder Prosimii are lemurs, lorises, and galagos. They are usually nocturnal.) The Lemur Center is also home to the world's largest collection of endangered primates and may be the primary means of avoiding extinction for some of them. The island of Madagascar is the home to more prosimian species (esp. lemurs) than any other locale and habitat is rapidly disappearing as the human population of Madagascar climbs, so protecting and preserving them in the Duke Lemur Center is vital.
    The Lemur Center is supported by the University, the National Science Foundation, and private sources including tour fees.
    The Center is open for tours Monday through Saturday with varying tour times. Tours are by appointment only, and all visitors to the Lemur Center must schedule an appointment in advance of their arrival. In order to secure your spot, please call at least two weeks in advance of the date you wish to come. To arrange a tour call 919/ 489-3364 ext 0.
    Tour Fees are:
    Adults: $7.00
    Children (3-12) $4.00
    Toddlers (1-2)* $1.00
    Senior Citizens $4.00
    College Students $5.00
    Special arrangements and fees can be arranged for large groups.
    While toddlers are not absolutely prohibited, the content of the tour and the difficulty of viewing the lemurs (esp. in winter) make inclusion their inclusion potentially counterproductive to the value of the tour for all concerned.
    There is also a gift shop, of course.

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    Sarah P. Duke Gardens

    by ClariceStarling Written Feb 20, 2006
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    Duke Gardens is free except for a small parking fee at certain times. The grounds are gorgeous, particularly in the Spring. The grounds are divided into several separate gardens, each with a particular theme and which highlight specific types of foliage. These include a terrace garden, native plants and an asiatic arboretum. There is a small cafe with outdoor seating and there are also many lovely little spots for a picnic.

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