Durham is a colorful, creative, and entrepreneurial community of 273,392 that welcomes 7.8 million visitors each year. Durham occupies a prime location in the heart of North Carolina and is a nexus for learning, achievement, creativity, research, and industry.
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For those desiring a busy, rapidly-growing city perhaps Durham may just be the place you will love to call home. Affectionately called "Bull City" by locals in central North Carolina, this bustling city of over 250,000 residents is home to the Durham Bulls Triple-A minor league baseball team, Duke University and North Carolina Central University. It is also world-renowned as the "City of Medicine" for offering world-class healthcare. Named by Travel Leisure as one of the best places to travel in 2015, Durham has lots to be discovered, whether you're here for a day, or a lifetime.
If live entertainment tops your list of things of do, then you will fall in love with the Durham Performing Arts Center and its big name concerts, touring Broadway productions, family shows and more. The Carolina Theatre is also a great complex featuring concerts, film festivals and other cultural events.
For nature and science enthusiasts, there's the Museum of Life and Science, a great family adventure to discover. Make sure to reserve your spot to tour The Duke Lemur Center to find out about endangered mammals from the experts. The well-honored Sarah P. Duke Gardens is over 55-acres of gardens, ponds and where learning flourishes. The Eno River State Park features canoe launches, hiking trails, fishing and camping.
Convenient to the Research Triangle Park, living in Durham is chock full of excellent places to eat, superb shopping and an abundant supply of things to see and do. The downtown area is overflowing with first-rate districts offering something to attract everyone!
Durham is named in 1849 for Bartlett S. Durham, who donated land for the railroad depot to be established. The town grew and expanded, especially in the tobacco and textiles industries. In 1924, James Buchanan Duke donated $40 million dollars for Trinity College to become Duke University.
Bullock's BBQ is Durham's oldest continuously operated restaurant. They have been in business over 62 years. George Laurer developed the UPC (Universal Product Code) in the Durham's Research Triangle Park in 1973.
Things to Do
Bull City Food & Beer Experience takes place in the spring.
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is held annually in April.
Check out the American Dance Festival.
Bull Durham Blues Festival happens in September.