Durham has more than 70 lodging options, with more than 8,000 guest rooms, in a variety of sizes and styles fit for your trip. With all these options to choose from, visitors coming to Durham for the entire tournament or just the weekend are sure to find a warm and welcoming place to stay that will allow them to explore Durham.
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Named one of the most walkable and vibrant destinations in the country, Durham is the perfect place for teams, fans, families, and others traveling to the ACC Baseball Championship to have an outstanding experience in and out of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP). Durham’s neighborhoods each have their own roster of things to do, see, and eat – so start planning your six-day trip to the Bull City now with this guide of top six things to do.
Visit the American Tobacco Campus
Durham’s history surrounds you: it’s in the red-brick warehouses and rustic tobacco factories, now repurposed to house cutting-edge tech companies, restaurants, and shops. The former home of one of the biggest cigarette factories in the world, the American Tobacco Campus (ATC) has been transformed into a one-million-square-feet entertainment district and live-work-play destination with a grassy lawn and man-made river. While ATC is anchored by the DBAP, there’s so much more to explore around the ballpark including family-friendly restaurants, the Durham Performing Arts Center, a documentary theater, brewery, and more. ATC often puts many of their own events, like art shows, pop-up shops, and free concerts in the summer under the Lucky Strike tower.
Check out Durham’s Top-Notch Universities
Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country, Duke University has so much for visitors to take in, located just 2 miles from the DBAP. Don’t miss stops at Duke Athletics Hall of Fame, Cameron Indoor Stadium, and its famed Krzyzewskiville. There’s also the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, named one of the top attractions in all of North Carolina by USA Today readers, Nasher Museum of Art, and the iconic, towering Duke Chapel on campus. While you’re over by campus, reserve your spot on a tour of the Duke Lemur Center, housing the world’s largest and most diverse population of lemurs outside their native Madagascar.
In the history Hayti neighborhood, you will find North Carolina Central University, the nation’s first public liberal arts college for African Americans. NCCU is home to an art museum, award-winning marching band, fifteen athletic squads that compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Shop ‘til you drop
Look no further for some retail therapy! Southern Durham is home to one of the nation’s top super-regional malls, The Streets at Southpoint. The area also includes several retail centers near the mall, offering both big-box stores and local boutiques. Catch an IMAX show at AMC Southpoint 17 cinemas in between shopping and dining.
Just two blocks from the East Campus of Duke University, Ninth Street Shopping District is a pedestrian-friendly, old-fashioned shopping neighborhood that holds a wonderful assortment of businesses and restaurants. Brightleaf Square is another one of Durham’s shopping destinations, consisting of two separate tobacco warehouses renovated to house shops, restaurants, and offices. The space between the two structures is now a public courtyard, hosting seasonal events and concerts.
Bring the whole family to the Museum of Life + Science
The 84 acres that encompass the Museum of Life + Science are packed full of attractions designed to spark wonder and curiosity. Popular exhibits include one of the largest butterfly houses on the East Coast, a dinosaur trail where guests can admire over a dozen life-size dinosaurs, and Hideaway Woods, a two-acre nature discovery environment featuring eight tree houses, a flowing stream, and nature sculptures. With indoor and outdoor exhibits designed to accommodate a range of interests and abilities, a day at the museum means hands-on learning fun for science lovers of all ages!
Explore Durham’s City Center District
Visit Downtown Durham and you’ll feel the energy of a city that’s hitting its stride. Just a few blocks from the DBAP, pick from seasonal flavors of delicious handmade ice cream at The Parlour. Take your treat outside to CCB Plaza, home to a massive bronze bull statue. He’s known as Major, by the way, and is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Durham. Stroll across the plaza to Pour Taproom, where customers ages 21+ at the pay-by-the-ounce taproom can pour their own drink from 60+ taps featuring a wide variety of selectively curated craft beer, wine, and ciders.
Catch a movie or performance at Carolina Theatre, a historic Beaux Arts venue that hosted the Bull Durham world premiere in 1988. Speaking of Bull Durham, stop by the historic Durham Athletic Park a few blocks away to see where the iconic movie was filmed. And don’t forget to visit us at the Durham Visitor Info Center! Pick up maps, recharge your food, and get recommendations from a Durham expert.
Have fun at the ACC Baseball Championship FanFest
Stick around Saturday for a free, family-friendly festival happening just outside the DBAP. There will be inflatables, a DJ, food, drink, a station to grab players’ autographs, and many other things to do. USA Baseball will be on-site with its World Baseball Classic trophy. Stay tuned for a complete list of FanFest happenings and check out WEBSITE to learn more.
Food and drink are in Durham's DNA. From family-run barbecue joints and old-school soul food to fresh takes on global cuisine and craft beer, the Bull City's rich food and beverage culture cuts through fleeting trends. Eat and drink your way across town, and in the process discover Durham's community and soul.
FanFest is a family-friendly free event featuring live music, interactive games, student-athlete autographs, giveaways, sampling and more.
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