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Things to go, see and do in Durham: Part 2

December 13, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
Dec. 13, 2015

Recently, I was asked about things to visit and do in Durham, where I’ve lived for about seven and a half years. I’ve split my response, which has been lightly edited, into three blog posts. The first one was about Duke-related places; this second one is about Durham’s non-Duke stuff; and a third one covers miscellaneous items. Enjoy!


American Tobacco Historic District
300 Blackwell St., Durham, NC 27701

This complex, once the Lucky Strike cigarette factory, now houses restaurants, offices, residences and a small movie theater devoted to documentaries. The large, rambling courtyard hosts concerts during the warmer months; it also has a stream running through it that visitors can enjoy following any time of year. The facility has no retail shopping to speak of, but there are multiple places to get a bite to eat. American Tobacco Campus (or sometimes ATC), as it’s called, is across the street from the Durham Performing Arts Center, a.k.a. DPAC, and the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, a.k.a. DBAP. Be sure to stroll through ATC if you’re going to see the Bulls host a Minor League Baseball game! The Diamond View complex that surrounds the ballpark has additional dining options in a variety of styles and price points. Of all the places in this list, this is closest to downtown Durham — just a short walk across the railroad tracks.

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