The Column’s Guide to Fall Vacation in Durham



As the mid-season is in full swing, you’ve counted down the days until the fall vacation starts. If you need to get off campus on your long weekend, here’s a world of activities and opportunities to explore in Durham.

Immerse yourself in the gastronomic scene

Durham has been described as “the foodie town in the South”. For those students who haven’t had the opportunity to stray from Marketplace or the Brodhead Center, now is the time to check out the scene. Sample the food on Ninth Street (Alpaca and Juju are student favorites) or head downtown and sample delicious food from some of the city’s best-known restaurants.

Spend a day at Eno River State Park

If the outdoors is your thing (or even if it isn’t), you can’t go wrong with a day trip to Eno River State Park. Just a 15-minute drive from Duke, the park offers over 30 miles of trails winding through truly stunning scenery: forests, wildflowers, and, of course, the Eno River. The park is also an ideal picnic spot. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view – you might just spot the leaves change color as the fall season approaches.

Visit the farmer’s market

There are few healthier ways to start your weekend than a visit to the Durham Farmers Market, a short walk from the East Campus. You’ll meet local vendors selling everything from flower bouquets to handmade jewelry. The Farmers’ Market is open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Saturday and features live music, delicious food and an impeccable atmosphere.

Check out The Streets in Southpoint or visit a thrift store

If your wardrobe needs an update with the changing seasons, Southpoint Mall is a 20-minute drive from campus and is home to retailers such as Urban Outfitters, American Eagle, Vans, and Forever 21. However, if you prefer Finding more unique vintage pieces, Durham has a whole assortment of thrift stores to choose from. Stock up on sweaters, jeans and cardigans while respecting your budget.

Take a photoshoot in downtown Durham

For the more artistic, Durham offers a surprising variety of shooting locations: especially its street art. Grab a friend and take a stroll around the city: the red brick walls and vibrant murals provide perfect backgrounds for photos. Your Instagram feed will thank you.


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