TUNL 50, November 6-8, 2015, Durham, NC

Non-TUNL50 Local Sites and Activities of Possible Interest


For those who looking for alternative activities during some of the TUNL50 events, we suggest the following options.


Sarah P. Duke Gardens:  A beautiful place to spend at least an hour, and even more time on a pretty fall day, within 10-15 minutes walk from TUNL.


Duke Chapel:  The chapel can be viewed from the outside, but unfortunately is presently closed for interior restoration and renovation.


Duke Lemur Center: This can be reached in 10 minutes by car from the TUNL lab and offers a unique opportunity to see many different types of lemurs, some in an outdoor environment. Tours by knowledgeable experts are available. Making reservations for the tours is advised.


Nasher Museum of Art: Located on the short drive between DukeÕs east and west campuses, it can be reached by shuttle bus from the bus stop at the front of Duke Chapel. 


American Tobacco District: Old tobacco storage barns of the American Tobacco Company have been appealingly restored into what is now downtown DurhamÕs entertainment district. Located within ~20 minutes walking distance or a 5 minuted drive from the Marriott Residence Inn, a stroll through the district to explore the restored buildings is and shops is worthwhile.


Cedar Creek Gallery: Located in a rural area about 30-40 minute driving distance north of Durham, this gallery is open between 10 AM and 6 PM. It offers a very wide variety of high quality ceramic, glasswork, metalwork, woodwork, furniture, and jewelry for sale. On weekends, artists can sometimes be observed working in their adjacent shops. ItÕs easy to spend an hour there.


Bennett Place State Historic Site: Located about 20 minutes away from TUNL by car, this is a potentially interesting visit for Civil War buffs. It was the site 150 years ago of the largest surrender of Confederate troops by General Joseph E. Johnston to US Army General William T. Sherman.


Al Buehler Cross Country Trail: Located a 10 minute initial walk from TUNL, this 3-mile trail around the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Course is well maintained and frequently used by joggers and walkers.  It is a delightful place to walk on a sunny fall day.


These and other possible suggestions for local venues of interest, with reviews, can be found at http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g49092-Activities-Durham_North_Carolina.html .