Things To Do In Durham

Tour a Letterpress Studio and Print a Custom Design

Antique Letterpress Printing Class

Brian Allen Studio

Letterpress printer Brian Allen leads a tour of his personal studio, and guides you as you create original designs with old wood type

$60

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Five Play-Gym or Roller-Rink Visits at Wheels Fun Park (Up to 46% Off)

Wheels Fun Park

Durham

Large fun park entertains families with roller rink and play gym with slides, ball pits, zip lines, and more

$35 $19

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Lemurs Live! Tour for 2 or Behind-the-Scenes Weekend or Weekday Tour for 1 at Duke Lemur Center (Up to 42% Off) 

Duke Lemur Center

Durham

Get up close and personal with exotic lemurs at one of the world’s largest sanctuaries for rare and endangered prosimian primates

$24 $16

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Golf Evaluation and One or Two Golf-Fitness Training Sessions at Par4Success (Up to 55% Off)

Par4Success

Hillandale Golf Course

Golf medical professional, physical therapist, and strength and conditioning specialist works with golfers to help them reach top form

$200 $99

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Ten or Twenty CrossFit Bootcamp Classes at CrossFit Durham (Up to 80% Off)

CrossFit Durham

Durham

Coaches guide exercise routines that combine weightlifting, gymnastics, and track-and-field techniques to build strength and versatility

$200 $49

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4, 8, or 12 Martial-Arts, Self-Defense, or Kids' Karate Classes at United States Tae Kwon Do Institute (Up to 72% Off)

United States Tae Kwon Do Institute

Durham

Fitness classes for the whole family include martial arts, self-defense, and kids' karate

$80 $24

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Martial Arts Classes at United Thai Boxing and MMA (Up to 80% Off. Five Options Available.

United Thai Boxing & MMA

Durham

The Triangle's premier muay thai-based gym instills students ages six and up in mixed martial arts techniques and disciplines

$149 $35

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$20 for One Hour of RC-Car Racing for Two at Ho-B RC Park (Up to $50 Value)

Ho-B RC Park

Durham

Rental racers thread their RC cars through challenging courses during one-hour sessions

$50 $20

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Five Weeks of 60-Minute Group Lessons or One 60-Minute Private Lesson at Salsa for U (Up to 60% Off)

Salsa for U

Durham

Learn core moves, turn patterns, rhythm and timing, and footwork during private or small-group salsa lessons, for multiple experience levels

$65 $26

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Two or Four 30-Minute Private Piano Lessons with Fran Brar (Up to 52% Off)

Fran Brar

Parkwood

Longstanding piano professional imparts her knowledge and talent onto her students of all ages

$60 $29

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One Month of Unlimited Zumba and Cardio Kickboxing Classes for One or Two at Tactical Kung Fu and MMA (Up to 70% Off)

Tactical Kung Fu and MMA

Durham

Learn to punch and kick while burning calories at MMA academy; dance off calories in high-energy Zumba classes

$100 $35

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90-Minute Home-Beer-Brewing Class with Pint Glasses for One, Two, or Four at Bull City Homebrew (50% Off)

Bull City Homebrew

Durham

Expert-led classes guide advanced brewers through all-grain beer crafting basics, from selecting grains, proper mash temperature & sparging

$25 $12.50

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$25 for $100 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Triangle Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Triangle Jiu-jitsu Academy

Durham

Whether your focus is self-defense, fitness, or competition, we offer classes in an attitude-first, friendly environment.

$100 $25

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Four Weeks of Boot Camp, or Three or Six Personal-Training Sessions from Athletic Transformation (Up to 51% Off)

Athletic Transformation

Multiple Locations

Trainers help clients get in shape and reach their fitness goals during outdoor boot camp or personal-training sessions

$80 $39

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$49 for $89 Worth of Lessons — The Way Of Victory Martial & Healing Arts, School of Self-Empowerment

The Way Of Victory Martial & Healing Arts School Of Self-empowerment

Durham

Martial and healing arts foster meditative movement, stress management, flexibility, weight loss, improved self-esteem, and longevity

$89 $49

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Two, Four, or Eight Private Horseback-Riding Lessons at White Briar Farms (Up to 64% Off)

White Briar Farms

Eno

Private lessons are tailored to each individual student, and cover grooming, tacking, and riding in Western or English styles

$80 $34

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One or Two BYOB Art Classes at Happymess Art Studio (Up to 57% Off)

Happymess Art Studio

Old West Durham

BYOB classes encompass painting, drawing, collage, and more, filling a schedule that reflects the diversity of its instructors

$35 $16

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Two-Hour Glass-Fusing Class for One or Two at Glass Class in Durham (Up to 51% Off)

Glass Class

Arrowhead

Students transform glass into candy dish, condiment dishes, or channel dish under guidance of instructor with more than 25 years’ experience

$70 $35

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes at Wytha Balance Yoga (Up to 65% Off)

Wytha Balance Yoga

Durham

Yoga studio offers Kundalini, Ashtanga, and Hatha classes for adults and classes for kids dealing with symptoms associated with ADHD

$70 $25

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Select Local Merchants

Six Plates Wine Bar minimizes customers’ food indecision with a concise menu that pairs six upscale small plates with six wines by the glass. Despite the menu's diminutive size, there's no lack of variety—the foodies in the kitchen constantly swap out dishes to make use of as many local ingredients as possible, while a clipboard bears a list of more than 150 wines, and 30 beers, sold by the bottle. Mentioned in the New York Times for its use of local food, Six Plates Wine Bar puts an upscale take on comfort foods with its plates, which are about half the size of a traditional entree.

Six Plates Wine Bar's resident wine lover, Matthew Beason, curates a wine list that hails from around the globe—from behind the bar, he'll recount the tale of his first wine love, a 1995 JL Chave Hermitage Blanc that broke his heart when it eloped with a bottle of Boone’s Farm. Each glass romances tongues beneath crystal-drenched chandeliers in the warmly lit dining room, where eclectically framed vintage photos and mirrors share space on exposed brick and deep-amber walls. Diners can recline on red-upholstered armchairs, at the bar, or at intimate, candlelit tables flanked by backed barstools.

2812 Erwin Rd
Durham,
NC
US

According to legend, Duke's longtime athletic director and basketball coach Eddie Cameron sat down with football coach Wallace Wade in 1935 to drum up plans for a new indoor stadium. Throughout the meeting, the two doodled plans for the arena on the back of—what else?—a matchbook. If true, the apocryphal tale makes a fitting story for Duke, considering the university itself was founded partly on a fortune from North Carolina's prized tobacco industry.

Little could the men know at the time, but that brainchild, Cameron Indoor Stadium, would become a symbol of Duke's success over the years, in both basketball and athletics in general. Combined, the men's and women's hoops teams have collected more than 1,200 wins in front of home crowds, whose notoriously raucous cheers make it nearly impossible for visiting athletes to write their term papers on the sidelines. Steps away, Wallace Wade Stadium has stood tall since 1929, becoming the only venue outside of Pasadena, California, to host college football's iconic Rose Bowl game, back in 1942.

110 Basset Hall Drive
Durham,
NC
US

With a motto like: "Where you don’t have to have a good time to drink," it may come as no surprise that the staff of James Joyce leaves the socializing up to its patrons. The bartenders and servers keep their visitors fueled with a bounty of traditional American and Irish pub food. The kitchen adds a homemade touch to a few classics: they blend a pimiento cheese spread in-house, and brine their own corned beef before layering it onto brioche buns. A few entrees, such as Guinness–battered atlantic cod and chips and Guinness shepherd's pie, round out the menu. A beer list displays American craft brews alongside unique Irish imports.

Clinking glasses and scraping plates aren't the only sounds that echo across the pub's fenced-in beer garden or its dimly-lit, wood-filled interior. The staff organizes regular events ranging from open mics to trivia nights. Additionally, the pub screens Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United football games during the season, and sometimes twice if the players' mothers are visiting.

912 W Main St
Durham,
NC
US

Miriam Catron discovered a way to combine her love of music and athleticism—in 1997, she created Infuzion, a family-friendly center dedicated to art in all its aspects that furnishes interactive opportunities in music, theater, dance, and martial arts. Miriam selects enthusiastic and impeccably trained teachers to help students to thrive in their chosen field of study, whether they’re wielding a viola, executing a high kick, or performing a monologue on the secret lives of monologists. To round out the center's skill-instilling potential, a fitness studio hones able bodies with its arsenal of workout machines and spacious aerobics rooms that pulsate with a thunderous sound system to give soul shakers a reason to boogie outside one’s bedroom confines.

3400 Westgate Dr
Durham,
NC
US

Opened as a roller-skating center in 1977, Wheels Fun Park broadened its ambitions in 1992 when it bloomed into a full-fledged family fun center. After its metamorphosis, the park incorporated attractions that include an 18-hole mini-golf course, five batting cages, and a quarter-mile go-kart track. Nothing overshadows its roots though, and today's 25,000-square-foot roller rink commands a 14-speaker sound system and a dazzling light show that twinkles in skaters' sparkling eyes along with the glow of two disco balls.

A 6,500-square-foot play gym allows tots to act out the story of the Minotaur of Crete in a labyrinthine system of climbing tubes. An onsite skate park treats boarders to a slew of supervised rails and spines as well as a mini halfpipe. During holidays and when school is not in session, day camps keep kids well fed and well educated in subjects such as the geometry of mini golf.

715 N Hoover Rd
Durham,
NC
US

Wine and Canvas

The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions, and students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.

1821 Hillandale Road
Durham,
NC
US