Founded in 1934, The Sarah P. Duke Gardens offers 55 acres (22 hectares) of world-class gardens in the center of Duke University. More than five miles (eight kilometers) of pathways lead visitors on walks through four sections of beautifully landscaped terraces, gardens, and arboretums. The Duke Gardens host gardening, photography, and natural history classes, and a summer concert series. A cafe and a visitor center are on the grounds. Walking and trolley tours are given four days a week; reservations are recommended.
The North Carolina Museum of Life & Science offers a number of interactive educational exhibits suitable for children and adults. Visitors can walk through a tornado, turn their movements into sound sculptures, and make contact with one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the American East Coast. The museum also features bear, red wolf, and lemur sanctuaries, and a forested tree house learning environment, which gives views of a landscaped forest from 20 feet (six meters) off the ground.
Pull up a bench and revel in nature's beauty in this eight-acre (three-hectare) garden wonderland. This outdoor laboratory for the Department of Horticulture at North Carolina State University is a delight for visitors and locals alike. Sit in the shade of trees from over 50 different countries, wander down the 450-foot (137-meter) long mosaic of the Perennial Garden, or bring a good book and relax in the Reading Garden. The Victorian gazebo in the Klein-Pringle White Garden is a popular choice for local brides and the Japanese and Paradise gardens are must-sees.
This chapel built in the center of Duke University in the Collegiate Gothic style was completed in 1932. Its tower soars 210 feet (65 meters) into the sky, and its founder, James B. Duke, felt that its inspirational presence would influence campus music, faith, and learning. Fine ornamentation, stained glass, and four beautifully crafted organs, including a Flentrop, or "Bach's Organ," draw thousands of admirers to the chapel every year. Free, guided tours of the chapel are offered every Sunday after an 11a worship service.
One of the leading art museums of the American South, the North Carolina Museum of Art opened in 1956 as the first in the nation established with public state funds. More than 40 galleries here are home to a permanent collection of paintings, artifacts, and sculptures spanning the history of art from antiquity to the present day. Visitors can see paintings of the European Renaissance, Egyptian funerary artifacts, and contemporary international works of art, among others. An amphitheater hosts outdoor performances, and a museum park features more than a dozen major site-specific works surrounded by forests and fields.
Marbles Kids Museum is a modern, vibrant center of play-based learning designed for children 10 years old and younger. The museum is one of Raleigh’s top family destinations, and has a program of dozens of interactive exhibits, IMAX educational and feature film screenings, and special events. Children can explore the ins and outs of gardening and solar power, learn about healthy money habits, build simple machines, and interact with science, technology, engineering, and math learning stations. Groups of ten or more visitors are encouraged to make reservations ahead of time.
The Titmus Theatre at the NC State University is a creative outlet for all the students learning there. The semi circular auditorium is housed inside the brick exposed building of the Frank Thompson Hall. The interiors are modern and basic with less distance between the main stage and the seat. A variety of original works and also plays inspired from books are performed here. This theater gives a great exposure to aspiring actors, playwrights and musicians.
Looking for a cozy spot for an elegant and intimate wedding in Cary? The Parish Center of the Saint Michael Church fits the shoe perfectly. The beautiful facility is equipped with hardwood floors, versatile lighting and an excellent catering service. The venue is also suitable for other private parties and events. Visit their website for more details about the facility.
Located in the University of North Carolina, the Old East is a historic hall. This Italianate residence hall was built in 1793, and is one of the first constructions on site. It comprises of study rooms, kitchen, laundry, television room and lounges. Some of the amenities include smoke detectors, alarms, air-conditioning and sprinkler system. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Estey Hall popular as the oldest building surviving at Shaw, is a late Victorian style structure. Also known as the first building constructed for the higher education of the black women in the United States. The women attended the lectures at the Estey Hall in different fields such as music, art, religion and economic. The hall stood strong for almost 100 years to the Shaw university.