Located on the campus of Duke University in Durham, this gorgeous facility boasts 55 acres and five miles of walking paths on a varied terrain.
The gardens are comprised of four sections: Historic Gardens, Doris Duke Center and Gardens, H.L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, and the W.L. Culbertson Asiatic Arboretum.
View map of Duke Gardens
Inside the main entrance is a visitor's center where you can grab a map.
It also has a staffed information desk, restrooms, and a small gift shop.
Duke Gardens is a popular venue for weddings, prom photos, and other special events this time of year.
It's quite busy on the weekends, and the day I was there was no exception. But still, we had no problem getting around.
If you're looking for a beautiful place to spend a few hours walking and exploring, Duke Gardens is the perfect destination!
If you go
Admission is free; however, a parking fee is charged for the lot inside the entrance.
Free parking is available on the weekends in a large university parking lot at the corner of Yearby Avenue and Anderson Street, a short walk to the gardens.
Duke Gardens is open from 8 a.m. to dusk, 365 days a year.
The address is 420 Anderson St., Durham, NC, 27708.
For more information, visit their website.
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