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Sarah P. Duke Gardens

426 Anderson Street, Box 90341, Durham, NC 27708-0341
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Ranked #1 of 36 Attractions in Durham
Type: Gardens
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Kernersville, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

If you are anywhere in "The Triangle" in North Carolina, i.e. Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, these gardens are worth your time. I was only disappointed I waited so long and so many visits to the area to finally see them. It's a little oasis of nature in an urban area. There are different themed gardens to explore as others... More

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127 reviews 127 reviews
63 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I'm still amazed that Duke is a university with gardens like these... C'mon - in a university? This is like a private botanic garden for $20/person. I've traveled quite a bit (120 reviews as I type this) - and have never seen something quite like this for a more public setting. There are several sections: Vegetable garden, the "white" area,... More

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Durham, North Carolina, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Duke Gardens are beautiful all year. Spring and summer has more color than you can imagine. It's a wonderful place to walk and take pictures. Have a picnic lunch on the lawn near the gold fish pond.

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Because I live near the gardens, I visit quite a bit. It always looks different - week to week, not just season to season. It is lovely. A few things to remember: if you have children, most of the trees are off limits when it comes to climbing. There are signs that clearly state that fact, and there are people... More

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Redding, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I love gardening and enjoy visiting gardens when I travel. This garden is well worth the time. There are lots of different areas to wander through with a large variety of plants. The most amazing plants were I found were in the rose garden and they weren't the roses! There were huge lilies in bloom that were quite a bit... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A wonderful place to walk around and enjoy the wonderful work of nature and the helping hand of the gardening staff. They clearly must have a passion for their work and it shows!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This place is perfect for people who loves nature. Wow. Im impressed. I did not expected it to be this beautiful when i plan to come.

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Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Duke Gardens is truly glorious - beautiful year round, with plantings that change by the season. During my time as a student here, it was an oasis of calm and serenity. I never miss a visit when I return to Durham. Always wonderful to walk the paths and stumble upon wedding parties taking photos mixed with students playing frisbee and... More

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Charlotte, NC
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138 reviews 138 reviews
12 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I was really impressed with the design and plant life in this garden. Well worth a walk through but you need some time to really check everything out.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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110 reviews 110 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Visited here on a recent afternoon. Even though we live in the area we had not taken the time to visit the garden. We were very impressed. Many different flowers were in bloom. Everything had descriptions on signs so you knew what type of tree or flower you were viewing. The walk paths were very well done and many nice... More

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