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Sarah P. Duke Gardens

426 Anderson Street, Box 90341, Durham, NC 27708-0341
919-684-3698
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Ranked #1 of 36 Attractions in Durham
Type: Gardens
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Clemmons, North Carolina
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58 reviews 58 reviews
34 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

There is no admission charged to visit the gardens. There is however a fee for parking, but nothing outrageous. There is parking right at the entrance and there is also an over flow lot as well. Begin at the Doris Duke Center & Gift Shop with a restroom visit, pick up a Visitor Guide & Map then begin down the... More

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Jamestown, NC
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74 reviews 74 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Even though we visited in the middle of October there was so much green and so many plants in bloom. I can only imagine how gorgeous this place is in Spring. We walked three of the four gardens in about 90 minutes but could have easily spend another 2-3 hours. We were surprised that parking was free before 1PM on... More

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Scotland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Lovely formal gardens that were quiet when I was there - after term time though. A good mix of styles with mature woodland.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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101 reviews 101 reviews
32 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

This attraction is free. It's well kept and near the Duke campus, which is wonderful to walk around anyway. You do have to pay for parking, but that's it. They have several bathrooms and even a few places to buy food (only during the high season). I've been to the Duke Gardens during most months, and my favorite time to... More

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Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This place is hard to believe and you can spend hours there. The gardens are so beautiful and whimsical. Go with plenty of time. It is worth it plus you may want to take a short afternoon nap by the pond. It is free! Not sure about the parking situation, we were in a small lot near the shop. It... More

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Dresden, Maine
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This attraction is a gem. Located on the Duke campus, it is a perfect place for visiting with family, a picnic, photo opportunities, or spending time contemplating the surrounding beauty. It is expertly maintained.

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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

My daughter's boyfriend had never been to the Duke Gardens and we went after getting something to eat for lunch. Beautiful grounds and unbelievably well kept even in mid October. Highly recommend.

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Woodbury
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Tranquil and fragrant, well maintained. Has a small cafe (outdoor eating only). You can easily spend the whole day.

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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Gorgeous. Stunning. Can't think of enough words to describe this place. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Don't bother reading reviews, check out the photos (which don't even do it justice) and then go visit - it's amazing.

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Manakin Sabot, Virginia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The botanical gardens compare with the best. Three main gardens and ten sub gardens on 55 acres of beautifully manicured land adjacent to Duke University. I almost drove past due to limited time in the area and this would have been a regrettable error. Undoubtedly the best attraction in Durham. I wish I lived closer so I could visit numerous... More

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