Morehead Planetarium and Science Center:
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is one of the oldest and largest planetariums in the United States. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center offers an informal learning environment for science education that serves nearly 170,000 visitors every year. Its programs include summer science camps, science cafes, family science activities and statewide outreach, featuring the DESTINY mobile science lab and PLANETS portable planetarium.
Museum of Life and Science:
The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top attractions. Situated on 84-acres, the interactive science park includes a science center, a butterfly conservatory which is one of the largest in the world and beautifully-landscaped outdoor exhibits which are safe havens for rescued black bears, lemurs, and endangered red wolves. The Museum's Dinosaur Trail takes visitors on a journey through the Late Cretaceous period.
West Point on the Eno:
Located along a two mile stretch on the scenic Eno River, this 388 acre city park offers a variety of recreational activities such as picnicking, hiking, canoeing, and rafting. An amphitheater is also inside the park, as well as many historic buildings such as a reconstructed 1778 working gristmill, the McCown-Mangum House built in the 1880s, the Hugh Manhum Museum of Photography, and a recreation of a 19th century blacksmith shop.
One of the largest pre-Civil War plantations, this historic plantation offers visitors a glimpse into the past, particularly of the African American slaves who worked the plantation. Two beautifully restored historic buildings and an old barn are on site and self guided tours of the extensive grounds are available, as well as an array of learning opportunities.
St. Joseph's AME Church:
One of the first autonomous African-American churches in America, this beautiful church was converted into a performance hall in 2001 and features an 1891 brick sanctuary that includes a stained glass portrait of Washington Duke.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens:
Duke Gardens is recognized as one of the premier public gardens in the United States, renowned for its landscape design and high quality horticulture. Each year, more than 300,000 visitors come to Duke Gardens from all over the world. Of special interest is their 20-acre Culberson Asiatic Arboretum. About 550 species and cultivars of Asian plants present a living example of the close relationship between the flora of the Eastern U.S. and the flora of eastern Asia.
Duke Homestead State Historic Site:
This historic site includes authentic tobacco barns and original factories, as well as a museum filled with cigarette manufacturing and marketing memorabilia. Living history demonstrations of life on a typical yeoman farm in the 1800's are regularly performed.