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Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham
(4.8/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
A living memorial, Sarah P. Duke Gardens showcases a collection of landscaped gardens. Over 100 flowerbeds with more than 40,000 irises blossomed in the gardens in 1935. These original gardens were washed away in 1936, but Ellen Biddle Shipman redesigned them into an area called the Terraces. The terraced greenery includes a variety of species that release heady scents into Duke University's campus air. This blossoming memorial is open to the public with 8 km (5 mi) of walkways that wrap around different plant life. For Sarah P. Duke Gardens and beyond, use our Durham itinerary builder to get the most from your Durham vacation.
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  • Beautiful gardens year round. Always something in bloom. . Bring a picnic an stay awhile. You can buy duck food to feed the ducks with, little and big kids alike enjoy that! Two different shops to sup...  more »
  • They have done so many updates to the garden, trails have been lined with new things. Just a beautiful place to visit and so tranquil as u park and start your trail. Wear comfortable shoes, and do the...  more »
  • I love this place! It's always beautiful! When I lived in Durham, I visited every week. The best time to visit is in May. There are roses everywhere!! 
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  • Beautiful in every way. Gardens are well maintained, with excellent variety in presentation. Perfect for a walk in the park, a way to take in nature, an afternoon of exploring, curling up under a tree with a good book, a romantic evening stroll, or any combination thereof. Well documented, cared for, and preserved. Ample parking. Perfect place for pictures. Safe. Worth the visit, every time.
  • Beautiful gardens, great place to walk around. I love to go during tulip season. It would be 5 stars if the parking situation was better. You never know if you will find a space because it can get so crowded at times, especially in the spring. Sometimes you have to park down the street.
  • Such a beautiful place to take the kids or go alone and sit quietly. The gardens are always well maintained and plants are labelled. It can educational and relaxing. The ducks are probably my favorite to visit and there's duck food at the terrace shop.
  • Absolutely stunning gardens. Huge expanse of land so wear comfortable shoes! Put aside at least 3 hours or so if you want to see it all at a relaxed pace.
  • This is a beautifully maintained oasis in the middle of a growing city. Kid and pet friendly(please pick up after them) with a native plant section and lots of water and places to sit or have a picnic. A beautiful place for a wedding reception, wedding photos, education and light exercise(not really jog friendly.) There are many knowledgeable gardeners and volunteers, with lots of resources and labeling for the plants. Plus the duck pond has been a favorite destination since I was small(although feed them duck food, not bread!) Parking isn't free, but not heavily enforced.