Summer In & Around Duke

10 things to do if you stay in Bull City

True Blue | Audrey Wang | April 15, 2016

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REALITY CHECK: there are 3 weeks left of school. Whether you’re sighing about achieving nothing over the past year or jumping for joy because you’re finally done with that NS requirement for good, someone is bound to walk up and ask:

“so, what are you doing this summer?”

Some of us might be interning at top consulting firms, making change in exotic third world countries, or working at that humble pizza place round the corner back home. But if you’re like me and got withdrawn from that study abroad waitlist, didn’t get into that internship you were eyeing, don’t have a plan B or just can’t get your life together, you’re probably thinking: should I go home and spend my summer in bed watching Netflix or should I stay at Duke to slay that multi class so that I don’t die next semester?

It’s the difference between getting to go home and spending two more months with everything you miss, the food, the people, your couch; or being in boring old Durham for two more months when Shooters will be empty and campus will be dead. But hey you, if you end up staying, it’s not all that bad. Here are a couple of fun things to do:

(1) The Doughman

Love to eat? Live right next to the gym but only been twice during the semester? Participate in the world’s premiere quadrathlon featuring biking, running, water activities and competitive eating! Sign up for the Doughman 2016

(2) Durham Quarry

75 degree weather calls for a summertime dip in Eno Rock Quarry! Grab a bite from Wholefoods, enjoy a scenic hike and find your perfect picnic spot. 

(3) Blueberry Picking in Mebane

Take a drive to nearby Hawk Hill Berry Farm and pick some fresh locally grown blueberries! It doesn’t get more North Carolina than this. (Open July-August)

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(4) Catch a concert in Raleigh

A 30 minute car ride and you’ll be able to catch your favorite artists playing live at the Red Hat Amphitheatre! This summer’s hit artists include: Walk the Moon (August 5), Ellie Goulding (June 10), Of Monsters and Men (June 15) the 1975 (June 17)  and more!

(5) Fulfill Graduation Requirements

Since you’re staying to be ahead of the game/ to fulfill your graduation requirements anyway, you might as well seize the chance to climb Baldwin, go tunneling, drive around the circle backwards, and do it in the stacks and the garden with your summer fling while everyone else is gone.


(6)  Summer Festivals
Summer Session I: Got To Be NC Festival is coming to Raleigh May 20-22- “It’s like the late spring cousin of the NC state fair”. A fun night of rides, food, and entry is free!
Summer Session II: Good for you because the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ festival is coming to Cary, NC on Aug 5-6. Beer ready and get hype for some southern summer memories.

(7) Eat ice cream & picnic at Maple View Farms

Sit on a rocking chair slurping on the Carolina Crunch (vanilla ice cream with bits of Heath Bar, Butterfinger, caramel cups, and a caramel swirl) while watching the sunset over cows grazing in endless farm fields. The Triangle’s finest ice cream, freshly produced with farm fresh milk- [cheaper than the Parlour too].
Address: 6900 Rocky Ridge Rd, Chapel Hill, NC


(8) Catch a Durham Bulls Game

Support our local Triple-A baseball team at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and enjoy fireworks after (sometimes). Recommended: go on College Night!
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(9)Weekend Getaway

Sick of daily classes and high key jealous of your friends’ beach snap stories? Treat yourself to a luxurious weekend at the historic 1924 Carolina Inn or enjoy a spa package at the Umstead Hotel & Spa.

(10) Rent out shooters

Last but not least on the must do list… have a summer birthday? Rent out shooters and invite all the Durhamites!
[irony intended]