Friday, February 11, 2011

Feeling Like Spring?

It's always refreshing when the grip of winter loosens its hold on the place where great things happen, and it seemed that the grip was a little tighter than usual this year. There were no record snowfalls, but there were many of them. While that's enough to dampen the spirits of the average Southerner, folks in Durham are hardly average...Durham is the Bull City for more than tobacco - folks are pretty hearty. Nonetheless, spring brings all sorts of great opportunities to get out in the world and enjoy some fresh air.

This image of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens
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Here are some of the ways to get out as the weather permits (like this weekend!):
  • The Sarah P. Duke Gardens - these are free, open to the public and are going to be bursting to life shortly.
  • Outdoor dining - many restaurants are opening their patios on these warmer days, so be on the look out for dining al fresco options soon.
  • The NC Museum of Life and Science - the outdoor spaces are a great way to get the kids all tuckered out, especially if they've felt cooped up in the colder weather. 
  • West Point on the Eno - a walk through the woods beside a river can be just what the doctor ordered to shake off some of those cold weather cob webs.
  • Go to the Durham Farmers' Market on Saturday morning - the offerings are mighty tasty.
  • Take in some of the action at the Durham Skate Park - it's a great way to burn off some calories and watch some great developing talent in a state of the art facility.
At 299-square-miles, Durham is the 17th smallest county in the state, but it sure is packed with things to do.   The forecast is calling for a high of 60 on Sunday, and all of these ideas are better than any sort of project at home.

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