Sarah P. Duke Gardens98 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: 420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708, USA , United States
- Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-9196843698
- Tags: Botanical Garden, Family And Kids
Duke University started this fifty-five acre project in 1934. After first couple of unsuccessful years, the university succeeded in converting a piece of land into the beautiful garden that we see today. There are five miles of pathways and specially designed handicapped trails. Koi pond in the park makes the view absolutely serene. There are numerous shaded benches. More than three hundred volunteers are constantly working to keep the park spotless. All the plants are labelled to make your visit relaxing as well as informative.
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How to Reach Sarah P. Duke Gardens
- Bus to Anderson St at Campus Dr Lot (Southbound) bus stop.
- Bus to Yearby Ave at Flowers Dr (GC/DN Westbound) bus stop.
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Sarah P. Duke Gardens Reviews & Ratings
This is such a beautiful spot and the perfect place to take out of town visitors. I'd budget about 2-3 hours to spend here. Parking can be a bit tight, so it might be good to go earlier in the day. I did see signs for an overflow lot, but I'm not sure how much of a walk it is to get there. Once you park, you do have to pay for your spot, but it's a very nominal fee of a few dollars per hour. Entry into the gardens is free, yay! I have been here twice now, in April and October. I have to say it was a bit more impressive in the spring with all of the beautiful blooming flowers. On our last visit, there was a wedding going on that day, so the parking lot was closing early. There is also a gift shop on the premise, plus bathrooms. A great place to take a walk in a peaceful setting. A visit to the gardens combined with a meal out would make for a romantic date night!
This place is heavenly! I have seen a lot of gardens and not many compare to the Duke Gardens. I love how they are continuing to expand and create more trails that lead to even a bigger range of flowers. You can't just spend an hour here, you need at least 3 to really experience the tranquility and the sounds of nature. It's seriously a beautiful thing, and I have been here on way more than one occasion and it never ceases to amaze me.
Completely beautiful. You'll find flowers of every color, shape, and size, all arranged in a gorgeous, well-kept array. There are 4 themed gardens, each equally beautiful. There are ponds with fish and frogs, a small farm with chickens, fruits, and vegetables, a lake with ducks, a bird watching station, and much more. The gift shop is actually surprisingly tiny but has some cool items. There's a good amount of shade and benches to relax, and some paths that feel like little secrets. I wish there was more interactive activities for children, and more children-focused play areas in general, but the beauty and the price are hard to beat.
Really lovely place unlike anything in the region. Beautiful in every season. Give yourself at least a couple of hours to stroll the gardens and consider a side trek to the Duke University campus and chapel. Enjoy lunch in the food court or adjoining panda express, if you have the energy for the extra walking (hours vary with the school calendar, be advised) The gardeners gift shop (adjacent to parking) has something for everyone. Parking is $2/hour payable by cc.
An oasis of calm and beauty in the city. A great place to walk around or take a blanket and have a picnic. Each season has something new and different to see. There is no admission charge just pay to park