Fall is officially upon us, meaning there are only a few precious months of perfect weather left before winter starts forcing us back indoors. Luckily, Durham Parks and Recreation is happy to help you make the most of these crisp fall days. From historic hikes to movies under the moonlight, there's plenty of reasons to get out there this fall—so get going!
Calling all history buffs and outdoorsy types—this free tour in the beautiful Leigh Farm Park will take you through an 1830s farmhouse and tell the tales of the years that followed. Drop by on a Saturday afternoon and get ready to have some knowledge dropped.
Calling all Durham ghosts and ghouls! Get decked out in your spookiest attire and head to Forest Hills for a frighteningly fun Halloween party in the park. Carnival games, haunted house and snacks included!
We try not to think about it, but before long, the sun will start setting during the commute home. Take advantage of these fall days by watching the sunset from your canoe—not your car!—while you bask in the natural beauty of Lake Michie.
Head to the 3rd Annual Sandy Creek Monarch Festival to celebrate your favorite butterfly. You'll learn everything you ever wanted to know about Monarchs—from conservation to pollination and everything in between. While you're there, grab some grub, hear some tunes and don't forget to pick up some Monarch-friendly plants!
See the stars like never before at Sandy Creek Park. Between the fall sky and state-of-the-art telescopes and binoculars up for grabs, you'll be able to view celestial objects better than you ever have before. Not sure what you're looking at? NCCU and DPR will be on hand to guide you through the experience.
Spend an evening under the stars, with the stars! Pack a blanket and get ready to watch a movie under the moonlight. For licensing reasons, we can't reveal what the movie you'll see, but isn't the surprise half the fun?
Okay, okay, we know this one isn't technically outdoors, but this family-friendly event is really making waves. Jump into the heated, indoor pool, pull up a noodle and relax while you watch a free flick projected up on the big screen.
Channel your inner-daredevil and participate in Durham Parks and Recreation’s Discovery Day. Navigate through obstacles making your way to the tippy top (55ft above the ground) by navigating through obstacles and enjoying the birds eye view of the surrounding area as you zip line to exit the course.
Grab your pup and head to Barktoberfest, a party in the park for your pooch, complete with costume contests, photo booth, vendors and more. Peruse the Pet Market, meet adoptables and catch the Dare Devil Dogs, an interactive show featuring pups who can do way more than "sit". Benefitting Beyond Fences, this is one paw-some party.
Take in Mother Nature's beauty while you trek through history, learning about the Eno's original residents, American Indians. Friendly pups and participants ages 10+ are welcome on this two-mile, educational hike through the park. Meet at West Point Mill to join!