Durham's 25 Most Popular Things to Do in 2018, Ranked by You
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Durham's 25 Most Popular Things to Do in 2018, Ranked by You

By Erin Greenawald
Wednesday, Dec 19 2018

While we all have our personal favorite things we did in Durham in 2018 (mine is a tie between eating ALL THE THINGS at the Neomonde opening and exploring bizarre finds at The Scrap Exchange), the data doesn't lie when it comes to figuring out the most popular spots. We crunched the numbers, punched the computer keys and did some unnecessary stuff with a calculator just to look smart, all in the name of gathering the top 25 spots y'all just couldn't stop loving on this year.

If you've done all these things, revel in the nostalgia (and use this as a reminder to go visit your faves). And if some of these are new to you? Think of this as the perfect start to your 2019 bucket list. (Also if you're just in it for the noms, check out our list of the best new restaurant openings in the Triangle in 2018.)

Did we miss your favorite experience of 2018? Email editor@offlinemedia.net and let us know about the top things you did in Durham this year!

Check Out Durham's First Thai Rolled Ice Cream Shop, Snow Factory at Snow Factory
Photo by @letseatdurham

1. Check Out Durham's First Thai Rolled Ice Cream Shop, Snow Factory

Trendy Thai rolled ice cream has finally come to Durham! Check out Snow Factory on 9th Street for 26 flavors and endless combinations.

Check Out Durham's First Thai Rolled Ice Cream Shop, Snow Factory
$   .  Snow Factory   .  Durham
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Durham's Rock Quarry, a Daredevil's Dream  at Cabe Lands Access

2. Durham's Rock Quarry, a Daredevil's Dream +717 fire icon

Dare to dip into the quarry and take a swim. This legendary spot attracts adventurers and daredevils for its secluded location and 40ft cliff.

Durham's Rock Quarry, a Daredevil's Dream
Free   .  Cabe Lands Access   .  Durham
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Local Escape: Bask in the Glory of the Eno at Eno River State Park
Photo by @kristenwhite74

3. Local Escape: Bask in the Glory of the Eno +438 fire icon

Minutes from Durham and Chapel Hill, the Eno River State Park offers secluded wilderness trails with the serenity and sounds of the river. Take a break from civilization and march into the wild.

Local Escape: Bask in the Glory of the Eno
Free   .  Eno River State Park   .  Durham
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[CLOSED] County Fare at County Fare
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4. Eat Up at County Fare, A Daily Food Truck Rodeo & Bar

The owner of Black Twig Cider House has opened County Fare in Lakewood. The 150 capacity barn unites four Triangle food trucks with 30 beer taps, wine and cider.

[CLOSED] County Fare
$   .  County Fare   .  Durham
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Grab a Bite Off the Belt at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express (Durham) at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express
Photo by @mikograce

5. Grab a Bite Off the Belt at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express

Get ready to have your concept of sushi rocked. Not only is everything at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express all-you-can-eat, but it's all delivered to you via rotating conveyor belt.

Grab a Bite Off the Belt at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express (Durham)
$$   .  Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express   .  Durham
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Bring Your Pup to Barley Labs at Barley Labs
Photo by @potatodoodle

6. Bring Your Pup to Barley Labs

Dog lovers of Durham rejoice! The Bull City's first pup-focused bar is now open in BB&T Plaza. Customers (human and K-9) can stop by for dog treats and toys, craft brews, adoption events and more!

Bring Your Pup to Barley Labs
$   .  Barley Labs   .  Durham
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Check Out a Car Dealership-Turned-Pizza Joint at Hutchins Garage at Hutchins Garage
Photo by @hutchinsgarage

7. Check Out a Car Dealership-Turned-Pizza Joint at Hutchins Garage

Hutchins Garage is the newest addition to Durham's DIY/Warehouse District, serving beer, wine and pizza out of the renovated Hutchins Automotive car dealership.

Check Out a Car Dealership-Turned-Pizza Joint at Hutchins Garage
-   .  Hutchins Garage   .  Durham
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Sip On a Beer Slushie at Barrel Culture Brewery at Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending
Photo by @barrelculture

8. Sip On a Beer Slushie at Barrel Culture Brewery

Durham's Barrel Culture is dishin' out beer slushies that would make the rainbow jealous.

Sip On a Beer Slushie at Barrel Culture Brewery
$7   .  Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending   .  Durham
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Run the Al Buehler Trail at Al Buehler Trail
Photo by @Triangle Explorer

9. Run the Al Buehler Trail +218 fire icon

The Al Buehler Trail is the perfect place to escape from the chaos of work—one loop on the 2.91 mile wooded trail will put a smile on even the most stressed out face.

Run the Al Buehler Trail
Free   .  Al Buehler Trail   .  Durham
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Cheers at The Wine Feed Durham at The Wine Feed Durham
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10. Cheers at The Wine Feed Durham

Raleigh wine shop and bar, The Wine Feed has just opened their second location bringing the wine pros to Bull City. The new space includes an expanded bar, retail and a comfy wine lounge.

Cheers at The Wine Feed Durham
$$   .  The Wine Feed Durham   .  Durham
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Check Out the Triangle's First Virtual Reality Arcade at Augmentality Labs | Virtual Reality Arcade
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11. Check Out the Triangle's First Virtual Reality Arcade

Augmentality Labs features six fully-immersive virtual reality stations, retro games, and plenty of space to host an out-of-this-world shindig.

Check Out the Triangle's First Virtual Reality Arcade
$$   .  Augmentality Labs | Virtual Reality Arcade   .  Durham
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Enjoy a Boozy Slushie and a Sammie on the Patio at Eastcut Sandwich Shop at Eastcut Sandwich Shop
Photo by @eastcutsandwich

12. Chow Down at Eastcut Sandwich Shop

Eastcut is now open, bringing #sandwichutopia to the University Drive area. Check out the wide variety of east coast sandwiches, plus coffee, beer, wine, limited cocktails and a stellar patio.

Enjoy a Boozy Slushie and a Sammie on the Patio at Eastcut Sandwich Shop
$   .  Eastcut Sandwich Shop   .  Durham
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Enjoy Signature Roasts & Churros at Cocoa Cinnamon at Cocoa Cinnamon (Lakewood)
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13. Enjoy Signature Roasts & Churros at Cocoa Cinnamon

Cocoa Cinnamon has expanded its business with a 3rd location in Lakewood, but there's a twist—in addition to roasting their own signature coffee, they also serve up made-to-order churros!

Enjoy Signature Roasts & Churros at Cocoa Cinnamon
$   .  Cocoa Cinnamon (Lakewood)   .  Durham
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Hi-Wire Brewing at Artists at the Warehouse - Golden Belt
Photo by @hiwirebrewing

14. Drink Circus-Themed Sips at Hi-Wire Brewing

Check out Asheville's circus-themed brewery at their first taproom in the Triangle, touting previously hard-to-access brews, soccer pool courts, an incredible wrap-around mural and more.

Hi-Wire Brewing
-   .  Artists at the Warehouse - Golden Belt   .  Durham
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Find Hidden Treasures at the Durham Green Flea Market at The Durham Green Flea Market
Photo by @cheerwineanddine

15. Find Hidden Treasures at the Durham Green Flea Market

Shop Durham's largest flea market where you will find an amazing assortment of merchants selling unique items alongside authentic taquerias. Shop from the best while you tame your taco cravings.

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Find Hidden Treasures at the Durham Green Flea Market
Free   .  The Durham Green Flea Market   .  Durham
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Get In Touch With Nature at Honeysuckle Tea House at The Honeysuckle Tea House
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16. Get In Touch With Nature at Honeysuckle Tea House +304 fire icon

A local paradise for naturalists, Honeysuckle Tea House invites you to rediscover all the wonderful things nature can do for your body and mind.

Get In Touch With Nature at Honeysuckle Tea House
$   .  The Honeysuckle Tea House   .  Chapel Hill
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Tour Duke Lemur Center & Ponder Animal Antiquities at Duke Lemur Center
Photo by @durhamnc

17. Tour Duke Lemur Center & Ponder Animal Antiquities

Be amazed by over 10 different species of lemurs. Come out with your friends and be sure to bring a camera on your private tour. Don't forget you have to call ahead to reserve your spot!

Tour Duke Lemur Center & Ponder Animal Antiquities
$12   .  Duke Lemur Center   .  Durham
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Experience Third Friday in Durham at The Carrack Modern Art
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18. Experience Third Friday in Durham

Even art un-enthusiasts will become fans of all the incredible and unconventional art when Third Friday takes over the Bull City.

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Experience Third Friday in Durham
Free   .  The Carrack Modern Art   .  Durham
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Discover Heaven For Pasta Lovers at Melina's Fresh Pasta Shop at Melina's Fresh Pasta Shop
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19. Discover Heaven For Pasta Lovers at Melina's Fresh Pasta Shop

Visit this Durham spot to see head chef Melina and her crew at work, making fresh pasta daily or hit up one of their wildly popular classes to master the art of authentic pasta-making for yourself.

Discover Heaven For Pasta Lovers at Melina's Fresh Pasta Shop
$   .  Melina's Fresh Pasta Shop   .  Durham
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Explore the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Sarah P. Duke Gardens
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20. Explore the Sarah P. Duke Gardens +359 fire icon

Often spoken of as "the crown jewel of Duke University," Duke Gardens are pure, natural bliss. Come take a stroll, revel in its beauty and appreciate gorgeous grounds.

Explore the Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Free   .  Sarah P. Duke Gardens   .  Durham
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[CLOSED] Appreciate the Art of the Latte at Kaffeinate at Kaffeinate
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21. Appreciate the Art of the Latte at Kaffeinate

Newly opened in the former Respite Café space, Kaffeinate is bringing comfort, community and great coffee to Durham. Stop in for monthly specials, like a black sesame latte or a honeysuckle cold brew.

[CLOSED] Appreciate the Art of the Latte at Kaffeinate
$   .  Kaffeinate   .  Durham
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Embark on a Tour of Downtown Durham's Best Murals at Durham
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22. Embark on a Tour of Downtown Durham's Best Murals

Take a self-guided tour of Durham's best and most vibrant murals and behold the beauty and wonder of these large scale works of public art and the awesome creative energy they share with the city.

Embark on a Tour of Downtown Durham's Best Murals
Free   .  Durham   .  Durham
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Enjoy a Fry Up at Saltbox's Second Location at Saltbox Seafood Joint
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24. Enjoy a Fry Up at Saltbox's Second Location

Finding ultra-fresh, local seafood is easier than ever because Saltbox has opened a second location! Stop by for catch of the day on a platter or roll. Don't forget a side of the famous Hush-Honeys!

Enjoy a Fry Up at Saltbox's Second Location
$   .  Saltbox Seafood Joint   .  Durham
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Get Diner Goods at Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter at Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter
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25. Get Diner Goods at Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter

The owners of Pizzeria Toro and Littler have opened their third restaurant, Jack Tar, on the ground floor of Unscripted in downtown Durham. The menu features classic diner fare with a modern twist.

Get Diner Goods at Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter
$   .  Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter   .  Durham
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Past Experiences

Art & Food Truck Market at Art Market at Vega Metals
Photo by @artmarketvega

23. Art & Food Truck Market

Shop tent after tent filled with local, hand-made treasures! Then hit up some of the food trucks for delicious treats all morning long.

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Art & Food Truck Market
Free   .  Art Market at Vega Metals   .  Durham
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Erin is the Editor-in-Chief at Offline Media, a constant tea drinker, a lover of street art, and a creative (always) in training.
Durham's 25 Most Popular Things to Do in 2018, Ranked by You
Durham's 25 Most Popular Things to Do in 2018, Ranked by You