Whatever you do, just do you!

Whether you're coming for work of for play, these itineraries offer plenty of ways to enrich you stay. Or contact the Visitors Bureau for ideas customized to you.


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Hop, Walk, or Crawl
With 2nd Friday Artwalks in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and Last Fridays in Hillsborough, you could get your fill of museum hopping and gallery crawling. But the “can’t miss” on any list is Ackland Art Museum. It houses over 18,000 works of art, including European masterworks, 20th century and contemporary art, African art, Asian art, North Carolina pottery, and works on paper.

Get the Kids Involved
If you’re visiting the area with kids, skip the galleries in favor of a walking tour of our vibrant downtown murals. If the weather isn’t cooperating, head to Kidzu Children’s Museum to explore the climbing wall, indoor treehouse, learning garden, and other engaging exhibits.

Savor Menus with Views
It’s impossible to list all the restaurants in Orange County that boast must-see works of art. Why not take in some breathtaking natural beauty dining on the rooftop balcony of Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery. From here, you can savor an expansive view of Chapel Hill and beyond as the Carolina blue sky fades into nighttime hues.

Dim the Lights
No art lover’s retreat would be complete without a night at the theater. Choose from a mix of classics and new works at PlayMakers Repertory Company, the professional theatre in residence for UNC’s Department of Dramatic Art. Or choose among a wide variety of offerings, from theater to music to ballet, from Carolina Performing Arts at Memorial Hall.


Hillsborough Last Friday Art Walk


Franklin Street at Corner of Franklin and Columbia