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Morehead Planetarium & Science Center
The largest fulldome planetarium in the southeastern United States reaches more than 150,000 visitors each year with its science programs. In addition to its GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater, the center includes several exhibits, including NASA and the science stage where visitors participate in live science demonstrations. Minimal fee for planetarium shows.
Whether searching for trendy fashions, priceless art, the perfect unique gift or mouth watering cuisine, University Place offers some of the region's best-in-class locally owned and national retailers and restaurants. It's home to Silverspot Cinema/Trilogy Chapel Hill, Southern Season and Kidzu Museum.
Carr Mill Mall and Weaver Street Market
Carrboro is home to the historic Carr mill mall, a former textile mill, now filled with eclectic shops and restaurants. It's listed in the National Register for Historic Places under its original name, The Alberta Complex. Weaver Street Market is Carrboro's corner store for organic and local foods and is home to the Sunday Jazz Brunch and serves as a local gathering place for food, music and entertainment.
Ackland Art Museum
Ackland Art Museum was founded through the bequest of William Hayes Ackland (1855-1940) to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Located at the northern edge of campus, the museum offers a wide selection of events related to exhibition, community and university topics. Free Admission
The music scene in the area is rocking with Carrboro's famous Cat's Cradle, Chapel Hill's Local 506 and the The Cave and Hillsborough's Hot Tin Roof. Come hear local, regional and national acts just about every night of the week.
Carolina Basketball Museum
The Carolina Basketball Museum chronicles the history of UNC Basketball and includes nearly 500 authentic artifacts, hundreds of photographs, and videos of various players, coaches, championships and historic moments. The interactive museum is free admission to the public.
North Carolina Botanical Garden
The North Carolina Botanical Garden comprises nearly 800 acres including 60 acres of display gardens and a trail system. The shortest of the Piedmont Nature Trails is manageable for children as young as three. Stop-by and enjoy the natural scenic wonders of North Carolina botany. Admission is free.
University of North Carolina
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is the first state-supported university in America to open its doors and graduate students in the 18th century. UNC has earned a reputation as on of the best universities in the world. Guided tours are available. Also, music, plays and more at Memorial Hall and PlayMakers Repertory Company.
Local Food & Farm Markets
Hailed as "America's Foodiest Small Town" by Bon Appetit magazine, Chapel Hill is a hot spot for local farm to table cuisine. Among the nationally known restaurants are Crook's Corner, Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen, Time-Out Restaurant, Mama Dips, Allen & Son Bar-B-Que, and Lantern Restaurant. Stop by the newly redesigned Il Palio Restaurant and Crossroads Chapel Hill Restaurant, both AAA four-diamond delicious! In neighboring Carrboro, Bon Appetit magazine named Neal's Deli to their list of the top ten sandwich shops in the countr. Aaron Vandemark, chef of Panciuto in Hillsborough is a 5-time James Beard nominee. Visit five county farmer's markets to see where many local chefs shop. And don't leave without trying our multiple craft beer breweries and spirits distillery, TOPO.
Hillsborough's historic downtown at 260 years old is on the National Register for Historic Places. Just a short drive from Chapel Hill, Hillsborough's Churton Street is filled with art, jewelry, wine and chocolate shops. Find an historic museum, an antebellum school, and Hillsborough's newest attraction, Patrick Dougherty's A Sight to Behold stickwork sculpture along the Riverwalk, a 1.8 mile stretch along the Eno River.