Things to Do and See in Chapel Hill-Carrboro

Chapel Hill and Carrboro share a main street, a school system, and a local Chamber of Commerce. But they are each very much their own towns with their own personalities and governments. However, because of their proximity, it makes sense to cover the top things to do together. Here, in no particular order, are some recommendations.

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The Old Well

The Old Well on the UNC Campus in Chapel Hill.
E Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, USA
Phone +1 919-962-1630

Visit the Old Well on the Carolina campus. This iconic campus fixture is the symbol of the university. Lore has it that drinking from it will bring good luck. While you're on campus, see if you can spot these other landmarks: the Davie Poplar Tree, Wilson Library, Memorial Hall, and the Bell Tower.

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Chapel Hill-Orange County CVB
9872 NC-105, Banner Elk, NC 28604-8949, USA
Phone +1 828-963-8228

Bon Appetit called our area the "Foodiest Small Town in America." The above link only covers a fraction of our fabulous restaurants. A more comprehensive list is coming soon. If you need a recommendation before I can get the article written, feel free to email me.

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Jordan Lake

NC Division of Toursim/Bill Russ
Jordan Lake, North Carolina, USA

The Jordan Lake Recreational Area is less than 20 minutes from downtown Chapel Hill. It's a local favorite for fishing water-skiing, kayaking, and sailing. The 14,000-acre lake is also the summer home to a large population of bald eagle nesting pairs.

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Fearrington Village

Fearrington Village is a collection of shops, restaurants, gardens, and homes centered around the historic Fearrington Inn and Restaurant. The Inn is a Relais and Chateaux property and always at the top of media lists for one of the best places to eat and stay in the world. Fearrington Village is also home to a herd of Belted Galloway Cows, known to local children as the "Oreo cows."

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Carrboro Farmer's Market

Carrboro Farmer's Market
Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau
301 W Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510, USA
Phone +1 919-280-3326

A Carrboro fixture since 1979. Open year-round on Sundays, and operating at multiple locations on summer Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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The NC Botanical Gardens

100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, USA
Phone +1 919-962-0522

The 900-acre North Carolina ​Botanical Gardens has hiking trails, formal gardens, displays of native plants and a beautiful visitor center.

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Carr Mill Mall and Main Street in Carrboro

200 N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510-1833, USA
Phone +1 919-942-8669

An old cotton mill, once slated for demolition--was reborn as the Carr Mill Mall and serves as the centerpiece of downtown Carrboro. Anchored by local co-op grocery Weaver Street Market, the building, shops and surrounding lawn ​are a hub of community activity.

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People Watching at Open Eye Cafe

101 S Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510-2338, USA
Phone +1 919-968-9410

Open Eye Cafe is a local coffee shop in the heart of Carrboro. Award-winning baristas. Free WiFi. Comfy couches.

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Buy a T-Shirt on Franklin Street

135 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620, USA
Phone +1 919-942-4563

Franklin Street is the heart of downtown Chapel Hill and borders the UNC Campus. A stroll down East Franklin from Henderson to Columbia will take you past upscale boutiques like Julians. It is also the place to pick up Tar Heel t-shirts and other Carolina mementos. If you get hungry you'll find plenty of restaurants along the way.

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2nd Friday Art Walk

101 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3400, USA
Phone +1 919-966-5736

On the 2nd Friday of each month, the Ackland Arts Museum and local galleries in Chapel Hill and Carrboro open their doors. Many offer live music and refreshments. Often the artists are on hand to discuss their work.

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