Things to Do in Chapel Hill
The middle region of the state of North Carolina is known around the world for being a science and technology hub known as the Research Triangle. The tips of this “triangle” are three well-renowned universities: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, Duke University in Durham, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The proximity of these three universities to one another has allowed the area to grow into the perfect location for young adults and students to live in, but besides going to classes and studying, what is there to do in Chapel Hill?
Chapel Hill is home to some iconic places that are recommended for tourists to visit, but long-time residents enjoy visiting as well. To start things off with a place that is somewhat pharmacy related, Suttons Drug Store has been standing on Chapel Hill’s main street, Franklin Street, since 1923, and while the pharmacy is no longer working, it is now home to a diner that serves delicious shakes and burgers for its customers. Another food option also on Franklin Street is Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery, which has a great outdoor patio on the top of the building that provides a perfect view of Franklin Street below and is the eighth oldest surviving brewery in the state of North Carolina for those interested in craft brews.
In the neighboring town of Carrboro, the Carrboro Farmers’ Market is a must for those who want to purchase fresh produce, as the market includes goods from 75 vendors located within 50 miles and is open every Saturday all year long. Also in Carrboro is Cat’s Cradle, an iconic music venue that has hosted artists like Nirvana and John Mayer and continues to host up-and-coming artists as well as local talents. A bit farther away from downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro is Maple View Ice Cream & Country Store, which sells award-winning ice cream with classic flavors like chocolate and vanilla, but also flavors that change with the season, and it has a wrap-around porch and large grassy area where individuals can relax and have picnics on (I personally highly recommend this one!).
One of the most photographed spots in Chapel Hill is the “Greetings from Chapel Hill” mural that celebrates some of the most iconic landmarks on the UNC campus. The mural was completed in October 2013 by artist Scott Nurkin, and it is found on the back of the building to He’s Not Here, one of the most famous college bars on Franklin Street which is also home to the famous Blue Cup. Another iconic picture spot is the Old Well, a neoclassical rotunda, located in the middle of the UNC campus. In the middle of the Old Well is a drinking fountain that is reported to bring a semester of good luck and a 4.0 GPA to students who drink from it before classes start.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little intro to things to see and do in Chapel Hill! As you can see, there are many places and landmarks to explore in this area and it is always bustling with students and alumni no matter what time of the year. Below is a link for more ideas on what to do in Chapel Hill if you ever visit or if you are just interested in seeing what this beautiful area has to offer:
Written by: Emily Relic
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