The spectacular university town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, attracts tourists all year round with several must-see attractions easily accessible from a Chapel Hill bed and breakfast.
This charming southern town proudly offers numerous shopping sites and restaurants, fabulous art museums, as well as magnificent things to do and entertainment. Wonderful gardens and a fantastic science center makes Chapel Hill a great place to visit.
1. North Carolina Botanical Garden
Location: The University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375
This award winning botanical garden has free admission, boasting wonderful plant and floral displays in many natural settings. The 88-acre Piedmont Nature Trails area is available for viewing every single day of the year, making this stop a special one from a Chapel Hill inn. Different events and workshops are offered for both children and adults alike.
Visitors enjoy the guided tours and walks, as well as the free one-hour monthly tours at the Arboretum with several interesting stories. This tour usually begins at the stone gathering circle at the Arboretum (Cameron Avenue side) at 11 a.m., normally the third Saturday from March until November.
The Forest Theatre, a stone amphitheater, has great outdoor performances sure to please, with both theatrical and musical talent.
The 93-acre Battle Park offers beautiful natural paths and trails.
North Carolina Botanical Garden is opened from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m..
2. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
250 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is a fabulous place to visit, while staying at a nearby Chapel Hill bed and breakfast. Great planetarium shows and exhibits are offered with numerous events and activities, which may vary, but often include starry night and sky watching sessions, paddling under the stars, family science days, along with many youth and family programs. A large projector rests in the center of the domed theatre. Also, a gift shop offers unique items for everyone.
Price for admission is usually free for members, $7.25 for adults and $6 for children, students and seniors. The Planetarium is normally opened seven days a week, but usually is closed on special holidays.
3. The Ackland Art Museum
Location: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
101 South Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3400
The Ackland Art Museum boasts over 16,000 works of art including African and European artwork, North Carolina pottery, drawings, photography and more. Many new exhibits are added every year. An elevator is available on every floor of the museum. In addition, a ramp is at the front entrance.
Admission is free to this wonderful museum, and is a great choice for things to do from a nearby Chapel Hill bed and breakfast.
4. The Carolina Basketball Museum
450 Skipper Bowles Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
This museum is an interesting attraction to see while in Chapel Hill, and can be found on the first floor of the Ernie Williamson Athletics Center. Here basketball enthusiasts and others can learn all about the history of the North Carolina Basketball program, which includes a video presentation, photos and artifacts.