There's a lot to do in downtown Chapel Hill, from going on an interesting walking tour to strolling through beautiful gardens. BBOnline is happy to help you plan your day trip.
Trolley Tour of Michael Brown's Murals
Framer's Market and Gallery
1728 N Fordham Boulevard
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514
The colorful creations of this well-known artist are a visual treat. On the trolley tour conducted by the artist himself, you'll see works of art such as a puzzle mural in the alley between Rosemary and Franklin Street, a painting in the classic style at the post office and a block-long pencil mural down Henderson Street. The tour which begins and ends at Framer's Market and Gallery in downtown Chapel Hill is perfect for the whole family. It features family activities at Rams Plaza, food, entertainment and live jazz music. There's also a photo contest, so bring your camera along from your Siler City Bed and Breakfast.
Franklin Street Guided Walking Tour
610 E. Rosemary Street
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514
The one-hour tour of this famous and infamous street starts from the historic Horace Williams House every Wednesday and Sunday. The house built in 1820 still has its original pine wood floors, and the parquet ceilings in the entrance hall and parlor are beautiful. You'll see other historic homes on Franklin Street and learn all about the street's colorful history.
Playmakers Repertory Company in Downtown Chapel Hill
150 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
This community-based theater at UNC has a reputation for innovation and quality performances. The "thrust stage" in the main theater (Paul Green) is clearly visible from all the seats and serves to create a sense of intimacy between the actors and the audience. Plays from playwrights such as Shakespeare, Moliere, Beckett, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams and the Greek tragedies are regularly performed here. The theater also performs Pulitzer Prize winning plays and small unique productions. The Drama League of New York lists Playmakers as one of the finest regional theaters in America.
North Carolina Botanical Gardens
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27517
The gardens in downtown Chapel Hill offer nature trails, a fascinating collection of carnivorous plants and much more. The Piedmont Nature Trails wind through forests of hardwoods and evergreen trees typical of central North Carolina. Wildflowers are in abundance and in spring and summer, the woods are especially lovely with redbuds, dogwoods and trout lilies. In the fall, the foliage is breathtaking. For an easy hike, try the Streamside Trail. The hillier Oak-Hickory Trail is more difficult.
You'll learn interesting facts about plant life in The Garden of Flowering Plant Families. For instance, tomatoes, peppers, tobacco and petunias belong to the same family. Sculptures by North Carolina artists complete the pretty picture.
Get your dose of history at the restored Paul Green Cabin where the playwright did his research and writing on native herbs. If you're interested in the historical uses of herbs, head to the Mercer Reeves Hubbard Herb Garden with its collection of 500 plants.
As for the carnivorous plant collection, it's considered one of the best in the Southeast. The pitcher plants, sundews, butterworts and endemic Venus flytraps are a must-see from your Siler City Inn.