Things To Do in the Bull City

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In celebration of our 2017 Annual Conference host community, the NCACC, Durham County, and President-Elect Brenda Howerton invite all conference attendees to spend some free time on Friday evening exploring all that Downtown Durham has to offer.

Please note that there is no conference programming or meal service scheduled on Friday evening.
This page details some dining and entertainment options that are easily accessible from the Durham Convention Center. Click here for a printable map of Downtown Durham.


​Durham Bulls Baseball

At 7 p.m., the Bulls host the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. NCACC's Executive Committee will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch!

Game tickets start at just $8 and include a postgame fireworks show. Bulls games often sell out as the date approaches, so we recommend that attendees purchase tickets in advance here. The NCACC will not be providing baseball tickets to conference attendees. 

Museum of Life and Science

Located less than five miles from downtown Durham, the Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top family destinations serving over half a million visitors annually. Situated on 84-acres, this interactive science park includes a two-story science center, one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast and acres of trails and outdoor exhibits. Other popular attractions include over 60 species of live animals, Dinosaur Trail, Ellerbe Creek Railway, Into the Mist and the new 2-acre nature discovery exhibit, Hideaway Woods. 

Annual Conference attendees are invited to visit the Museum for FREE from August 9-12. Their guests are also invited, at the discounted group rate of $12 per person (children 2 and under are free). Just let our front desk staff know you are with the conference for the group rate. 


Check out Downtown Durham, Inc's Restaurant Guide - there are over 75 restaurants to choose from within a short distance of the Convention Center.

More Attractions

Consider spending your free time at some of the attractions below. Locations and directions to these places can be found on the map below, highlighted with green stars.