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Things to do in Chapel Hill

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Chapel Hill. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Chapel Hill attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Chapel Hill to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Chapel Hill.

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  • Carolina Basketball Museum

    The museum doubles as a de facto shrine to alum Michael Jordan (old jerseys included). More
  • Dean Dome

    Come November, tickets that haven’t been snapped up by students are available to the public. More
  • Dean Smith Center

    In season (if you’ve bought tickets far in advance), catch the Tar Heels playing basketball at the University of North Carolina. More
  • Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

    Take part in hands-on science exhibits or catch a space show where the first NASA astronauts trained. More
  • Red Window

    The gallery is owned by Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former senator John Edwards. More

Explore things to do in The Raleigh-Durham Area for more options.


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