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Durham, NC Vacation Guide (with Small Kids)

By: Lyndsay Crews

Recently, my husband traveled to Durham, NC for business. On a wild hair, my 4 children (6,4,3, and 22 months) and I went with him. We spent two nights and three days there and most of that time was spent by ourselves without my husband. Here is what I learned:


Bull City Burgers – 3 Stars

Pros: Kid area to play, good food. Cons: everything is a la carte so it’s expensive


Biscuitville – 5 Stars!

Pros – Great food, Quick for kids, Who doesn’t want breakfast for lunch???

Pie Pushers – 2.5 Stars

  • Pros – Good food
  • Cons – location is above a store so kids have to go upstairs, don’t bring a stroller because you can’t physically get it up the narrow stairs
  • Tip – Get the pizza to go.

**The Mayor has banned plastic straws in Durham so make sure to bring a sippy cup everywhere you go.**

What to do:

Life and Science Museum – 5 Stars!

Driving the sailboats
Life size dinosaurs
Huge Shaded Treehouse Play Area
The Train Ride is NOT included in your Membership, but the kids loved it.
Indoor 3-Story Interactive Science Center plus a fenced indoor playground.
  • Many other things to do for indoor or outdoor fun!
  • Easy to get around
  • Museum pass good for FREE admission to 200+ museums around the U.S.
  • Tip – Bring a stroller and pack food/drinks

Where to Stay:

Unscripted Hotel – 2 Stars

  • Pros – nice staff, convenient location to downtown Durham
  • Cons – this hotel is not for children, public pool/bar area played music until 9:30 on week nights, Breakfast not included, King Size City View room is VERY small for 6 people

**Bring your own breakfast like granola bars or fruit.**

***They provided a cot and a pack n’ play. We brought two sleeping bags for the other two kids. It was cramped but doable.***

Featured Photo above: Durham by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images