Whether you’re just visiting the Raleigh-Durham area or you’ve lived here your whole life – you might be surprised to find out how many fascinating and fun things there are to explore in this beautiful city. We’ve pulled together our list of some of the most fun and mysterious things to check out in the Raleigh-Durham area this weekend. Plan ahead, call your besties and make a day out of these awesomely fun ways to spend the weekend in Raleigh-Durham.
Walk Among The Clouds
Are you familiar with a camera obscura? The fascinating device is also known as a pin-hole camera and is basically a small pin hole in a darkened box with a lens and it allows you to project an external object onto a dark screen inside the box. It was the basic beginning of photography and you can explore a building-sized camera obscura right here in Raleigh. Known as the Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky, the hobbit-like home is the work of a British artist named Chris Drury. He built the hut which has a single door and a tiny hole at the very top of the chamber. Inside the chamber with the door securely closed behind you, you’ll see trees, clouds and the sky projected across the white cement walls within the hut. It’s like a virtual walk among the clouds.
Learn About Lemurs
Who would’ve thought that the world’s largest sanctuary for lemurs would be in Durham? In fact, the Duke Lemur Center is the world’s largest center for lemurs, but also for lorises and bush babies as well. The center is studying the sleep habits of these fascinating animals in hopes to one day prolong human life – and you can check out this amazing facility with all the adorable lemurs you can handle. There are nine different tour options available, depending on what you’re interested in learning and the ages of the people attending. Check out all the info on the website and book your tour today.
A Tuba Museum
The tuba may not be the most main-stream instrument, but it sure has a fascinating history. If you’ve ever wondered what tubas looked like throughout their development, you aren’t alone. The V & E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection is the personal collection of one couple’s love of the horn. Some 300 different instruments are on display in this simple yellow house in Durham. Of course, it’s not all tubas here. You’ll also find historic saxhorns, euphoniums, sousaphones and even ophicleides. You can learn all about the history of these brass horns from their birth around 1830 all the way to present day. Keep in mind the house is only open to visitors on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.
Get To Know The Father Of Raleigh
How familiar are you really with the story of Joel Lane? Known as the Father of Raleigh Lane sold his own land to the state of North Carolina and helped to establish the capital city. As important as this man is (or was) it’s really odd to learn that the facts about him remain a mystery to this day. Very little is known about him, no images have survived and UNC-TV even called him “North Carolina’s Mystery Man.” You can visit his former home to see how much the costumed docents know about the mysterious man, and they honestly do their best to fill in the blanks (as much as they can.) The Joel Lane House is closed on Sundays and Mondays, but you can book tours every other day of the week.
Solve A Murder Mystery
The Raleigh-Durham area happens to be home to one of the coolest places to solve a mystery – The Dinner Detective. When you arrive, you’ll assume your own secret identity and you’ll have a chance to interrogate all the other possible suspects at your table. Then the murder happens, the detectives arrive and it’s up to you to solve the crime. Clues will be provided throughout the night and you’ll laugh until your sides ache, thanks to the comedic skills of the hilariously talented actors. Make sure to be thorough because the killer may even be sitting at your table. If you and your date solve the crime you even get a special prize to show off your incredible sleuthing skills. There’s nothing else like this in The Raleigh-Durham area, so book early, plan ahead, and enjoy this truly interactive and hilarious murder mystery with someone special.