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Must See Attractions in Chapel Hill, NC

1. In Chapel Hill, one thing is certain: we love our sports. Catching a basketball game is a sure way to get in the spirit and support the Tar Heels. Photo Credit: – Jeffrey A. Camarati,!

2. If the basketball game spurred your interest, learn more about the Tar Heel’s basketball history at the Carolina Basketball Museum. Photo Credit: Carolina Basketball Museum Facebook). 

3. If basketball isn’t for you, or if it isn’t in season, visit the Keenan Memorial Stadium to catch a football game. Photo Credit: North Carolina Tar Heels Football Facebook). 

4.Chapel Hill in the springtime is beautiful. Make the most of the season by enjoying a baseball game at Bryson Field. Photo Credit: North Carolina Baseball Facebook). 

5.Another great way to embrace the beautiful North Carolina weather is Chapel Hills’ annual Festifall, which brings local artists, live music, and other entertainment to Franklin Street.

6. If you are looking to get in touch with nature, visit Coker Arboretum. It’s located on UNC’s campus, and it’s a free attraction. Win, win!

7. Another notable attraction on UNC’s campus is the Ackland Art Museum. The museum is both an academic building and a great site for tourists.

8.If you have kids along for the weekend, Kidzu Children’s Museum is a fun, interactive attraction that will especially cater to the young tourists.

9. A fun attraction for adults and children alike is the Morehead Planetarium. Located on UNC’s campus, it is one of the largest planetariums in the United States!

10.Last, but certainly not least, is Franklin Street. This street located at the center of the town holds tons of attractions for anyone visiting Chapel Hill. There are bars, restaurants, stores, and other local business to keep you entertained during your visit.


Five Great Places to Stay in Chapel Hill

Carolina Inn – Chapel Hill

When visiting Chapel Hill, embrace the southern comfort mixed with a modern feel at the Carolina Inn. They have impeccable service and top notch dining, a combination you won’t forget! Built in 1924 to provide a comfortable place to stay for UNC alumni and visitors, the Inn has been offering graceful service for nearly 90 years!

They have recently renovated rooms that are all fully equipped with up-to-date technology, complimentary Wi-Fi, and comfortable classic furniture.

The Inn is conveniently located on the University of North Carolina Campus in downtown Chapel Hill, and serves as a beautiful and well-known icon to visitors and locals!

For more information, visit their website.

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Shopping in Chapel Hill

Written by Elizabeth Ross

In Chapel Hill, the shopping possibilities are seemingly endless. Even walking down Franklin Street alone will reveal numerous stores to visit in the area.

Southern Season is one of the best-known attractions in the Chapel Hill region. Since its creation in 1975, Southern Season has provided specialty food items and products for its customers. Among its items are coffee, cheese, wine and beer, chocolate, candies, and so much more. Customers who visit are also able to get samplings of some of the specialty foods, such as wine from the full service wine and beer-tasting bar or handcrafted coffee from its full service coffee and tea bar. Cooking classes are also offered here, hosted by a celebrity chef, and its restaurant allows for customer to eat inside or outdoors.

Sutton’s Drug Store is a must-see attraction for anyone in the Chapel Hill area. The décor is reminiscent of a 1950s pharmacy and diner. If you need to buy some minor conveniences or you want to have a sit-down meal, Sutton’s Drug Store can help with both options. The walls are covered with UNC posters, pictures and other paraphernalia, to the point where it’s difficult to find blank wall space! The ambiance of this shop is what makes this place stand out from other similar drugstores.

Uniquities is a small boutique that features many prominent designers. Raved by many for its denim selection, its selection is never lacking. Though it is on the pricier spectrum, the items that it provides are worth the costs.

The Bookshop of Chapel Hill is a used bookstore with a wide variety of literature. In addition to its wide variety of scholarly works (always appreciated in a university town), the bookshop provides over 90 different genres of books for customers to peruse. It also contains rare books that can help to complete a book collector’s library.

UNC fans can check out the Shrunken Head boutique, located on Franklin Street. It features a wide variety of Chapel Hill gear. Sweatshirts, t-shirts, key chains and more are all sold here. Regardless of your age, there’s a little bit of something for all Tar Heel fans here.

Chapel Hill, NC Museums

Written by Elizabeth Ross

One of the great things about the Chapel Hill area is its wide of museums to visit. Whether you’re a science fan or prefer the arts, it’s got a little bit of something for everyone. 

For the basketball fans out there, be sure to check out the Carolina Basketball Museum. Located on the first floor of the Ernie Williamson Athletic Center, it’s a go-to place for any Tarheel fan. It includes videos that explain in detail the history of the Carolina basketball program, as well as highlighting its 18 Final Four appearances and 17 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Championships. You can also look at photos and other artifacts to see how things have changed over times - as well as see how some things have stayed the same. Admission is free and the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday.

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Go Golfing in Chapel Hill

Pack your bags (and your golf clubs) and head to Chapel Hill to play some of the best courses in the state. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a beginner picking up a club for the first time, you’ll find that golfing in Chapel Hill is some of the most fun you can have.

UNC Finley Golf Course

Home to North Carolina’s men’s and women’s golf teams, this Tom-Fazio designed course has earned 4.5 stars from Golf Digest. The course received an $8 million facelift in 1999 from Fazio that allows each hole to have five tee boxes and stretch the total course yardage from 4,981 yards to 7,187 yards. The course was originally built in 1949 but needed an overhaul as it got older and had draining problems.

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