Summer is a little bit different this year. A lot of the summer break activities that we usually list are not available this summer. But here are some ideas of ways to still have fun. Can you think of more things to do this strange summer? Let us know!
We will be updating this list regularly, as the restrictions change.
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Visit a farm
Spring Haven Farm in Chapel Hill offers farm visits Wednesday through Sunday, and Movies with Goats Friday and Saturday evenings. The cost is $10, with kids under 3 admitted for free.
Pick your own produce, according to the season. Here’s our list of U-pick farms in the Triangle.
American Tobacco trail is great for bikes. Tip from a parent: “The part below the mall is better for kids because of fewer crossroads.”
Durham Central Park
There are great parks all over the Triangle, but Durham Central Park deserves special mention. It includes a fun, interactive playground with a boulder climb, a skate park, performance space and a number of gardens. One unique feature is Seeds’ Garden of Eatin’, a public edible garden where you can harvest rosemary, thyme, basil and more.
Duke Homestead is always free to visit. It’s also free to visit Stagville State Historic Site, which is dedicated to teaching about enslaved people. Also free to visit is Bennett Place, the site of the largest troop surrender in the Civil War. The grounds of these sites are open to visit, but the buildings might not be.
Check out list of Triangle farmer’s markets; shopping for produce can be part of a fun family cooking project.
Visit the goats at Historic Oak View County Park in Raleigh. There is plenty of history to take in at this park as well.
Fly a kite
There are plenty of open places to fly kites. Try Dix Park in Raleigh, or Forest Hill Park and Sandy Creek Park in Durham.
Use this map of fishing areas in North Carolina to find a place to fish. Adults need fishing licenses, but youth under age 16 do not. A 10-day license for inland fishing is $9 for North Carolina residents.
Fun at Home
We’ve put together a list of 100 fun things to do with cooped up kids. These are activities you can do at home, with no special equipment or materials. Many are well suited for families who don’t have backyards.