Chapel Hill Travel Guide
Chapel Hill Attractions
Morehead Planetarium - East Franklin Street. This was the first university owned planetarium and it was once used by NASA as a training centre. The main attraction of the planetarium is a large orrery, which shows the simultaneous action of planets revolving around the sun; moons revolving around planets; as wll as planets rotating on their axes. Admission to the planetarium is free and $4 for the show.
Chapel Hill Museum - 523 East Franklin Street. This is one of the best places to start off your sightseeing adventure of Chapel Hill. The museum houses many exhibitions detailing the history of Chapel Hill and North Carolina. There are many interesting and informative displays, including arts and crafts; and many other items dealing with Southern culture.
Ackland Art Museum - South Columbia Street. This is one of the best art museums in the area. The museum houses a collection of over 15,000 works covering the history of European painting and sculpture, including works by Rubens, Delacroix, Degas and Pissarro. It also houses traditional North Carolina pottery and folk art.
Wetlands Dance Hall Newly opened club located at 157 E Rosemary St (below Bub's) offers a variety of live music, DJs spinning dance music and a great mix of locals, coeds and tourists.
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Chapel Hill Parks & Gardens
Coker Arboretum - East Cameron Ave. This beautiful garden was created in 1903 and covers an area of 5 acres. The garden contains over 500 different species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. The garden's main features are the 300 ft. native-vine arbor and a stone gathering circle. This is a great place to take a break from the busy city life and relax.
North Carolina Botanical Garden - Old Mason Farm Road. The beautiful Botanical Garden is a great place to go and take a break from all the sightseeing around town. The garden has 600 acres of nature trails; herb gardens; a collection of carnivorous plants; and native plants in habitat settings. This is the largest botanical garden found in the Southeast. Admission is free.
Chapel Hill Restaurants and Bars
Chapel Hill Restaurants
Cook's Corner - 610 W. Franklin Street. This is one of the best restaurants in Chapel Hill, and is a great place to go to sample some of the best Southern cuisine. Some of the house specialities include shrimp and grits with mushrooms, bacon and scallions; green Tabasco chicken; and mustard-molasses ribs. The walls of the restaurant are used as a continually changing art exhibition for local artists. All in all, this is a great place to go for an unforgettable meal.
Mama Dip's Kitchen - 408 W. Rosemary Street. This simple restaurant is a great place to experience the South. They serve traditional country cooking, such as fried chicken; zesty beef; and pork barbecue. This is the place to go to have southern country dining experience.
Allen & Son - 6203 Millhouse Road. This restaurant is famous for its ribs. They also serve a wide range of other Southern barbecue specialities, and the prices are very reasonable. For dessert, the peanut butter pie is the best choice.
Chapel Hill Bars & Clubs
Cat's Cradle - 300 Main Street. This is one of the most popular night clubs, with locals and tourists alike. This is the place to see all the hottest live bands, from rock to blue grass. Most of the bands performing here are the best local talent, and there are also performances by some big national acts.
Bub O'Malley's - 157 East Rosemary Street, Downtown. This is one of the best pubs in Chapel Hill, and is very popular with a mixed crowd of locals and tourists. They serve over 30 different kinds of beer on tap, as well as 100 in the bottle. The pub also has video games; a jukebox; and a number of other games to play. This is a great place to have a drink and mingle with the locals.
The Cave - 452-1/2 West Franklin Street, Downtown. This is the oldest bar in Chapel Hill, and has been open since 1968. It is very popular with locals and tourists of all ages, a good place to meet new people. They do original live music 7 nights a week, mainly rock & roll; bluegrass; country; and folk. There is also pool; pinball; and vide games to keep you entertained.
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