Duke University

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Garden and Park
426 Anderson St (at Campus Dr), Durham, NC 27705, United States
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM

Often spoken of as "the crown jewel of Duke University," Duke Gardens occupies 55 acres in the heart of west campus. Renowned both for landscape design and the quality of horticulture, Duke Gardens attracts more than 300,000 visitors from all over the world each year.


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    Yolanda N.
    "Bring a blanket and food for a nice picnic on the big lawn."(4 Tips)
    Montaha H.
    "i love the pond with all water lilies..."(5 Tips)
    Jim K.
    "Great photography anytime of the year."(2 Tips)
    Psiyina D.
    "Love the gift shop!"(2 Tips)
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  • picnics
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  • flowers
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  • authentic
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  • ponds
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  • park
  • gift shop
  • cherries
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  • Nalin B.

    The gardens are nice for long walks and spending some time with nature...

    Nalin Bhardwaj · June 16
  • Emily A.

    Perfect for a picnic!

    Emily Andino · June 13
  • Dave C.

    No open container rules!

    Dave Cummings · April 3
  • Camile R.

    Perfect if you're looking for a nice, good stroll

    Camile Ro · March 21
  • Jordan G.

    Amazing place to go on a picnic or for a walk. Absolutely beautiful.

    Jordan Groseclose · January 6
  • Toshi T.

    The Japanese tea house is authentic, and typical of those used in traditional ceremonies. Consider yourself lucky if you have an opportunity to participate in a traditional ceremony there.

    Toshi Tsuboi · September 1, 2014
  • Montaha H.

    i love the pond with all water lilies...

    Montaha Hidefi · August 16, 2014
  • Abdullah A.

    Nice and huge gardens. Many kind of flowers there. The gift shop is really bad

    Abdullah Alkhodair · August 6, 2014
  • Kevin P.

    So many locations for family photos!

    Kevin Primus · March 15, 2014
  • Yolanda N.

    Bring a blanket and food for a nice picnic on the big lawn. Also bring balls for the kids!

    Yolanda Nichole · February 3, 2014
  • John N.

    Get food for the waterfowl at the garden store! It's cheap

    John Ng · August 20, 2013
  • Suki H.

    Watch the sunset at the park, amazing!

    Suki H · August 5, 2013
  • Psiyina D.

    Love the gift shop!

    Psiyina Davis · June 12, 2013
  • Carlos L.

    Parking is Free on weekends until 1pm.

    Carlos Lerzundy · June 8, 2013
  • ThePurplePassport.com

    Known as the “crown jewel” of Duke University...When I went earlier this week, cherry trees were blooming, as well as gorgeous tulips, camellias, dogwoods, among others... Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · April 9, 2013
  • Rose L.

    Go on a warm day and lay on the quad to catch some rays. Bring a book and a blanket--or your dogs.

    Rose Lane · March 22, 2013
  • pbiwan

    Head down to the koi pond

    pbiwan · March 9, 2013
  • Kim V.

    Go look at the giant lilly pads on the pond. they are stunning!

    Kim Vanderwall · November 11, 2012
  • Duke University

    Duke Reunions 2012 - Visit the Duke Gardens to remember sunny days spent on the lawn with friends.

    Duke University · April 18, 2012
  • Duke University

    Experience the beautiful 55-acre Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

    Duke University · April 8, 2012
  • Josh N.

    Great place for a lunch date!

    Josh N. · March 22, 2012
  • Jim K.

    Great photography anytime of the year.

    Jim Kalweit · February 28, 2012
  • Liana L.

    Hang out by the terrace or have a picnic by the pons

    Liana Lau · November 11, 2011
  • Thomas S.

    Great place for an inexpensive date, year round!

    Thomas Steffen · September 16, 2011
  • Duke University

    1st Big Weekend - Sept 1 - Come see "Happy Feet" 7:30-9:30.

    Duke University · August 30, 2011
  • Amy H.

    Park in the bottom lot to the far right. Take the shortcut to the large pond

    Amy Hogan · December 4, 2010
  • SL

    parking is $1 for 30 min, 4hr max $8

    SL · October 31, 2010
  • Christopher L.

    Take prom photos here! Or wedding portraits, if you're a little older.

    Christopher Lane · October 10, 2010
  • Matteo G.

    Look for the Japanese house

    Matteo Gilebbi · August 8, 2010
  • Melissa M.

    Look for the ducklings in the big pond!

    Melissa Moser · May 5, 2010
  • Matt K.

    You don't have to pay for parking after 5 pm

    Matt Kozlowski · April 4, 2010
  • Emily P.

    Complete a Graduation Requirement

    Emily Poplawski · December 10, 2009

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