Experience a destination overflowing with history, charm, natural beauty, energy and southern hospitality. Orange County, in the center of North Carolina, is one of the most vibrant, colorful, inventive, progressive and fun places to visit. Come experience the creativity of our artists, authors, musicians, and chefs. Hear, see and taste our destination on every visit. So, Welcome. Enjoy your visit!
No matter what time of year you decide to visit, there is plenty going on. Now is the perfect time to plan your weekend in Orange County, NC. Check out our craft brew scene, restaurants and live music venues. UNC-Chapel Hill is buzzing with visual and performing arts. Brush up on your NASA history and reach for the stars at Morehead Planetarium. Need to get away? Charming Hillsborough has a quaint downtown, B&B's and greenways along the Eno River perfect for unwinding.
Orange County, NC is synonymous with great performing artists. Southern Culture on the Skids, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Superchunk (By the way, Superchunk bassist and UNC Alum, Laura Ballance is co-founder of Merge Records, based in Durham), Mandolin Orange, Lost in the Trees, and Ben Folds Five, all got their start in Chapel Hill. Probably the most famous artist with Chapel Hill ties is James Taylor. His childhood home on Morgan Creek inspired his hit song Copperline. The bridge that crosses over Morgan Creek in southern Chapel Hill carries his namesake.
Bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Widespread Panic, The Smashing Pumpkins, Phish, and Soul Asylum all performed at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro before they mainstreamed to national attention.
Venues like the Cat's Cradle, The ArtsCenter, Local 506, The Cave, The Station, Nightlight, and The Strowd continue to attract national acts as well as showcasing new local talent in a myriad of genre's. They keep the music flowing all year round.
Quaint historic Hillsborough comes to life at night with local and regional acts performing at Hot Tin Roof, Mystery Brewing Public House and Nash Street Tavern. Volume Records & Beer is Hillsborough's newest spot to hear music in the form of vinyl records. Think vintage record shops with rows and rows of albums to sift through but here you can drink beer. The owners, Tony Lopez and Nathan Andrews invite you to sip and shop.
Historic Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill is home to more than 200 restaurants, bars, retail shops and service businesses. Enjoy festivals, special events, nightlife and cultural destinations including DSI Comedy Theater. Coming in 2017, the new Carolina Square and Blue Dogwood Public Market.
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is the first state-supported university in America to open its doors and graduate students in the 18th century. Guided tours are available. Also, music, plays and more at Memorial Hall and PlayMakers Repertory Company.
NORTH CAROLINA BOTANICAL GARDEN
Comprises more than 1,000 acres, including 10 acres of display gardens and a number of natural areas. See North Carolina plants and vegetation, perennial borders, a Garden of Flowering Plant Families, the Piedmont Nature Trails, a green Education Center with exhibits and more. Free.
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Updated: 20th June, 2019 2:35 AM.