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Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Sarah P. Duke Gardens is an outdoor destination in the town of Raleigh, North Carolina that features over 20 acres of gardens and nature trails. It's also home to the Diorama building, which houses a permanent collection of more than 1,500 specimens that showcase biodiversity from around the world. Get your whole family outside with these five great activities!

A short history

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens first opened to the public in 1991, but its history began much earlier. Sarah P. Duke was born on December 18, 1880 and grew up on the family plantation known as Duke Homestead Plantation. The property had many gardens that were tended by slaves who worked for the Dukes, hence where Sarah got her passion for flowers from!

Sarah P. Duke Gardens is a great outdoor destination for families with children, as there are many fun activities to do!

What to see in the property?

The Diorama building houses more than 15 acres of gardens and nature trails that wind throughout downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. The facility also contains the only public botanical dioramas in the world - three large plant habitats recreated in minute detail to the point where you can see the individual insects on the plants!

Amphitheater

The amphitheater is a great outdoor destination, with the backdrop of beautiful flowers and nature. The amphitheater has hosted many live bands, plays, musicals, symphonies and operas.

Grills

The Duke Gardens site also contains two grilling areas where you can BBQ! With four gas barbecues at each location - one is on concrete, the other on a wooden deck - it's easy to get your grill on!

Nature Trails

The nature trails are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and take in all that Sarah P. Duke Gardens has to offer. There are over 20 miles of nature trails throughout Wake County, so be sure to explore as much of the gardens as possible!

 

Sarah P. Duke Gardens is a great outdoor destination for families with children, as there are many fun activities to do! The gardens contain the only public botanical dioramas in the world, and also have an amphitheater and two grilling areas! Be sure to check out all of the nature trails throughout Wake County while you're there.

 

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens are open Monday-Saturday from dawn until dusk, and admission is free! Get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer at this beautiful Raleigh destination - your family will love it!

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