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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina NC

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a pretty campus with historic buildings, flowers and old trees, and a sunny quad, Polk Place, where students hang out. There are no geological features, such as a river or view, for which this spot was chosen, but just that it is central in the state. The main place where students gather is Polk Place, on the sunny lawns, and the Student Union, where there are outdoor eateries with sun umbrellas (such as Stone and Leaf Cafe) and plenty of open spaces where people relax, plus the excellent student bookstore. It's beautiful to walk around the historical student residence halls just north of Davis Library. Wilson Library has the Sir Walter Raleigh rooms, where you can learn some of the history of the state (such as the lost colony of Roanoke) and admire the genuine Elizabethan decor. Check out the bell tower south of Wilson Library.
Kids will enjoy a visit to the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, only worth visiting when a show is scheduled. Shows for little kids are the first show of the day.
For a peaceful stroll in nature, take some time to walk through Coker Arboretum, on the east side of campus, and also check out Chapel of the Cross, a beautiful church with castle-like towers bordering the north end of the arboretum. 
Student Union is the center of the action. A great way to spend time is to browse the campus bookstore which not only has UNC souvenirs and apparel but an entire bookstore just like a Barnes and Noble, even with a kids section!
The Old Well is a small neoclassical rotunda, featured on most marketing photos for the university. This was the location of the campus well back in the day. In spring, check out the tulips here. The Old Well is located in McCorkle Place, the northernmost quad, not really a hangout spot, but a pretty area with large trees (including Davie Poplar, which is over three hundred years old) and historical buildings on both sides (the Old East building was built in 1793). There's a legend that if Davie Poplar falls, the UNC campus will fall, so the tree has been propped up and cement poured around it! The Playmakers Theatre is a Greek Revival structure built in 1850, across Cameron Ave from the Old Well, and has the most beautiful columns. Come and marvel at it while enjoying the fountain nearby.
UNC Chapel Hill is one of the top universities in the nation.
The north end of campus borders Franklin Street, the main street in downtown Chapel Hill, where you can eat a great meal or kill time in a groovy coffee or boba tea shop.
On Fridays from 5-8pm in summer, dozens of people gather on the lawn in front of the grand historic Carolina Inn, on the western edge of campus, for Fridays on the Front Porch, with live music and beer. There are white folding chairs, and there's room for little kids to run around. It's a fun scene! Southern life at its best!
You can walk shady, paved, wide Bolin Creek Greenway from downtown Chapel Hill (end of Cotton Street- called Tanyard Branch extension) near campus to Umstead Park, where they play sand volleyball, and even further to Community Center Park. It's a lovely walk with thick vegetation and the beautiful creek alongside.

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There are paid parking lots on Rosemary Street, one street north of Franklin Street. Metered parking is on Franklin Street, all along it, and in front of Morehead Planetarium. There is also metered parking on Raleigh St. Cost is $1.75 an hour and you can pay by credit card. 
The Nash parking lot is a good one for the Carolina Inn Fridays on the Front Porch events and in most stalls it's free after 5pm.

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Last Updated Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:16:43 GMT