Sarah P. Duke Gardens

One of the highly popular attractions in the vicinity of Raleigh is the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the Duke University campus in nearby Durham. The Gardens were established in 1934 and now cover 55 acres of land. The facility is divided into 4 sections, including the Blomquist garden of native plants, the W.L. Culberson Asiatic Arboretum featuring Southeast Asian plants, the Doris Duke Center Gardens featuring the Virtue Peace Pond, and Historic Gardens featuring displays of roses, terrace beds and a fish pool with water lilies. The Sarah Duke Gardens are approximately 35 minutes from downtown Raleigh. The Gardens are open from 8 a.m. to sunset all year round. Admission is free. Parking at the location is $1 per hour.