Social Isolation Is an Opportunity to Explore the Outdoors
It's starting to feel like a whole new world as we settle into "social distancing" as a result of the COVID-19, or commonly referred to as Coronavirus. The Triangle area is fortunate to have the benefit of not only an earlier spring than most but also an abundance of outdoor activities.
According to an article from MentalFloss "Scientists think that breathing in phytoncides—airborne chemicals produced by plants - increases our levels of white blood cells, helping us fight off infections and diseases." So pack a lunch, hand sanitizer, and plenty of water and come along as we explore some of our favorite places to visit in the Triangle in the Spring.
Duke Gardens and Campus (Durham) These gardens, located on Duke University's campus, boasts 55 acres of specialized gardens in the heart of Duke University. Admission is free for guests and they are open from 8 a.m. to dusk 365 days a year. They even offer a "VirtualTour" of the gardens if your seasonal allergies are a concern or you are just not comfortable leaving your home right now.
Eno River (Hillsborough) The Eno River's waters roll through Orange and Durham county's mature forests, historic mill and home sites and river bluffs covered with flowering shrubs and across fords used by early settlers. The park offers nearly 30 miles of trails along a swift, shallow stream that's popular with anglers, photographers and sightseers. Unfortunately, campgrounds, as well as all events, are closed, but the Eno River trails and restrooms remain open to the public.
North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh) The North Carolina Museum of Arts vision is "to enrich lives through the power and wonder of art." The museum allows visitors to explore indoors or outdoors to explore the art collections of the State of North Carolina. Housed in two buildings, the state's art collection spans more than 5,000 years from ancient Egypt to the present, making the NCMA one of the premier art museums in the Southeast. As the indoor exhibits are closed currently to help limit the spread of COVID-19, you can still explore the surrounding Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park 164-acre park. The park is comprised of gardens, fields, and woodlands, all in a unique setting to explore the intersection of art and nature. You can enjoy trails for walking and biking and a terraced pool.
Popular Parks and Lakes in the Triangle
The Triangle area is abundant with lovely parks that allow visitors to participate in outdoor activities that do not require close proximity to other guests. If you are looking for activities such as hiking/walking, fishing, biking, or a chance to put your kayak or canoe in the water, we recommend some of the following parks and lakes to get you started.
Fred G. Bond Metro Park (Cary)
Jordan Lake (Pittsboro and Durham)
Umstead Park (Raleigh)
Falls Lake (North Raleigh)
Plan ahead for Your Visits
All of us at My NC Homes implore our friends and families to be safe and cautious during this time. In addition to checking these sites above before planning your visit, we also advise you to check with credible sources such as the CDC or The North Carolina Depart of Health and Human Services to help you safely make plans and adjustments that accommodate you and your family's needs.
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