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METERED STREET PARKING IS AVAILABLE ON FRANKLIN STREET (FREE ON SUNDAYS). PARKING FOR PEOPLE WITH MOBILITY IMPAIRMENTS IS PROVIDED AT THE REAR OF THE BUILDING.

    Local Low-Cost or Free Activities

    Close to University of North Carolina/Franklin Street

    o Ackland Art Museum

    o The Ackland Art Museum is a museum that holds a collection consisting

    of more than 16,000 works of art that ranges from North Carolina’s

    premier collections of Asian art to European masterworks and African art.

    The Ackland organizes more than a dozen special exhibitions a year- so

    be sure not to miss one! Make sure to check website for events and

    programs. Great for a relaxing day that will surely be an adventure- and

    best of all its completely FREE!

    o Phone: (919) 966-5736

    o Website: www.ackland.org

    o Location: 101 South Columbia Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3400

    ; Directions: 3.1 miles about 7 minutes

    Take a left out of the driveway.

    Old Mason Farm Rd becomes Finley Golf Course Rd

    Turn left onto Raleigh Road

    Turn right onto Country Club Rd

    Continue onto E Cameron Ave

    Turn right onto S Columbia St

    Drive about 30 sec, arrive at Ackland Museum(on right) o Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat: 10am 5pm; Thurs: 10am 8pm; Sun: 1pm 5pm;

    Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

    o Admission and Ticket Prices: Admission to the Ackland is FREE to all!

    o Parking: Convenient parking is available at several nearby municipal and

    private parking decks. Metered street parking is available on Franklin

    Street (free on Sundays). Parking for people with mobility impairments is

    provided at the rear of the building. Make sure to call (919) 966-5736

    before your visit to make arrangements. The Ackland’s front entrance is

    ramped and an elevator serves all floors of the Museum.

    o North Carolina Botanical Gardens

    o The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a "conservation garden." Their

    guiding mission is to inspire understanding, appreciation, and

    conservation of plants in gardens and natural areas and to advance a

    sustainable relationship between people and nature.” It is a great

    community that provides a calm oasis and best of all it’s completely

    FREE to all! It is just across the street from the House. o Phone: (919) 962-0522

    o Website: www.ncbg.unc.edu

    o Location: 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

    ; Directions: 0.5 miles about 1 minute

    Take a right out of the driveway.

    Walk about 5 minutes across the street

    NC Botanical Gardens will be on your left

    o Hours: Weekdays: 8am 5pm; Saturday: 9am 6pm; Sunday: 1pm

    6pm (Starting after Labor Day, closing at 5 pm on weekends) o Admission and Ticket Prices: Admission to the Garden is FREE to all! o Parking: Accessible, large parking lot, although it is quite an easy walk

    from the house.

    o UNC Coker Arboretum

    o The Coker Arboretum is a quiet haven in the middle of the busy UNC

    campus. It is the heart of one of the most beautiful campuses in the

    nation. The Arboretum is managed by the NC Botanical Gardens, and is

    one of the Garden’s oldest tracts.

    o Phone: (919) 962-0522

    o Website: www.ncbg.unc.edu/pages/38

    o Location: 200 East Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    ; Directions: 1.9 miles about 5 minutes

    Take a right out of the driveway. stTake the 1 left onto Fordham Blvd S stTake the 1 right onto Manning Dr

    Turn right onto Hibbard Dr

    Arrive at the Arboretum

    o Hours: Dawn to Dusk Monday-Sunday

    o Admission and Ticket Prices: FREE

     Parking: There is convenient parking along both sides of the road on o

    gravel right outside the Arboretum.

    o North Carolina Crafts Gallery

    o The North Carolina Crafts Gallery is a favorite for both locals and tourists.

    It offers a wide assortment of items handcrafted by North Carolina

    artisans. They have a wide array of crafts that will sure to match your

    interest! Even if you aren’t interested in purchasing any art pieces, just to

    spend an afternoon walking around looking at the amazing art will be a

    great addition to any day!

    o Phone: (919) 942-4048

    o Website: www.nccraftsgallery.com

    o Location: 212 W. Main St., Carrboro, NC 27510

    ; Directions: 3.8 miles about 9 minutes

    Take a right out of the driveway. stTake the 1 left onto N Carolina 54 W/Fordham Blvd S

    Take the Merritt Mill Rd exit toward S Greensboro St

    Turn right onto S Merritt Mill Rd

    Turn left onto E Main St

    Turn right onto W Main St

    NC Crafts Gallery will be on your right

    o Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am 6pm; Sun 1pm 4pm

    o Admission and Ticket Prices: FREE

    o Parking: Accessible parking lot for all.

    o Maple View Ice Cream (2 locations)

    1) Farm Location

    All Maple View Ice Cream is hormone and antibiotic free! The Maple View

    farm location is located out in the country and sits upon acres and acres

    of beautiful North Carolina farmland. Spend an afternoon sitting on the

    rocking chairs on the relaxing front porch and enjoy the expansive view of

    Maple View Farm. Perfect for all ages!

    o Phone: (919) 960-5535

    o Website: www.mapleviewfarm.com/locations/country-store.php

    o Location: 6900 Rocky Ridge Rd Hillsborough, NC 27278

    ; Directions: 10.5 miles about 20 minutes

    Take a right out of the driveway. stTake the 1 left onto N Carolina 54 W/Fordham Blvd S

    Turn right onto Old Fayetteville Rd

    Continue onto Hillsborough Rd/Old North Carolina 86

    Turn left onto Dairyland Rd

    Turn right onto Rocky Ridge Rd

    Ice cream shop will be on your right

    Enjoy!

    o Hours: Mon-Thurs: Noon 9pm; Sun: Noon 10pm

    o Admission and Ticket Prices: Cost of your ice cream (about $3-5)

    o Parking: Accessible parking lot for all.

    2) Carrboro Location

    The downtown Carrboro store is the newest member of the Maple View

    family. It is located in the heart of downtown Carrboro, directly across the

    street from Weaver Street Market. There are rocking chairs out front

    where you can watch and enjoy the excitement of downtown Carrboro! o Phone: (919) 967-6842

    o Website: www.mapleviewfarm.com/locations/carrboro.php

    o Location: 100 East Weaver St, Carrboro, NC 27510

    ; Directions: 3.8 miles about 8 minutes

    Take a right out of the driveway. stTake the 1 left onto N Carolina 54 W/Fordham Blvd S

    Take the Merritt Mill Rd exit toward S Greensboro St

    Turn left onto Merritt Mill Rd ndTake the 2 right onto S Greensboro St

    Turn right onto E Main St

    Arrive at the Maple View Ice Cream store (on left)

    Enjoy!

    o Hours: Fri-Sun: Noon 10pm; Mon-Thurs: 2pm 10pm

    o Admission and Ticket Prices: Cost of your ice cream (about $3-5)

    o Parking: Some parking on the street, but it is best to park at the Weaver

    Street Market parking lot and walk around the street to the ice cream

    shop.

    o Chapel Hill Community Center

    o The Chapel Hill Community Center is a great place to spend the day with

    the family. There are many different services that you can take advantage

    of that will fit any age. Some include:

    - Indoor pool

    - Gymnasium

    - Climbing wall

    - Meeting room

    - Basketball court (outside)

    - Volleyball and bocce ball courts (outside)

    - Playground

    - Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden with gazebo

    - Compost demonstration site

    - Walking trails

    - And picnic tables

    - Along with many programs and events!

    o Phone: (919) 968-2790

    o Website: www.ci.chapel-hill.nc.us/index.aspx?page=814

    o Location: 120 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    ; Directions: 2.9 miles about 5 minutes

    Take a right out of the driveway.

    Turn right onto Fordham Blvd S

    Turn left onto S Estes Dr

    The Community Center will be on your left

    o Hours: Mon-Fri: 5:30am 9pm; Sat: 8:30am 8pm; Sun 11:30am 4pm

    o Admission and Ticket Prices: Pricing varies depending on the type of

    activity you have in mind. A single visit to the swimming pool varies from

    $2 for 5 years or younger, $4 for youth (6-18 years) and adults (19 years

    and over). A single admission fee to the large gym (filled with basketball

    hoops and more) starts at $2 for ages 18 years and younger, and end at

    $3 for ages 19 and older. Lastly, single admission fee for the expansive

    rock-climbing wall is $6 for all participants. Keep in mind these passes

    are good for the entire day! A more detailed pricing list can be found

    online or at the center.

    o Parking: Accessible parking lot for all.

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