We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 426 Anderson St, Box 90341, Durham, NC 27708-0341
Phone Number:
+1 919-684-3698

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,577 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1272
  • 237
    Very good
  • 20
  • 9
  • 3
something to see year round

Wonderful, serene and beautiful environment for a stroll. The gardeners to an excellent job creating color all year round. Love the Asian garden, and the different types of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sara K
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Add Photo Write a Review

1,577 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 1,541: English reviews
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wonderful, serene and beautiful environment for a stroll. The gardeners to an excellent job creating color all year round. Love the Asian garden, and the different types of waterfowl in the pond. Weekends can be busy, but still very relaxing.

Thank Sara K
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If in Durham thus is a must see. It is a huge beautiful botanical garden with ponds and fountains and tons of different plants flowers bushes and trres

Thank Dawna V
Knoxville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have visited Durham many time but it wasn't until our friends from Apex said we should all go and walk the gardens. Absolutely gorgeous! Many places for photo opps and many places to hang out and relax. A must see.

Thank 8gregoryt
Durham, North Carolina
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I first went to "Duke Gardens" in 1978 and fell in love with it. My husband first went there in 1970 when he moved to Durham from Chicago. He said that during his first year here the gardens were the only piece of Durham he returned to over and over. That's nearly 50 years ago. The gardens are meticulously cared... More 

Thank carolfS7924OM
Durham, United States
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Sarah P. Duke Gardens is beautiful no matter the time of year. I especially love the diversity of the gardens. The rose garden is exquisite and a perfect greeting to visitors. The fish pool and the Japanese bridge draw you to it. The various types of flowers, trees and bushes are intriguing. I love the gardens and as I live... More 

Thank judyhM4814VT
Level Contributor
25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You can take your dog with you on a walk through quite an expansive garden. There is an open field where you can sit on the grass for a picnic, or just wonder through the various styles of gardens. There's a large water fountain near the entrance, a coy pond with some rather large coy fish, bridges over other ponds,... More 

Thank ncskierguy
Durham, North Carolina
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The Duke Gardens has always been my place to reflect and re-energize. It's a perfect place for all ages kids or no kids. The garden is separated into several gardens. There is a more formal tiered garden topped by the wisteria pergola which opens into a gold fish lily pond at the bottom. There are spaces to read, Picnic, feed... More 

Thank SusanFleurNC
High Point, North Carolina
Level Contributor
35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It had been many years since I had visited the Sarah P.Duke gardens but it will not be that long again. The gardens are a beautiful way to spend an afternoon. The day we visited was Mother's Day and graduation day so the gardens were busy but never felt crowded. Parking was a bit of an issue but a dose... More 

Thank Karyn W
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

One of our favorite Sunday morning places. Plenty of things for adults, and an area for the kids to play as well.

Thank Duncan H
Level Contributor
275 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful gardens, with many paths to walk along. You can buy food pellets at the Visitor's Center to feed the ducks and turtles (please do NOT feed them anything else!). Second trip here, and we loved it all over again!

Thank Victoria L

Been to Sarah P. Duke Gardens? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Sarah P. Duke Gardens and other visitors
9 questions
Ask a question
Hendersonville, North Carolina
over a year ago
6 days ago
9 days ago
Raleigh, North Carolina
2 months ago

See all questions (9)

Questions? Get answers from Sarah P. Duke Gardens staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?