*Duke Lemur Center: You need to call ahead first and make an appointment.
"Lemurs are native only to Madagascar. Just head to the Duke Lemur Center (DLC) where there are 250 individuals from 21 different species – the largest collection of lemurs anywhere in the world outside of Madagascar. That means that not only can you tour the center to see lemurs up close in one of the tours offered by appointment, but you can also join a research session to see how the scientists teach lemurs, shadow a lemur keeper for a day, or even paint with lemurs!"
*Museum of Life and Science
"The 84 acres that encompass the Museum of Life and Science are packed full of attractions that will let young ones (and the young one hiding in every adult) run wild. Includes one of the largest butterfly houses in the Southeast, with over 1,000 butterflies fluttering about. Other exhibits include Launch Lab, an interactive aerospace experience; a Play to Learn space for children under six; Dinosaur Trail with a fossil dig and replicas; Explore the Wild, housing live black bears, wolves, and lemurs; and an insectarium full of exotic insects from around the world. It’s hands-on learning fun for science lovers of all ages."
*Sarah P. Duke Gardens
"Duke Gardens is a stunning 55-acre public garden on the campus of Duke University and one of the premier university gardens in the country. Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014, Duke Gardens is open 365 days a year, free to all, and has earned top honors internationally. Among its many features are Italianate terraces, an Asiatic arboretum, a garden of native plants, a white garden, and a SITES-certified organic food garden. "