Whether it’s date night, family time, or some much needed time with friends sometimes you want to do something a little different than just dinner and a movie. We’ve got a few quirky items so you can do something a little outside of the norm.

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Pony Ride

No, we don’t mean actual ponies! The Pony ride is a social, leisure ride that begins at The Bull in Downtown Durham and after winding around downtown will end at the Ponysaurus Brewing Co. tap room and beer garden for pints, dumplings from Chirba Chirba and a chance to win prizes and hang with good folks. Pony ride happens on the second Tuesday of each month.

Get info about future rides here

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V & E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection

Check out the number one tuba museum in Durham.  Vincent Simonetti has been building this collection since 1965. The museum offers tours of 5 rooms packed with tubas dating back to the 1830’s. You may not be musically inclined but it’s so fascinating! You won’t find anything like this anywhere else!

Check out their site for hours: simonettitubacollection.com

 Now we can combine our love for pups and beer ? Photo:  @ak_alsobrook Now we can combine our love for pups and beer ? Photo:  @ak_alsobrook

Barley Labs

Why not grab a beer and bring your pup along? Or it’s really just an opportunity to pet all the dogs if you don’t have one of your own. Barley Labs is Durham’s first and only dog-focused bar. Looking around, you’ll see a multitude of colors, a variety of dogs, and elements that can be summed up in one word: community.  It’s on their walls, on their shelves, in their dog treats, and it’s what’s on tap. On the way out, treat your pup to some of their dog treats that made from leftover spelt grain from Fullsteam Brewery. (Talk about keepin’ it local!)

P.S. Get 10% off non-alcohol purchases on Wednesdays with your Shop Durham card!

Learn more about Barley Labs here


What better way to bond than to learn something new together? SkillPop is a community-driven way for people to access in-person classes on a variety of subjects. A couple of classes that have already been hosted in the Raleigh/Durham area include: Macrame Plant Hangers, Intro to Adobe Illustrator, Intro to Screen Printing, How to Buy a House, and Brush Lettering Basics. (Learn more about SkillPop here plus get $10 off a class!)

Related: Create and Learn Something New at These 8 Local Spots

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Yoga with Goats at Hux Family Farm

Yin Yoga with Goats at Hux Family Farm is the cutest yoga class you’ll ever take ? These adorable animals act as your workout buddies for the entire session, and it’s kind of amazing. Because seriously, who wouldn’t want a little downward dog with a side of cute baby goat?

Check out the schedule at HuxFamilyFarm.com

Preservation Durham Tours

Want to learn more about Durham? Preservation Durham offers free walking and bike tours that introduce downtown Durham’s history and architecture! Check out murals by bike on the first Saturday of the month, learn more about Durham’s tobacco history on the second Saturday of month, Durham’s civil right history on the third Saturday, and more about architecture and urban landscape on the fourth Saturday of the month.

Tours are Saturdays, April through November at 10am and run for about 90 minutes.

See more at PreservationDurham.org


The second Monday of each month you have an opportunity to tour DPAC! Check out behind-the-scenes, where the stars prepare for show time, and even the view from the stage.

The tour begins at 11:00 a.m. and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Learn more here

Katelyn Belch
Author: Katelyn Belch

Founder of Best of the Bull and Shop Durham. It’s my chief goal to keep you in the know about all things Durham.