Where You Can Play Tourist in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill is chock-full of things to do. If you're a student here, you might not have had the chance to play tourist and check them all out. Next time you've got friends or family in town, don't miss these highlights—or grab your roomies and pretend it's your first time in town.


Starting at Shortbread Lofts on Rosemary Street, head a block or two up to Franklin Street. Even if Carolina hasn't just beat Dook, there is a lot to do along Chapel Hill's main drag. Your parents will remember Spanky's, Linda's, and the Varsity Theater; you can show them the new hotspots—Al's Burger Shack and the Mediterranean Deli.


Stop by the Ackland before you hit Franklin Street and soak up some culture. This jewel of a museum features everything from Old Masters to contemporary photography and sculpture. Admission to the Ackland is always free.


Most native North Carolinians went on a school field trip to the Morehead Planetarium, but it's worth a second look. Just off Franklin Street and nestled in the heart of the old campus, this is a planetarium where astronauts come to brush up on their astronomy. It is closed for renovations until 2020 but the theater and gift shop are open.


Did you know that this iconic landmark can help you ace your classes? Legend has it that students who take a sip from the well on the first day of classes will have a successful semester, so you might want to come back by in August.


Catch a concert or play at Memorial Hall, just across the street from the Old Well. Memorial Hall was first built in 1883 for campus-wide activities like commencement and, believe it or not, the first UNC basketball games.


Stop in at the historic Carolina Inn, at the north edge of campus, for drinks or dinner at Crossroads Chapel Hill. The Inn, a blend of Georgian and neoclassical architecture, is modeled from Mt Vernon and was gifted to the University in 1935. All the Inn's profits are given to the support of the North Carolina Collection of the Wilson Library.

Any time of year is a good one to be in Chapel Hill, and if you're thinking of living here, Shortbread Lofts is the place to be. Contact us today to schedule a tour.