Take a brief foray down 15-501 and hit the Haw River. It gets surprisingly little traffic, and there are a few fun, if not treacherous, rope swings that will send you spa-looshing into the river.
The Eno River State Park is chock-full of scrumptious swimming holes and delectable hikes. Visiting literally any area of the park will guarantee you a gorgeous hike. As for the swimming: The Eno River Rock Quarry is the most well-known, and will be filled all summer long. It’s a lovely place to waste your day away, but be careful — open container laws are semi-frequently enforced. Sennett’s Hole is another sure-fire option on the Eno and tends to be a little less crowded than the quarry, with some excellent rocks to splay out on.
Free art museums that aren’t the Ackland: 21c (Durham) is a boutique hotel in an old art deco bank that always has a banging art collection. It’s open 24/7, and former artists exhibited there include that one guy who made Obama’s presidential portrait. The North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh) has a great and sprawling outdoor component. It also shows outdoor movies throughout the summer if you’re feeling like bringing a boo, a picnic and (sneaking in) a bottle of rosé.
Free food is harder to come by during the summer, but a lot of booths at local farmers' markets give out free samples of delicious things that you can’t afford.
Concert-wise, the following big names will be in the 919 between May and August, and a lot of smaller acts will be too — Kendrick Lamar/Schoolboy Q/SZA/almost all of TDE (one concert), the Arctic Monkeys, KIDZ BOP LIVE, Post Malone and more.
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A wise man once told me that it’s never too late to drop out. For some reason, I haven’t taken his advice. If you’re still hanging around and wanna get a lil more woke, maybe consider taking a look at the following…
AMST 278 Crimes and Punishments (Maymester) - Explores the history of crime and how American society deals with it, looks at the contemporary American criminal justice system. A deeply f-cked up and convoluted topic that you can never know too much about.
CHEM 262 Introduction to Organic Chemistry II (Sessions I & II) - A light easy A for those that want to casually dibble and dabble in the science-y things and learn about all those little thingies that make up the bigger things and how the littler ones interact with each other.
ENEC 220 North Carolina Estuaries: Environmental Processes and Problems (Session I) - Field trips! Studies natural processes and human effects on the biologically diverse Neuse River system.
EXPL 369 The Destruction of Silent Sam (session unknown) - A hands-on course wherein someone finally takes the personal L for the good of society and blows that shit up.