I ran across Northgate Park in Durham on a recent trip to the Museum of Life and Science.
This really lovely city park, bordered primarily by neighborhoods, sits just about a half mile from the popular museum. So even if you don't live in Durham, a trip to Northgate might make for a nice break before you get in the car for the full ride home.
Northgate Park includes a couple of playgrounds - a small, traditional playground with slides and tube tunnels for young kids to crawl through. The second is designed for grade schoolers and features ropes and plastic pieces that wobble, wiggle and move. There also is a set of baby swings for the youngest park visitors.
But what I really liked about this park was the wide open spaces and trails for bikes and scooters. Ellerbe Creek runs through the property, along with a variety of little streams. These can be fun for kids to explore and jump over.
Take a closer look in the video tour. Find Northgate Park at 300 West Club Blvd. in Durham.