Here Comes Summer!

Post Date:06/05/2018 12:56 PM

The Town of Chapel Hill provides fun, fit and cool things to do in summer – and most are absolutely free!

Countdown of the Top 10 Ways to Savor Summer in Chapel Hill

10. Summer Reading – From June 1 – August 15, readers of all ages can sign up for the Summer Blast Reading Challenge to get great prizes just for reading. You could earn a color changing cup, free books, and even library bumper stickers. Last year our community read for nearly 50,000 hours. Help set a new record!

9.  Fitness and Adventure – Join us as on a sunset paddle around Jordan Lake, or explore the sport of indoor rock climbing, and stay fit with a total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. For more info see

8. Spend Your Money on Beach Towels (not Bestsellers) – When you’re headed to the beach, take along books, e-books, audiobooks, movies, music and magazines – all available from the library. Did you know you can borrow up to 50 items at a time? 

7. Catch an outdoor Movie Under the Stars – We are happy to bring you a lineup of action packed, science fiction, family and superhero movies for your summertime enjoyment. Come at sundown around 8:30 p.m. for Thursday movies from June 7 to Aug. 16 atop the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary St.

6. Explore More at Pritchard Park. A whole lot has been happening outside of the library. Discover the new natural play area, dig pit, hiking trails, pollinator garden, and musical instruments. Curious minds can also check out tools to learn about bugs, birds, trails, animal tracks, and more. 

5. Hike or Bike a Greenway – Chapel Hill features more than 25 miles of interconnected trails and greenways. The Bolin Creek Trail has been recently renovated and connected with the Tanyard Branch Trail. Learn more at

4. Keep Learning – From language skills to one-on-one tutoring, the library can help you learn at your own pace. Choose from online services or materials that you can check out from the collection.

3. Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation’s Pickleball courts –  Pickleball is becoming America’s fastest growing new sport that combines fitness with friendship, humor, and laughter. A combination of tennis, badminton, and table tennis (ping pong), pickleball is played with a tennis net, oversized ping pong paddles and whiffle-type balls. It’s a great game for people of all skill levels, ages and ability, we encourage everyone to come out and give it a try! 

2. Chill Out at a Cool Place – With free AC, free wi-fi, space to meet up or hang out, public art to enjoy, and even a coffee shop, the library is the coolest place in town. Come experience it for yourself.

1. Prepare to get WOWed by Fireworks! – One of the Triangle’s more prestigious events. Travel and Leisure Magazine ranked Chapel Hill as a Top Ten best town for July Fourth! Enjoy Fireworks, a watermelon eating contest and good old fashion family fun. The gates at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan Memorial Stadium open at 7 p.m., and free fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. For more info

Did You Know?

Each day during summer, Chapel Hill Public Library sees about 3,600 items fly off its shelves and 1,800 people through its door. That adds up to a 14 percent increase in both door count and circulation between June and August.

About 2,000 youth attend summer camps and athletic clinics at the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department. About 100 additional staff are busy serving the increased demand at camps, clinics and swimming pools. Taking pride in keeping our parks and greenways beautiful is a 25-staff member park maintenance team that mows, prunes and otherwise maintains 797 acres (another 141 acres are maintained by outside contractors).

 Which are your favorites? Reach us on Twitter @ChapelHillgov -- @chpublib -- @ chapelhillculturalarts -- @chparksrecreation or send an email to

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