If you’re in Chapel Hill for the summer, there are still tons of things to do. Here’s a special UNC Summer Bucket List to help you get out, cool down and have fun!
- Bike Bolin Creek Trail
Looking for some peace and quiet without going too far from campus? Bike or walk through Bolin Creek Trail. This short and easy trail gives a bit of wilderness in the middle of town.
- Visit Jordan Lake
Whether you want to get in the water or admire it from the shore, a summer day at Jordan Lake can’t be beat. Jordan Lake has nine public beach access areas, so you’ll be sure to find somewhere to hang out.
- Farmers Market Carrboro
Looking for fresh fruits and vegetables for your summer salads? Check out the Carrboro Farmers Market for locally sourced foods, flowers and quirky knick-knacks!
- Bird Watch at Mason Farm Biological Reserve
Keep an eye out for some feathered friends while bird watching at the Mason Farm Biological Reserve.
- Beach or Mountains?
Ready for a road trip? Head east for three hours to catch some rays and waves in Wilmington. If a hiking trail is your style, three hours west will take to the mountains of Boone.
- National Ice Cream Day at Maple View Farms or The Yogurt Pump
Beat the heat on July 15th with a Carolina Crunch Cone from Maple View Farm for National Ice Cream Day. If frozen Yogurt is more your style, take a walk to Franklin Street and reward yourself with YoPo.
- Drink from the Old Well
Water from the Old Well is even more refreshing when your G.P.A. is not on the line. Stay hydrated and catch some shade by visiting the iconic Chapel Hill landmark.
- Pelican SnoBalls at the Union
Satisfy your sweet tooth with free Pelican SnoBalls provided by the Carolina Union on June 15th!
- Dive-in Movie and Floats and Floats
Cool down on campus at Kessing Outdoor Pool with some fun and free events hosted by UNC Campus Rec. The Summer Series includes a Dive-In Movie night, where you can relax in the pool and watch a movie on the projector, and Floats and Floats, featuring free pool floats and root beer floats.
- Town of Chapel Hill July 4th Celebration
When we swap out our football games for fireworks, Kenan Stadium is still just as grand. Bring your friends and family for America’s birthday celebration, featuring a watermelon eating contest, live music and, of course, fireworks!
- Yoga Under the Stars
Get out of the studio and under the dome at Morehead Planetarium’s Yoga Under the Stars. Spend your Wednesday afternoons in the GlaxoSmithKline Full Dome Theater stretching towards the stars.
- Afternoon Tea at the Carolina Inn
Feeling fancy? Have afternoon tea at the Carolina Inn. The four star hotel located on campus gives you a perfect reason to get a dressed up for tea and sandwiches with friends.
- Catch a Movie at the Varsity Theatre
Anytime is good for a movie, right? Head to Varsity Theatre on Franklin Street for an evening or late night showing of the summer’s biggest blockbusters.
Sahil Dadoo is a rising senior majoring in nutrition in the School of Public Health. Outside of his classes, he was able to find his place in the Carolina community through one of his biggest passions – dancing.
“UNC Bhangra Elite is a competitive Indian dance team composed of UNC-Chapel Hill students. We perform a dance style called bhangra, originating from the Indian state of Punjab. Founded in 1996, Bhangra Elite is one of the oldest and most successful collegiate bhangra teams in North America.
As members of Bhangra Elite, we pride ourselves in our commitment to ourselves and to our teammates. We practice three to four nights every week and compete across the country, in addition to performing on-campus events, as well as at events around Chapel Hill and in neighboring communities. The amount of time that we spend together both at practice and beyond creates an instantaneous bond between our members that only strengthens as the year goes on.
I joined the team in the fall of my first year at Carolina, and never looked back or regretted my decision once. Bhangra Elite has provided me with a family away from home, and a team of 30 members each year that I can rely on for much more in life than simply showing up to practice. Bhangra Elite, and the Indian dance community at UNC as a whole, has truly shaped my collegiate experience for the better.”