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Self-Touring?

89wahoo89wahoo Registered User Posts: 1,090 Senior Member
D has a soccer tournament in Raleigh this weekend. We had hoped there were tours going on but apparently we are out of luck, so I was thinking of self-touring. Does anyone have any advice? Will probably be mid-day Saturday, for what that's worth. What are the "must see" places? Are there particular lunch spots to check out? Thanks for any advice!
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  • southerndudesoutherndude Registered User Posts: 179 Junior Member
    I don't go to UNC, but it is my top choice for schools I am considering. I have visited the campus on many occasions and it is wonderful! Franklin Street is sort of the hub that intermixes the school and the town (stores, restaurants, etc). My family has always loved "The Top of the Hill" restaurant that is right in the hub of Franklin Street--the entrance is weird so you must take an elevator up a floor or two to get to the place, but it is fairly large and you can get a table, even though it looks like you might not be able to. Of course, you must see the "Old Well" which isn't too far from there--ez walk. Check out "the Pit", the Wilson Library, the Morehouse stuff. I am not a student there, but hope to be :/. My stats are +/- so only time will tell, but I've already been accepted to some great
    back ups. Enjoy, best of luck!
  • AmazhonAmazhon Registered User Posts: 558 Member
    When we visited it was during the week and it was a formal tour but interesting places we saw were the gym, the Pit, a dining hall, and the basketball museum. Oh and the "gazebo" structure that's in all the photos. I can't remember what it's called but its where you go for good luck.
  • 89wahoo89wahoo Registered User Posts: 1,090 Senior Member
    ^^ well then, the gazebo thing will definitely be located! Good luck is especially welcome with this college application season underway! :). Thank you guys. Great answers. Kind of looking forward to exploring on our own.
  • NewYawkNewYawk Registered User Posts: 343 Member
    If you are in the area Fri evening ... #9 Tar Heels advanced once again in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament and has been selected to host the NCAA Quarterfinals this Friday, November 30th at 6pm. With a win on Friday, Carolina would advance to their fifth straight College Cup. This is our seniors' last game on Fetzer Field and we have the chance to extend our home unbeaten streak to 41 - the longest current streak in the NCAA. We play #16 Indiana. The student fan environment should be pretty good as classes and homework is starting to slow down before finals start on the 6th. You can buy tickets on goheels.com

    Also Sat Dec 1st @ 6:00 is a basketball game at the Dean Dome vs. UAB. The Basketball museum is right next door. Also be aware that the Top of the Hill doesn't take reservations on home basketball (and football) dates.

    Lastly, a visit to the old well is certainly a classic, but, drinking from it is not exactly sanitary based upon some of the frat boy activities I've witnessed there. Enough said...
  • smack28752smack28752 Registered User Posts: 148 Junior Member
    Here is a very good guide I found on UNC's site on the visitor's page:

    http://www.unc.edu/ccm/groups/public/@edu/documents/content/unc-ch_visitors_guide.pdf

    The walking tour takes you through the major green spaces, McCorkle Place and Polk Place

    Some of my favorites:
    Morehead Planetarium
    Old Well/South Bldg/Old East & West
    Campus Y
    Coker Arboretum
    Forest Theater
    Wilson Library (make sure you go inside)
    The PIT/Student Stores
    Bell Tower/Kenan Stadium
    Smith Center & Basketball Museum

    Downtown:
    Spanky's or Carolina Coffee Shop (for some history)

    Have fun in a great college town!
  • keepittoyourselfkeepittoyourself Registered User Posts: 1,546 Senior Member
    For a balanced tour, make sure you go into some of the academic buildings. Some of them are in great condition, others are dilapidated.
  • jessimo093jessimo093 Registered User Posts: 422 Member
    Dilapidated is definitely a stretch...some of the older buildings aren't super nice inside, but they aren't ramshackle or falling apart or anything.

    If you have the chance to go on a real tour at some point, I would definitely advise doing so. In addition to seeing the sights, you get to hear a bunch of stories and real experiences of what the ambassadors (and their friends) have done and accomplished here. It's not a boring facts and figures thing, and most people appreciate that they are experienced based.
  • NewNCGradStudentNewNCGradStudent Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Have you ever taken a philosophy class? That building is falling apart.
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