Duke Gardens is beautiful year-round and very well kept. There are lots of paths and places to explore. There is a large open lawn where you can bask in the sun, have a picnic, or play frisbee. The duck pond is nice and there are several kinds of ducks that live there. There are lots of cozy, peaceful places where you can just sit and read or lay on a bench and look up at the sky through the trees... or whatever "escape" you prefer. If you're into plants and gardening, you can find lots of interesting things here. There are also a lot of neat "architectural" pieces throughout the gardens. My only complaint about Duke Gardens is that many of the plants are not labeled... but, then again, I suppose a bunch of signs would really take away from the beauty of nature.