Greensboro offers a variety of things to do for people of all ages. There are many different attractions that can be enjoyed, including museums, parks, and historical landmarks. Greensboro is also home to a couple of minor league sports teams and colleges that add to the fun. Here are some of the most popular things to do in Greensboro, NC.
The Greensboro Coliseum Complex is one of Greensboro’s biggest attractions. It is a multi-purpose complex that includes an arena, a convention center, and state-of-the-art aquatic center. It hosts a variety of events, including athletic events, concerts, conventions, and more. However, what it is most known for is basketball. It has hosted the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament more times than any other venue. Plus, the Coliseum is home to the Greensboro Swarm, the city’s NBA G League team.
Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe
Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe is Greensboro’s water park. It is one of the largest water parks in the country and features more than 40 attractions and water play areas. Emerald Pointe is great fun for all ages, with an enormous wave pool, lazy river, and a number of slides. With names like Daredevil Drop, The Edge, Bombs Away, and Raging Rapids, thrill seekers always get the adrenaline rush they’re looking for. The park is open from May to September, so be sure to check it out if you’re visiting Greensboro during the summer.
Greensboro Science Center
The Greensboro Science Center is a museum, aquarium, and zoo all in one. It has a surprisingly large collection of animals, such as tigers, penguins, maned wolves, red pandas, sharks, and various primates. The science center also has an IMAX theater, with daily shows and special features. There is always and ropes course that goes through the zoo area. Finally, there is a separate zip line that goes over the lake at Country Park–which is adjacent to the science center.
Greensboro Children’s Museum
The Greensboro Children’s Museum is an amazing destination for families. It is full of interactive exhibits that teach kids about science, art, and culture. There are a variety of learning stations, centered around things like water, magnets, health, construction, and vehicles. There is both an indoor obstacle course and an epic outdoor playground called the Outdoor Play Plaza. The museum also puts on various educational programs, like their “Kids in the Garden” series, hosted in the museum’s Edible Schoolyard.
Greensboro is also home to a Minor League Baseball team, the Greensboro Grasshoppers. The team plays at First National Bank Field, a beautiful stadium that includes things like a pool beyond the outfield fence, a kid’s play area, and picnic tables. Completed in 2005, the stadium is modern with a classy feel to the architecture. Concession options are plentiful and there is a very laid back atmosphere. There is even a family area with a playground for kids who aren’t interested in the game. If you go on a Friday or Saturday night, you’ll also catch a fireworks show. Grasshoppers games always provide a fun and affordable entertainment for all ages.
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse was one of the most important battles in the American Revolution, as it weakened British control in the South and boosted morale for the Continental Army. The battlefield is now a national historic park, maintained by the National Park Service. Visitors can walk through the beautifully preserved grounds and see things like reconstructed earthworks, monuments, and a visitor’s center with exhibits on the battle and its significance in history. The park also puts on a reenactment of the battle every year. It is a great educational destination for all ages, especially those interested in American history and the Revolutionary War.
International Civil Rights Center and Museum
The International Civil Rights Center and Museum is located in Greensboro’s historic downtown district, inside the former Woolworth’s department store where the Greensboro sit-ins took place in 1960. The museum honors those brave individuals who fought for civil rights through interactive exhibits, oral histories, artifacts, and educational programs. It is a powerful and important destination for those wanting to learn about the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on our country.
LeBauer Park & Center City Park
Greensboro has two beautiful parks in the heart of downtown, Lebauer and Center City. LeBauer Park features a large great lawn, a children’s play area, and Splash Pad–a fun water feature for kids (and adults) to cool off during the hot summer months. Center City Park has an amphitheater, and a beautiful botanical garden. Together, the parks also hosts over 400 free programs throughout the year, like yoga classes, food truck festivals, outdoor movies, and live music. That makes these parks great places to hang out day or night.
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
And last but certainly not least, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra has been a staple of the community since its founding in 1939, and continues to bring world-class performances to Greensboro. The symphony performs predominately at the new Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts, a state of the art venue with stunning acoustics. The GSO offers both a recurring series of shows and special performances, such as Harry Potter in Concert and Kenny G. Attending a performance by the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra is a must-do for anyone visiting or living in Greensboro.
Greensboro has several beautiful city gardens, most prominently the Greensboro Arboretum, the Bog Garden at Benjamin Park, and the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden. They are great locations for picnics, hiking, and photoshoots. Amongst them, you’ll find many labeled plant collections, a 150-foot waterfall, a wetland boardwalk, a wedding gazebo, and a variety of sculptures and exhibits. There is perhaps no easier way to connect with nature in the heart of the city.
Woods of Terror & Spooky Woods
Horror season is a big deal here. If you’re in Greensboro during the fall, be sure to check out Woods of Terror or Kersey Valley Spooky Woods. Both are extremely popular haunted attractions that offer Halloween events throughout the fall season. Woods of Terror has a bit more of a scare-factor as it is adults only (13 and up). Kersey Valley is a better family destination, as it also features corn mazes, zip lines, laser tag, and other attractions. Either way, remember to bring a brave friend with you!
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