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10 Best Things To Do In Greensboro, North Carolina

10 Best Things To Do In Greensboro, North Carolina
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Although Greensboro may be the third-largest city by population in North Carolina, don’t let that fool you. This is a tranquil city filled with colorful gardens, tranquil parks, well-appointed museums, and kid-friendly science centers.

In this mystical land where adorable cafés and restaurants abound, all that’s left to ponder is where to stay and when to start making the journey. Read on to learn about the best things to do in Greensboro, NC!

1. The Bog Garden

The Bog Garden

There’s something about the light in here. I think it might be lit by the fairies. It comes trickling through the trees in a most delicate manner, tapping you lightly on the shoulder as if to say, “Thanks for coming. Why don’t you stay awhile?”

The Bog Garden is a seven-acre (2.83 hectare) woodland that features an elevated boardwalk. Stone pathways traverse a forested hillside as you make your way to Serenity Falls. No matter what you’ve planned during your Greensboro adventures, you simply must tuck yourself away into this plush oasis just as soon as you can.

The Bog Garden

Address: 1105 Hobbs Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410

Hours of Operation: May - Aug, from 8 am - 8 pm; Sep - Oct, form 8 am - 7 pm; Nov - Feb, from 8 am - 5 pm; Mar - Apr, from 8 am - 7 pm

Website: The Bog Garden

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2. The International Civil Rights Center and Museum

International Civil Rights Center and Museum

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum is an archival center devoted to the public’s education of the international struggle for civil and human rights.

This museum proudly celebrates the nonviolent protests of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins that served as a catalyst for the civil rights movement. The main attraction offers you a first-hand glimpse to where the sit-in actually took place.

International Civil Rights Center and Museum

Address: 134 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401

Hours of Operation: Mon - Sat, from 10 am - 6 pm

Website: International Civil Rights Center and Museum

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3. Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden

Tanger Family Bridge

There’s another garden oasis that simply must bespeckle your time in Greensboro. Created in 1976, the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden was built in honor of the United States’ 200th anniversary.

While that may make it worthy enough for a visit, you’ll also be pleased to stroll along a circulating stream, into a gorgeous gazebo often used for weddings, and drink in a variety of garden sculptures.

Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden

Address: 1105 Hobbs Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410

Hours of Operation: Daily, from 8 am - 7 pm

Website: Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden

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4. Greensboro History Museum

Greensboro History Museum

As we continue to soak up fanciful gardens and delightful artifacts, it’s time to stop in the Greensboro History Museum. Beautifully maintained, collections here document the many people who impacted United States history, including Native Americans, Germans, African Americans, Quakers, and Scots-Irish.

With a sweeping 17,000 square feet (1,500 square metre) full of discovery, this is the perfect ingredient to our cake batter filled with gardens and museums.

Greensboro History Museum

Address: 130 Summit Ave, Greensboro, NC 27401

Hours of Operation: Tue - Sat, from 10 am - 5 pm; Sun, from 2 pm - 5 pm

Website: Greensboro History Museum

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5. The Greensboro Arboretum

Greensboro Arboretum

It simply cannot be helped! There’s one more magical stretch of land - filled with rolling hills and swaying trees - that you can’t ignore, and that’s the Greensboro Arboretum.

Filled with fountain fancies, cascades of colorful flowers, and trees that we never even knew existed, you’ll be oh-so-glad you dipped back into yet another garden fancy.

The Greensboro Arboretum

Address: 401 Ashland Dr, Greensboro, NC 27403

Hours of Operation: May - Aug, from 8 am - 8 pm; Sep - Oct, form 8 am - 7 pm; Nov - Feb, from 8 am - 5 pm; Mar - Apr, from 8 am - 7 pm

Website: The Greensboro Arboretum

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6. Greensboro Children's Museum

Greensboro Children's Museum

Although (obviously) geared toward the little tykes, you’re definitely going to have a lot of fun here, too. With educational exhibits like trips to the market for nutritional food, pizza making, a town theater, a health center, and a 1930’s Fisher Park replica, this is going to be a blast.

Greensboro Children’s Museum might be the place to make your kids fall in love with museums for the rest of their lives. Plan to stay the whole afternoon, and then savor the day over a couple scoops of ice cream.

Greensboro Children's Museum

Address: 220 North Church Street, Greensboro NC 27401

Hours of Operation: Tue - Thu, from 9 am - 5 pm; Fri, from 9 am - 8 pm; Sat, from 9 am - 5 pm; Sun, from 1 pm - 5 pm

Website: Greensboro Children’s Museum

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7. Carolina History & Haunts


Alright, it’s time to explore whether or not you’re afraid of the dark. This is a historical ghost walk - guided by an eerie glow of candlelight - through Greensboro’s downtown delights and Charlotte’s uptown offerings.

Who knows which friends from the past are still wandering the streets. You probably read his or her diary in the Greensboro History Museum! While it’s fun to listen to the tales of the fantastic, this is actually quite an exciting way to learn more about the local lore. Maybe you should bring an extra flashlight, too…

Carolina History & Haunts

Address: 214 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Website: Caroling History & Haunts

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8. Bur Mil Park


Fore! Shake off the spirits of last night with a nice round of golf the next day. If that’s not your fancy, then how about a bike trail through the 250 acres (101 hectares) that encompass Bur Mil Park?

Full of short, woodsy paths, sparkling sunshine, bike trails, a par three golf course, and a driving range, there’s truly something for everyone here. It’s just the perfect place to marry a Tuesday afternoon with your Greensboro itinerary.

Bur-Mil Park

Address: 5834 Bur-Mill Club Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410

Hours of Operation: Daily, from 11 am - 8 pm

Website: Bur-Mil Park

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9. Antique Market Place, Inc.

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Start rubbing your hands together, antiquers. You are going to love the Antique Market Place. A pair of spectacles from the late 1800’s? A nice Tiffany-inspired lamp for your redecorated library?

Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to dig out some version of it in this - wait for it - 45,000 square foot (4,180 square metre) mall! With countless vendors to stumble upon, you’ll know they mean it when they say travelers are welcome. Well-behaved pets are welcome, too!

Antique Market Place, Inc.

Address: 6428 Burnt Poplar Rd, Greensboro, NC 27409

Hours of Operation: Mon - Wed, from 10 am - 6 pm; Thu - Sat, from 10 am - 8 pm; Sun, from 1 pm - 6 pm

Website: Antique Market Place, Inc.

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10. Greensboro Science Center

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You’ve got to see this to believe it. The pristine Greensboro Science Center houses everyone from maned wolves, to fishing cats, to moon jellies, to golden lion tamarins, and on, and on. The list is exhaustive!

With an aquarium, a museum, a zoo, and lovely little dining options, you better dress the kiddos in some bright neon colors because it’s going to be hard to keep a handle on them. There’s just so much to explore.

This activity definitely requires the entire day. Enjoy a little pancake action downtown and then head on over. With enough fun for everyone, you’ll be glad you stayed.

Greensboro Science Center

Address: 4301 Lawndale Dr, Greensboro, NC 27455

Hours of Operation: Daily, from 9 am - 5 pm

Website: Greensboro Science Center

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For happy feet only

It kind of calls out your name, doesn’t it? You’ve got gardens, museums, arboretums, science centers, parks, and one of the largest antique shopping malls we’ll ever step our happy little feet into!

A city that basks in its history and opens its doors wide open, this family vacation will certainly be one for the books. Enjoy your time in Greensboro and safe travels!

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Kit Kittelstad is a Freelance Writer who specializes in higher education and lifestyle articles, with a focus on travel pieces. She also serves as an Adjunct Communications Professor at Pace...Read more

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