The 10 Best Things to Do in Greensboro, United States

January 2, 2018 Kelli Reichel

Greensboro, North Carolina loves nightlife, shopping, and horses (8,000 buyers per year go to the Sharpe Family Horse Farm.)  Greensboro lives up to its name in the host of gardens, science centers, and arboretums. The Bog Garden features a living wetland ecosystem. History is also at home here with museums dedicated to the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights movement. After a day of sightseeing, visitors flock to the Four Seasons Town Center for dinner, shopping, and a movie.
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1. International Civil Rights Center & Museum

134 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401-2604 +1 336-274-9199
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

International Civil Rights Center & Museum

The International Civil Rights Center & Museum (ICRCM), located in Greensboro, N.C., is an archival center, collecting museum and teaching facility devoted to the international struggle for civil and human rights. This national landmark and national site of conscience celebrates the nonviolent protests of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins that served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement. Our vision is to memorialize the courageous stand of the Greensboro Four as they launched, for posterity, the sit-in movement Feb. 1, 1960. We hope that the ICRCM, with its focus on the sit-in activities at the F.W. Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro in 1960, will inspire the vigilance and fortify the spirit of all oppressed people to step forward in the ongoing struggle for human freedom.

Reviewed By Sue D - Grand Rapids, Michigan

We had a guided ( only way to do ) 90 minute tour with Keishawn. We had about two dozen young men on our tour, Keishawn did an excellent job engaging them in the struggles that their forefathers endured. Very impressive museum, glad we went.

2. Greensboro Science Center

4301 Lawndale Dr, Greensboro, NC 27455-1899 +1 336-288-3769
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Greensboro Science Center

Experience the wonders of an aquarium, zoo, science museum, and 3D theater all in one attraction! See sharks, penguins, otters, stingrays, a fishing cat and other amazing animals from around the world in the NEW Carolina SciQuarium. Get eye-to-eye with tigers, meerkats, monkeys, crocodiles and other unique animals in Animal Discovery Zoo. Roam through Dinosaur Gallery, take a journey through the human body, experience extreme weather, and have fun in Kid's Alley in the Museum. Watch amazing 3-D shows that pop out of the screen in the OmniSphere Theater.

Reviewed By Erica M - Waldwick, New Jersey

It’s nice that this science center has an aquarium and zoo. However, the zoo didn’t have too many animals. But they did have a great petting zoo where the kids can grooms and pet the animals. Looks like there will be an active zip line and activity soon there. I love the fact that this place wasn’t so overly packed with people. You can actually enjoy the exhibits. It’s a very nice science center.

3. Greensboro Historical Museum

130 Summit Ave, Greensboro, NC 27401-3004 +1 336-373-2043
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4.5 based on 221 reviews

Greensboro Historical Museum

Reviewed By SaminDC - DC

I wasn’t expecting much because usually cities this size don’t have terribly impressive local history museums. But my expectations were exceeded. They had interesting period rooms, a pottery collection, good exhibits on original settlers and the Civil War and reconstruction, and a really good explanation of mills in the area. For kids, the third floor has scenes from local businesses of an earlier period.
Free!

4. Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden

1105 Hobbs Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410-4819 +1 336-373-2199
Excellent
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4.5 based on 191 reviews

Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden

Known for its massive annual plantings and bronze sculpture, this 7.5-acre garden is a popular and relaxing retreat. A Wedding Gazebo adds an air of elegance, a man-made re-circulating stream provides texture, movement and sound, and a Sensory Garden engages visitors in an interactive landscape experience. A variety of sculpture placed throughout the garden provides artistic and historic interest. The garden is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Admission is free.

Reviewed By KLE2013 - Centreville, Virginia

Located in the midst of a residential neighborhood, the Tanger Bicentennial Garden is hidden jewel known for its massive annual planting and bronze sculptures. Expansive lawns, picnic areas, a wedding gazebo, a man made recirculating stream and specialty plantings engage all the senses inviting leisurely exploration. There are numerous places to sit and enjoy the surroundings. Camberly's Garden is particularly lovely. Admission and parking is free and maps of the garden are available at the information/ restroom area.

5. Greensboro Children's Museum

220 N Church St, Greensboro, NC 27401-2918 +1 336-574-2898
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4.5 based on 231 reviews

Greensboro Children's Museum

Interactive exhibits for children.

Reviewed By CharlotteDayTripper - Charlotte, North Carolina

The two things that make this children museum really stand out is the outdoor climbing cage and the outdoor garden area with chicken coop. Both are amazing and unique. Inside it is the usual children museum interactive stuff - a market area, an airplane/truck/car area, a hospital, a block building area, small manipulative area and stage with costumes. The check in process was incredibly long and laborious. Adults could get in free on Sunday if they gave up their phones, which is a a great idea, however it definitely needs to be streamlined.

6. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

2332 New Garden Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410-2355 +1 336-288-1776
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4.5 based on 401 reviews

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

Reviewed By Brian H - Greensboro, North Carolina

more walking than learning , a good place to ride your bikes . Plenty of space to go have a picnic .

7. The Bog Garden at Benjamin Park

1101 Hobbs Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410-4819 +1 336-373-2199
Excellent
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4.5 based on 285 reviews

The Bog Garden at Benjamin Park

This garden features an elevated boardwalk which meanders through 7 acres of natural wetlands. Stone pathways traverse a forested hillside, and visitors can enjoy the sounds of water at Serenity Falls - a re-circulating waterfall - while viewing the many varieties of plants, birds, and other wildlife inhabiting the area. The garden is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Admission is free.

Reviewed By KLE2013 - Centreville, Virginia

Immediately across Hobbs Road from the Tanner Bicentennial Garden(park at Tanner and walk to Bog)is this naturalistic, peaceful area with an elevated walkway through shaded woodlands and manicured paths leading to a small waterfall and large pond. The wooden walkway makes the garden wheelchair accessible. Entrance is free and the garden is open from dawn to dusk. While we heard owls we were not able to see them. The park seems to be a popular place for residents to walk their dogs and we met several friendly locals who offered suggestions for dining and sightseeing in Greensboro.

8. The Greensboro Arboretum

401 Ashland Dr, Greensboro, NC 27403-1369 +1 336-373-2199
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4.5 based on 112 reviews

The Greensboro Arboretum

This 17-acre botanical garden features 10 woody plant collections, special display gardens and distinct structural features. The extensive variety of plants offers rich educational opportunities for children and adults, landscape designers, and homeowners. The garden is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Admission is free.

Reviewed By Queen J - Fresno

I visited in August and naturally, it's not as beautiful without the flowers in bloom. Unlike the Tanger Bicentennial Park, the Greensboro Arboretum is mostly wide open spaces of lawn, punctuated by small themed areas. The paths are not as shaded here as in other parks and it can feel a bit warm at times.

The giant meditation wind chimes are cool, but the traffic from the bordering highway masked the faint sound they made, which was disappointing.

This is a nice, green, free, peaceful public park, but I wouldn't go out of your way as a tourist to visit.

9. Greensboro Coliseum Complex

1921 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro, NC 27403 +1 336-373-7400
Excellent
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4 based on 277 reviews

Greensboro Coliseum Complex

Reviewed By 2BCherie - Troutman, North Carolina

We attended a Sunday afternoon event here and arrived with plenty of time before our show. The parking wasn't open until there were cars lined up waiting. Parking was unorganized. We walked up to the building (still with plenty of time) and the doors weren't opened and lines were wrapped around the building. By the time we made it in the door through & up the steps like a herd of cattle, we discovered the chaotic metal detector screening area (some were checked, some weren't). We went straight to our seats and missed the first 40 mins of our show. Frustrating isn't a strong enough word to use to describe our experience. Signs for sections and seating are not well marked in a crowd of thousands. We would never go back to this venue again. Ridiculous.

10. BurMil Park

5834 Bur Mill Club Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410-9214 +1 336-373-3800
Excellent
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4.5 based on 72 reviews

BurMil Park

Reviewed By Alleycat427 - Madison, North Carolina

It;s a beautiful place to picnic, hike or have a party in their center. The trails wind around the lake and are especially nice in the winter when the leaves are off and the lake wiews even better! You have to share with bikes so it can be a little harrowing at times. Summertime- the kids will love the swimming pool!

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