Greensboro, North Carolina offers lots of family fun for all ages! I’m sharing more about the adventures that you will want to add to your list during a visit.
Things to Do
We stopped in Greensboro, North Carolina for two nights, as part of our road trip through North Carolina. Greensboro is about 7 hours from Cincinnati and offers so much to do!
A free attraction, located at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, The ACC Hall of Champions (The Atlantic Coast Conference) takes you through the history of the league with interactive exhibits, unique memorabilia, and lots of stories to give you a greater appreciation for the teams and their moments of glory.
Sports fans of all ages will enjoy photo opps with a life-size version of their favorite ACC Mascot and you can even try your hand at announcing a game as “you call the play” at the interactive broadcasting booth.
I would highly recommend allowing enough time to spend the WHOLE entire day if possible. The Greensboro Science Center is filled with activities and adventures for ages young and old as a museum, aquarium, and zoo all in one location! Seriously, there is SO MUCH to see here!
If you get hungry during your visit, you will find plenty of options at the Meerkat Cafe so that you can make the most out of your visit. Our family enjoyed the pizza, pressed sandwiches and kids meals.
Inside Tracks: Zoo Trek
During our visit, our family took the Zoo Trek which gave us behind the scenes access to the animals at the zoo. We learned more about the diet and food prep inside the food commissary along with more about the types of enrichment activities the zoo provides to enhance the quality of life of its residents. We were able to ask the zookeeper lots of questions and learn more about animal conservation. The bad weather during our visit actually worked in our favor because we got to see the indoor areas where the animals rest during inclement weather that are not accessible to the public and help feed several of the animals while under the supervision of the ZooKeeper. It was such a special experience and a perfect adventure for any animal lover.
Perfect for adventurers of all ages and skill levels ages 8 and up. SKYWILD is a treetop adventure park that will challenge you and give you more confidence as you go through a series of obstacles in the air. Many of the elements even incorporate an animal theme.
I found that many of the obstacles were challenging in a good way and I even discovered how great the harnesses worked after a slip on one of the log elements. High Ropes Courses are such a great way to model facing your fears and overcoming challenges with your kids. All of us really enjoyed this course and the staff was really encouraging and did a great job of guiding us when we approached the tough portions of the course.
Discover Downtown and LeBauer Park
The First Friday of each month Greensboro has additional activities and events centered around art and community. During our Friday night visit, we got to listen to a community drum circle at a local downtown park. There were shops and galleries that were also open with extended hours. LeBauer Park is a fun spot for kids to burn off some energy that is only a few streets away from lots of great shops and restaurants downtown.
Look for the Painted Jeans Statues
In my city of Cincinnati, we have flying pig statues, in Greensboro, North Carolina, they have uniquely painted jeans statues throughout the city as a tribute to the denim industry where two denim companies call Greensboro home.
Great Places to Eat
During our visit, we were able to enjoy several great locally sourced meals in Greensboro. Come hungry because you are going to eat very well!
Home of one of the largest biscuits that I’ve ever seen, Smith Street Diner is one of those places that you need to get to early or you will be waiting in a line outside the door. The diner is small with a big heart as you are greeted by loyal employees who have worked there for years. The portions are very generous for this country-style scratch made breakfast served all day, “8 days a week.”
Conveniently located onsite where we were staying, Print Works Bistro is another wonderful option day or night serving guests with special menus options from morning until late night. The restaurant has lots of seating, especially if you eat breakfast early, and a beautiful ambiance paired with fantastic food. A few of my MUST TRY recommendations are the Housemade Cinnamon Rolls served with a warm caramel sauce and the Corned Beef Hash that is hand-carved corned beef with sautéed peppers, onions, bistro potatoes, topped with fried eggs.
We are ALWAYS in the mood for tacos! We get even more excited when a restaurant is highly recommended and has the line out the door to prove it. The Pimento Mac n’ cheese is a game changer and the hardest part was narrowing down the taco menu options!
I opted for the “FIXIE” Braised beef, grilled pineapple, spicy sweet chili sauce and coconut aioli, cilantro and scallions and the “OXFORD” Chipotle marinated chicken, guac spread, red cabbage, pineapple-jalapeno relish, chipotle-lime
sour cream, crumbled queso and cilantro. The FIXIE was my favorite of the two. The waitress also brought me some house hot sauce for the pimento Mac n’ cheese that made it even better!
I found this gem after some online research. Sarah’s Kabob Shop has wonderful Mediterranean food served in large portions for a great price. I ordered the Shawarma over rice with mixed meats served with grilled onions, peppers, and tomatoes, over rice with salad and pita and my husband ordered the gyro. Make sure that you also save room to try their incredible Baklava.
We added a visit to Cheesecakes by Alex after several reader recommendations. There were soooo many fantastic options to choose from. I did try one sample and then ended up ordering a slice of creme brulee style to split and an Oreo one for the boys to share. If you are not a fan of cheesecake, you will still find plenty of pastry items to choose from to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Where We Stayed
Proximity Hotel’s design was based on a former textile mill and it’s the first Platinum LEED hotel in the US. The property is beautiful inside and out.
Our floor had a gathering space next to a workstation. There were cold drinks available with an honor box and icemaker steps away from our connecting rooms each with a King Size bed and sitting area.
If you a looking for a unique ride downtown you can schedule a ride in the hotel’s old-time English taxi. There are a limited number of bikes available with helmets if you prefer to explore the area at your own pace.
What’s On My List For Next Time
Our time in Greensboro FLEW BY and definitely gave me so many reasons to want to go back! Here are a few places on my list for next time.
Located inside a building that was the site of a non-violent protest that contributed to the momentum of the Civil Rights movement from four brave men who sat down to eat at the “whites only” lunch counter.
Fun for kids of all ages inside and out with the museum’s newest outdoor addition, two European-imported 30-foot-tall Neptune XXL Climbers connected by a 25-foot suspended net tunnel, that even looks fun for adults.
Located at LeBauer City Park in downtown, we saw the space where the suspended art was located but unfortunately, it wasn’t up for our visit which gives us another reason to want to come back.
We were scheduled to attend a baseball game during our visit but it was canceled due to a rainout. The Greensboro Grasshoppers are a Class A affiliate of the Miami Marlins and games are very family friendly.
Thanks again to Kia for providing our road trip vehicle the 2019 Kia Sorento that performed great through the rain and whose heated seats were greatly appreciated.
Thanks again to Visit Greensboro for hosting our visit. You can find more information on their website to help you plan your next visit.
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