By Guest Blogger Lori Redding
Today, Lori has highlighted some of her favorite family spots in the Greensboro area. As we all know, you could spend months in the Greensboro area and never run out of new places to visit, so be sure to add any ideas that you think our readers would enjoy! … Rachel H
You may hear teenagers poor-mouthing about how there’s nothing to do in Greensboro. Chances are slim, though, that you’d ever hear a similar line from parents of young children in the Gate City. In fact, there are so many great spots to hit that you could never get to them all in one day.
The Greensboro Children’s Museum is a perfect place to start. One highlight is the Edibile Schoolyard. This large outdoor garden is perfectly cared for and is an amazing educational opportunity. From rows of beautiful vegetables to a chicken coup and fish pond, the Schoolyard offers children the chance to learn about farming and where their food comes from. You might even get to do some hands on picking, planting or tasting while you’re there. To beat the heat, step inside and enjoy the many great exhibits the kids will love.
220 North Church Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
If it’s near lunch time, don’t miss a chance to drop by Brown-Gardiner Drug Store. One of Greensboro’s favorite lunch spots, the lunch counter has great sandwiches and a quaint charm to take you back to days gone by. It’s perfect for kids, too, featuring fresh-made menu items like grilled cheese, hot dogs and orange-aid. You’ll love it!
2101 North Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27408
Next stop is the Greensboro Science Center. Just a quick drive up Lawndale Drive brings you to another learning lesson. Now instead of fruits and vegetables you’ll be learning about animals from all over the world. Indoors you’ll find lots of interactive exhibits including full-sized dinosaurs and aquariums housing a nurse shark. Head outside for a quick trip around the globe. There are alligators, lemurs, snakes and much more. Our favorite areas are the tigers and maned wolves. Seeing these awesome creatures strut within just a few feet helps the kids (and the moms) gain a better appreciation of their power. You can also enjoy Sky Wild while you are there!
4301 Lawndale Drive
Greensboro, NC 27455
Now that you’ve experienced the natural world, why not go grab some books to continue the learning? A short trip out New Garden Road brings you to Price Park, one of Greensboro’s crown jewels. The Park was acquired by Piedmont Land Conservancy in 1999 and conveyed to the City to become a nature-focused park for the people. It contains hiking trails, a butterfly meadow and a native grassland under restoration. For nature lovers it’s the perfect place to explore and see their favorite wildlife. In addition, Price Park is home to the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library. The library is the most visited in the Greensboro Library system. It contains a wealth of educational materials to help kids learn more about the natural world just outside its doors.
1420 Price Park Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
If you’ve still got a few hours or want to plan another trip there’s much more to be found. Bur-Mil Park has fishing opportunities, a public pool and great trails for the family to enjoy. You can check out our list of favorite Greensboro parks here. The Bog Garden near Friendly Center is a great place to stretch your legs, feed the ducks and take a stroll. Afterwards you can swing through Friendly Center where there’s something for everyone – Great Outdoor Provision Company for dad, Toys & Co. for the kiddos and the moms will love a few quite moment in Simply Meg’s to catch up on all their fashion needs.
What is your favorite thing to do in Greensboro?