By Rachel Hoeing
I’ve lived in the Triad area for about 17 years now, and I am still continuing to discover hidden gems. Our areas of Winston-Salem, High Point, Greensboro and surrounding communities have so many unique tourist spots, delicious dining, outdoor parks, historical landmarks, and so much more. Still, when I have friends visiting from out of town, or relatives bunking up with us for a few days, I wrestle with what to do.
I decided to compile a list of “afternoon outings” and “Triad day trips” that would be perfect for families or groups of all ages and abilities. Granted, some of these will be more exciting for little ones while others will appeal to the older members of your group, but my hope is that each excursion would include a little something for everyone.
Elm Street Afternoon
Travel to downtown Greensboro and spend an afternoon hitting the shops on Elm Street! You can start with lunch at Crafted, then pop in Scuppernong Books. Check out Aspen Boutique, Boho Blu, and Just Be among many others! Cheesecakes by Alex has an adorable outdoor patio to enjoy a sweet treat in the afternoon. For a great history lesson, you can visit the Civil Rights Museum, which is focused on the sit-in activities at the F.W. Woolworth lunch counter. Wrap up your day by catching a show at Triad Stage or a Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball game!
A Kid’s Dream in Downtown Greensboro
Start out at Boxcar Bar + Arcade, which is kid-friendly during the day. The Boxcar Arcade is so much fun for the young and young-at-heart! Then head over to the Greensboro Children’s Museum, where kids will never seem to run out of things to do! Their newest exhibits are amazing, and the outdoor play structure will light up a child’s face immediately. If it’s a nice day, you can walk across the street to LeBauer Parkwhich has an amazing creative play area for kids. If the weather isn’t great, you’ve also got the Greensboro Library right there as well. You can also check to see what might be going on at the Greensboro Cultural Center or GreenHill Center that day. You’ve got great restaurants in that same area that you can visit for dinner – Ghassan’s, Europa Bar & Cafe, or Mellow Mushroom are some of our family’s faves.
The Grounds of Wake Forest & Reynolda
In Winston-Salem, you can spend an afternoon showing visitors the beautiful campus of Wake Forest University. After walking the grounds, you can take the walking path or drive over to Reynolda Village. Grab lunch at The Village Tavern or Silo, and then stroll through all of the shops. The Garden Boutique, Around the House, J McLaughlin, and McCall’s are some of our favorites. After shopping, there is a beautiful area to spread out on the grass and enjoy some snacks, throw a frisbee, or fly a kite. You can then walk the path around Lake Katharine through the woods and venture to Reynolda House Museum of American Art and Reynolda Gardens. You can choose to visit on your own or schedule a tour.
Loving Liberty Street
Venture to downtown Winston-Salem and spend your afternoon on Liberty Street. Enjoy lunch or dinner at Camel City BBQ Factory, which also hosts a game room to make even the most restless little ones happy. Just across the street from Camel City you will find an “art park,” dubbed ARTivity on the Green. Amazing art that your kids will enjoy and your teens will love to post on Instagram! Continue on down to Reboot Arcade Bar (family friendly until 9pm) to take whirl at PacMan or Space Invaders! Venturing just a few streets off of Liberty, you can then step back in time by visiting Mast General Store. You will love the clothes and accessories while your children will love the barrels of candy. I also recommend hitting Black Mountain Chocolate Factory where you can actually view the chocolate being made. To round out your evening, visit Crafted for dinner and Burger Batch for an amazing milkshake for dessert!
The Best of New & Old Salem
In Winston-Salem you can easily hit Kaleideum Downtown and Old Salem in the same day since they are within walking distance. Kaleideum Downtown is a fantastic children’s museum where kids can spend hours exploring and discovering. (Note that Mondays are members only.) Willow’s Bistro, Di Lisio’s Italian Restaurant, and Senor Bravo are all within walking distance for a great bite to eat, or you can head to Old Salem and eat at The Tavern, which is a fabulous spot for locally farmed food. The waitstaff wear historic Moravian attire during the day, so you get the true Old Salem experience. You can explore Old Salem Museum & Gardens to experience early American history in the Moravian settlement of Salem. You can view historical buildings and gardens, while also taking part in hands-on workshops, family events and shopping. Lastly, wrap up your evening with a Winston-Salem Dash baseball game!
Joy in Jamestown
Spend a day in the High Point and Jamestown areas. One of our favorites is High Point City Lake Park. This park has just about everything – carousel rides, boats, miniature golf course, picnic shelters and grills, playground, swimming pool, concessions, and a train ride! I would suggest spending the morning here and taking a picnic lunch. Afterward, you can cruise the streets of Main Street Jamestown. Be sure to stop in Potent Potables, The Soap Lady, and Out of Hand. Just around the corner is the Piedmont Environmental Center. Check their calendar through the website link to see what might be going on the day you visit. The center provides hands on experiences relating to the nature of life as well as small animal exhibits. It also hosts eleven miles of foot trails and the Bicentennial Greenway, which passes through forests and lakeside habitats. After your visit to the PEC, we suggest Southern Roots for an amazing dinner.
This blog has only skimmed the surface of what the Triad has to offer! We hope these ideas will give your visitors something to rave about when they leave the area and will make them want to come back and see more!
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- The photo of LeBauer Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor