The Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden was created by Greensboro Beautiful, Inc. in conjunction with the Greensboro Parks & Recreation Department. Greensboro Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining and enhancing Greensboro's natural beauty and in 1976 created the Bicentennial Garden to celebrate the United States' 200th anniversary i.e. bicentennial. Sculptures of historical interest are placed throughout the park and the flowering trees, lush greenery and flowing stream create an idyllic setting for a romantic or family outing. This public garden is open daily from dawn until dusk and is available for weddings.
The Greensboro Arboretum is more than just a beautiful park complete with wedding gazebo, a fountain, arbor and bridges, though those features in and of themselves make the grounds worth a visit. What makes the arboretum extra special is that it provides a wealth of information for landscape designers or people who simply want some ideas for their garden. The property's 17 acres (6.88 hectares) have been split into 12 plant collections, grouped based on plant size, species, optimum growing conditions, or blossoming times. The grounds also contain a butterfly garden, the exceptional rose garden, rhododendron garden and walking trails.
The Natural Science Center of Greensboro takes attendees through worlds once inhabited by dinosaurs with 36-foot (10 meters) tall T-Rex models, as well as places to learn about the natural earth like the Gem and Mineral Gallery. There are also aquatic labs where everyone can pet and get to know more about snakes, amphibians and other sea-creatures. A trip to this center and all the attractions within is an experience that all members of the family can enjoy.
The ground where the Battle for Guilford Courthouse was waged, this national military park is a solemn commemoration of the soldiers and militia who valiantly braved the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. Back during the Revolutionary War, the battle for Guilford Courthouse was fought, with Major General Nathanael Greene and his men trying to defend the land. Complete with a tapestry of exhibits, monuments and dense forests, the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park is truly an indelible chapter marking the pages of America's history.
Located near the Bicentennial Garden, The Bog Garden gives visitors a rare chance to walk through the wetlands via an elevated walkway. Visitors will be surrounded by lush green vistas - a welcome escape from the sights and sounds of the city. The nature preserve contains a multitude of local flora and fauna and one of the notable attractions in the park is Dr. Joe Christian Serenity Falls.
The key aspect to the Greensboro Children's Museum, the part that they stress is that above all else, is that the children that come through their doors get to experience something educational and interactive. There are outreach programs for children throughout the community that seek to educate the youth about nature through activities in science. There are various kinds of field-trips available including fun sleepovers.
William Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry, is Greensboro's best known and most celebrated writer. His hometown has honored him with this impressive three-piece statue. Located on a prominent downtown corner, the bronze statue features a sculpture of the author, a large book of his stories and even a depiction of his small dog. There is no twist ending here, just a great place to snap a picture in front of one of Greensboro's favorite sons.
The Green Hill Center is dedicated to promoting arts and culture. It has four floors of art galleries that host a variety of paintings and cultural exhibits. Additionally, there are studios, classrooms and rehearsal halls that showcase events and informative workshops. If you enjoy arts and culture, the Green Hill Center is the place to go.
The African American Atelier is a non-profit group that promotes African American art awareness, and achieves that goal by hosting art classes for children and adults alike and various exhibits throughout the year. The gallery is located on the main floor of the Greensboro Cultural Center and is spread over three spaces. The featured artwork changes frequently, so check the website for special events and artist receptions.
The LeBauer Park Greensboro is a scenic park and playground that doubles as an entertainment venue. The creatively designed open space houses a performance area, an interactive fountain for kids, a playground, sculptures, two cafes, and other amenities for visitors to enjoy. The place plays host to concerts, local events, and interactive community programs around the year. Check out their website for more details about upcoming events.
Whether a student, a researcher or just someone wanting to know a little something more about the long and rich history of Greensboro and Guilford Counties, the Greensboro History Museum is the place to be. Notable figures the museum covers include, among others, former Governor John Motley Morehead, O. Henry and David Caldwell. Exhibitions here are both of the permanent kind as well as those that are held for only a limited time.