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Best Landmarks in Greensboro

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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 goal and lasting mission of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum is to educate future generations and also not let anyone forget Greensboro's as well as the nation's struggle for Civil Rights. Everything that began with the sit-in protest of the Woolworth-lunch counter 1960 by four young North Carolina A&T State College students and every battle in-between is chronicled inside these walls. This is truly an inspiring monument to chronicling the history of the Civil Rights Movement.

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.

Old Salem is a historic district that contains a vast amount of Winston-Salem's history. Founded in 1766, the Moravian community, who were members of the Moravian Church, were the early inhabitants of this neighborhood. Even today you can find many museums and attractions that enunciate this culture. In additional to these historic sights, there are numerous trendy restaurants and shops to browse while in this neighborhood.

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.

What was once home to North Carolina Governor John Motley Morehead is now a National Historical Landmark and tourist attraction. The building's history began even before the founding of the city with it being built in 1795, then in 1844 architect Alexander Jackson Davis began a prototype Italianate style villa for the governor and eventually finished in 1846. It is one of the oldest standing Italianate structures in all of the United States. Tours are early morning and afternoons from Tuesday through Sunday.

The largest water park in the Carolinas, Emerald Pointe Water Park is the perfect spot to cool off during the hot summer months. Bring the whole family here and take advantage of the 36 fun and thrilling rides located here. This park is so large, the rides and pools here contain a combined 3 million gallons of water. And if you get tired out from all of your fun on the water slides, find a lounge chair with a shaded area to sit back and relax away from the hot sunshine.

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