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Best Parks 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 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 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.

Established as a part of a huge country estate of the tobacco magnate R. J Reynolds, Reynolda Garden is located close to the Wake Forest University. Designed by Thomas Sears over a land of 4 acres (1.62 hectares), the formal garden and greenhouses form only a small part of what is 129 acres (52.20 hectares) of woodlands. Now a part of the Wake Forest University, the garden is open all year round at no admission price.

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.

Bur-Mil Park is located on the shores of Lake Brandt in Guilford County. The premises include a swimming pool that is used for local swim meets, a clubhouse that can be rented for corporate or social events, a golf course, tennis courts, and trails for hiking or biking. Visitors to the park can take lessons in any of the aforementioned sports, and picnic areas and a wildlife center are also available to the public.

Hagan Stone Park is 409-acres (165.55 hectares) of lush, scenic campground and recreational facility. The park is open for camping all year-round with sites available either in wooded or open sites for tents, RVs, or trailers. Groups of up to 40 people can be reserved, with 8 miles (12.87 kilometers) of trails for walking, biking or hiking. Picnic shelters can also be reserved. In fact, reservations are encouraged if so desired.

Center City Park sits on 1.9 acres (0.77 hectares) right in the center of downtown Greensboro. The Greensboro Cultural Center, the city's history museum and the YWCA are also nearby which makes great use of the park. What's more is that one of the main contributions the park serves is as a meeting spot for residents to assemble for events like free outdoor movie screenings or live musical performances.

Opened in 1969, the lake was named after former Greensboro City Manager Jame R. Townsend. The lake measures at 1,542 acres, and is the largest of all the city's municipal reservoirs. Sailing and boating is allowed, and so is fishing from either on a boat or pier. If you are fishing, you are probably likely to find either largemouth bass, hybrid bass, catfish, or crappie. If so desired, rowboats, sailboats, or kayaks can be rented out. If you're that much a boating enthusiast, the Lake Townsend Yacht Club is open to the pubic with sailing classes offered during the summer months.

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