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Must Visit Attractions 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.

Bryan Park is a golf complex as well as recreational facility for the entire family, and named after Joseph and Kathleen Bryan, the complex's foremost donors. The Players Course and the Championship Course are two of the most finely designed golf courses in the nation. The Players Course opened in 1974, while the other 18-hole Championship Course opened in 1990. As with most other courses, facilities include clubhouse, pro-shop, as well as golf-range and golf pros to offer help and instructions. The park not part of the courses include volleyball and tennis courts, nine picnic shelters, horseshoe pits and a playground.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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