Greensboro is the largest city in North Carolina’s Triad region, an area marked by two other cities: Winston-Salem and High Point. After Charlotte and Raleigh, the Triad region is the Tarheel state’s third largest, a thriving metropolis with many places to visit. The following are five fun things to do in Greensboro, NC.

1. International Civil Rights Center & Museum

On the outside it looks like a Woolworth’s store. On the inside it is the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, where four young African-American men took a stand (seats, literally) in the name of civil rights.

Woolworth’s is long gone, but the store has been transformed into a museum that offers excellent insight into what the four men experienced and the nonviolent protests that soon swept the country. The original counter and stools remain in place, a tribute to an important era in US history.

2. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

The Battle of Guilford Courthouse was conducted in March 1781, one of largest and hottest contested battles of the Revolutionary War. It was considered a high-water mark of British military operations with the Americans retreating.

The retreat signaled defeat, but the victory for the British was a pyrrhic one as Lord Charles Cornwallis lost one-quarter of his army after 150 minutes of battle. The park boasts a visitor’s center and access to the battlefield. A narrated tour can be taken on foot or by automobile.

3. Greensboro Children’s Museum

Youngsters often grow bored while on vacation as older siblings take in amusements better suited for them. Parents are sometimes at a loss in offering places for little ones to visit. Fortunately, the Greensboro Children’s Museum has something for the younger members of your family.

The Greensboro Children’s Museum offers a number of exhibits including permanent and traveling displays. Like hundreds of other museums found across the country, the Greensboro Children’s Museum encourages children to have fun by touching the exhibits and talking about them. The Edible Schoolyard is its largest and most visited attraction, designed to stoke interest and children’s imaginations.

4. Wet N Wild Emerald Pointe

Summertime visitors to Greensboro will be looking for ways to cool off. Wet N Wild Emerald Pointe provides the kind of respite families like with more than three dozen rides and attractions at the ready.

This destination features a soak zone with more than 35 different water features including slides, tubes and rides. Take on the Raging Rapids, navigate through the Dragon’s Den, enjoy the Tropical Drop and survive the Double Barrel Blast.

5. Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden

When nature beckons, the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden is the place you will want to visit. This 7.5-acre garden provides much respite with its many colorful plantings and sculptures.

Open year ‘round from sun up to sun down, admission to the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden is free. While there, take in the wedding gazebo, the manmade recirculating stream and the paver plaza.

Travel Tips

If time allows, head over to Winston-Salem or High Point too. Winston-Salem offers the Old Salem Museums & Gardens, BB&T Field, and the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, among other attractions. High Point features the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers and All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm.

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