Things to See and Do in Greensboro

Want to spend some extra time visiting the Greensboro area before or after Annual Conference? Here’s a list of sites and attractions with something for everyone in the family.

International Civil Rights Center and Museum

An archival center, collecting museum, and teaching facility devoted to the international struggle for civil and human rights. The museum celebrates the nonviolent protests of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins that served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement.

Mendenhall Plantation

Built in the center of Old Jamestown, near the intersection of what were then known as Federal and Union Streets, Richard Mendenhall’s house served as a gathering place for residents and a stopover for travelers. This home exemplifies the community of Quaker trades-people and farmers who actively opposed slavery, promoted education for all, and labored to create a life of peace and simplicity during troubled times. The complex, with its 1811 house and fine old bank barn, cluster of outbuildings, and a tanning table where Richard Mendenhall carried on his tanner’s trade, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The barn houses a restored false-bottomed wagon used to transport slaves during the Underground Railroad movement.

Seagrove Pottery

Seagrove Pottery Gallery is an outstanding location of traditional and contemporary pottery and crafts. We feature local pottery, sculpture, glass, basketry, lawn and garden items, and so many more things to enhance both your home and office.

The Historic Old Mill of Guilford

A fully operational water-powered 18th century grist mill. The Old Mill of Guilford was founded in North Carolina on Beaver Creek in 1767 to grind grain for the early settlers of what is now Guilford County. Today, the mill continues to produce all-natural, stone-ground, whole grain foods, just as it has for over 240 years. The Mill produces all natural corn meal, grits and flour along with a wide range of mixes including: Gingerbread Mixes, Muffin Mixes, Pancake Mixes, Cookie Mixes, Scone Mixes, Biscuit Mixes and Hushpuppy Mix. The Mill’s signature mix is the Sweet Potato Muffin. Visit the Old Mill Store for these products and other fine foods and crafts from North Carolina.

Old Salem Museums and Gardens

A historic district of Winston-Salem, North Carolina featuring a living history museum that interprets the restored Moravian community. The non-profit organization began its work in 1950, although some private residents had restored buildings earlier. As the Old Salem Historic District, it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966. The district showcases the culture of the Moravian settlement in North Carolina during the 18th and 19th centuries, communal buildings, churches, houses, and shops.

Visit Mayberry!

Come to Mount Airy, North Carolina (about 1.5 hours from Greensboro), inspiration for The Andy Griffith Show. See Floyd’s City Barber Shop, Old City Jail and Courthouse, Wally’s Service Station, Emmett’s Fix It Shop, the Darling’s Cabin, as well as the Mayberry Soda Fountain, Opie’s Candy Shop, and The Snappy Lunch dinette (world famous pork chop sandwich). Also see Andy Griffith’s Homeplace and Andy Griffith Museum or enjoy a ride on a Mayberry Squad Car Tour.

Richard Petty Museum

The Petty Museum was established in 1988 and presents the unparalleled success story of one of the founding families of stock car racing, their drive for engineering excellence, and the technical inventiveness, innovation and ingenuity that made it all possible. The Petty Museum preserves the heritage of Petty Engineering and Petty Enterprises, a family business having a fundamental formative influence on American motorsports and on automotive design, construction, and safety.

Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum

Founded in 1902 by Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown, Palmer Memorial Institute transformed the lives of more than 2,000 African American students. Today, the campus provides the setting where visitors can explore this unique environment where boys and girls lived and learned during the greater part of the 20th century. The museum links Dr. Brown and Palmer Memorial Institute to the larger themes of African American history, women’s history, social history, and education, emphasizing the contributions African Americans made in North Carolina.

Replacements, Ltd.

World’s largest center for old and new dinnerware, china, crystal, silver, stainless, and collectibles in a 500,000 square foot facility. Replacements for missing or broken tableware pieces with inventories of more than 425,000 patterns and 12 million pieces.

Greensboro Historical Museum

The Greensboro Historical Museum celebrates Greensboro’s local culture and the city’s prominent place in American history. Collections document the many different nationalities and people who impacted the county’s history: Native Americans, Germans, African Americans, Quakers and Scots-Irish. Archives and artifacts relate to the lives of prominent Guilford County residents, such as David Caldwell, First Lady Dolley Madison, Governor John Motley Morehead, author O. Henry and educator Charles Henry Moore. For students, for families, for researchers, for everyone opportunities to study events in colonial Guilford County, the Civil War, the roots of the Civil Rights Movement, and the rise of textile manufacturing in the South.

Homeland Creamery

Owned and operated since the 1930s by the Bowmans, a family of faith offering a natural and sustainable approach to farming. It’s said to have the best ice cream in North Carolina! Offering tours (by appointment) and a creamery store.

Blandwood Mansion

A National Historic Landmark, originally constructed in 1795 Blandwood later served as North Carolina Governor John Motley Morehead’s home. In 1844 A.J. Davis designed an addition, transforming the farmhouse into an Italianate wonder.

Greensboro Science Center

The Greensboro Science Center is the Triad’s premier family destination offering three great attractions: an Aquarium, Museum and Zoo. The Carolina SciQuarium, North Carolina’s only inland aquarium features a variety of water-dependent animals including penguins, sharks, otters, eels, stingrays, a rare fishing cat, an anaconda and fish of all shapes and colors. Animal Discovery Zoological Park offers visitors more than 12 acres of up-close creature encounters with tigers, meerkats, howler monkeys, lemurs, crocodiles, tortoises, a red panda, farm animals and many more. In the Museum, visitors can walk among prehistoric dinosaurs and come face-to-face with a roaring 36-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex model, experience hurricane force winds in the Extreme Weather Gallery, take an interactive journey through the human body in HealthQuest, see live snakes in the Herpetarium, and enjoy hands-on learning and interaction in Kids’ Alley and in the touch lab. Also in the Museum is a state-of-the-art OmniSphere Theater that showcases awe-inspiring, full dome digital, laser and eye-popping 3D shows on a 40-foot dome ceiling.

Greensboro Children’s Museum

The Greensboro Children’s Museum (GCM) is a hands-on, interactive museum for children, their families and teachers. The Museum is designed to inspire learning through play in a fun, energetic and safe environment for children up to 10 years of age. The 37,000 square foot facility in downtown Greensboro includes over 20 permanent hands-on exhibits in “Our Town” and a new outdoor Edible Schoolyard that are designed to stimulate children’s imaginations and provide educational play experiences. It’s where play is a smart adventure!

Weatherspoon Art Museum

The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro acquires, preserves, exhibits, and interprets modern and contemporary art for the benefit of its multiple audiences, including university, community, regional, and beyond. Through these activities, the museum recognizes its paramount role of public service, and enriches the lives of diverse individuals by fostering an informed appreciation and understanding of the visual arts and their relationship to the world in which we live.

David and Rachel Caldwell Historic Center

The land once belonged to the Caldwells, one of Greensboro’s most influential founding couples, and it was here that they raised a family, ran a farm and launched an elite prep school for young men. Rev. Caldwell served the congregations of Buffalo and Alamance Presbyterian churches and was a political leader during the Revolutionary War. The Caldwell Center, open on Saturdays from 10 to 5, provides a look at the Caldwells and an archaeological investigation into 18th century life. Admission is free.

Greensboro Gardens – Several spectacular gardens and parks to explore:

  • Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden. Known for its massive annual plantings and bronze sculpture, gazebo, stream, and sensory garden.
  • Bog Garden at Benjamin Park. An elevated boardwalk meanders through acres of natural wetlands featuring plants, birds, and other wildlife. Stone pathways travel through forested hillsides, as well.
  • Gateway Gardens. A stunning entryway into Greensboro this 11 acre park is a horticultural oasis integrating elements of history, movement, discovery, and community. Areas include the Michel Family Children’s Garden, Heritage Garden, Rain Garden, Gateway Plaza, and the Great Lawn.
  • Greensboro Arboretum. A 17 acre site featuring 14 plant collections, special display gardens, and distinct structural features. Includes the R.R. Allen Family Butterfly Garden and Fountain.

Cove Creek Gardens – A conservation and teaching garden

Cove Creek Gardens is a public display garden which promotes the art of horticulture and demonstrates the conservation of water and native plants while providing the public with a living laboratory for research, learning, and interaction with the natural world.

Art and Sculpture

  • Millennium Gate Sculpture Jim Gallucci and a team of 17 artisans created the 106 icons that comprise this sculpture’s surface. Icons representing great ideas, inventions, events and people that have made a significant difference in the past thousand years complete this interactive and most magnificent sculpture.
  • O. Henry Statues This outdoor, three piece sculpture group honors Greensboro’s best known writer, William Sydney Porter, known as O. Henry, and features a statue of the author, a large sculpture of an open book of his short stories, and a statue of his beloved little dog, Lovey.

Old Greensboro Downtown Historic District

Visit this charming revitalized turn-of-the- century commercial and residential district complete with antiques, art, coffee shops, specialty clothing stores, gifts and accessories, over 35 restaurants and nightclubs and three theatres offering a variety of live performances throughout the year. Parking decks located in downtown areas.

Wet and Wild Emerald Pointe

The largest water park in all of the Carolinas located in Greensboro wiith over 35 rides, slides, waves, and pools. Very family-friendly with picnic space and two large children’s areas.