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Attractions in the Greensboro Area

Old Mill of Guilford , a working, water-powered grist mill with sights and smells of another era. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the mill’s gift shop offers a wide variety of stone-ground meals, popular honey, ham and an assortment of North Carolina pottery and crafts.  1340 N.C. Highway 68 North.  Free admission.   For additional information, call (910) 643-4783.

Mendenhall Plantation, an early 19th-century Quaker plantation which houses many unique out-buildings, a museum, and one of two known false -bottom wagons used to transport runway slaves during the time of the Underground Railroad. This plantation is located at 603 W. Main St., Jamestown, NC, just two miles southwest of Greensboro. Admission charge.  Call for more information (910) 454-3819.

Charlotte Hawkins Brown Memorial State Historic Site, which honors an African-American woman. The site is the former location of the Palmer Institute, a black preparatory school established by Brown in 1902. Located 10 miles east of Greensboro in Sedalia off I-85, exit 135. For further information, call (910) 449-4846.  Free admission.

Blandwood Mansion & Carriage House, home of the former NC Governor John Motley Morehead. This 19th-century Italian Villa is listed as a National Historic Landmark. It still displays many of its original furnishings. Admission charge.   Located at 447 W. Washington Street, Greensboro. Call for more information (910) 272-5003.

Old Greensborough & the Downtown Historic District – Visit this revitalized turn-of-the-century commercial, residential and industrial district complete with antique, art and other unique shops and restaurants. Also, enjoy the Antique and Art Festive, held in April on s. Elm St., featuring antique appraisals, entertainment and more than 50 invited antique and art vendors and great food. For more information, call Downtown Greensboro Inc. 379-0060

Greensboro Historical Museum --discover the fun and fascination of history. Visit life in the 19th-century through the lives of area natives O. Henry and Dolley Madison and learn about the Woolworth Sit-Ins that helped launch a national civil rights movement. Located at 130 Summit Avenue, please call for more information (910) 373-2043.  Free admission.

Celebration Station, a recreational and amusement facility, features miniature golf, water bumper boats, go-carts, games, two theme restaurants, and more. Enjoy a great collection of attractions designed for the entire family. Located at 4315 Big Tree Way, off I-40 at the Wendover Avenue exit. Call for more information (910) 316-0606.  Fee for attractions and games.

Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park-- the Carolina’s largest water park. The 45-acre water theme park with over 30 water rides and attractions is a family favorite. The park includes Thunder Bay, one of only four tsunami (giant wave), drop slides, tube rides, and cable glides provide thrills for all ages and sizes.  Dare devils also may want to try the Skycoaster.  Open late May to early September.

The park is located off I-85 exit 121, S. Holden Road. Call for further information

1(800) 555-5900.  Admission charge $27.99 adults, under 45” $17.99, 2 and under free

*******Richard Petty Museum--houses unique displays of the seven-time Winston Cup Series Champion’s race car, trophies and awards, a mini-theatre, photos and more. Located just a few miles south of Greensboro on Branson Mill Road, off Old U.S.220 South in Level Cross. For more information, call (910) 495-1143.  Admission charge adults $5.00, students $3.00, seniors $4.50.

Garden Tours - don’t miss the beautiful gardens in Greensboro.  The Bicentennial Gardens offer exotic experiences in sight, smell and touch with changing beds of flowers each season. (Located on Hobbs Rd. off Friendly Ave.).  Across the street, visit the unique Bog Garden featuring a 1/2 mile elevated wooden walkway over the bog.  Enjoy viewing more than 8,000 individually labeled trees, shrubs, ferns, bamboo and wildflowers, as well as wildlife indigenous to a bog.  Drive over to the nearby Greensboro Arboretum, a 17-acre garden including nine permanent plant collections of various species which provide appeal throughout the year.  Located at the corner of W. Wendover and W. Market St.  Free admission to all gardens.

*******Replacements, Ltd. - boasts the largest inventory of obsolete, active and inactive china, crystal and flatware patterns in the world.  There are over 3,500,000 pieces in 65,000 different patterns.  The free tour begins with a guided walk through the office and warehouse areas and ends with a visit to the showroom where you can purchase giftware, antiques, one-of-a-kind items, collectibles and special purchases of tableware.  Open 7 days per week at 8:00 AM.  Located off I-85 and I-40 at exit 132, follow the signs.  Call 1-800-REPLACE.

*******Greensboro Children’s Museum – The museum’s learning stations are designed for children ages 1-10 and center around a realistic “Our Town” theme. Use the ATM at our bank, drive a fire truck, sound the siren on a police car, bring a DC-9 jet in for a landing, experience a house under construction or deliver the mail in a U.S. Postal Jeep. The “tot Spot” offers activities to stimulate even the youngest children. Hours: Tues.-Thurs. & Sat., 9am-5pm; Fri., 9am-8pm; Sun., 1-5pm; Mon., 9am-noon for members only & noon-5pm for the public on Guilford County school holidays/teacher workdays. Admission fee. 220 N. Church St., across from the Greensboro Public Library. 574-2898

Greensboro Cultural Center at Festival Park – Browse through this architectural showplace housing 12 visual and performing arts organizations, four art galleries, rehearsal halls, a sculpture garden, a privately operated restaurant with outdoor café-style seating and an outdoor amphitheater. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8am-10pm; Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 2-5pm. Free. 200 N. Davie St. 373-2712

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park – Honoring the site of the March 15, 1781 Revolutionary battle, the park consist of 28 monuments and a visitor center on 200 acres, with paved walking trails. Visitors can take a self-guided audiotape tour and view informational outdoor exhibits. Indoor activities include a 30-minute live-action film (shown on the hour); an animated battle map program, and exhibits featuring original Revolutionary War weaponry and artifacts. Hours: Daily, 8:30am-5pm. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Free. Reservations required for large groups. 2332 New Garden Rd. 288-1776

Natural Science Center of Greensboro – Treat your family to our hands-on science museum and planetarium! Roam through the Dinosaur Gallery, visit snakes, and amphibians in the Jaycee Herpetarium, explore Bug Discovery and interact with exciting traveling exhibits. In spring 2007, brand new outdoor Animal Discovery will offer an up-close look at tigers, wallabies, African wild dogs and many others, covering the 22 acre zoo. Hours: Mon-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 12:30-5pm. Admission fee. 4301 Lawndale Dr., adjacent to Country Park. 288-3769

Tannenbaum Historic Park- A City of Greensboro Parks & Recreation facility, this 7.5 acre park was the 18th century farmstead of Joseph Hoskins. During the 1781 Battle of Guilford Courthouse, Hoskins’ land served as a staging area for British troops. The Colonial Heritage Center offers a variety of exhibits depicting life in colonial Guilford County. Living history programs are scheduled through-out the year. The park also offers a picnic area. Winter hours: Tues.-Sat., 9am-4:30pm. Spring-Fall hours: Tues.-Sat., 9am-5pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays and major holidays. Guided tours are offered throughout the day Tues.-Sat. Reservations required for groups. Free. 2200 New Garden Rd. 545-5315

N. C. Zoo – The nation’s largest and finest walk-through, natural-habitat zoo features more than 1,100 animas and 60,000 plants in its African and North American sections. The streamside exhibit recreates North Carolina’s stream wildlife from the mountains through the Piedmont region and coastal plain. April-Sept. hours: Daily, 9am-5pm. Oct.-March hours: Daily, 9am-4pm. Open year-round except Christmas Day. Admission fee. Reservations required for group rates. 4401 Zoo Pkwy. (NC 159), Asheboro 25 miles southeast of Greensboro off U.S. Hwy. 220 and U.S. Hwy 64. 800-488-0444, Adults $10.00, Children 2-12, $6.00, seniors 62 and over, $8.00

North Carolina Pottery Center-Seagrove Area Pottery Tour – Only 45 minutes from Greensboro, the Pottery Center provides the visitor with maps and information, as well as a display of work by over 90 area potteries. The Center features changing exhibitions on historic and contemporary themes, and a permanent exhibit on the history of North Carolina pottery from Native Americans to the present. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-4pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Day, New Year’s Eve & day and Independence Day. Admission fee. 250 East Ave., Seagrove. 873-8430

African American Atelier, Inc. – The Atelier Art Gallery exhibits original artwork by local, regional, and national African-American and ethnic artists and is dedicated to providing educational programs to the community’s youth, elderly and disadvantaged. The Atelier’s activities and events  appeal to a wide range of ages and ethnic groups. The gift shop offers a array of African-American prints. Hours: Tues., & Thurs. –Sat., 10am-5pm; Wed., 10am-7pm.; sun., 2-5pm. Free.

Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art/ArtQuest – Located in the downtown Greensboro Cultural Center, Green Hill features changing exhibitions by N.C. artists and a variety of educational programs for children and adults. Fine art and crafts are for sale in the gift shop. ArtQuest, Green Hill’s hands-on children’s gallery, offers creative learning and fun with interactive exhibits, workshops, school and tour and other programs. Green Hill hours: Tues. & Thurs-Sat., 10am-5pm; Wed., 10am-7pm; Sun., 2-5pm. ArtQuest hours: Tues. & Thurs.-Sat., 12:30-5pm; Wed., 12:30-7pm; Sun., 2-5pm. Morning hours reserved for group tours. Green Hill admission is Free; suggested $2.00 donation. ArtQuest admission fee is $4; Free family night each Wed. from 5-7pm. Green Hill Center, 333-7460. ArtQuest, 333-2610

Guilford Native American Art Gallery and Gift Shop – Visit the first gallery of its kind in the Southeast to promote and sell traditional and contemporary Native American art and crafts. Four exhibitions are showcased annually. The gift shop has a variety of authentic Native American art and crafts. Special presentation and tours are available. Hours: Tues. & Thurs.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Wed., 10am-7pm. Sun., 2-5pm. Free. Reservations required for guided tours. 273-6605

Weatherspoon Art Museum – With six galleries and a sculpture courtyard, Weatherspoon is nationally recognized for its exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Its collection of more than 5,000 objects includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs and objects in miscellaneous media. Highlights include the Dillard Collection of Art on Paper and the Cone Collection of prints and bronzes by Henri Matisse. Hours: Tues.-Wed. & Fri., 10am-5pm; Thurs., 10am-9pm; Sat.-Sun., 1-5pm. Closed Mondays & university holidays. Located on the UNCG campus, corner of Tate and Spring Garden Sts. Free admission and convenient visitor parking. Call for information about group tours, exhibitions and special events. 334-5770

Greensboro Grasshoppers Baseball – A Class-A farm club for the Florida Marlins offers America’s favorite pastime for every fan at the new First Horizon Park. We offer a Kids zone, picnic specials and NC’s largest outdoor sports bar. Come enjoy the action of Greensboro baseball from April to September! Admission Fee. Group rates and ticket packages available. First Horizon Park, 408 Bellemeade St., at N. Eugene St. 268-2255, $6-9

Piedmont Dragway – If you live for the smell of scorched rubber, the whine of a turbo-charger and the roar of a high-performance engine, then this popular drag strip is your ticket fro racing excitement. During its busy March-Dec. season, you’ll see funny car, Harley-Davidson motorcycle and souped-up dragster competitions. Call for specific dates and ticket prices. 6750 Holt’s Store Rd., Julian, six miles southeast of Greensboro off I-85 exit. 132. 449-7411, $10-$25

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