Explore America's Backyard and Beyond!

    Getaways In Greensboro Are Entertaining For Families

    While our primary purpose in Greensboro was to check out the Science Center, we also discovered Greensboro offers a little something for everyone. When it came to choosing a place to stay we spent the night at the nearby Embassy Suites Hotel, Greensboro-Airport, which may seem an unlikely family choice since the hotel caters to business clientele. However, the kids loved the glass elevators in the lush, atrium lobby. Included with the room is a generous, healthy-choice, cooked-to-order breakfast offered in the dining room each morning. At night, we took a dip in the indoor pool before retiring to a large, spacious room big enough for one adult and four adult-sized kids. And, the Embassy Suites Hotel is close to area attraction's.

    After a restful stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel, we drove a short distance; actually, less than two miles from the Science Center, and enter the Guildford Courthouse National Military Park. For Revolutionary War fans this is a must visit destination while in Greensboro, where a crucial battle took place on March 15, 1781 at the Guildford Courthouse. There’s a 2.5 mile auto or bike tour, along with three miles of trails. Take time to stop along the way to appreciate the 28 monuments that honor the region’s patriots.

    Did You Know? - Greensboro, founded in 1808, was named after Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene. Its nickname is “Gate City” due to its many intersecting railroads.

    In downtown Greensboro your find the International Civil Rights Center and Museum is housed at the Woolworth Building. Here, is where four NC college students staged their nationally recognized protest that launched the civil rights movement. Other nearby museums to explore on your trip include the Greensboro Children’s Museum, the Historical Museum, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

    Though I worried about satisfying on-the-road teenagers and their picky eating styles, we had no trouble finding lots to choose from in and around Greensboro. The city has 16 different cuisines, and more than 500 different restaurants. Stop at the Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, famous for its southern foods and fresh ingredients. The kids loved the “Lexington-style” pork barbecue, and its secret sauce found at Stamey's, where slow cooking over a pit of hardwood hickory coal brings out the flavor.

    After all that great food, we discovered plenty of outdoor fun to experience; there’s Tannenbaum Historic Park, Celebration Station, and the Wet N’Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park. The city has more than 170 different parks that cover about 3500 acres. Gardener's will enjoy the beautiful Hydrangea's that are in bloom throughout the area from June – August, with fragrant Camellia on display October – May.

    Less than an hour away is Seagrove Potteries, where some of the finest decorative pottery on the East Coast is found. While in the area you can get a peek of 19th century elegance at the Italian villa-style Blandwood Mansion and Carriage House, home to a former NC governor and now a National Historic Landmark.

    With so much to experience in Greensboro, it's worth returning year after year!

    By Marie Bartlett

    Getting There:

    The Embassy Suites Hotel – Greensboro Airport is close to Interstate 40 for a hop-on, hop-off East or West destination. For current packages available at the Embassy Suites Hotel – Greensboro Airport visit www.embassysuitesgreensboro.com.

    For news and events at the Guildford Courthouse National Military Park call (336) 288-1776 or go to www.nps.gov/guco.

    To learn more about Seagrove Potteries go to www.VisitSeagroveNC.com

    Greensboro is located about mid-state in North Carolina, between Winston-Salem and Burlington with easy access from Interstate 40. For a complete list of Greensboro attractions, festivals, recreation, and to plan your trip contact the Greensboro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau by calling their toll-free number at 800-344-2282 or visit www.VisitGreensboroNC.com