16 Cool and Unique Things To Do in Greensboro, North Carolina

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What is there to do in Greensboro, North Carolina?

When I found myself in NC’s third-largest city, visiting a friend for a week, I spent my time seeking out quirky and interesting ways to pass the time.

What I discovered were surprise civil rights landmarks, cute sports mascots, a cool dive bar where you can wash your dirty underwear while boozing it up, and a nature escape in a forested bog garden.

Here’s my summary of some of the fun and unique things to do in Greensboro, North Carolina!

Quick Summary: The 5 Best Unique Things to Do in Greensboro:
1 International Civil Rights Museum
2 Grasshoppers Baseball Game
3 Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
4 Greensboro History Museum
5 ACC Hall of Champions

International Civil Rights Center & Museum

On February 1, 1960, four black North Carolina AT&T State University students staged a sit-in at the Woolworth counter in Greensboro.

This was a “whites only” counter, but they refused to move. In subsequent days, the protest continued and grew to hundreds of people and even spread to other cities.

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The historic Woolworth has now been turned into the International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

Visiting the site provided a powerful connection to this important piece of history.

Greensboro History Museum

The Greensboro History Museum consistently ranks as one of the highest-rated museums in the city.

Its exhibits touch on all aspects of Greensboro’s history. The permanent exhibit “Voices of a City” is an especially enlightening display, with multiple galleries showcasing objects from the past 200 years that tell remarkable stories.

The Greensboro Grasshoppers

The Greensboro Grasshoppers are an A-level minor league baseball affiliate of the Miami Marlins.

I like minor league baseball because they give themselves team names like “Grasshoppers.” You’re not ever going to see a professional club with that name!

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The Hops (new nickname I just invented) play nearly 70 games a year in a nice stadium that has a lot of statues outside, including one of the mascot itself. Who knew grasshoppers had such thick eyebrows?

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

The Battle of Guilford Courthouse in 1781 was a key moment in the trajectory of the Revolutionary War. The Americans lost, but they inflicted enough casualties on the British (perhaps as much as 27% of their total army) to severely weaken them in future battles.

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park explains this history in great detail. You can take a cell phone walking tour of the battlefield, with informational markers posted at key locations.

ACC Hall of Champions

I’ve written before about the ACC Hall of Champions, the facility that celebrates the history of Atlantic Coast Conference sports at universities like Duke, North Carolina, Miami, and Florida State.

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College sports fans will want to spend a lot of time here checking out the photos and exhibits. If you’re not into sports, just have fun posing with the university mascots instead. Instagram opportunities galore!

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The History & Haunts Ghost Tour

Everybody loves a good ghost tour, right? The Greensboro History & Haunts Ghost Tour is only about $20 and includes 90 minutes of visiting spots that are supposedly haunted.

The tour also includes plenty of history, including facts and stories from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Check availability and book the tour here.

Martin Luther King Jr. Bust

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There’s a bust of Martin Luther King in town. It has moved locations, but now stands at the corner of MLK Drive and Bragg Street.

The statue sadly announces that Dr. King was scheduled to give a speech in Greensboro in April 1968, but he instead decided to stay in Memphis, where he would tragically be assassinated.

Elsewhere Living Museum

I loved the vintage toy collections at the gloriously quirky collaborative art space called Elsewhere. It’s a former thrift store turned living museum.

They describe themselves as “part museum, studio, school, playground, meeting ground, theater, project space, and laboratory for creative ideas.”

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Greensboro Science Center

The family-friendly Greensboro Science Center features exhibits not just on science, but also astronomy and nature.

They’ve got a lot of animal-related offerings, such as their penguin encounter program, stingray touch pool, and zoo animals like meerkats and tortoises.

The Bog Garden

For the nature lover, there’s the Bog Garden. Trails and a boardwalk lead visitors past a lake, a small waterfall, and forested areas with wetlands, ducks, and geese.

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It’s 7 acres of peace and serenity away from the crowds.

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Tanger Center

The Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts hosts Broadway shows, rock concerts (Steve Miller Band, Gladys Knight, John Mellencamp), standup comedy, and symphonic performances.

Check their website to see the full list of upcoming events.

Biscuitville

Greensboro locals may wonder why I’m including this fast-food joint, but as an outsider, I loved going to Biscuitville. Can’t get enough of those southern biscuits and gravy!

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The best part is they make the biscuits right in front of you. One super-friendly employee insisted that I take her photograph. Enjoy your 15 minutes of internet fame, Sandy!

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Suds & Duds

A laundromat with pool tables and a full bar? Now there’s a practical establishment for the thrifty college student.

Suds & Duds, as it’s known, allows you to clean your filthy socks while chugging a Heineken and playing video games, watching sports on large-screen tvs, or showing off your pool skills.

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This place is one of the town’s best dive bars. And they’re dog-friendly, so you can even bring Lassie.

I’ve never heard of the bar/laundromat combination before. Maybe this is a college town thing. As far as I’m concerned, it should be an every town thing.

Other Random Greensboro Things To Do and Sights

A number of interesting sights can be found merely by walking around downtown Greensboro.

Like a bike rack outfitted with baking utensils, a toy and gift shop selling a Crazy Cat Lady board game, and a historical marker celebrating the discovery of Vicks VapoRub. Ha!

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A few other suggestions for Greensboro activities:
Idiot Box Comedy Club
Boxcar Arcade
Greensboro Arboretum

Which of these cool and unique Greensboro things to do would you most want to visit?

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