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A Weekend in Greensboro: 20 Things to Do in Gate City!

Last Updated on August 4, 2020

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Since it’s the Piedmont Triad’s largest city and third largest in North Carolina, there are tons of things to do in Greensboro. And that’s why we think Gate City is a place you must visit, for at least a couple of days.

Let us take you through some of our favorite neighborhoods, places to go, and even more during a weekend in Greensboro. You’ll see why it’s one of our favorite day trips from the Triangle and also, why this city sits on our coveted NC Bucket List!

This post is part of our series on Greensboro and more awesome places to visit in Central North Carolina.

Things to Do in Greensboro

Disclosure Note

Special thanks to the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for providing us with complimentary accommodations, admission, and meals throughout our stay. All opinions within this article are our own.

Know these Fun and Famous Facts

Known as The Gate City. That nickname comes courtesy of the railroad once making it a prominent spot between its North-South and East-West routes.

Greensboro was established in 1808 and named after the famous Revolutionary War General Nathaniel Greene. A big part of the Southern Campaign, he led the American effort during the Battle of Guilford Courthouse (see Parks).

No Civil War battles were fought in Greensboro, but many sought an escape from the fighting there. Refugees included Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his cabinet not long before the South’s surrender.

After the war, Greensboro grew as a huge manufacturing hub—particularly with textiles—hence the infamous nickname “Jeansboro.”

The city also gained notoriety for a major Civil Rights-era moment (the Woolworth Sit-in). You can visit the scene, as it’s now known as the International Civil Rights Center & Museum (see Museums).

For more Greensboro history, check out former News & Record writer Jim Schlosser’s Remembering Greensboro, which compiles his best history articles from over 40 years of covering the city and its surroundings.

Here are some things to do in Greensboro for your first trip or even your fiftieth visit to the city. One-hundredth? Come on. You must be the mayor!

Stay at a Forward-thinking Hotel

Hotels in Greensboro NC Proximity Hotel
Proximity might just be our favorite hotel in North Carolina!

When talking about hotels in Greensboro (and throughout North Carolina), the conversation should start with Proximity. This is a special place and not just because of all the solar panels you’ll see on the roof while walking in.

Proximity Hotel was the first in America to receive LEED Platinum certification and has done so much to reduce its carbon footprint. I won’t wow you with too many more details, so you should check out their website’s section on Sustainable Practices.

Also, while you’re staying at Proximity, please grab brunch (Duck Confit Hash), a drink (Old Fashioned), or a meal any other time at Print Works Bistro.

I promise you will enjoy the atmosphere almost as much as the wonderful creation you order.

More Greensboro Hotels

O.Henry is Proximity’s older sister hotel within the Quaintance Weaver family. These two hotels lead the way in more than sustainability and forward-thinking. They’re both employee-owned, which is something you just can’t say about many other hotels of their size.

If you can’t get into either Proximity or O Henry, don’t worry. You can even stay closer to Downtown at The Biltmore Greensboro Hotel, which is right between Greene and Elm.

Hampton Inn & Suites Greensboro Coliseum puts you close to the Convention Center and Four Seasons Town Centre.

If you’re looking for a luxurious Greensboro getaway that’s close to the city, Grandover Resort will take care of your needs and more.

Looking for more hotels in Greensboro beyond these excellent choices? Check them all out via our favorite booking sites! (TripAdvisor |

Explore the City’s Neighborhoods

Fun things to do in Greensboro NC Green Bean Coffee
Green Bean Coffee is a fun spot in North Greensboro.

As we’ve been exploring Greensboro, it seems like there’s always a cool neighborhood or street to explore. Most people will start Downtown and all the things to do on Elm, Eugene, Davie, and the side streets in between.

Up in North Greensboro, Fisher Park is filled with historic homes that overlook the former swamp-turned-green space.

Then there are the restaurants and kitschy shops that fill Spring Garden and Market around UNC Greensboro.

These are just a few of Greensboro’s few dozen neighborhoods and we can’t wait to continue expanding upon this section. Is there a spot in the city that you like exploring and want to share?

Visit Important and Fun-filled Museums

The International Civil Rights Museum

As we mentioned earlier, Greensboro commemorates the famous Woolworth Sit-in exactly where it happened, as it’s now known as the International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

The Greensboro Children’s Museum

Fun Things to do in Greensboro NC Greensboro Childrens Museum
Seriously, the Children’s Museum rocks!

Traveling with kids? Greensboro Children’s Museum has more than 20 permanent hands-on exhibits and outdoor space for you and the little ones to explore.

The Greensboro Science Center

Head north of the city to Greensboro Science Center for a great aquarium, museum, and zoo (also, Sky Wild!). It’s also one of our favorite winter things to do in North Carolina, as we’ve mentioned here.

We included these three in our ode to North Carolina’s awesome museums.

More Greensboro Museums

More cool museums in Gate City include Greensboro History Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and Elsewhere.

Which one would you visit first?

Hang Out at Parks

Tanger Family Botanical Garden

Tanger Family Botanical Garden is one of the city’s free-to-enter greenspaces, with more than seven acres of plants to explore beyond the site’s popular bronze sculpture.

Greensboro Arboretum

Greensboro Arboretum is well-known for its collections and special displays.

Gateway Gardens

Weekend Things to do in Greensboro NC Gateway Gardens
Running it out at Gateway Gardens!

We also enjoyed Gateway Gardens for its Children’s Garden, which is filled with cute mazes and sculptures alongside shrubs, flowers, and various other plants.

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park will take you back to the Revolutionary War and the largest battle of the Southern Campaign.

Got a favorite park in the area you’d like to share? Which of these appeals most to you?

Eat Local

We already mentioned Print Works but want to discuss a few more Greensboro restaurants.

If you live in North Carolina or have traveled through here a few times, you might get that it’s more than barbecue and seafood.

Elm Street’s Crafted The Art of the Taco gives you both of those delicious NC staples, along with many more things you might not expect on top of a tortilla.

Crafted and a few of these other spots rank among our favorite must-eat restaurants in Greensboro, too.

Fun things to do in Greensboro NC Freemans Pub and Grub
Give me a better Cubano and I’ll call it the best.

Freeman’s Grub and Pub is near UNC Greensboro and the Coliseum and serves some of the best Cubanos to go along with a nice beer menu, but also deliciously crafted cocktails.

Of course, we couldn’t ignore NC ‘cue and you’re in for a treat if you get to visit Stamey’s, which is the city’s only recognized spot on the NCBS Historic Barbecue Trail.

It’s also included in our guide to North Carolina barbecue, which you can read more about here!

Fun things to do in Greensboro NC Cheesecakes by Alex

Dessert Bonus: You thought I was going to leave out Cheesecakes by Alex? Think again. Seriously, go here for dessert or else you’ll miss out on the most delicious selection of cheesecakes one can find.

Eat International

Restaurants in Greensboro NC Jerusalem Market on Elm
Jerusalem Market on Elm. The pitas there…MMM.

There’s great international food in North Carolina and Greensboro is no different from the other cities. Jerusalem Market on Elm offers some of the best hummus I’ve ever eaten, to go with pitas, savory flatbreads, and more.

Fun things to do in Greensboro NC Bandito Bodega
Go to Bibimbap heaven with this burrito.

On the fusion side, Bandito Bodega played to our hearts with their Bibimbap Burrito, which took me to Seoul within a bite. Oh, Gochujang, how I love you!

If you’re into Vietnamese food, check out Banh Minh on Market for noodles or some amazing Banh Mi.

Those in the know told us that Market Street is the go-to spot for international food in Greensboro. If you’ve dabbled in the city’s food scene, what do you think?

Don’t Drink Too Much…in One Place


Fun things to do in Greensboro NC Pig Pounder Brewing

It’s pretty easy to drink well in Greensboro and you can start with the biggest name in the area—Natty Greene’s. There, you’ll find delicious food to go along with their signature and seasonal beers.

Pig Pounder serves up various barrel-aged brews that rightfully vie for attention against their signature Kolsch and English-style ales. More Greensboro beer favorites include Joymongers and Little Brother.

Some of these Greensboro breweries made our list of favorites from all over the state and in our roundup of Unique Things to Do in North Carolina, too! 


Things to do in Greensboro NC Fainting Goat Spirits
Great folks behind these award-winning spirits. Read more about them here!

If you’re looking for something different, check out Greensboro’s Fainting Goat Spirits for some of the best sipping bourbons, gins, and vodkas you’ll find.

Although it’s a newer distillery, their award-winning creations are making a name throughout the US and beyond.

Check out our interview with Fainting Goat Spirits co-owner Bill Norman for more about this awesome company.

Fainting Goat easily made our list of favorite North Carolina distilleries.

Eat and Drink with New Friends

Fun Things to do in Greensboro NC Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours

Want to explore Greensboro’s food scene and meet new people at the same time?

Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours runs pretty much every weekend and will save you the time of researching, yelping, or asking around on social media. If we hadn’t done this tour, we wouldn’t have known about Jerusalem Market on Elm or Beer Co. on McGee if not for Taste.

We did know about Scuppernong Books but were happy to start our tour (venues subject to change) with some of their delicious small plates.

Check out this post about Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours in Greensboro and the things that we love about them. 

Try to Find the “Offseason”

Minor League Baseball

Watching Minor League Baseball’s Greensboro Grasshoppers are another fun thing to do in Greensboro between May and September, so don’t forget to grab a ticket if you’re in town while their season is going.

Music Festivals

I think your biggest challenge is going to be finding a time when nothing is going on in Greensboro. Spring and fall bring the comfiest weather to Greensboro, but also great events, like the Carolina Blues Festival (May) and the NC Folk Festival (September).

Museums and Shows

The city gets a bit chilly during winter, but there are tons of fun indoor things to do in Greensboro, like the city’s museums and shows at Triad Stage, Cone Denim Entertainment Center, and Carolina Theatre.

Summer in Gate City

Don’t forget about summer, when the city hits its stride with fun at Wet n’ Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park (May to September), Eastern Music Festival (June), Summertime Brews Festival (July), and Greensboro Food Truck Festivals (August).

As you can see, there’s something going on in Greensboro throughout the year. For more info, check out Visit Greensboro’s events page for the latest happenings in The Gate City!

Things to Do in Greensboro Science Center Image
Love the Greensboro Science Center’s indoor aquarium!

Greensboro Rocks and Other Final Thoughts

Simply, I think Greensboro rocks but I can’t just leave it at that. There are so many ways for a person to get to know The Gate City.

Whether you want to dig into history, eat and drink well, or stay in hotels that are ahead of the game, there really are enough things to do in Greensboro for everyone.

It’s a great place that’s not too far from a lot of other busy spots in North Carolina, especially Winston-Salem. Those who live in Raleigh, Durham, or even Charlotte can easily get to Greensboro.

It’s also only a few hours away from Asheville and Roanoke in Virginia, which puts Greensboro within close reach of the mountains.

Alright, I’ll leave you alone. Before you go away, I just want to know. For your next weekend traveling around North Carolina, where are you going? That’s right. Greensboro!

5 thoughts on “A Weekend in Greensboro: 20 Things to Do in Gate City!

  1. Elizabeth Gardner says:

    Greensboro is experiencing a Renaissance!! That’s why I opened Krave Kava Bar and Tea Lounge here ! We love that Greensboro leaders are progressive and embracing modern developments. The people of Greensboro are a beautiful melting pot of cultures and pet friendly. ???

    • Carl Hedinger says:

      Hi Elizabeth, thanks for stopping by! We get a similar vibe when hanging out in Greensboro and looking forward to visiting and sharing more of our experiences. Can’t wait to check out your place, too!

  2. Proximity Hotel says:

    Wow! What a wonderful article about Greensboro about all the amazing things this city has to offer! We are so delighted you had a wonderful stay at the Proximity Hotel and enjoyed dining at Print Works Bistro! Thank you for visiting all of us in Greensboro!

    • Carl Hedinger says:

      Thank you so much. So many great things to say and write about your hotel and we can’t wait to keep sharing our thoughts. In the meantime, stay awesome!

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