Greensboro, North Carolina, is a city located in Guilford County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Greensboro enjoys gently rolling hills and is midway between the mountains of North Carolina and its beaches to the east.
A view of the city from its highest building—the Jefferson-Pilot tower—reveals that the town is populated with large numbers of green trees, giving perhaps another dimension to its name.
|Greensboro, North Carolina
The gentle rolling hills of Greensboro, North Carolina are nestled between the
coast and the Blue Ridge range of the Appalachians, making for a pleasant
climate and beautiful scenery all year long. Just the sight of the mountains
and the sound of the running streams, tempt even the inveterate city dweller to
take a deep breath and relax.
Whenever you plan to visit, the weather will be just about perfect. The average
July high temperatures are in the upper 80’s. Fall is usually the driest time
of year, and with the long growing season and ample precipitation in spring and
summer, the leaves on the trees are colorful and tend to linger on the
branches. When they do turn and fall, the sight is breathtaking. The
temperatures average in the high 50’s in the fall and drop into the high 30’s in
the winter. If Greensboro gets any snow at all, it adds just the right touch to
Natures’ handiwork, making the city a virtual postcard.
Enjoying the weather is just one of the natural benefits of Greensboro. It is
also a city rich in history and the preservation of memories of past events.
One of these is the Reenactment of the
Revolutionary War Battle of Guilford Courthouse. “Explore History Days Events”
held throughout the year, are highlighted by the reenactment of the battle. The
activities take place at the Special Events Field in Military Park. The 220
acre site includes wayside exhibits and a visitor center with displays, films,
A most enjoyable event is any performance by
the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. The season runs
from September to May.
For a little family adventure, a sure hit is the
Natural Science Center of Greensboro. It is a hands-on
30 acre complex with a museum, zoo and planetarium offering fun for the whole
family. Roam through the Dinosaur Gallery and view the 36 foot model of a
Tyrannosaurus Rex. Learn about gems and minerals, see the lemurs and enjoy
touch labs. Visit snakes and amphibians in the Jaycee Herpetarium, pet animals
in the zoo's petting area, explore Kids Alley and interact with exciting
For another family activity, watch one of the
teams in action. Baseball has the Greensboro Bats, Ice Hockey the Generals, and
soccer the Carolina Dynamos. Another popular attraction is the Wet ‘n
Wild Emerald Pointe Waterpark. It’s the largest
water park in the Carolina, featuring more than 34 rides and attractions. Why
not take the plunge on the popular all enclosed Twin Twisters water slide or the
Dare Devil Drop speed slide.
If you are traveling with children, you may want to take a side trip south about
35 miles to Asheboro and the North Carolina Zoological Park, said to be the
world's largest natural-habitat zoo. The North America habitat includes
everything from polar bears to alligators to elk and bison. In the R.J. Reynolds
Aviary, you can walk through an indoor tropical forest where birds fly free. The
African section has lions, chimps and zebras, and the Australian Walkabout, with
kangaroos and kookaburras, opened for a three-year stay in May, 2004.
About 15 miles south of Asheboro is Seagrove, also known as Jugtown, where
internationally known pottery is made. Blessed with large deposits of surface
clay, the area has supported communities of potters since well before English
settlements in the mid-18th century. As the demand for utilitarian pottery and
whiskey jugs lessened, the area's potters developed new traditions of decorative
The city of High Point (15 miles southwest of Greensboro) is a major furniture
center that hosts an international home furnishings market each April and
October. The city's Furniture Discovery Center Museum is the nation's only
museum devoted to showing how furniture is made.
“So much to
see and do and so little time to do it”, the saying goes. Be sure to set aside
ample time to vacation.
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