Visiting Greensboro, North Carolina? Here is a list of the best things to do

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Greensboro is about an hour and a half Amtrack ride from Charlotte and makes a great weekend getaway.

Greensboro is about an hour and a half Amtrack ride from Charlotte and makes a great weekend getaway.

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Want to get out of your house this summer but not too far from Charlotte? We get it, gas prices are expensive these days. Here’s an idea: take a train ride to Greensboro and immerse yourself in the city’s rich history and culture. (If you have kids, they can ride Amtrak for $5 this summer!)

Pro tip: You can even stay at an AirBnB designed by an HGTV host.

I’ve compiled a list of things to do in Greensboro, starting with brunch and ending with a relaxing stop at the bar:

Brunch in Greensboro

Carolina dinner

Location: 5605 W Friendly Ave Ste E, Greensboro, NC 27410 and 520 S Regional Road, Greensboro, NC 27409

Carolina’s Diner serves classic dishes like its homemade meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, and baked spaghetti. It is open 24 hours a day most days (the restaurant closes at 6 p.m. on Sundays and reopens at 6 a.m. on Mondays). Its low prices and large portions are a hit with locals and tourists alike.

Southern scrambled dinner

Location: 2417 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, NC, 27403

The Scrambled Southern Diner, located in the heart of historic Lindley Park, serves breakfast and lunch all day from 11 a.m. Be sure to try the restaurant’s house specialties like cookies and gravy, fried green tomatoes, and shrimp and grits, all made with ingredients sourced from local farmers and North Carolina artisans.

Museums in Greensboro

Greensboro History Museum

Location: 130 Summit Ave, Greensboro, NC 27401

After breakfast, stop at the Greensboro History Museum, where you can learn about the city’s history. Admission is free, and you can browse the museum’s NC Democracy, Voices of a City, and Welcome to the Gate City exhibits.

Weatherspoon Museum of Art

Location: 500 Tate Street, Greensboro, NC 27402

The Weatherspoon Art Museum is located at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Explore its vast collection of modern and contemporary art, considered one of the best in the Southeast.

Lunch in Greensboro

Bodega Bandito

Location: 1609 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, North Carolina 27403

Make a quick stop at one of Greensboro’s favorite food trucks, Bandito Bodega, where you can try tacos and burritos with toppings featuring flavors from around the world. Want to get out of the Mexican vibe? Try its kimchi fried rice, pork dumplings and katsu curry.

sticks and stones

Location: 2200 Walker Ave, Greensboro, NC 27403

Be sure to bring your appetite when you visit Sticks & Stones. All dishes on the restaurant menu are prepared using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients to create a unique menu. Taste one of its 12 pizza options. Try the “Tell me how you like it” to create a pie to suit your personal tastes.

Things to do with an afternoon in Greensboro

lost ark games

Location: 1701-A Spring Garden St., Greensboro, NC 27403

Are you a fan of video games and Japanese Otaku culture? Lost Ark Games has the largest collection of Bandai model kits in North Carolina and has an extensive collection of Otaku collectibles. Don’t skip the arcade full of classic games like Street Fighter, Metal Slug and Tetris. Before leaving, treat yourself to its stock of video games for classic consoles such as NES, Game Boy and Nintendo 64.

Safari Nation

Location: 3900-H W. Market St., Greensboro, NC 27407

After lunch, take the little ones to Safari Nation, where they can safely burn off energy while you relax on the fringes of the indoor entertainment center. The jungle gym, bumper cars, zipline and playground will ensure the fun never ends.

The best bars in Greensboro

Boxcar Bar + Arcade

Location: 120 W Lewis St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27406

After a long day of exploring the city, relax at the Boxcar Car + Arcade where you can choose from over 24 draft and bottled beers, eat fresh pizza and pretzels, and play the extensive collection of games. Bar’s classic and modern arcade, including Guitar Hero, Ms. Pac-Man and Aliens Armageddon. It also offers pinball, foosball and Pop-A-Shot games.

Freeman’s Grub & Pub

Location: 1820 Spring Garden St Greensboro, North Carolina 27403

You’ve been up all day! Take a seat at Freeman’s Grub & Pub where you can enjoy chicken piccata or hushpuppies with homemade honey butter. Try one of the pub’s specialty drinks like the Ms. Frizzle, made with raspberry and green tea infused gin with lemon, simple syrup, soda and lime, or Not Your Mama’s lemonade, made with vodka, homemade lemonade, bing cherry juice and basil.

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Stop by Freeman’s Grub & Pub and have one of its specialty drinks or specials such as honey butter hushpuppies. Daniel White Daniel White

This story was originally published June 10, 2022 5:55 a.m.

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Lorenza Medley is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is currently intern at CharlotteFive. When she’s not lost in the aisles of a library, you can find her eating barbecued ribs or exploring her local target.

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