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Arts and Culture

A trip to Greensboro means never hearing “I’m bored.” Around every corner is something to see or learn. From wild animals to wild fun, an adventure is waiting you in the Triad.

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park On March 15, 1781, a watershed Revolutionary War battle was fought at Guilford Courthouse, in what is now Greensboro, North Carolina. The American forces, led by General Nathanial Greene, fought valiantly against British troops led by Lord Cornwallis. This battle was significant to American independence, as it depleted the strength of the British forces, which surrendered to George Washington at the battle of Yorktown later that year.

The battlefield site is now beautifully preserved as the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. In 1917, this became the first Revolutionary War battlefield in the United States to be protected by the Federal government. Visitors can now visit the battlefield and adjoining museum, experience the battle via an annual reenactment, and also enjoy the picturesque park grounds that feature historic monuments, as well as extensive walking and biking trails. Learn more at www.nps.gov/guco/index.htm.


Green Hill Center For NC Art Green Hill Center for NC Art is the only non-collecting organization dedicated to presenting, promoting and advocating contemporary visual art and artists of North Carolina. Since its founding in 1974, Green Hill Center has presented and sold artwork of over 9,700 visual artists and engaged nearly 1 million visitors through free access through The Gallery, ArtQuest and The Shop. Each year, Green Hill Center for NC Art presents five exhibitions, curated to provide opportunities for North Carolina artists at every stage of their career. ArtQuest, a program of Green Hill Center, is an inspiring hands-on studio designed by North Carolina artists where creativity is nurtured through the open exploration of art and art materials. Green Hill Center exhibitions showcase the best in NC Contemporary art and draw audiences through dynamic programmatic choices. Exhibitions run approximately two months and are open six days a week. For a schedule of exhibitions and associated programming visit www.greenhillcenter.org.

Greensboro Children’s Museum The Greensboro Children’s Museum (GCM) is a hands-on, interactive museum for children, their families and teachers. The Museum is designed to inspire learning through play in a fun, energetic and safe environment for children up to 10 years of age. The 37,000-square-foot facility in downtown Greensboro includes over 20 permanent hands-on exhibits in “Our Town” and a new outdoor Edible Schoolyard that are designed to stimulate children’s imaginations and provide educational play experiences. It’s where play is a smart adventure! Learn more at www.gcmuseum.com.

Triad Stage & Carolina Theatre In the heart of downtown Greensboro, you’ll find two theatres that rival ones you would find in our country’s biggest cities. One holds a place in our city’s history, opening more than 85 years ago; the other, in its infancy has already garnered national attention. The Carolina Theatre welcomes nearly 90,000 visitors downtown every year to enjoy the rich atmosphere and ambiance of an earlier era, while enjoying some of today’s top performers. She has been home to the Greensboro Ballet, Community Theatre of Greensboro, Greensboro Opera, and other local performing arts groups. Civic groups, businesses, and individuals also rent the facility for seminars, meeting, receptions and even weddings. In 1999, the co-founders of Triad Stage set out to create a professional, not-for-profit regional theater to serve the communities of the Triad. Triad Stage has more than 3,000 season pass holders and more than 400 annual donors. The company has received accolades on national, state and local levels.

North Carolina Zoo About 30 minutes south of Greensboro is America’s largest walk-through zoo and the first zoo designed from its inception around the “natural habitat” philosophy—presenting animals and plants in exhibits that closely resemble the habitats in which they would be found in the wild. Among the most popular exhibits are those that display elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, baboons, rhinoceros, giraffes, zebras, seals, river otters and alligators. The 37-acre African Plains exhibit alone is as large as many entire zoos. The 11-acre Prairie exhibit in the North American region showcases the zoo’s collection of bison and elk. In spring 2014 the polar bears, always popular with visitors, will move into one of the largest polar-bear exhibits in the nation. The North Carolina Zoo is open year round except Christmas Day. For additional information, visit the zoo’s Web site at www.nczoo.org or call 1-800-488-0444.

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