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sightseeing with teen near Greensboro

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sightseeing with teen near Greensboro

We are planning a college trip in March to Greensboro and Elon and since we have never been to North Carolin, would like to make a trip of it and stay the week. We welcome suggestions of activities and sights that would appeal to a 16 year old boy who is athletic, likes art and history, and the usual things teens like.

We also enjoy nature and the out of doors. We are willing to travel to another location that is within an hour or two by car.

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1. Re: sightseeing with teen near Greensboro

Greensboro historical sites of interest include the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park (Revolutionary War battle between forces commanded by Nathaniel Greene and Lord Cornwallis), the Greensboro Historical Museum (Piedmont, NC history) and the International Civil Rights Museum (housed at the site of the 1960's lunch counter sit-ins). There's also the Alamance Battlefield State Park, site of a pre-Revolutionary War battle in Alamance County.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNC-Greensboro houses a well-regarded collection of American art.

If you're planning the trip during the week of March 6-13 you'll find yourself smack dab in the middle of ACC Tournament week in Greensboro, which will have the city jumping. If you're basketball fans and want to catch a session of games you can usually pick up tickets outside of the coliseum for a reasonable price right after one of the teams has lost and its fans are streaming out. Granted, that's probably not how you'd want to spend part of your visit though, outside a coliseum hawking for tickets, but it is a pretty exciting event after the 1st round if you're basketball fans.

Durham and Chapel Hill are ~30 min drive from Burlington. You could take a day trip over to either Franklin Street in Chapel Hill or Duke to visit their campuses, since it's entirely likely that your son will make a road trip over to one (or both) of them at some point during his college stay here.

NC is known for its barbecue so you should try to make a stop at one of our barbecue joints. There's Stamey's in Greensboro (wouldn't be my 1st pick though), Hursey's in Burlington and A&M Grill in Mebane that would be convenient to visit. I'd say try either Hursey's or A&M over Stamey's, or if you head over to Chapel Hill you could hit Allen & Sons.

http://ncbbqsociety.com/bbqmap/trail_map.html

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2. Re: sightseeing with teen near Greensboro

Hop over to Old Salem in Winston-Salem and tour that restored colonial Moravian town ( a mini-Williamsburg) - great hiking around Hanging Rock State Park just a little northwest of G'Boro. Best wishes!

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3. Re: sightseeing with teen near Greensboro

Thank you very much for this information, it will be very helpful to us!

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4. Re: sightseeing with teen near Greensboro

Question: I'm looking for the same things and I tried going to the Civil Rights Museum website (sitinmovement.org) and a page comes up with nothing on it.

Does anyone know where I can get more info on this museum (ie: hours, ticket prices, etc)?

TIA!

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5. Re: sightseeing with teen near Greensboro

I was able to pull up the site with no problem-perhaps there were some temporary site difficulties when you tried.

Anyway, Oct-March the museum is open Tues-Sat 10-6, Sun 1-5, closed on Mondays. April-Sept they're open Tues-Th 9-6, Fri-Sat 9-7, Sun 1-6, closed on Mondays.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students, $6 for kids 6-12, under 6 free, seniors $8.

Guided tours last ~1 hr and start every 30 min during operating hours. There are special programs offered on the weekends. The address is 134 South Elm St.

Edited: 14 March 2011, 20:52
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6. Re: sightseeing with teen near Greensboro

any beaches in the area ? or a short drive away ?

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7. Re: sightseeing with teen near Greensboro

^^No, there aren't any beaches within a short drive of Greensboro, unless you define "short drive" fairly expansively.

There's Emerald Pointe Water Park if you really have the itch to get some sun and watersports fun. Not really much of a substitute for the real thing, but that's about all there is right around Greensboro.

Hanging Rock State Park has a creek-fed lake with beach area that just opened for swimming this weekend.

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