Year of the Staycation – Greensboro, NC Area
The cost of living keeps getting higher, & the price of gas makes most of us lightheaded. More & more of us are looking for places close to home these days when it comes to taking family vacations.
If you live in the Greensboro, North Carolina area – there are a number of fun & budget friendly options just waiting for you & your family to take advantage of. Of course, there are so many, it would be extremely hard to list them all, so I’m just sharing my ultimate favorites
If you don’t live in the Greensboro area, check back tomorrow. I will be sharing over 75 links to StayCation articles written by bloggers all over the country.
(Make sure you look at the very last destination on this list for my ULTIMATE FAVORITE place to go complete with photos of my family there!)
The North Carolina Zoo is located in Asheboro, North Carolina – about 30 miles from Greensboro. It is the LARGEST natural habitat zoo in the whole world (and I absolutely LOVE it)! It features over 1100 animals & more than 40,000 kinds of plants spread over 5 miles of shaded pathways. There is also a carousel, a 4D theater, a fantasticly large play area for the kids (where the kids can even fish for critters!), and giraffe feeding stations just to name a few. Tickets are $10 for adults, seniors are $8, kids are $6, and under 2 are free. You can also invest in a yearly membership if you like. The family membership is just $59 for a year, which is good for 2 adults & all their children.
The Natural Science Center is a science museum & zoological park located in Greensboro. It features a dinosaur gallery, gem & mineral galleries, aquatic life touch labs, OmniSphere theater, animal discovery areas, lots of hands on activities, & much more. Adults are $8, Kids are $7 – and under 2 is free. The Greensboro Childrens Museum is also a wonderful one to go to!
The Greensboro Arboretum is a 17 acre area of magestic beauty. It features 12 permanent plant collections & special display gardens, structural features such as a fountain, overlook, arbor, gazebo, bridges, & benches. Its extensive variety of plants offer rich educational opportunities for both children & adults. Plus, it’s breathtakingly beautiful.
The Bog Garden is much like a nature preserve, & is one of the city’s most unusual gardens. It features a lake & small waterfalls, and is a great place to plan a picnic & enjoy each others company for the day while exploring the beautiful surroundings.
If some fun in the sun & waterslides are more your idea of a good family time, you have to check out Wet n Wild at Emereld Point. With over 36 rides, there is something for everyone…both mild & wild. Tickets are $33.99 for adults & $22.99 for kids.
If you want to step back into time, Old Salem is definitely your destination of choice. In Old Salem, you can walk through a restored Moravian village in a district of Winston Salem from the 1700s. You can get ticket information here.
Thanks for sharing! We are going to hanging rock this weekend 😀
We live about 20 miles west of Greensboro, and we had a stay-cation last summer. My preschool aged stepson loved it! We did the zoo, Sciworks (in Winston), Homeland Creamery, and went fishing on my husband’s family farm. It was really one of the best “vacations” ever! We’re really lucky to live in an area where there are such great things close by!
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