Beautiful and historic Greensboro is a true college town – home to two state universities (University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University), three private colleges (Bennett College, Greensboro College and Guilford College), one community college (Guilford Technical Community College), and the Elon Law School – and overflows with activities and events for the curious, artistic, athletic, and adventurous. Because Greensboro has a thriving business environment, the city attracts a great variety of people from around the globe. And Guilford students enjoy Greensboro’s many arts, entertainment and athletic activities year-round.
Some favorite off-campus hot spots include:
Tate Street Coffee House hosts music events to go with coffee, tea and other treats.
The Green Bean Coffee House hosts music and artistic events while serving great coffee, tea and baked items.
First Friday in Downtown Greensboro opens the doors of Greensboro’s visual arts community the first Friday of every month from 6-9 p.m., featuring art galleries and studios, museums, and alternative art venues.
Downtown Greensboro’s arts scene always has something going on, including theatrical productions, photography, the Symphony, music and dance festivals, and much more.
City Center Park is a beautiful oasis located in the heart of downtown. It’s a great place to people watch, play, listen to music, attend festivals, or just chill.
Shopping, movies and restaurants
Friendly Center is about three miles from campus and provides a great place to go to see a movie, grab a bite, or shop for just about anything you could need at the Apple store or one of the many specialty shops.
Quaker Village, across the street from campus, has some great, inexpensive restaurants. Jefferson Village Shopping Center is less than two miles from campus and has a variety of shops, restaurants, banks, grocery stores and pubs. Other shopping venues include Four Season’s Mall and Brassfield Shopping Center, both of which have movie theaters. The Carousel Luxury Cinema on Battleground is another popular venue for watching mainstream and independent films.
Parks and greenways are abundant in Greensboro, so if you want to go fishing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, trail running, bird watching, or just enjoy the lush surroundings, there’s a park for you.
Greensboro and the Triad are home to many music and film festivals, as well as musical concerts, Broadway shows, Monster Jam, and other forms of entertainment. Visit GoTriad.com or Eventful.com to find out what’s going on.
Check out the Greensboro Cultural Center in downtown for ethnically, culturally and artistically-fertile resources, including the African American Atelier, the Guilford Native American Art Gallery, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Bel Canto, the Eastern Music Festival, and Community Theatre of Greensboro.
Students from all across Greensboro come to the Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers contra dance in Greensboro at the Guilford Grange and at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium. Admission is $6 for full-time students.
The International Civil Rights Center & Museum is located at site of the F.W. Woolworth building where the Civil Rights sit-in movement was launched in 1960.
Step into Greensboro’s early history with a visit to the Greensboro Historical Museum (they even have a section on the Greensboro’s early Quakers) or the Guilford Courthouse National Park to learn about the pivotal Revolutionary War Battle of Guilford Courthouse.
The Weatherspoon Art Museum is located on the UNC-G campus and serves Greensboro with permanent and visiting exhibits and cultural events; admission is free.
The Natural Science Center of Greensboro has the only total immersion theater in the Triad, the Omnisphere, showing all kinds of nature-related laser shows – and it’s priced right: $3-5.
The new Animal Discovery Zoological Park is the Triad’s only zoo and is home to farm animals, gibbons, lemurs, tigers, wolves and more.
If you can’t get enough sports on campus, check out The Greensboro Grasshoppers (minor league baseball). They play home games at Greensboro’s downtown stadium, the NewBridge Bank Park, or go to Charlotte to catch a Bobcats, Panthers, or to Raleigh for a Hurricanes game.
North Carolina is famous for its college basketball competition, and Greensboro is home to the annual Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Some years it hosts the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball Conferences.
Golf lovers will love to go to the Wyndham Championship each summer.