Central North Carolina Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Central North Carolina - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Greensboro Cultural Center

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Home to the offices of more than a dozen art, dance, music, and theater organizations, the cultural center also has several art galleries,...

Historic Bethabara Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Set in a wooded 180-acre wildlife preserve, this was the site of the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina. The 1753 community—whose...

Marbles Kids Museum

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This 84,000-square-foot cathedral of play and learning is aimed at children 10 and younger. Everything is hands-on, so your child is...

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

  • Observatory/Planetarium

The original Apollo astronauts trained here, at what's one of the largest planetariums in the country. You can see planetarium shows,...

Natural Science Center of Greensboro

  • Zoo/Aquarium

You can roam through a room filled with dinosaurs, learn about gems and minerals, meet a penguin, and see the lemurs and other creatures...

North Carolina Botanical Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

Part of the University of North Carolina, this tribute to native plants includes wildflowers, shrubs, trees, ferns, and grasses of the...

North Carolina Museum of Life and Science

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Here you can ride in a flying machine, sail a radio-controlled boat on an outdoor pond, view artifacts from space missions, and ride...

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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At over 200,000 square feet, this museum is the largest of its kind in the Southeast. Exhibits and dioramas celebrate the incredible...

Old Salem Museum & Gardens

  • Museum Village

Founded in 1766 as a backcountry trading center, Old Salem is one of the nation's most well-documented colonial sites. This living-history...

The Greensboro Children's Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The exhibits at this fun museum are designed for children under 12, who can tour an airplane cockpit, explore a fire truck or police...


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