Life in Greensboro

Whether you’re new in town, or just hoping to explore, Greensboro got plenty of places to hang out, eat, and make great memories! Below are thoughts and recommendations from a few of our students in addition to a few local selections. Also, be sure to check out our Local Events page for upcoming shows, concerts, sports games, and more! We’re so glad you’re here!*

I am originally from Greensboro so I love everything about it. It’s not too busy but it’s busy enough and it’s a college town so it’s so many people to meet and interact with. The city is beautiful and downtown life is great . My favorite places to eat in Greensboro are Yum Yum Hot Dogs really close to campus and affordable, I also love this hibachi place called Kiha it’s quiet and quaint and always has good eats. My other favorite places are the cultural arts center and the friendly center. I am also a big fan of the Grasshoppers games in the summer. – Tiaira Moragne, 2016-17 Homecoming Queen, Senior

I like Greensboro because it is the epicenter of a lot of higher education institutions and there are a lot of activities and events.  We have the, Greensboro Science Center, Geeksboro Coffeehouse and Cinema, Lost Ark Arcade, LeBauer Park, and the Center of Visual Arts. As far as food there is local favorities like Scrambled, Emma Key’s, Cheesecakes by Alex, and El Camino Real on West Market Street.  – Anna Poteat, Senior

Greensboro is a very unique city to me because it stands right in the heart of North Carolina and between the two largest cities in our state. In Greensboro there are so many opportunities to learn more about the city’s mark on history and how special it is to the triad. Since its a college town, Greensboro is very student friendly and offers a myriad of exciting ways for students to get active and get involved within the community. Some of my favorite places to eat in Greensboro are Spring Garden Diner, Lucky 32, Texas Roadhouse, Cheesecake by Alex, Natty Greene’s, Green Valley Grill/O’Henry Hotel, Insomnia Cookies, and Kioskos.  – Joseph Graham, 2016-17 SGA President

Something I like about Greensboro is that it is large but very intimate. I enjoy that it is a day trip away to either the beach or the mountains and that the city has a thriving art scene. Some of my favorite eats are Golden Wok, located near the Target Shopping center on Wendover, The German Restaurant near Hobby Lobby and of course Kisoc. Other favorite places are The Ice House, an indoor ice-skating rink, in addition to the Red Collection, a consignment shop that always has new and interesting things. – Karl Kassel, Senior

I like that Greensboro gives you a big city/small town feel at the same time. People in greensboro are very welcoming and make you feel at home. Favorite restaurants in Greensboro are hands down Hops & the Vietnamese Sandwich place called Banh Mi Saigon – you can get a delicious sub for $3.50. Oh and of course Maxie B’s. Like to hang out at Coffeology on Tate Street and play with the kittens and pups at the Guilford County Animal Shelter. The Corner Farmer’s Market on Saturday Mornings on the corner of Walker and Elm is a local must-do.  – Catherine Crawford, Senior

Place Brief Description
Wet N’ Wild Emerald Point Water park with over 36 rides and attractions
International Civil Rights Museum Explore the history of the American civil rights movement
Carolina Theatre Downtown Greensboro’s original performing arts center.
Greensboro Grasshoppers Minor League Baseball Team. It’s Hoppin Fun Fever! Catch the Bug!
Greensboro Swarm NBA – D League Team and an affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets
Greensboro Coliseum Complex Multi-building facilty that features athletic events, concerts, fairs, exhibits, and more!
Skyzone Trampoline Park Sky Zone Greensboro is pleased to offer a discount to college students during Freestyle Jump hours. The discount is for walk-in purchases of 60, 90, or 120 minute jump tickets. ID must be presented at time of purchase.
Mad Platter Looking for something different to do? Visit the Mad Platter! Choose from a wide variety of items to paint and receive a student discount with a valid student ID. For more information, check our website!


Restaurant Kind of food Website
The Corner Slice at Fisher Park Pizza
Hops Burger Bar Burgers
Dame’s Chicken & Waffles Southern Cuisine
Kiosco Mexican Grill Mexican Website/Menu
Spring Garden Diner Comfort Food Facebook Link
Scrambled Southern Diner Breakfast/Brunch
Crafted Tacos
1618 Seafood Grille Seafood
 Kau  American


Space Brief Description
Greensboro Arboretum Open year-round. Features gardens, distinct structures and seasonal plant collections.
LeBauer Park Greensboro’s newest downtown park. Features include a splash fountain, roller slide, dog park, and more!
Gateway Gardens Open year-round. Spans 11 acres featuring an interactive garden and horticultural oasis.
Bicentennial Garden Open year round. Characterized by its relaxing atmosphere, relaxing stream, and Sensory Garden.
Center City Park Located in the heart of downtown, Center City Park is a lively and relaxed setting that serves as a gathering space for both residents and visitors.
Lake Brandt Hours vary based on time of year. Features includes fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing
Trails & Greenways Take a walk, go for a run, ride your bike or head out for hike on one of Greensboro many trails and greenways.


*The locations, businesses, and services listed on this page are not affiliated with UNC Greensboro, Campus Activities and Programs, or any other University program.  It’s really important to note: this is a small, tiny, minute sample of the thousands of things to do in Greensboro!  We’ve listed only a few based on the feedback from the students in our office, and the list changes periodically.  Want to know more?  Explore the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, social media sites for Greensboro, or talk with us!

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