City Orientation Walk, Greensboro (Self Guided)

Greensboro contains many cultural venues exhibiting local art, crafts, music and theater performances, numerous art galleries and museums, religious buildings. Take the following tour to better acquaint yourself with the best attractions of Greensboro.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Greensboro (See other walking tours in Greensboro)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 16
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Author: Caroline
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Center City Park

1) Center City Park

Center City Park, Greensboro’s most popular place for family entertainment and outdoor events, is located between North Davie and North Elm Streets. Officially opened in 2006, this park features many beautiful works by talented local artists, including fountains, beautiful sculptures, pottery, metalwork, granite and bronze benches. Its beautiful landscaping and lovely atmosphere attracts both locals and visitors to this park.
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In the Face of Strange Fruit

2) In the Face of Strange Fruit

In the Face of Strange Fruit was created by artist Derrick Monk, inspired by the Billie Holiday song Strange Fruit. The sculpture depicts the faces of those who struggled for freedom and equality. Included is a quote by Antoine De Saint-Exupery: "He who is different from me does not impoverish me - he enriches me." The bronze sculpture is located on the lawn of the Greensboro Cultural Center on North Davie Street.
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Greensboro Children's Museum

3) Greensboro Children's Museum (must see)

The Greensboro Children's Museum, a favorite place of local kids, was founded in 1999 on North Church Street. Featuring over twenty permanent exhibits and a large outdoor area, its aim is to entertain children while educating them on a variety of fascinating subjects.

Operation Hours: Monday: 9 am - 12 pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm; Friday: 9 am - 8 pm; Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm;
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Metaphor

4) Metaphor

Metaphor, a famous work by artist Ogden Deal, is a twelve foot steel statue of a human figure stretching out its hands to the sky. Standing for nearly forty years, the statue is sponsored by the Greensboro Youth Council and installed on Youth Square at the intersection of Summit Avenue, East Lindsay Street and Church Court.
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Greensboro Historical Museum

5) Greensboro Historical Museum (must see)

The Greensboro Historical Museum, located downtown, was established in 1924, making it the city’s oldest museum. Located in the former First Presbyterian Church, constructed in the Romanesque style, this museum offers 15 galleries including the Voices of a City: Greensboro North Carolina exhibition that interprets more than 300 years of Greensboro and Guilford County history. Additional exhibitions include First Lady Dolley Madison, Welcome to the Gate City, the Murphy Confederate firearms collection, Zenke miniature rooms and more. The Museum Shop features "history in every purchase" with merchandise inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions. Admission and parking are free. Museum hours: 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday; 2 pm to 5 pm on Sunday; closed Mondays and City of Greensboro Holidays.
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O. Henry's Book

6) O. Henry's Book (must see)

Walking down North Elm Street you will notice a huge stone book. It is a monument to the famous writer William Sydney Porter, commonly known as O. Henry. His life was short and much of it was spent in Greensboro. The monument depicts two of his stories, “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Ransom of Red Chief,” with the sculpture of a young boy peeping out through the pages. Created by artist Maria J. Kirby-Smith and unveiled in 1985, a few steps from the book you will find a life-size statue of O. Henry and his beloved dog.
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West Market Street United Methodist Church

7) West Market Street United Methodist Church

West Market Street United Methodist Church, erected in 1851, was designed in the Richardson Romanesque style. In 1893 stained glass windows from Chicago were added. During the latest renovation additional buildings were constructed and the Dobson-Rosales organ was installed. One of this church’s most notable attributes is its Via Dolorosa paintings from the 1890s.
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Jefferson Standard Building

8) Jefferson Standard Building

The Jefferson Standard Building is a 233 ft (71m) skyscraper in Greensboro. It was completed in 1923 as the headquarters for Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Co (now known as Lincoln Financial Group) and has 18 floors. Until it was superseded by the Nissen Building in Winston-Salem in 1927, it was the tallest building in North Carolina (succeeding the Independence Building in Charlotte) and the tallest building between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. A 20-story addition first known as the Jefferson-Pilot Building and later the Lincoln Financial Building was finished in 1990.

Julian Price, president of Jefferson Standard Life Insurance, asked New York City architect Charles C. Hartmann to design his company's new headquarters. Price paid for the building in full because he did not believe in debt. The Jefferson Standard Building copied the Equitable Building in its use of a U-shape allowing more light and air into more of the building. The exterior is terra cotta and granite. Architectural styles include Neo-Gothic, Neo-Classical and Art Deco. The terra cotta tile facade incorporates Beaux-Arts and Romanesque characteristics. Above the doorway is a bust of Thomas Jefferson, for whom the company was named, with Buffalo nickels on either side of ground floor windows to represent thrift and economy.

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Millennium Gate

9) Millennium Gate

Millennium Gate, unveiled in 2002, has become one of Greensboro’s most notable landmarks. Installed at the Municipal Office Building on West Washington Street, it was created by Jim Gallucci, a famous Greensboro artist. This bronze sculpture was inspired by the world’s greatest events, inventions and figures of the last millennium.
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Overcome

10) Overcome

Overcome, a coffee cup created by artist Rodney Bennett, is located on the Melvin Municipal Building lawn on South Greene Street. The sculpture includes a quote by Ambrose Redmoon: "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."
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Blandwood Mansion

11) Blandwood Mansion (must see)

Blandwood Mansion, originally built as a four room Federal style farmhouse in 1795, is the restored home of two-term North Carolina governor John Motley Morehead. Blandwood is the oldest building on original foundations in the city of Greensboro. Originally located within a rural context, it is a remarkable survivor of urban development as the city grew around the house. Its primary national significance is its role as the earliest identified Tuscan Villa in the United States (1844).

Architect A. J. Davis designed the building to resemble villas of Tuscany (though he never visited Italy) using wide overhanging eaves, low rooflines,casement windows, stucco-on-brick veneer, and most notably the tall prospect tower which dominated the facade. Davis adaptively reused the existing free-standing kitchen by expanding its size and matching it with a nearly identical building on the other side of the house, creating freestanding hyphen wings with arcades. The building is also a rare example of grand antebellum architecture in the Piedmont section of North Carolina - a territory characterized by small farms and a relatively small enslaved population.

The building was purchased reserved by Preservation Greensboro Incorporated, a citywide non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation in 1966 as a museum. The nonprofit initiated a program of restoration, including paint analysis, archaeological investigation, a furnishings plan, reconstruction of dependencies, and restoration of surrounding gardens. Many items original to the house were returned by members of the Morehead family in the 1960s and 1970s. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1988. The house is recognized by architectural historians as the "Embodiment of the antebellum 'spirit of improvement,'" in North Carolina, and the "most important building in Greensboro."

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Weatherspoon Art Museum

12) Weatherspoon Art Museum (must see)

Weatherspoon Art Museum, founded in 1941 at the University of North Carolina, possesses a grand collection of contemporary American art. Featuring nearly 6,000 works, including post-war paintings, sculpture, photography and graphic art, it also houses beautiful prints and bronze works by Henri Matisse. Besides its stunning permanent collection you can see temporary exhibitions here. It also has a sculpture garden worth seeing. Welcoming about 30,000 visitors annually.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Wednesday: 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm; Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm
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South Elm Pottery and Gallery

13) South Elm Pottery and Gallery

South Elm Pottery and Gallery is owned by talented local craftsman Jim Gutsell, also known as the Godfather of Greensboro pottery. In his studio you can see Jim creating new pieces, and check out the variety of displayed works by him and other artisans. Also possessing a magnificent collection of oil paintings and jewelry, all items sold here make great gifts.
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Bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

14) Bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was installed in honor of the famous leader of the African American Civil Rights Movement in the United States, known for his non-violent methods of protest inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. Sculpted by Wilbur Lee Map, this bronze bust was unveiled in 1994, capturing the face of Dr. King in his final hour of life. The monument is located at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and South Elm Street.
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Pearl of Equity

15) Pearl of Equity

The Pearl of Equity is a cup shaped like a flower with a pearl on an oyster shell. The pearl represents the civil rights struggle, the shell the status quo, and the flower symbolizes spring and rebirth. Created by Greensboro artist Timothy L. Daniel, it is located on Hamburger Square on South Elm Street. A plate on the pedestal features a quote by Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
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Downtown Greensboro Historic District

16) Downtown Greensboro Historic District

Downtown Greensboro Historic District is a national historic district located at Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina. The district encompasses 96 contributing buildings in the central business district of Greensboro. The commercial buildings were built between about 1885 and the 1930s in a variety of popular architectural styles including Italianate and Art Deco. Located in the district is the separately listed Jefferson Standard Building. Other notable buildings include the Vanstory Building (c. 1885), Kress Building (1929), Woolworth's (c. 1929), Efrid's Department Store (c. 1930), Montgomery Ward (1936), the Carolina Theatre (1927), Center Theatre (1948), the former Belk Building (1939), Ellis Stone/Thalhimer's Department (1949-1950), and the former American Exchange National Bank Building (1920). The Woolworth's store is notable as the site of the Greensboro sit-ins of 1960. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, with a reevaluation in 2003.
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Walking Tours in Greensboro, North Carolina

Create Your Own Walk in Greensboro

Create Your Own Walk in Greensboro

Creating your own self-guided walk in Greensboro is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Greensboro Religious Buildings Tour

Greensboro Religious Buildings Tour

Many of Greensboro’s religious buildings are stunning works of architecture, several of them over one hundred years old. Among the city’s treasures you will find the beautiful First Presbyterian Church, designed in the Gothic style. Discover Greensboro’s most unforgettable religious buildings in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Greensboro Cultural Venues Tour

Greensboro Cultural Venues Tour

Greensboro contains many cultural venues exhibiting local art, crafts, music and theater performances, which are highly appreciated by residents and visitors. You will find unique collections in its galleries and museums, as well as major cultural events in its arenas. Take the following tour to better acquaint yourself with the cultural life of Greensboro.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Family Entertainment Tour in Greensboro

Family Entertainment Tour in Greensboro

Greensboro has many activities for the entire family, including shops, bakeries, cafes, parks and playgrounds. Its numerous art galleries and studios, as well as the Greensboro Children’s Museum, are wonderful attractions for kids of all ages. Take the following tour to discover the best in Greensboro’s family-friendly locations.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Greensboro Downtown Statues and Monuments Walk

Greensboro Downtown Statues and Monuments Walk

Greensboro is where the American Civil Rights Movement began, something immortalized in the city’s numerous monuments and statues. Greensboro is also where famous writer O. Henry was born. In this city you will find additional public artwork, sculptures and monuments to distinguished American figures. Take the following tour to discover the most fascinating statues and monuments Greensboro has...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Greensboro Places of Worship Walk

Greensboro Places of Worship Walk

Greensboro is home to a number of architecturally stunning churches, many of them built in the last century. Besides serving as a place of worship, the city’s churches regularly host musical and other cultural events. Take the following tour to discover Greensboro’s best places of worship.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Greensboro Architecture Tour

Greensboro Architecture Tour

The architectural styles of Greensboro’s buildings include Romanesque, Neoclassical, Gothic, Colonial Revival, Modernist and Post-Modern designs. Many of them date back to the last two centuries and a number of them are included in the National Register of Historic Places. Take the following tour to discover Greensboro’s architectural treasures.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Greensboro for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Greensboro has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Greensboro, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.