Ten best things I haven’t done in Greensboro

by Eric Ginsburg

Gateway Gardens

I actually intended to go to he grand opening of the Gateway Gardens, down Lee Street towards Interstate 40. It was on my calendar and everything, and if memory serves, there was even free food. Alas, I missed the kickoff, and even though I drive by it regularly on my way to the Triangle, I still haven’t seen it for myself.

Greensboro SCUBA

Given that we are hours from the store, I was surprised to hear that Greensboro has a SCUBA store with all the gear you could possibly need, not to mention free SCUBA classes.

I can hardly snorkel effectively, so it will be a while before I head to the beach with equipment, but I want to at least peruse the business and learn more about how it stays afloat in the Piedmont.

Ghost tour

Carolina History & Haunts offers ghost tours on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 7:45 p.m. It costs $15 for adults but only $13 if purchased online, and the tour lasts 90 minutes. It sounds kind of hokey, but I’m interested nonetheless.

Eat at Josephine’s

A couple of people I know have gone, and they all agree that the food at Josephine’s Bistro on Spring Garden Street is excellent. I know I’d like it too, because I love the Filling Station, their sister restaurant. It’s a little on the expensive side for my budget so I’m looking for an excuse to go, but I may start out with their half-off appetizer deal on Mondays before 6 p.m. I’m particularly curious about their BLT.

Attend the opera

I’ve done a lot of things in this city that most residents probably haven’t and I enjoy exploring, so it was with a little bit of embarrassment that I admit to being oblivious to the Greensboro opera until reading about it in the American Airlines Magazine. They are performing Dec. 2 and Jan. 6 at the Cultural Center as part of First Friday.

Triad Stage

This might be a stretch because I’ve seen three performances at the Upstage Cabaret, but I’ve never been to a performance at the main Triad Stage, and I feel cheated. Maybe I’m check out A Christmas Carol or wait until spring to see Ain’t Misbehavin’, but something’s got to change.

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

Look, I don’t really want to talk about it. I used to work nearby, passed it constantly as a college student on my way to Cook Out and I’ve been to the Natural Science Center a few times too. I even made a point of visiting different city parks and writing a profile about them, but somehow I just haven’t made the time.

Apple picking

A few years ago I went fig picking on a plot way out West Friendly Avenue because some friends had paid for the right to harvest them but couldn’t handle them all, but unfortunately it was a one-time type deal. I doubt there are any places the public can pick apples within city limits, but many friends have made the day trip in various directions.


The first time I ever heard of Biscuitville, a friend was telling me about eating there while hung over and throwing up immediately after. This unappetizing introduction likely played a central role in why I’ve never been, but it seems like I am missing out on a central ingredient of living here without experiencing it, at least once. Until then, I’m sticking with the face-sized biscuits at Smith Street Diner.

The Idiot Box

The only live comedy I’ve ever seen was accidental (television doesn’t count), as I heard crude jokes booming out of a bar. I have often wondered about the Idiot Box downtown and whether live comedy is my shtick, but it strikes me as highly worthy of trying. There are regular shows on Friday and Saturday nights, and student tickets are only $7.