Fall Fun in the Triad
If you are looking for a great mental excursion for a group of friends or family, you’ll want to look into Greensboro’s Breakout games. Located at 700 Carnegie Place, Breakout Greensboro will give your group a chance to participate in a variety of locked-room mysteries. Problem solving, teamwork and thinking way outside the box are the keys to victory, so this is a great team-building activity! Four standard scenarios are always available (The Kidnapping, Museum Heist, Operation: Casino, and Hostage) to suit your inner sleuth or secret agent, but during the autumn you can take part in The Haunted School House (now through the first week of November) and then later in November you can work your way out of a Holiday/Christmas-themed room. Each room adventure lasts about 30 minutes and runs $16 per person. Hours are M-Th 10 am to 10:45 pm, F-Sat 10 am to 11:50 p.m. and Sundays from 1 pm to 10:45 pm. Please call ahead to book your times and rooms at 336-265-2010 or check out their website at www.breakoutgames.com/greensboro. Special team building set ups are also available and make for great weekday events! The scenarios are all ages appropriate, so it’s a great opportunity for a family fall outing as well.
Richland Creek Zip Line Canopy Tours
Could there be a better time to take a high-flying canopy tour zip line adventure than the autumn? Cooler temperatures and the spectacular colors make an exciting experience even more breath-taking and memorable. Asheboro’s own Richland Creek Zip Line Canopy Tours offers 14 different zip lines, three sky walks and a swinging bridge on 13 acres of beautiful forested lands. Their longest zip line is over 1,400 feet long and there’s even a stop at Mendenhall Falls. Located at 2728 Fairview Farm Road just five miles outside of Asheboro (near the NC Zoo), Richland Creek Zip Line offers adventures that last 1 ½ to 2 hours daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Whether a family outing, a group of friends or just a solo adventure the activities are a blast for ages 6+ (some participants have even been in their 80s). Rates are $40 for adults, $30 for 12 and under. Group rates are also available and this is a great opportunity for team building events. Reservations are required for all participants. Friendly staff members will accompany and guide all participants through the course. Call ahead for reservations at 336-736-5623 or check the website at richlandcreekzipline.com.
Greensboro’s Celebration Station offers fun for all ages throughout the year and the crisp days of autumn really shine here. You can play rounds of miniature golf, drive Go Karts around the track, ride the Bumper Boats or try your hand at the batting cages all day long and even into the night. They also feature one of the area’s best arcades for a bit of indoor fun. There’s even a restaurant on site offering fun food for when you need a moment to catch your breath. Located at 4315 Big Tree Way in Greensboro, Celebration Station is open Sun-Thurs 11 am to 9 pm, Fridays 11 am to 11 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 11 pm. They offer group and family packages, as well as birthday parties and lock-in events. They will even be hosting an open Halloween Lock-In event on Friday, Oct. 28 with all sorts of activities and entertainment for kids and their chaperones. If you’d like more information, give them a call at 336-316-0606 or check out their website at celebrationstation.com/public/Greensboro to see all of the attractions and special offers for the season.
The Idiot Box Comedy Club
Looking for an evening out filled with laughter and good cheer? Look no further than Greensboro’s own The Idiot Box Comedy Club. Operating Thursdays through Saturdays, The Idiot Box features stand up and improv comedy from both local and nationally touring comedians and actors. Located in the downstairs theater of Geeksboro Coffee House at 2134 Lawndale Drive, they will feature Open Mic night on Thursdays (8:30 pm start), Friday night stand-up (featuring the Ultimate Comic Challenge competitors throughout October) starting at 8:30 pm, with a second show at 10 pm. Saturdays are for improv, and the Idiot Box features the best improv group in the region. There’s a 4 pm Improv matinee on Saturdays that’s suitable for all ages, and improv shows for the older crowds at 8:30 and 10 those nights. Tickets for all of the performances are $10 at the door, $8 in advance online and $8 for students, and make sure to grab a local beer or a great coffee creation upstairs to enjoy along with the show. For more information, stop by their website at idiotboxers.com or call 336-274-2699. They also offer workshops for budding comics and improv actors, so check out the website for upcoming classes.
Old Salem Museum and Gardens
This year marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Salem settlement and this fall, there are so many wonderful things to do at historic Old Salem as part of the celebration and rediscovering one of the nation’s great living history areas. The crisp autumn days will make a stroll through Old Salem a real pleasure. Beyond the regular attractions, shops and places to eat in Old Salem, there will be quite a few seasonal activities available. On Oct. 15, Old Salem will be hosting its Annual Harvest Day from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can learn about the importance of the local harvest and experience the bounty of local orchards, see cheese making, learn about the drink ginger pop, sample pumpkin cornmeal fritters and see a large apple cider mill in action. They will also host a pumpkin carving contest for children on Oct. 29th, with free pumpkins for participating children (please bring your own carving implements). The pumpkins will then be displayed on the fence around Salem Square and lit for the following night’s Public Trick or Treat event (running from 6 to 7:30 pm). For more information, please see Old Salem’s website at www.oldsalem.org.
It’s the last season of the year for getting out on the water, but what a season it is. The heat is slacking off, the bugs are going away and nothing could be prettier than paddling across a lake surrounded by the turning leaves as flocks of birds fly south overhead. If you want to be part of that, head over to Greensboro’s Get:Outdoors. The premiere place for kayaks, canoes and paddleboards in the region, Get:Outdoors has been the local expert in paddling sports for over 20 years. Located at 1515 Gate City Blvd in Greensboro, this is THE place for a showroom of canoes, paddleboards and kayaks, plus all of the accessories and gear that you’ll need for your adventures. Experienced personnel are on hand for guidance and tips for both long time veterans and beginners. Beyond sales, they also offer rental canoes and kayaks, which is a great opportunity to try it before you buy it. And if you just fall in love with your rental, just feel free to ask them if you can buy it. Rental crafts are a great, affordable way to get out on the water. Feel free to give them a call at 336-294-3918 or check out their website at shopgetoutdoors.com.
Putt Putt High Point
A family fun landmark in the Triad, Putt Putt High Point has been a local joy since the 1960s. Offering a safe, clean and wholesome entertainment option for the area, Putt Putt High Point features two full 18-hole miniature golf courses that are fun for all ages and challenging for even the seasoned pro. They also have a great game room with arcade games if you need to take a break or just drop a few tokens to happily pass the time. If you’re really good at Putt Putt, you might also want to check out their weekly tournament each Thursday evening. Rates are $5 for a round, and discounts are available for multiple games. They’re also available for group rates, which can be as little as $5 per person per hour for unlimited rounds during the event. Birthday party events are also available. It’s a great place to go out, enjoy the great weather and not break the budget. Putt Putt High Point is located at 2418 N. Main Street. Open Mon -Thurs 10 am to 10 pm, Fri 10 am to midnight, Sat 9 am to midnight, and Sun 1 pm to 10 pm. For more information, call 336-869-4273.
Salem Lake Park
One of the area’s most popular destinations for fishermen, canoeist, kayakers and hikers alike, Salem Lake Park in Winston-Salem is a great place to spend a day during the fall. Right now, the park is undergoing an impressive construction project, so access is a bit more limited than it has been in recent years. The popular park is adding in a new marina, new bait shop and a new facility with a meeting room. While the main part of the park is closed during this time, the Salem Lake Trail is still open and folks are encouraged to take in the meandering trail and lakeside views. Kayakers and canoers can access the water from the trail’s parking area, but all canoes and kayaks will have to be carried in by hand. Larger boats, due to the construction, do not have an access area available. A designated fishing area can also be used at this same location. Fish stocked in the lake include hybrid bass, largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, bream, carp and white perch. All fishers 16 and older must have a North Carolina State Fishing License to fish onsite. For more information, check their website at: www.cityofws.org/departments/recreation-parks/salem-lake.
If you’re looking for something fast paced to do this fall, check out Greensboro’s Paintball Central. With a storefront at 3400-D West Wendover Ave., Paintball Central’s games are hosted at their field in Sedalia at 6106 Burlington Road. The property there includes a number of game areas including a wooded field featuring pillboxes and two large forts, a mounds field that gives the feeling of a trench system, a turf covered Xball field, a speedball field and two pipes fields for fast paced team play. Only 15 minutes from downtown Greensboro, games are hosted on Saturdays and Sundays. On Saturday evenings through October, Paintball Central will be hosting special Zombie Scenarios, which will include costumed participants and a huge Army truck set up so that you and your friends can merrily blast zombies from the back of it for a $25 entry fee. Equipment rentals are available on site, along with paintballs, CO2 refills and other items. They are also happy to host group events from bachelor parties to church groups, birthday parties and even corporate outings. For more information, feel free to call them at 336-274-4002 or check out their website at: pballcentral.com.
Oak Hollow Golf Course
The autumn is a great time to get out on the links and High Point’s Oak Hollow Golf Course is a great destination for golfers in the area. Designed by Pete Dye in 1972, Oak Hollow has been an award winner from the beginning, and featured in Golf Digest’s “Top 75 Public Courses,” “75 Top Affordable Courses” and “America’s Best Courses Everyone Can Play.” Featuring two complete 18-hole courses, Oak Hollow also offers a driving range, onsite restaurant (the Oak Hollow Grill Room), a full pro shop, and a full range of lesson packages from course pros. Open every day, you can set up tee times from 8 am onwards until the light begins to fade for the day. There’s even a twilight rate that begins each day at 2 pm – play as much as you’d like until closing for one reduced rate. The course is owned and operated by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of High Point and is located at 3400 N Centennial Street. If you’d like to find out more information, or book a tee time, please give them a call at 336-883-3260. You can also check the website at oakhollowgc.com.
Greensboro Science Center
The Greensboro Science Center Aquarium, Museum and Zoo is a favorite destination in the Triad year around, but the fall season may be one of the best times to visit. Cooler temperatures make for great days in the zoo and the new SkyWild adventure course up high in the trees will give you an amazing view of the changing leaf colors. The Science Center will also be featuring a special Halloween laser show “Fright Lights” in their Omnisphere Theater on Friday night Oct. 28, with shows starting at 7, 8 and 9 pm. The museum will also be hosting the Fossil Fair in November from 10 am to 4 pm. Throughout the season the Science Center will also be offering Inside Tracks opportunities for visitors to get a hands-on behind the scenes look at the zoo and aquarium. There will be Zoo Trek and Aquarium Adventure Inside Tracks that let you get up close to the animals and fish that are on site, and even a Penguin Encounter one that lets you spend some time really getting to know their colony of penguins, including a great photo op. For more information, stop by their website at: greensboroscience.org.
Spare Time Greensboro
One of the Triad’s great entertainment places under one roof, Spare Time Greensboro offers family fun for everyone. Located at 5502 Hornaday Rd., Spare Time Greensboro is a first rate bowling center with open bowling, league play and even weekend late night bowling that’s as much a party as a game, featuring laser lights, music, competitions and prizes. They also have a laser tag arena on site and a first rate arcade where you can collect tickets to turn in for prizes. Food and drink are also available at their City Sports Grill. They are also happy to help out with group rates and special events such as birthday parties and social group outings. Halloween will bring out some special events this year, including the Boo Bowl on Sunday, Oct. 30 benefitting the Brenner Children’s Hospital. The event, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, will feature $10 unlimited bowling (including shoe rentals), face painting and a costume contest for kids, along with lane to lane trick or treating. You can even take part in Scare Tag, a spooky version of Laser Tag. For more information, stop by their website at: sparetimeentertainment.com/Greensboro or call 336-292-5100.
North Carolina Zoo
In case you somehow missed it, Asheboro is home to one of the nation’s best and most beloved zoos. The North Carolina Zoo is renowned for its selection of animals, commitment to conservation and beautiful enclosures that showcase the resident animals in habitats that best mimic their home territories. The autumn is a great time to visit as cooler days let the animals be at their best and make for strolling through the massive park a real pleasure. The Zoo will be hosting Bat ology on Oct. 15 (learn about bats and their lives), also you can take in Zoo Grooves for the 21 and older costumed crowd starting at 5:30 pm with local party band Sleeping Booty performing at the outdoor African Amphitheatre. October 22 and 23 will see the Zoo host Boo at the Zoo, a daytime trick or treat day for costumed kids, featuring games, storytelling, live entertainment and even a costume contest. Remember that the NC Zoo also features a number of special experiences including meet and feed the animals, VIP tours and group specials. The NC Zoo is located at 4401 Zoo Parkway in Asheboro. For more information, please check their website at: nczoo.org.
Adventure Landing has been a staple of Winston-Salem’s Stratford Road entertainment opportunities for generations and the fun continues to this day! Featuring three different 18-hole miniature golf courses in a setting of waterfalls, tunnels and mountains, Adventure Landing is a great place for a family outing, a date night or a social group event. It also hosts one of the best arcades in the area, with games to suit every skill level, age and style of play. Right now, you can even double up your fun in the arcade with a $40 worth of tokens for $20 special sale. Bumper boats are also onsite and are still running for a perfect excursion on those warm Indian Summer days. A snack bar is also available on site. Adventure Landing also offers group package deals, team building events, birthday parties and fundraising opportunities. Open daily Mon to Thurs 10 am to 10 pm, Fri and Sat 10 am to 11 pm and Sundays from 11 am to 10 pm. If you’d like more information, please give them a call at 336-768-4730 or stop by their website at: adventurelanding.com/parks/Winston-Salem. Season tickets are also available that work at all Adventure Landing locations.
Fourth of July Park
Kernersville’s Fourth of July Park is one of the area’s great city parks and a fantastic destination for a great day relaxing in the outdoors. While it does feature the classic picnic areas and shelters and plenty of wide open spaces on its 17 acres, there’s much more offered for all sorts of active folks. Tennis courts and basketball courts are on site, along with courts for playing pickleball, a racquet sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis for two, three or four players. If you’re a skateboarder, they’ve got you covered with a skate park and even our four legged friends are catered to with a dog park on premises. There are playgrounds and walking trails and plenty of fresh air, too! On Oct. 22, Fourth of July Park will host its Annual Pumpkin Run 5K and 1-mile Fun Run. There will be live entertainment, vendors, kids’ activities and even costume contests for adults, kids and dogs. Prizes and pumpkins will be awarded at the event. Registration for the Fun Run is $10/$15 on the day of the event. Fourth of July Park is located at 702 W. Mountain Street in Kernersville. For more information, check the website at: kvparks.com/parks/fourth-of-July-park.
Looking for a place to jump, bounce, climb and just release energy? Head over to High Point’s Get Air, a fun center for all things bouncy! Located at 1116 Eastchester Drive, Suite 119, Get Air offers a host of activities for active kids and adults. Big Air areas (for kids 46-inches and taller) offer a trampoline experience bigger than you’ve seen before, with trampoline surfaces all over the place. There’s also dodgeball activities on a trampoline court, slack lines for the budding circus star and the biggest foam pit you’ve seen. Want to know what it feels like to really make a slam dunk? Give Slamball a try in the trampoline area. There’s even a Ninja Course where you can speed through a maze of walls and trampolines challenging your agility and endurance. A kiddie course is also available for kids under 46 inches in height. Rates are $14/ hour for Big Air ($22 for two hours) and $8/ hour for Little Air ($14 for two hours). Jump socks are required for the trampoline areas, available for $3 the socks are washable and reusable. Get Air is available for parties and groups. For more info, call 336-258-4474 or stop by the website at getairnorthcarolina.com.
SciWorks and The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem
Two of Winston-Salem’s great family fun resources are now partnered together, keeping the fun learning experiences rolling and even adding more opportunities each day! Both locations have so many chances to explore science and art and this fall there are a number of great events to kick off the season. On Oct. 22, the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem will host a Drop-In Spooky Gingerbread workshop from 10 am to 1 pm where kids can build their own haunted gingerbread houses. The following Sunday, the Children’s Museum will hold Truck and Treat from 1 to 5 pm where a $5/ person admission lets kids Trick or Treat among 25 different big trucks like firetrucks, construction trucks and other big rig favorites. Not to be outdone, SciWorks will be hosting trick or treating on Oct. 22 from 1pm to 4 pm and laser shows that evening featuring the music of The Beatles (5 pm) and Metallica (6:30 pm). The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem is located at 390 South Liberty Street; their website can be found at childrensmuseumofws.org. SciWorks is located at 400 W Hanes Mill Rd. and their website can be found at: sciworks.org. SciWorks is open Tuesday through Sunday, the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem is open all week.
Hanging Rock State Park
A favorite destination for hikers, campers and day trekkers in North Carolina, Danbury’s Hanging Rock State Park is one of the best places to not just see autumn in North Carolina, but to be in and a part of it. If you are a mountain biker or hiker, there are trails galore (over 20 miles worth for hikers and 8.4 miles for mountain bikers) through some of the region’s prettiest scenery. The overlooks alone are worth the short trip to this hidden gem of North Carolina. There’s also access to the Dan River for paddling sports like canoes and kayaks. If you’re a rock climber, there are great areas for you as well, but permits are required. There’s also a stocked lake for fishing and a 73-site campground. Rental cabins for longer stays are also available. It’s a great chance to learn about the unique ecosystem of the Sauratown Mountains region and there are numerous educational opportunities at the park museum focusing on the natural and cultural history of the area. The park is located at 1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury, NC 27016. You can see their website at: www.ncparks.gov/hanging-rock-state-park.