Winston-Salem NC is a historic, cultural city that has been known for its hospitality and charm. It’s also one of the most beautiful cities in North Carolina. Winston-Salem offers many attractions including museums, art galleries, gardens and more. With so many things to do in Winston Salem NC, it can be overwhelming trying to plan a trip there if you don’t know much about the city already. In this article I’ll include some of my favorite places to visit while in town as well as offer tips on how to get around when exploring all the sights and sounds of this truly special Southern city.
In the heart of Downtown Winston Salem is a brick paved street called, Trade Street . This is one of my favorite places to hang out because it’s lined with cool shops, restaurants and bars. You’ll also find some amazing murals and sculptures as well as beautiful architecture on or around this street. Other attractions in the downtown area include The Harvey B Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture , which hosts multiple exhibits throughout the year and features art galleries, theaters, education centers and corporate meeting space. Also consider taking a trip to Old Salem to learn about early southern life at the living history museum that shows what life was like during the 17th and 18th century.
Asheboro Street in Old Salem is another good place to walk around with lots of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes on this pedestrian-friendly street. Just a short drive from downtown Winston Salem you come across some beautiful sites including Bethabara Park , which has trails and outdoor amphitheater that hosts concerts throughout the year as well as an arboretum and museum detailing local history. Another popular attraction is Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) . This museum features galleries, theaters, education centers and special events such as lectures, film screenings and art workshops.
There are many interesting museums in Winston Salem NC including Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology , Guilford Battleground National Military Park and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) . There are also many historic sites like Old Salem Jail , which was built in 1874 and served as a jail until 1982. Winston-Salem is known for it’s Moravian roots, so you’ll find lots of historical sites throughout this region.
Winston Salem NC has some amazing gardens and parks such as Elisabeth Bryan Park with sculptures, nature trails and an aviary. This park offers bird tours that I find really interesting because they’re lead by people who have been studying birds all their lives. The Dooley Memorial Botanical Gardens is another great place to visit that features walking paths that take you through several beautiful areas including meadows, ponds, wetlands and a collection of flowering plants.
Wake Forest University offers some really interesting tours that showcase the university’s unique architecture including Reynolda Hall , Old Chemistry Building and Old West Dormitory . These buildings were designed by famous architect Ralph Adams Cram who is known for his design work on Princeton University Chapel as well as churches throughout this region. Additionally, you can tour the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter to see where businesses are developing new technologies and products.