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Every parent, at some point, is posed with the question, “what are we going to do today?” Sometimes, you may or may not have some fun things lined up in your back pocket to entertain the kiddos for the day. That’s why I’m here to give you some great options for the most amazing cultural and historical things to do with kids in Winston-Salem!
Old Salem is a historic site that tells the stories of people in the American South, including Moravian, Black, and Indigenous peoples. The mission is to share the rich, authentic, and diverse cultural history of the early South with the community and emphasize learning about enslaved and free people of African descent.
When visiting this attraction, you’ll find the Historic Town of Salem museum, the Frank L. Horton Museum Center, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Check out exhibits including:
As a graduate of Salem Academy and a pro of all things Old Salem, I know kids love pumping the water at the square, the Winkler Bakery and their open oven, and tasting their famous sugarcake!
Address: 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm, but it may vary by venue
Founded in 1753 by German-speaking Moravians, Bethabara Park is the first European settlement in the North Carolina Piedmont. This park preserves the history and heritage of the Old Town. It is considered a national historic landmark and local historic district.
Resting on over 183 acres of preserved wildlife, this land features historic buildings and grounds, walking and birding trails, and protected wetlands. Here, you’ll be able to explore the following:
Address: 2147 Bethabara Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Hours: Park grounds are open year-round, from dawn to dusk
Not far from Winston-Salem in Kernersville, NC, construction on Körner’s Folly began in 1878 by Jule Gilmer Körner. He wanted to use this new home to showcase his design work to his clients. The unique design defied simple description, constantly under renovation to make way for Jule’s new ideas. Here, no two doorways are alike.
In 1970 – after many years of vacancy disrepair, 26 local families, including Körner descendants, saved the Folly from demolition. When visiting this impressive structure, you can take advantage of attractions such as the Public Self-Guided Tours. They offer informational signs in each room that help you navigate the house museum and tell you the history of each room.
The private guided tours are popular among families and include an engaging, entertaining, and educational tour for private groups. Expert employees lead the group through all 22 rooms of the house, sharing information about the history, renovations, and furnishings that make Körner’s Folly so unique and fun. Of course, you can also utilize the bus tours!
Address: 413 South Main St. Kernersville, NC 27284
If you’re looking for fun things to do with the kids in Winston-Salem that are rich in culture and history, this blog outlines some of the best options in the area. Check it out to find a new place to visit with the whole family!
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