Social distancing doesn’t mean the end of summer fun.
Under normal circumstances, summertime is one of the most bustling and exciting seasons in Greensboro, North Carolina. From learning about reptiles at the Science Center to shopping the market at Summerfield Farms, there’s never a shortage of Greensboro family fun!
However, social distancing has changed the way we spend our free time. Tons of our favorite spots have temporarily closed to the public or have a strict limit on the number of visitors they can accept at a time. What is a Greensboro family to do this summer? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered!
Read on for the Farless Dental Group’s top 5 suggestions for Greensboro weekend activities you can safely enjoy this summer.
How to Practice Social Distancing While out and About
Before we get into our favorite spots to spend the summer, let’s look at some of the ways you and your family can practice social distancing when you head out for some family fun.
Bring your masks.
You may not need to wear them the whole time you’re outdoors, but it’s best to have your mask on your person whenever you venture into public. That way, if you decide to step into one of the open facilities in Greensboro or you have to walk through a crowded spot, you can have that extra layer of protection ready.
Keep at least six feet of distance.
Whether you’re meeting up with another household or are surrounded by strangers, stay at least six feet away from those who don’t live with you. Even if you’re walking with friends, you should still maintain that six-foot distance the whole time. If you and your friend were to stretch out your arms and could touch each other’s fingertips, you’re a little too close!
Have a backup plan.
According to the CDC, a key factor of social distancing is avoiding mass gatherings or large crowds. For that reason, we recommend that whenever you make a plan for some Greensboro family fun, you come up with a backup plan. That way, if you get to your destination and it’s way too crowded, you can move on to the next spot — no harm, no foul!
Greensboro Family Fun
Now, let’s take a look at some of the best spots in Greensboro this summer — and what to expect when you get there.
1. Bring your boat to Lake Brandt.
Normally, Lake Brandt is a great place to rent a canoe, paddleboat, or kayak in the spring and summer. To cut down on face-to-face interaction and the spread of germs, they’ve closed their boat rentals for the season. However, you can still take your personal boat out on the water at any time during the day! Head out in the mornings or evenings to avoid the high heat and enjoy the calm of the lake.
2. Camp out at Oak Hollow Campground.
If you love to spend a night or two under the stars, head to Oak Hollow Campground! Their campsites are open for the summer season, and you’ll find plenty of great hiking trails nearby. The only thing to keep in mind before you head for Oak Hollow is that they’ve closed their bathhouses. That means guests are expected to be self-sufficient in regard to any bathroom needs.
3. Stroll around the National Military Park.
The Guilford Courthouse at National Military Park is one of Greensboro’s biggest attractions for both residents and tourists. This national park was the site of one of the landmark battles of the Revolutionary War, and visiting it is a great way to have an interactive history lesson.
Unfortunately, the park’s facilities, like the visitor center and restrooms, are closed. Guided tours are also suspended; however, the outdoor areas are open to the public. With a little bit of research, you can still teach your family a thing or two about North Carolina’s contributions to the war for independence!
4. Go bank fishing at High Point City Lake Park.
Normally, North Carolinians have to pay a fee to receive their fishing license, and most public fishing areas require proof of that license. For the time being, High Point City Lake Park has suspended this rule! That means fishing season is open to anyone with a pole and some bait. This is great news for families with kids who want to give fishing a try. Grab your gear and head to the park for some quality bank fishing, or, if you have a private boat, head for deeper waters and see what’s biting!
5. Support local eateries and have a takeout picnic.
While restaurants are closed for sit-down service, many of our local and independent eateries are open for delivery or takeout. Supporting these staples of our community is a great way to give back while social distancing!
Order takeout from one of Greensboro’s finest and head to any of the parks we’ve already mentioned — or even your own backyard! Having a nice meal outdoors can do wonders to boost the spirit and return some sense of fun and normalcy to our lives.
Don’t forget your dental health!
Establishing a new routine with your family can seem difficult, especially now that school is out and summer activities are supposed to commence. Fortunately, there is still plenty of Greensboro family fun to be had as long as you practice proper social distancing!
As you find ways to adjust, don’t forget the importance of routine. Creating and sticking to a thorough dental routine — brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with a fluoride rinse — is a great way to maintain consistency in uncertain times. Plus, it’s an easy way to stay mindful of your overall health and boost your immune system!
At Farless Dental Group, we’re doing everything we can to keep our patients safe while they get their dental needs taken care of. Make your appointment today, and we’ll make sure your dental health is in tip-top shape!