Old Salem Museums & Gardens whisks visitors to the cozy streets of a reconstructed 18th-century Moravian town that encompasses 100 restored and reclaimed buildings and expansive, pristine gardens. As they stroll through the 90-acre homage to early Americana, visitors can interact with hands-on activities, such as the German paper-cutting art of Scherenschnitte or the colonial tradition of libeling a governor with accusations of actually governing. Old Salem's horticultural marvels include the Miksch Garden—a living illustration of Moravian subsistence farming—and the Family Gardens of Salt Street, which demonstrate the innovative practice of seed saving. In addition to year-round attractions, special exhibits rotate through town, celebrating momentous occasions, notable people, and game-changing presidential pets. After traversing the grounds, visitors can peruse souvenirs at a number of gift shops or sidle into Winkler’s Bakery for a piece of renowned Moravian sugar cake.
Funigan’s livens up family outings with an arsenal of attractions, including mini bowling, a 17-foot rock-climbing wall, and one of the largest Soft Play fun zones in North Carolina. The Family Fun Pack #2 grants any size group 12 individual attraction admissions and comes with 75 tokens to indulge the appetites of arcade games such as skeeball, whack-a-mole, and mini hoops. After summiting indoor mountaintops and uncovering the secret button combo to turn Mortal Combat characters into Greenpeace volunteers, famished gamers can power up on the large cheese pizza and pitcher of soda included in the Fun Pack.
The serene yogarie offers more than 15 different yoga classes, accommodating beginners, rusty practitioners returning after exhaustive time-travel adventures, and master yogis in town on layovers. You can mix and match from among the studio’s many options to find the perfect posture for you, or follow one class through six sessions. Beginners may opt for the Newbie Yogi You-Be course to develop their strength and flexibility before moving on to one of the more demanding courses, such as the noontime WiserEnergizer, which revives work-slumped students, or the fast-paced Kundalini Rising course, which revitalizes the body’s organs for better health and super powers.
Surrounded by the carefully clipped hedges of a formal garden, Reynolda House Museum of American Art lets visitors contemplate canvases in the stately surroundings of a turn-of-the-century tobacco baron's mansion. Armed with personalized membership cards, members gain free admission to the museum’s permanent collection, which includes works by Mary Cassatt and Georgia O'Keeffe. Gorge hungry eyes on the soulful iron-horse portraits of railroad photographer O. Winston Link, on display until June 19, or pick up pointers from the Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (October 7–December 31). Reynolda House will be the two nomadic exhibitions’ sole stop in North Carolina this year before wandering off in search of new adventure.
Creekside Lanes provides strong-forearmed rollers with the greasy lanes necessary to perform the age-old ritual of multi-pin destruction. Don the motley footwear required to enjoy two full rounds of cannonball heaving, and stop in on Friday and Saturday night for cosmic bowling. Twosomes of bowling neophytes can rely on the forgiving support of ball-embracing bumpers, and pin-thrashing veterans can sustain their serious matches with trash talk, pointing out their competitors’ uncanny resemblance to Night Court characters. Although not included in the Groupon, a game room offers billiards and video games for those who are bowled out but want to stick around and soak in Creekside Lanes’ friendly, welcoming atmosphere without spending the night in a cozy air duct.