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.
Amidst the painted pots and chalk drawings in the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem's Surprise Garden stands the Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam's Kaleidoscape, reflecting the museum's motto, "where learning happens through play". Far from a hands-off installation, the multi-colored, crocheted structure is always covered with swinging, climbing kids. Clambering is an equally popular activity inside the nonprofit museum, whose lobby is full of wavy platforms and a beanstalk climber that stretches all the way to the second floor.
But climbing isn't the only way to stay busy at Children's Museum of Winston-Salem. At other exhibits, youngsters can pretend-steer a rowboat, man the conveyer belt inside a child-sized Krispy Kreme factory, and construct buildings with magnetized blocks. After full days of play, kids can unwind during staff-led story times in the museum library or gather with other children for programs such as teatimes.
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.
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.
Armory Golf Center offers players everything they need to get better at golf except for an actual golf course. Target flags positioned at various distances dot the 20-acre driving range, giving players something to aim for as instead of their boss's car as they launch golf balls off 15 grass tees and 12 mat stations. They can take cuts in the daylight until the lights come on for twilight practice or receive some help from PGA and LPGA professionals when solo reps cease to yield results. On top of private lessons, the pros conduct summer camps, clinics, and academies for players of all ages. Many sessions incorporate a number of technologies to assist the instructor, including V1 Pro Swing Analysis and an ES14 Launch Monitor.