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Things To Do With Kids in Goldsboro

Goldsboro is a small city in the heart of eastern North Carolina best known for the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. More than 35,000 people live here and the Goldsboro Metro Area is home to more than 124,000. Goldsboro is packed with tons of kid-oriented activities and landmarks too. Use these deals to plan an unforgettable afternoon in the city with the kids.

Goldsboro has rich military history and a strong agriculture background. Some of the best things to do in the city are influenced by these strong roots. Explore top attractions and other kid-friendly activities below:

  • Play tennis, have a picnic, ride the mini train, fish in the pond, or play on the playground at Herman Park
  • Stop and pay your respects at the Veterans Memorial on Walnut Street
  • Take a tour of the Cherry Research Farm
  • Try your luck in bingo at Goldsboro’s Bingo Bananza
  • Walk around, shop in boutiques, or catch live music performances downtown

Parents will enjoy time spent in Goldsboro too. Plan an afternoon of activities for the whole family ranging from local favorite restaurants to a round of golf at one of three gorgeous city golf courses. Find more kid-centric family activities in Goldsboro below:

  • Watch a family theater production at Center Stage Theatre
  • Eat some of the best breakfast in Goldsboro at Kathy's Kitchen
  • See a live performance at The Paramount Theatre, originally built in 1882 and reconstructed in 2008 in Historic Downtown Goldsboro
  • Take a quick trip up north to A Zoo Life in Macclesfield, less than an hour away
  • Knock some balls off the driving range or play 9 holes at Walnut Creek Country Club

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Visit the nine historical buildings that date from the 1860s to the 1920s at Waynesborough Historical Village, located on the site of the former town with the same name. For more cheap things to do in Goldsboro with kids, try the following:

  • See history come alive at the Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield, especially during the December re-enactments
  • Tour the birthplace of Governor Charles B. Aycock in Fremont
  • Oheb Shalom, one of the few standing nineteenth-century synagogues in the U.S.
  • Visit the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh
  • Get free admission at the Animal Edventures Sanctuary in Coats

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Goldsboro has several public farms available for families to tour and some feature interactive kids activities. Plan an afternoon of horseback riding for the kids at Maple Ridge Farm, tour Odom Farming Company, or pick your own berries at Cottle Farms. Other fun activities for kids in Goldsboro include:

  • Grab a sweet bite to eat at Stay Sweet Bakery & Ice Cream
  • Save on a three attraction quest pass at Adventure Landing
  • Visit the zoo in Dunn, My Happy Place
  • Swim in the pool and lay in the sun or play on the playground at Peacock Park
  • Play a few rounds of mini-golf at Larry Bill's Fun Time Golf

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Group entertainment is easy to come by in Goldsboro too. Try a sightseeing tour or indulge in classic family activities like swimming or biking. Browse a collection of kid-approved group activities below:

  • Book a sightseeing tour with Goldsboro Bus Tours
  • Try a Goldsboro escape room, Downtown Escapes
  • Swim in the pool at Mina Weil Park or divide into teams and play tennis on the courts
  • Join The Seyboro Cyclists and go for bike rides in and near Goldsboro
  • Tour the training facilities, jumping arena, and ride horses at the Goldsboro Equestrian Center

During the Civil War, Goldsboro was instrumental in transporting and stationing Confederate troops and their supplies. Many educational activities in Goldsboro are history-related or focused. Find more educational activities to do with kids below:

  • Learn about the legacy of Wayne County at the Wayne County Museum
  • Visit the birthplace of Governor Charles B. Aycock
  • Learn about Civil War history at the Greensboro Historical Museum
  • Sign up for programs at the Goldsboro Family YMCA
  • Get in on the fun science and discovery fun at Imagine Station in the science museum in Wilson

Goldsboro has dozens of art, music, and other creative classes for kids. Sign up for dance lessons at Legacy Dance Project or the Heritage Dance Foundation. Or, try another these creative classes for kids in Goldsboro:

  • Try your hand in sculpting at Keepsakes Pottery
  • Take piano lessons at the Piano Studio of Mark Honeycutt
  • Or try a different musical instrument at Fat Cat Music & Sound
  • Sign up for theater classes at Stagestruck, The Young People’s Own Theatre
  • See exhibitions, performances, workshops, take art classes, or marvel at the galleries in the Arts Council of Wayne County

Goldsboro has a reputation for hot, sticky summers. Escape the heat at some of the city’s finer indoor attractions. From classic entertainment to unique indoor activities, Goldsboro has it all. Browse play centers, amusement parks, museums, and more indoor attractions for kids below:

  • Grab your roller skates and head to Round-A-Bout Skating Center for public skating hours
  • Let the kids burn off some energy at Kangaroo Sams, an indoor amusement center in Goldsboro
  • Sign up for programs at the Goldsboro Family YMCA
  • See a new family movie at Premiere Theatre 12 Goldsboro
  • Save on two hours of bowling and shoe rentals at AMF Bowling