After you leave church (or bed) this afternoon, you’re probably going to be like most other Americans who feel they have very little to do outside of sit on the couch and watch TV. However, leisure should not be equated with its usual accomplice: lethargic boredom. So, on this Sunday morning, I suggest that you make plans to explore nature later on this afternoon, either by yourself or with a partner (or two or six). Across the state of North Carolina, there are some beautiful gardens that look amazing in the spring, summer, and fall. I will briefly touch on three in major areas of the state.
1 – The Bicentennial Botanical Gardens can be found at 1105 Hobbs Rd in Greensboro, NC. The historic statues and trails at the garden make for a great Sunday afternoon out with a special someone or with the entire family. There is a stream to walk along and, sometimes, you’ll find two or three ducks on its banks.
2 – The Botanical Gardens on the campus of UNC-Charlotte give off more of a forest vibe. There is a dense population of trees in the area, making it an ideal place to take the kids anytime before 5 but any later than that and the shadows might overshadow the beauty of the nature (and keep you parents up explaining that there are no monsters under the bed). The garden is fairly large and, if visited at the right time of year, is teaming with the rainbow’s most specific colors.
3 – The North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill are, by far, the most beautiful that the state has to offer. There, you will find everything from lilies to Venus Flytraps. Its arrangement and overall atmosphere are both welcoming and educational. Coupled with a visit to the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, it would be a great day trip for anyone across the state of North Carolina.
Just a few ideas to take with you on this Sunday. Enjoy your productive leisure.