Summer Bucket List

Tiffani Arbogast Santos
If you're looking for fun activities to keep you busy this summer, we have great suggestions on our Summer Bucket List!

Cool off at a splash pad

Enjoy splashing around in one of the many free/cheap splash pads at multiple parks in Winston-Salem including Hathaway, Little Creek, Polo, Bolton, Reynolda, Tanglewood and more! 

Attend a storytime 

Storytimes are hosted throughout the summer at various locations. Check out Barnes & Noble, Reynolda Museum, Forsyth County Libraries, and Davidson County Libraries to find a time that fits your schedule! 

Get scientific at a local children’s museum 

So much to do, see, touch, and learn at the Children’s Museums! Don’t forget to check out the summer event calendars. A few local museums are Kaleideum North or Downtown, Nido & Mariana Qubein Children’s Museum in High Point, Cognition in Mocksville, Greensboro Children’s Museum, or Greensboro Science Center!

Drift down the lazy river at your local water park! 

Winston Waterworks has water slides, splash pad, swimming pool, and more. Want to know the best part? It’s only $2-3 per person! 

Have a picnic at the Quarry at Grant Park

A great place to hang out and run around while capturing a view of the deep-blue waters in the quarry. There is also an opportunity to walk the trail after a delicious picnic!

Attend a Dash baseball game

Many of the Dash home games have a theme or event! Check the calendar so you don’t miss out on a night of fireworks, pups, or even Chick-fil-A! 

Boogie down to live music

During the summer you can find live music almost anywhere, check out wineries, breweries or park schedules to see when you and your children can dance the afternoon away! Check our events page for a list this weekend and next.

Pack your snacks and go on a hike

There are plenty of small trails around Winston such as: Reynolda trails, little Walden trail, Winston’s various greenways, and Tanglewood trails.  If you are up for a little drive, take the quick trip to Pilot Mountain, Boone’s Cave, or Hanging Rock

Day trip to Dan Nicholas Park 

Although this is a little bit of a drive, you can spend a whole day here. Enjoy seeing animals, mining for gems, playing mini golf, cooling off in the splash pad, climbing on the many playgrounds, or zooming around in paddle boats! Be sure to check hours to see when attractions are open. 

Bike around Salem Lake trail 

Have bikes or scooters at home? Salem Lake trail is wide and shaded, perfect for a ride in the summer! 

Travel back in time at Old Salem Museum and Garden

Stroll down the cobblestone roads and explore the boys’ school, the workshop, Miksch house, garden, & more! Don’t forget to stop at the bakery for some cookies!

Chow down at Reynolda Village

Plenty of outdoor space for the kids to roam around while enjoying a doughnut from Dough Joe’s or dumplings from May Way! Be sure to walk down one of the beautiful trails, play in the creek, or check out the museum afterwards! 

Too hot to be outside? Check out a trampoline park or indoor play area

These facilities typically offer more than just trampolines, as many of them have toddler play areas, climbing walls, slides, and more! Rockin’ Jump, Safari Nation, Surge, & Urban Air are a few local ones to explore! 

Take a pedal or row boat

Try renting the pedal boats at Mallard Lake at Tanglewood Park ($5/30 min). You can also enjoy the playground or picnic by the lake! Check website for hours.