Things to do in CHARLOTTE with kids

From pure fun, to educational attractions, Charlotte has a ton of fun places to go with kids! This Southern belle is a city that knows how to play. It sizzles in summer and dazzles in winter, so you'll always have a choice of places to visit!

To beat those winter blues, indoor reigns supreme! Discovery Place is waiting for you, with it’s fun interactive science exhibits, or perhaps the Charlotte Nature Museum takes your fancy with it’s slower paced activities.

Summer time blues? We don’t think so! Not with the U.S National Whitewater Center with the largest man-made whitewater river in the world, or the “thrill capital of the Southeast” - Carowinds has thrill rides that send you 300 feet in the air! 

Of course, what would a trip to Charlotte be without history? Charlotte was the site of the nation’s first gold rush, so places like Reed Gold Mine celebrate it’s rich past.

Special mention goes to Charlotte for attractions such as ImaginOn or Reedy Creek Park because, well, they’re free! 

Bravo, Charlotte. A true Southern family experience!

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  • Discovery Place

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    Charlotte

    A great hands-on experience for any child looking for adventure. The Science Centre and Observer IMAX Dome Theatre offer something fun and educational for everyone in the family!

  • ImaginOn

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    Charlotte

    Family fun with children's theatre, a super fun library and revolving hands-on exhibitions. Great kids fun in Charlotte!

  • Rays Splash Planet

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    (1 miles) Charlotte

    Ray's Splash Planet is unlike anything in the Carolinas, with a one of a kind waterpark filled with water fun. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in ...

  • Charlotte Nature Museum

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    (3 miles) Charlotte

    A fun nature museum with a focus on those little ones 3 to 7 years, with live animals, nature trails, and hands-on exhibits in North Carolina!

  • Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve

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    (7 miles) Charlotte

    Over 700 protected acres of nature and forest, with hiking trails, Reedy Creek Park, and a nature center with live animals and exhibits!

  • US National Whitewater Center

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    (10 miles) Charlotte

    The ultimate outdoor adventure with 700 acres in Charlotte for whitewater rafting, kayaking and ropes courses, to relaxing with live music and food!

  • Carolina Raptor Center

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    (10 miles) Huntersville

    Stroll along the nature trail for a self-guided tour, observe raptors in their aviaries, watch a presentation of live raptors and chat with our Wild Wings Educators about your favorite bird of prey.

  • Carowinds

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    (10 miles) Charlotte

    Massive water and theme park for the family with something for children of all ages - great North Carolina adventures to be had!

  • SEA LIFE Charlotte Concord Aquarium

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    (12 miles) Concord

    SEA LIFE unmasked at the new 26,000-square-foot indoor aquarium at Concord Mills! With over 5,000 creatures, 20 interactive exhibits and educational talks and feedings there is always more to "sea" ...

  • Bricks 4 Kidz

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    (12 miles) Charlotte

    Open play for kids aged 3 to 12yrs, LEGO bricks, after school fun and robots - sounds like a fun indoor play experience for kids in North Carolina!

  • NASCAR Speedpark

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    (12 miles) Concord

    5 Exciting Tracks - NASCAR Reactor Simulators - Miniature Golf - Kiddie Rides - Indoor Rock Climbing Wall ; Kids Play Area - Speed Bumpers Bumper Boats - Lazer Tag Arena, Arcade. NASCAR Retail Store

  • Discovery Place KIDS

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    (13 miles) Huntersville

    Fun exhibits themed around a small town which let kids play, learn and build confidence all in the one fun Discovery Place KIDS in North Carolina!

  • Lowes Motor Speedway

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    (13 miles) Concord

    Home to some great NARCAR races and other more kid friendly Crash Car races throughout the year (check schedule)

  • Romp n Roll

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    (13 miles) Harrisburg

    Romp n' Roll is a fun way for kids to stretch their minds and their bodies, as well as develop their imagination through creative movement and gym programs.

  • Clay Escape Paint Your Own Pottery

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    (14 miles) Fort Mill

    Bring the family for some wholesome fun - with more than 700 different bisque items and no hourly fees. No appointment needed. Open every day. Kids Camps offered. Great for baby or bridal showers, ...

  • Schiele Museum of Natural History

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    (18 miles) Gastonia

    Indoor and outdoor installations in all mediums and sizes help coalesce to form an indelible impression of the region's natural history and cultural development.

  • Settlemyre Planetarium

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    (19 miles) Rock Hill

    The Settlemyre Planetarium, located at the Museum of York County, uses a sophisticated star projector and a domed ceiling to recreate the night sky at any time of the year. Using this projector and ...

  • Reed Gold Mine

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    (22 miles) Midland

    History and GOLD at this site that was the FIRST documented location where gold was discovered in the USA!

  • Kannapolis Recreation Park

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    (25 miles) Kannapolis

    A fun recreation park with swimming, water slides, kiddie pools and mini golf. Cool family fun in West Virginia.

  • The Lazy 5 Ranch

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    (28 miles) Mooresville

    A privately owned exotic animal drive thru park that offers a 3.5 mile safari with over 750 animals from six different continents!

  • Tiger World

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    (30 miles) Rockwell

    Tiger World is a nonprofit animal conservation and educational center dedicated to rescue, rehabilitation, and preservation of exotic animals. We are open to the public for educational guided tours ...

  • Lake Norman State Park

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    (31 miles) Troutman

    At Lake Norman State Park, fun is just a matter of scale. On one hand, there's the largest manmade lake in the state, Lake Norman.

  • Zootastic Park

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    (32 miles) Troutman

    An educational zoo with a great selection of well cared for mammals, birds and reptiles in comfortable habitats - an animal adventure in North Carolina!

  • Bounce City

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    (37 miles) Salisbury

    Fun indoor play for kids up to 13 years, with inflatables, parties, toys and safe playtime fun! Great North Carolina fun

  • Iredell Museum Kids At Play

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    (39 miles) Statesville

    Offers 1700 sq. ft. play space featuring interactive exhibits, programmes, events and classes based around science and creativity. Plus dress up days, storytelling, arts and crafts and demonstrations.

  • The N.C Transportation Museum

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    (40 miles) Spencer

    57 family friendly acres of transportation history at the North Carolina Transportation Museum - fun and educational!

  • Dan Nicholas Park

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    (40 miles) Salisbury

    Come for the wildlife park, stay for the aquarium, the mini golf, the boats, the petting barn, the gem mine - a beautiful park in North Carolina for the whole family!

  • Morrow Mountain State Park

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    (43 miles) Albemarle

    Enjoy the gifts of nature surrounded by the remnants of a once mighty range of peaks. Upon first encounter, the Uwharrie Mountains may seem like a mountainous mirage. These steep, rugged hills ...

  • Catawba Science Center

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    (45 miles) Hickory

    Science made fun at this kids museum in Hickory, with interactive exhibits, amazing aquariums and even a planetarium!

  • Boones Cave Park

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    (45 miles) Lexington

    Explore the cave and hiking trails spotting wildlife and flowers, visit a 170ft tall tree, plus fish, swim, canoe or kayak.

  • South Mountains State Park

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    (51 miles) Connelly Springs

    Nestled deep in the woods, South Mountains State Park is the perfect place to enjoy nature. Here you can see a majestic mountain range peeking out from the gently rolling landscape of the piedmont.

  • Tanglewood Park

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    (59 miles) Clemmons

    An amazing county park with a fishing lake, gardens, BMX race course, trails, riding stables, a golf course, and MORE!

  • South Carolina Railroad Museum Inc

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    (63 miles) Winnsboro

    Come spend an afternoon at the South Carolina Railroad Museum. There's something for everyone! Come see freight cars, passenger cars, and even a real steam engine on display. And best of all, you can ...

  • Discovery Place KIDS Rockingham

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    (64 miles) Rockingham

    Incredible discoveries for kids with interactive exhibits and hands-on activities to teach kids as they play, in North Carolina!

  • North Carolina Zoo

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    (67 miles) Asheboro

    Kids and the family can experience wildlife from two different continents on 500 acres of exhibits carefully constructed to resemble natural habitats! Animal-tastic North Carolina fun!