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Fun things to do in charlotte

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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  • 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 ...

  • Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

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    (83 miles) Southern Pines

    The Sandhills region consists of nearly one million acres in south-central North Carolina. In the midst of this sandy terrain—famous for golf courses, peach orchards and horse farms is Weymouth ...

  • 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.

  • Discovery Place KIDS

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    (13 miles) Huntersville

    Provides extraordinary and rich play experiences that value imagination, fun and learning. With live animal exhibits, interactive galleries and so much more!

  • 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!

  • Childrens Museum of Alamance County

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    (100 miles) Graham

    A fun and interactive way for kids to exercise their curiosity and develop their incredible imaginations through exploration - and where kids and adults can create together.

  • Greensboro Childrens Museum

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    (83 miles) Greensboro

    A hands-on, interactive, and educational play place for children ages 0-10 years and their families. Visitors learn while they play, touch, explore and discover in a variety of "Our Town" exhibits. ...

  • Old Salem Museums and Gardens

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    (68 miles) Winston Salem

    Includes a museum on traditional and settler art, a large range of traditional activities with many being interactive, and a restored historic town populated with vintage characters at work. Plenty ...

  • Childrens Museum of Winston Salem

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    (69 miles) Winston Salem

    Galleries include multi level climbing zones, soft and hard construction area, kids' library, plus the Enchanted Forest which itself comprises over a dozen separate play stations associated with ...

  • The Natural Science Centre of Greensboro

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    (84 miles) Greensboro

    Combines an accredited science museum including Herpetarium; zoological park including petting zoo; 3D Omnisphere Theatre performances and an aquarium in development.

  • SciWorks

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    (73 miles) Winston Salem

    With a state-of-the-art Planetarium, 17 acre Environmental Park and 35,000 square feet of exhibits, learning about science is fun at SciWorks. Newest feature: Sportsology Exhibit.

  • AAF Tank Museum

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    (127 miles) Danville

    The Tank Museum has the most extensive collection of International Tank & Cavalry artifacts in the world! - 117 Tanks & Artillery pieces + lots more

  • Virginia Museum of Natural History

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    (115 miles) Martinsville

    Great Natural History Museum featuring that great family favourite - The Dinisour - check events for up to date info

  • Carowinds

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    (10 miles) Charlotte

    Massive water and theme park for the family with something for children of all ages.

  • Tweetsie Railroad

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    (79 miles) Blowing Rock

    Tweetsie Railroad is one of North Carolina's premium theme park with a Wild West and rail theme.

  • Rays Splash Planet

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    (1 miles) Charlotte

    Ray's Splash Planet is unlike anything in the Carolinas!! Ray's includes a one-of-a-kind water park with fun-filled features. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to ...

  • Kannapolis Recreation Park

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    (24 miles) Kannapolis

    Swimming, waterslides, disc and miniature golf, volleyball and playground

  • Wet n Wild Emerald Point

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    (78 miles) Greensboro

    With over 36 rides and attractions, there's something for everyone from mild to wild, tots to seniors and wet to dry.

  • Riverbanks Zoo

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    (85 miles) Columbia

    From elephants and koalas to penguins and sharks, formal gardens to natural woodlands, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden promises new discoveries around every corner!

  • Carolina Children's Garden

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    (75 miles) Columbia

    The Carolina Children's Garden is comprised of two acres of themed gardens designed to inspire creative play and to encourage families to garden together in their own communities. It is open daily ...

  • Aloha Safari Zoo

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    (98 miles) Cameron

    A rescue zoo currently caring for over 300 exotic creatures, including aviary, reptile room and extensive habitats. The Safari Ride element is a guided jaunt around the perimeter with plenty to see ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 through the gently sloping pasturelands of Piedmont, North Carolina. While visiting at the Lazy 5 Ranch you will have the ...

  • North Carolina Zoo

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    (66 miles) Asheboro

    Connect with wildlife from two different continents as you explore 500 acres of exhibits carefully constructed to resemble natural habitats. Walk from Africa

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