Zoos in Charlotte

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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.
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 opportunity to view over 750 animals from six diff...
Tiger World
(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 and walkabout self-guided tours in Rockwell, NC. (O...
Zootastic Park
(1)
(32 Miles)
Troutman
An educational zoo with a great selection of well cared for mammals, birds and reptiles in comfortable habitats for close up study and enjoyment.
North Carolina Zoo
(1)
(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
Wellford
Home to over 500 animals, many of which roam freely inside large natural enclosures or on man-made islands. Try not to miss the Outback Safari where you are driven through 80 acres of free-roaming animals - some of which will eat right out your hand!
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 from 7:30 am until dusk; public programs and educati...
Riverbanks Zoo
(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!
Greenville Zoo
(91 Miles)
Greenville
Where a world of wildlife can be experienced in one day!
Asheville
The WNC Nature Center is Asheville's Zoo and Wildlife Park! Providing a one-of-a-kind adventure where guests can experience animals & plants native to the Southern Appalachian region. Featuring over 60 species of animals including river otters, blac...
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 in the enclosures and some free roaming breeds as we...
Ridgeway
Amazing Interactive Animal Experience! All tours by appointment so you can touch & hold the animals! Petting Ranch Critters like you have never had in your life! Come visit exotic and domestic animals! Cuddle a Mountain Coatimundi! Kiss a Potbelly P...
Burlington
A beautiful non-profit organisation that rescues, preserves and educates about threatened species. The Conservators Center welcomes families to experience these beautiful creatures through pre-booked tours - from wolves, tigers and lions!
Max Meadows
Fort Chiswell Animal Park is a free-range zoo located on 45 acres just off Exit 80 on I-81/I-77. The zoo is home to animals from six continents and has become a favorite destination for families, schools, churches, and group travel tours due to the h...
Touchstone Farm
(133 Miles)
Temple
For animal loving kids, Touchstone Farm in New Hampshire makes a fun day out where they can spend time with horses, as well as other farm animals
Waccatee Zoo
(149 Miles)
Myrtle Beach
located within 500 acres of private, carefully preserved, wooded property. Along winding trails, beneath shady trees you'll find over 100 species of animals, all treated like family. This zoo receives no state or government funding, just lots of T....
Mill Mountain Zoo
(1)
(150 Miles)
Roanoke
is home to more than 175 animals including mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates, including 21 vulnerable species! The Zoo offers year round educational and recreational opportunities.
Ripleys Aquarium
(153 Miles)
Myrtle Beach
A $40 million, state-of-the-art, 87,000 square-foot aquarium experience, located at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It is South Carolina's most visited attraction, where guests are entertained by some of the world's most beauti...
Gatlinburg
Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies is literally teaming with life – our 10,000 exotic sea creatures comprise more than 350 individual species.
North Myrtle Beach
Live shows and feedings are also popular with visitors at this incredible facility, along with the many other animals housed there including literally hundreds of gators who can be up to 13ft in length and weigh 600lbs
Sevierville
Located in the heart of the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, near both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, this all indoor RainForest Zoo is open year round. Meet some of the most amazing live animals you have ever seen! Featuring over 400 live anima...
Bear Hollow Zoo
(170 Miles)
Athens
A well kept and popular place for families to come and see Georgia’s native wildlife including many varieties of bears, deer, possums, turtles, otters, hawks, eagles and bobcats. They have a See and Touch session on Sundays for younger children.
Awendaw
Offering a unique insight into the lives and spectacular abilities of more than 40 species of birds of prey, including eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, kites, and vultures. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with ...
Charleston
You'll find the aquatic habitats of the state from rushing mountain streams through rivers, lakes and the saltmarsh, to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, encounters with river otters, snakes, turtles, birds, fish and sharks delight gue...
Cleveland
Family Friendly zoo with over 400 animals including Georgia's premier petting zoo with over 100 breeds of rare and miniature livestock. Join us for baby animals being born. take a ride on the camel encounter wagon. Join us for pony rides, guided Wi...
Knoxville Zoo
(179 Miles)
Knoxville
Let’s go to the ZOO! Experience wildlife up close at Knoxville’s largest attraction as you come face to face with more than 800 of the Earth’s most fascinating animals.
Natural Bridge
Home of the most complete collection of exotic zoo animals and birds in the state, a breeding and rescue zoo for rare and endangered species. Pet and hug many occupants!
Its a ZOO Life
(182 Miles)
Pinetops
If you're traveling into Pinetops North Carolina on Hwy 111 South, and just so happen to catch a glimpse of what looks like a zebra or even a few miniature animals, you're not seeing things, and your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. That was a zebr...
Natural Bridge
Virginia Safari park is Virginia's only Drive-Thru Zoo. A great place to visit to get up close and personal to some of the amazing animals.
Edisto Island
You can view beautiful reptiles in both the indoor and outdoor facilities. Alligators and turtles swim and play in large outdoor ponds in the outdoor gardens, while other reptiles bask in the large indoor solarium.
Kure Beach
An underwater adventure for the whole family where they can journey along "The Waters of Cape Fear" and even touch sharks!
Day At The Farm
(199 Miles)
Cove City
Hayrides, animal feeding, nature trail, guided tours , ice cream parlour, maze and picnic areas. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in North Carolina
Carowinds
(10 Miles)
Charlotte
Massive water and theme park for the family with something for children of all ages.
Blowing Rock
Tweetsie Railroad is one of North Carolina's premium theme park with a Wild West and rail theme.
Maggie Valley
Ghost Town offers rides fit for the youngest buckaroo to the bravest outlaw. Ghost Town also features staged gunfights, live music and shows, crafts, food and lots more fun.
Raleigh
Featuring Miniature Golf, Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Batting Cages and Mega Arcade! With over 100 interactive arcade and ticket redemption games, you're sure to have a great time in our mega-arcade. You can drive, blast, and dance your way to a great time...
Family Kingdom
(154 Miles)
Myrtle Beach
Features more than 30 rides including a thrilling wooden roller coaster and South Carolina's largest ferris wheel with one-of-a-kind views of the ocean. Splash down on our Log Flume, freefall 110 feet in our Slingshot Drop Zone, bounce a bit on our b...
Dollywood
(156 Miles)
Pigeon Forge
Unique as its namesake Dolly Parton, Dollywood theme park is a one-of-a-kind Smoky Mountain Family Adventure! Spanning 125 acres and nestled in the lush foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, near Gatlinburg, Dollywood is ...
Natural Bridge
At the Haunted Monster Museum you will experience Professor Cline's work displayed haunted house style. Visitor's say it's Bizarre and unique, like Scooby Doo meets the Twilight Zone. Here we showcase the very best of this type of fun family entertai...
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 do with kids in North Carolina
Kannapolis
Swimming, waterslides, disc and miniature golf, volleyball and playground
Duncan
2 flume slides, kiddie lagoon with loads of play features, plus lazy river and larger leisure pool for bigger kids with rustic pirate ship and water cannons.
Greensboro
With over 36 rides and attractions, there's something for everyone from mild to wild, tots to seniors and wet to dry.
Greenville
Slides include 2 bodies, 1 tube and a tadpole slide for smaller folk, with other features including a zero entry leisure pool and interactive splash pad.
Simpsonville
Featuring body and tube slides, flowrider, lazy river and a large children's splash pad play zone.
Fantasy Lake
(2)
(107 Miles)
Hope Mills
Tarzan and Trapeze Swings - Master Blaster Slides - Banana Slides - Fantasy Land for Kids + loads more and cafe
Jonesborough
Offers an interactive kids' leisure pool with loads of fun features and a zero depth wading area for babies, plus lazy river and 3 flume slides at 80, 100 and 200 feet high!
Dublin
Water purifying system - No More red eyes, green hair, itchy skin or faded swim suits. 8 Lane Lap Pool, Walk in access to water, Heated Water, 38 ft. long Water Slide, Spray Toys and Water Drops, Water Basketball, Shaded swimming and sitting area in...
White Lake
Cool family water fun with lots of water activities to spend the day in, including pools, slides, a lazy river and for something different, even indy karting!
Myrtle Beach
South Carolina's largest water park, presents 20 acres of swerves, curves, waves and chutes and more than one million gallons of water.

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1

Romp n Roll

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Iredell Museum Kids At Play

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Schiele Museum of Natural History

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4

Lake Norman State Park

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5

Morrow Mountain State Park

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Carowinds

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Lowes Motor Speedway

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NASCAR Speedpark

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Thursday Night Flights

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Kannapolis Recreation Park

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Fun places to visit in Charlotte with kids

There are so many fun places to go with kids in North Carolina - great zoos and aquariums, museums, theme parks, water parks and swimming pools, places to visit outdoors (many of which are cheap or free), historical places of interest, activities and indoor play centres for toddlers as well as the usual family tourist attractions - take a look above, lots of the best things to do with children in NC