Things to do in EMERALD ISLE with kids

Lighthouses, battleships, wildlife, thrilling roller coasters, pirates…and ghosts? Seem like a place your kids will love? Best get to North Carolina pretty quickly then!

This incredible state has SO much to do for kids…here’s why!  How about climbing aboard the historic Battleship USS North Carolina? Kids can experience true history (AND search for those ghosts at the same time!).  There is farm fun with places like Winterpast Farm and Hill Ridge Farms - or perhaps they want some of the BIGGER animals with North Carolina Zoo and the rehabilitative Aloha Safari Zoo.

The whole family can get their big thrills at Tweetsie Railroad or Ghost Town In The Sky (only for those brave outlaws) - oh yes, the pirates! North Carolina Maritime Museums can take kids back to the times of Blackbeard!

There are incredible gem fun with Gold City Gem Mine, and underground adventure at Linville Caverns, and even a swamp! Dismal Swamp State Park will introduce kids to this geological wonder.

We did tell you that North Carolina had great places to visit with kids…now the hard part. What to do first!

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  • Professor Hackers Lost Treasure Golf

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    (4 miles) Salter Path

    How about a ride on the mining train through caves, ancient ruins and under waterfalls to begin the adventure? The family will enjoy an active day of putting their way thru our exotic mini-golf ...

  • North Carolina Aquarium Pine Knoll Shores

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    (7 miles) Pine Knoll Shores

    From the mountains to the sea, this family aquarium will take you on an aquatic journey from the peaks to the Atlantic, with fascinating and educational programs and experiences for kids.

  • Hammocks Beach State Park

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    (11 miles) Swansboro

    Venture to Bear Island and reward yourself with vivid memories of one of the most unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic coast. Accessible only by passenger ferry or private boat, there's just one thing ...

  • Fort Macon State Park

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    (15 miles) Atlantic Beach

    Fort Macon offers public access to the surf, sun and sand of the Crystal Coast—as well as a historic landmark.

  • North Carolina Maritime Museum Beaufort

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    (16 miles) Beaufort

    Kids can get lost in the world of maritime heritage and shipwrecks, even learn how to fish or enjoy boatbuilding classes! Ahoy maties!

  • Jump in Jax

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    (24 miles) Jacksonville

    A fun indoor play center in Jacksonville for kids ages 1 -12, featuring a revolving series of inflatables including slides, obstacle courses, classic bouncers and more

  • North Carolina History Center

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    (30 miles) New Bern

    A fun and kid friendly revolutionized museum experience, with portable interactive devices to accompany the displays and a virtual time machine trip to the 1800s!

  • Lynwood Park Zoo

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    (32 miles) Jacksonville

    10 acres of animal fun in North Carolina, with over 80 exhibits filled with animals from all over the world! Family zoo fun in Jacksonville!

  • Blackbeards Lair

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    (38 miles) Surf City

    An 18-hole miniature golf course, playground, arcade and snack bar. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in North Carolina

  • Bear Layne Build A Stuffed Animal

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    (40 miles) Trenton

    Kids will get a hands on experience stuffing their own animal by hand and then enjoying picking out clothing, sounds, and accessories!

  • Day At The Farm

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    (40 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

  • Hullabaloo

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    (46 miles) Hampstead

    Hullabaloo is the Hampstead area's only indoor playspace for kids, with plenty of places to have fun, get active and use that imagination!

  • Goose Creek State Park

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    (55 miles) Washington

    Giant, old oaks draped in Spanish moss welcome you to this special world where broad, lazy Goose Creek joins the Pamlico River.

  • Jungle Rapids Family Funpark

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    (61 miles) Wilmington

    Grand Prix Go-Karts - Alien Invader Laser Tag - Kids Jungle - The Rock Climbing Wall - Jungle Golf - Waterpark

  • Air U Greenville Indoor Trampoline Park

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    (63 miles) Winterville

    Indoor trampoline fun in Winterville, North Carolina with wall to wall trampolines for active kids, as well as dodgeball, tournaments and birthdays!

  • Cape Fear Riverboats

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    (64 miles) Wilmington

    Come aboard the The Henrietta III, one of North Carolina's largest riverboats, offering public lunch, dinner and sightseeing cruises from April through December and private event charters throughout ...

  • Childrens Museum of Wilmington

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    (65 miles) Wilmington

    Features include teddy bear hospital, under the sea area, arts zone, grocery store roleplay, imagination circus and a lot more. Aimed at 10s and under.

  • Battleship USS North Carolina

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    (65 miles) Wilmington

    Self-guided tours around this authentically resorted USS North Carolina warship - families: to your battle stations!

  • Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

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    (66 miles) Seven Springs

    At the turn of the century visitors flocked to the area. They drank mineral water from local springs to cure their ills and they took riverboat excursions to the cliffs. Things have changed since ...

  • Ctrl Shift Escape Rooms

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    (66 miles) Winterville

    Real life adventure in these escape rooms, where you have to solve puzzles and find clues in order to complete the game and escape!

  • Atomic Laser Dome

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    (66 miles) Greenville

    Indoor laser tag for those over 5 years, with inflatables, laser maze and arcade! Great fun for active kids in Greenville!

  • Captain Jack's Mini Golf

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    (68 miles) Greenville

    Indoor swashbuckling fun with 18 holes of fun mini golf, and free popcorn with every game!

  • Greenville Museum Of Art

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    (69 miles) Greenville

    Fascinating art collections and exhibits in this Greenville Art Museum, for those creative, art loving families

  • Go Science

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    (69 miles) Greenville

    A great museum for kids where they can learn about the STEM subjects through interactive exhibits and programs, to encourage, inspire and motivate!

  • Carolina Beach Family Campground

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    (69 miles) Wilmington

    !!Year round RV park just minutes from Pleasure Island, with tent and motorhome spots, as well as a swimming pool!

  • Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

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    (74 miles) Kure Beach

    Enjoy a leisurely day at the ocean shore. Comb the beach for sea stars, keyhole urchins and whelk shells. Or, simply lie back on the sand and enjoy the aerial acrobatics of seagulls, terns and brown ...

  • North Carolina Aquarium Fort Fisher

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    (74 miles) Kure Beach

    An underwater adventure for the whole family where they can journey along "The Waters of Cape Fear" and even touch sharks!

  • Singletary Lake State Park

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    (80 miles) Kelly

    Bring your group to Singletary Lake State Park and enjoy group camping in a land of mysterious origins. A portion of the unique Carolina bay ecosystem found nowhere else in the world, Singletary Lake ...

  • North Carolina Maritime Museum Southport

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    (80 miles) Southport

    Introduce kids to the story of the region of Southport and Cape Fear - the people and their relationship to the water. A fascinating insight into the maritime history of North Carolina, and the tales ...

  • Sampson County History Museum

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    (81 miles) Clinton

    A historic museum in North Carolina where you can search through your own life, and your place in history!

  • Pettigrew State Park

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    (83 miles) Creswell

    With more than 1,300 acres of land around Lake Phelps and more than 3,000 acres along the Scuppernong River, with an additional 16,600 acres of water, Pettigrew State Park is an ideal blend of ...

  • Frisco Native American Museum

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    (84 miles) Frisco

    Housed in a building with a 100 years of history, the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center contains a nationally recognized collection of Native American artifacts, exhibits, and ...

  • Frisco Mini Golf And Go Karts

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    (87 miles) Frisco

    Mini golf fun in North Carolina with an 18-hole championship course, as well as go karts, games room and even arcade!

  • Putt Putt White Lake

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    (87 miles) Elizabethtown

    A fun putt putt golf course for the whole family in Elizabethtown, North Carolina!

  • Hubbs Corn Maze

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    (89 miles) Clinton

    Family farm fun in North Carolina, with activities for all! From mazes, jumping pillows, animals, and pumpkins during the falls festival, to other seasonal activities too!