Things to do in HILLSBOROUGH 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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  • Eno River State Park

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    (5 miles) Durham

    Minutes from Durham, Hillsborough, and Chapel Hill the Eno River State Park offers secluded wilderness trails with the serenity of a clear river drifting and cascading over a rocky stream bed.

  • The Craft Room

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    (11 miles) Durham

    The Craft Room provides a place for kids and parents of all ages to come and get creative by painting, and decorating a fun craft item provided by the Craft Room.

  • Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

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    (11 miles) Chapel Hill

    Morehead offers multimedia star shows, interactive exhibits, live science demonstrations, and a variety of classes, lectures, camps, and other special events year-round. Explore this North Carolina ...

  • Museum of Life and Science

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    (12 miles) Durham

    A world-class science center, interactive inside and out, you’ll find hundreds of state-of-the art, hands-on exhibits. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do ...

  • Historic Stagville

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    (15 miles) Durham

    Head back in time in North Carolina to one of the largest plantations of the pre-Civil War! An incredible glimpse of the past for kids

  • Music Explorium

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    (16 miles) Durham

    Creating hands-on rhythm events for fun, education and community building. Lots of drums and creative hand percussion, fun and instructional experience, which will aid participants in creating a ...

  • Childrens Museum of Alamance County

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    (17 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.

  • Conservators Center

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    (18 miles) 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 ...

  • Frankies of Raleigh

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    (20 miles) Raleigh

    Frankies of Raleigh serves up Great Rides, Great Food and Great Times. Go-Karts, Miniature Golf, Bumper Boats, Amusement Rides, Laser Tag, Batting Cages and an awesome Arcade are part of a mix of ...

  • Dead Broke Farm

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    (22 miles) Raleigh

    A beautiful farm that rescues horses and nurses them back to health, as well as offering kids and adults alike trail rides, pony rides, camping trips or riding lessons.

  • William B Umstead State Park

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    (23 miles) Raleigh

    Tucked between the growing cities of Raleigh, Cary, Durham and the corporate world of Research Triangle Park is an oasis of tranquility, a peaceful haven William B. Umstead State Park.

  • Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

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    (23 miles) Apex

    Imagine relaxing in a cove, listening to the sounds of water rippling. Then, you feel a firm tug on your fishing line. It's going to be a big one! Picture the surface of the lake glistening, water ...

  • Falls Lake State Recreation Area

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    (24 miles) Wake Forest

    Hours of relaxation await you at Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Just moments away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Falls Lake is a great way to escape urban life.

  • Winterpast Farm

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    (25 miles) Wake Forest

    A family farm experience for the family, with sweet animal encounters on 10 beautiful acres in North Carolina. With tubing, camp outs and bonfires too!

  • Cary Creative Center

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    (26 miles) Cary

    A unique and inspirational business educating people of all ages on the creative reuse of discarded materials. Programmes, classes and events weekly throughout the year watching out for.

  • Monkey Joes

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    (27 miles) Raleigh

    Bring your kids to Monkey Joes fun-filled inflatable play center! Wall-to-wall inflatable slides, jumps, and obstacle courses will keep your kids active, happy, and healthy.

  • Triangle Aquatic Center

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    (28 miles) Cary

    Parents and children participate in several guided practice sessions that help children learn elementary skills, including water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating, underwater ...

  • Coconut Charlies Bump N Bounce

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    (28 miles) Raleigh

    Super fun inflatables in Raleigh where kids can enjoy open play all day, celebrate birthdays, or visit the Toddler Room!

  • Jellybeans Super Skate Center of Cary

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    (29 miles) Raleigh

    Family owned and operated skating rink. Enjoy the best in-line/roller skating in the Raleigh/Cary area. Quality maple hardwood skate surface and the best sound and light show around. We play clean ...

  • Touchstone Farm

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    (30 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

  • Raleigh Little Theatre

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    (31 miles) Raleigh

    Raleigh Little Theatre is a community theater that produces 11 full productions annually and maintains a comprehensive youth and adult theater education programs.

  • Pullen Park

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    (31 miles) Raleigh

    So much more than a park! There's an indoor swimming pool, boats, rides, playground...great for the active kids!

  • Crowder District Park

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    (32 miles) Apex

    33 acres of park fun in North Carolina, with playgrounds, sports, walking trails and a pond! Great kids fun!

  • Jellybeans Skate Center

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    (32 miles) Raleigh

    Skating fun with a maple hardwood skate surface, snack bar, exciting video games, and a fun redemption center full of prizes and novelties. There is Fun for all!

  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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    (32 miles) Raleigh

    Lots of hands-on exhibits, highlights include the world's most complete Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur; Willo, the only dinosaur discovered with a fossilized heart. One of the many fun family places to ...

  • Marbles Kids Museum

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    (33 miles) Raleigh

    Imaginative and creative learning through play at this Raleigh children's museum, complete with interactive exhibits and an IMAX movies!

  • KidZ in a Minute

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    (33 miles) Raleigh

    “KidZ in a Minute” is a drop-in child care center with the reliability you require for children ages 12 months-12 to come explore, discover, and play.

  • The Factory

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    (33 miles) Wake Forest

    A truly special and exciting place in North Carolina where all your sporting, shopping and entertainment needs are all in the one fun spot! There will always be something for the whole family making ...

  • Adventure Landing

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    (33 miles) Raleigh

    Active kids can drive, blast and dance their way around this fun family attraction in Raleigh, with batting cages, laser tag, and golf...just to name a few!

  • United Skates Raleigh

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    (33 miles) Raleigh

    United Skates prides itself on operating a CLEAN, FUN, FRIENDLY & SAFE facility on a daily basis and provides first class family entertainment. Come be the first to experience it! United Skates will ...

  • Raleigh IcePlex

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    (33 miles) Raleigh

    Year-Round Ice Skating FUN!Raleigh IcePlex is North Carolinas ONLY Olympic Size Sheet of Ice. Cool ventures for kids: Hockey, Ice Skating, Dance, Arts and Crafts, Inside Gym Area, Game Area, ...

  • Historic Yates Mill County Park

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    (33 miles) Raleigh

    A historic day out in Raleigh with experiences and exhibits that preserve the history of the agricultural heritage - all in 174 acres of wildlife refuge!

  • Hill Ridge Farms

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    (37 miles) Youngsville

    Farm fun for the WHOLE family in North Carolina! With trail rides, a HUGE jumping pillow, gem stone panning, and of course - sweet farm animals!

  • Greensboro Childrens Museum

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    (38 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. ...

  • Danville Science Center

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    (39 miles) Danville

    Danville Science Center delights all ages with its hands-on exhibits and special programs that make science fun for everyone. Friendly staff and volunteers stand ready to encourage you to explore ...