Things to do in NEWTON 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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  • Catawba Science Center

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    (8 miles) Hickory

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

  • Lake Norman State Park

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    (18 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.

  • South Mountains State Park

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    (21 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.

  • Zootastic Park

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    (23 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!

  • Iredell Museum Kids At Play

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    (24 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.

  • Carolina Raptor Center

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    (28 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.

  • Schiele Museum of Natural History

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    (28 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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    (28 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!

  • US National Whitewater Center

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    (29 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!

  • The Lazy 5 Ranch

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    (30 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!

  • NASCAR Speedpark

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    (35 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

  • SEA LIFE Charlotte Concord Aquarium

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    (35 miles) Concord

    Explore the wonders of the ocean with this 26,000-square-foot indoor aquarium with over 5,000 creatures, 20 interactive exhibits and educational talks!

  • Rays Splash Planet

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    (36 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 ...

  • Discovery Place

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    (37 miles) 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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    (37 miles) Charlotte

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

  • Lowes Motor Speedway

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    (38 miles) Concord

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

  • Lake James State Park

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    (38 miles) Nebo

    Tucked away in rolling hills at the base of Linville Gorge is Lake James, a 6,510-acre lake with more than 150 miles of shoreline. This impressive waterway is the centerpiece of Lake James State ...

  • Yogi Bears Jellystone Park NC

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    (38 miles) Marion

    Great amenities, family fun activities, crafts, and one very loveable bear make Jellystone Park in Marion, North Carolina a fun place to be! Either to camp or just for the day!

  • Kannapolis Recreation Park

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    (39 miles) Kannapolis

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

  • Charlotte Nature Museum

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    (39 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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    (40 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!

  • Romp n Roll

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    (41 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.

  • Carowinds

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    (41 miles) Charlotte

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

  • Tweetsie Railroad

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    (42 miles) Blowing Rock

    Tweetsie Railroad is one of North Carolina's premium theme park with a Wild West and rail theme - with TONS of kids and family fun for your day out!

  • Linville Caverns

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    (43 miles) Marion

    Explore North Carolinas ONLY show cavern with guided tours. A great family day out for all ages in the wonder of nature!

  • Tiger World

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    (43 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 ...

  • Clay Escape Paint Your Own Pottery

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    (43 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, ...

  • Bear Den Campground

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    (44 miles) Spruce Pine

    Go camping in the NC Mountains! 400 amazing mountaintop acres, adjoining the Blue Ridge Parkway, make Bear Den a pretty awesome vacation spot!

  • Bounce City

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    (44 miles) Salisbury

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

  • Settlemyre Planetarium

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    (45 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 ...

  • 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.

  • The N.C Transportation Museum

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    (46 miles) Spencer

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

  • Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine

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    (47 miles) Spruce Pine

    Have a GEM of a family day out in North Carolina's Gem Mountain attraction - with gam mining and mining tours!

  • Bricks 4 Kidz

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    (48 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!

  • Mountain Stream RV Park

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    (50 miles) Marion

    Surrounded by gorgeous mountain scenery, this family RV park is great to get out into the beautiful nature, with following streams and shady RV sites.