Things to do in North Carolina 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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  • Carowinds

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    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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    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!

  • Rays Splash Planet

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    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 ...

  • Wet n Wild Emerald Pointe

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    Greensboro

    With over 36 rides & attractions, there's something for all at the LARGEST water park in the Carolina's!

  • Kannapolis Recreation Park

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    Kannapolis

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

  • Fantasy Lake

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    Hope Mills

    Beautiful white sand beaches and water park fun on a 6 acre man made lake. Great fun with the family in North Carolina!

  • White Lake Water Park

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    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!

  • Carolina Raptor Center

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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.

  • North Carolina Aquarium Roanoke Island

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    Manteo

    An underwater adventure with native North Carolina creatures. Kids can enjoy this underwater adventure on Roanoke Island, with the largest shark collection in the state!

  • North Carolina Zoo

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    Asheboro

    Kids and the family can experience wildlife from two different continents on 500 acres of exhibits carefully constructed to resemble natural habitats! Animal-tastic North Carolina fun!

  • Western North Carolina Nature Center

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    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 ...

  • The Lazy 5 Ranch

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    Mooresville

    A privately owned exotic animal drive thru park that offers a 3.5 mile safari with over 750 animals from six different continents!

  • Day At The Farm

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    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

  • Winterpast Farm

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    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!

  • Zootastic Park

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    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!

  • Tiger World

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    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 ...

  • Aloha Safari Zoo

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    Cameron

    A beautiful rescue zoo in North Carolina currently caring for over 300 exotic creatures, including aviary, reptile room and extensive habitats.

  • North Carolina Aquarium Fort Fisher

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    Kure Beach

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

  • North Carolina Aquarium Pine Knoll Shores

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    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.

  • Conservators Center

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    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 ...

  • Lynwood Park Zoo

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    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!

  • Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville

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    Asheville

    Discover what Asheville’s has to offer on a Gray Line RED Trolley Tour! Locals and visitors alike are sure to enjoy the fully narrated journey, highlighting the history, homes, and hot-spots of the ...

  • Cape Fear Riverboats

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    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 ...

  • Triad ECO Adventures

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    Winston-Salem

    Take a tour of Winston-Salem in style with Triad ECO Adventures, with Segway Tours and paddle-board lessons!

  • Black Mountain Chocolate Factory

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    Winston-Salem

    Explore the workings of a real chocolate factory in downtown Winston-Salem, with self-guided tours or special behind the scenes tours!

  • All Stars Family Fun Center

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    Goldsboro

    Fun for the whole family is available at this amusement center that includes a scenic 36 hole miniature golf course, batting cages, and concession stands.

  • Ashevilles Fun Depot

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    Asheville

    Multi-level Laser Tag, 18 hole indoor mini-golf, a 24-foot climbing wall, soft play area, batting cages, and our newest attractions, multi-level outdoor go-cart track, indoor go-kart track, bumber ...

  • The Jumpin Monkey

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    Greenville

    Indoor play and party centre for the smaller party goer (7 and under)

  • Monkey Joes

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    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.

  • Romp n Roll

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    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.

  • Mountain Play Lodge

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    Arden

    Kids can play, imagine, climb and stay active at this fun and colorful indoor play center.

  • Bumper Jumpers Indoor Playground

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    Greensboro

    Indoor fun with inflatables, games, and birthday parties in Greensboro for those kids who love FUN! Parents can jump too!

  • Celebration Station

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    Greensboro

    Two mini golf courses, two go karting tracks, bumper boats with water cannons, batting cages and arcade.

  • Safari Nation

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    Greensboro

    Fun inflatable activities for kids in Greensboro, from giant slides to obstacle courses, plus zip lines and Ballocity interactive zone! Great fun!

  • KidZ in a Minute

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    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.