Occasionally it's wonderful to just enjoy a family day out in beautiful nature (and in North Carolina there are plenty of options!)
One of the most popular is Dan Nicholas Park, and when you visit you will see why! This beautiful park offers a thrilling and diverse day out for the kids - and the parents! There is a huge range of activities that you can all enjoy together, and best of all, there is no entry charge, so you only pay for the activities you want to enjoy!
Are you ready to hear why Dan Nicholas Park is so popular (and here's a hint - it's SO much more than a park!)
There is an aquarium where you can explore what really happens underneath those waters, and meet the creatures that live there. Kids can have a hands-on experience with the barnyard where there are cute domestic creatures to pat, and there is amusement fun with the carousel for that old fashioned fun!
Have you ever mined for gems? You can at the Dan Nicholas Park! You never know what you might find!
The whole family can have fun with the mini golf, and kids can learn all about the area at the Nature Center.
Love the water? Great! Head on over to the paddle-boats where you can head out and enjoy the park from another point of view, or those locomotive loving kids can head to the train station. Choo Choo!
Let's not forget all about the amazing wildlife that can be found with the Dan Nicholas Park too.
We told you this North Carolina wonder is SO much more than a park! What will you explore first?Suggest an edit
Free entry, but some attractions a small charge
Same as adult
The opening hours of the park gates (listed) are not the attraction hours. Some attractions are seasonal, and some have reduced hours so check before you go
If you want to extend your stay, why not camp within the park! Pets are allowed, and there are sites on the lake including pull thrus. They even have cabins too!
There is a concession located by the lake where there are refreshments and snacks.
Healthy Eating It's always a good idea to pack bottled water and snacks with you, so you can stay hydrated and energized!
Can you have a fishing permit? Yes - if you visit the concession near the lake. You will need one to fish
There are open spaces for wheelchairs, but speak to staff about specific attractions.
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8am/9am open. 5pm - 7pm close. Varies on month
All year round
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