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Things to do in Asheville, NC 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 this amazing state had great places to visit with kids…now the hard part. What to do first!

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 wonderful area, while on board one of Gray Line’s no....

Perfect fun for the whole family. Indoor and outdoor climbing in Downtown Asheville and on the real rocks in the surrounding national forest. Fun for ALL and no experience needed. Don't let the kids make you feel like you are climbing the walls, .....

Explore Biltmore Estate - George Vanderbilt's 8,000 acre property nestled in Asheville, NC - the LARGEST private home in the USA!

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 60 species of animals including river otters, blac....

Great kids fun with mini golf, climbing wall, soft play, batting cages, laser tag, go-karts, mini bowling, and more!

One of the most beautiful natural settings in the United States - also offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages. Stop by the Information Desk at the Baker Exhibit Center to pick up a brochure listing this month's educational program....

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

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

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.

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

Chimney Rock Park offers the best of the mountains in one place-spectacular 75-mile views, hiking trails for all ages, a 404-foot waterfall and more!

A fun children's museum in Hendersonville featuring hands-on indoor play in roleplay setting including theatre, music room, arts and crafts, & more!

Explore the historic Bon Ami Mine with authentic mining equipment, mine for gemstones in our fresh water flume, watch artisans cut and mount jewelry, and then picnic in our indoor or outdoor picnic areas.

Wheels Through Time Museum is home to rare American motorcycles, memorabilia, and unique “one-off” American automobiles.

A unique amusement park in North Carolina great for the family! With staged gunfights, shows, live music, food, and rides fit for the youngest buckaroo to the bravest outlaw!

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

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!

Lake James is a 6,812-acre lake with more than 150 miles of shoreline within Lake James State Park, with swimming, trails & more

Nestled deep in the woods, South Mountains State Park is one of North Carolina's most rugged areas, perfect for hiking, mountain bikers and camping

Upward of 200,000 passengers enjoy the scenery each year aboard the excursion trains. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is truly spectacular with 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges.

Gem mining and gold panning fun for the whole family in North Carolina - a ROCK solid family day out idea!

Come play a mile up! At 5,506 feet our town has many fun things to do! Come try out our free sledding hill, go ice skating, snow tubing, try skiing or snowboarding, or enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate. No matter what season, Beech Mountain has....

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!

Elk Knob State Park is one of the newest additions to the North Carolina state parks system, and offers hiking, snow sports and camping!

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

A fascinating natural history museum in North Carolina with historic settler exhibits, dinosaurs, Planetarium, wildlife & more!

The ultimate outdoor adventure with 700 acres in Charlotte for whitewater rafting, kayaking and ropes courses, to relaxing with live music and food!

At Lake Norman State Park, enjoy the largest manmade lake in North Carolina, with biking, hiking and swimming!

One of the best fun things to do in Charlotte with kids.Stroll along the nature trail for a self-guided tour, & observe raptors galore at this Carolina Raptor Center.

An educational zoo with a great selection of well cared for mammals, birds and reptiles in comfortable habitats - an animal adventure in North Carolina!

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!

One of the best family Amusement Parks in Charlotte for a great fun day out with your kids.Massive water and theme park for the family with something for children of all ages.

One of the top things to do in Charlotte with toddlers.Ray's Splash Planet is unlike anything in the Carolinas, with a one of a kind waterpark filled with water fun.

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!

Nearly every type of outdoor activity is found near Stone Mountain, including camping, hiking, fishing and more!

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

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

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!

4 exciting outdoor karting tracks, with a host of other family fun including mini golf, spider web, fun slide and bungee jump!

Over 700 protected acres of nature and forest, with hiking trails, Reedy Creek Park, and a nature center with live animals and exhibits!

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

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.

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

Tiger World is a nonprofit animal conservation & educational center dedicated to rescue of exotic animals. Self-guided & guided tours available

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

Explore the cave and 100 acres filled with hiking trails and wildlife, plus fishing, swimming, canoeing or kayaking!

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

History and GOLD at this site that was the FIRST documented location where gold was discovered in the USA!

An amazing county park with a fishing lake, gardens, BMX race course, trails, riding stables, a golf course, and MORE!

Come for the wildlife park, stay for the aquarium, the mini golf, the boats, the petting barn, the gem mine - a beautiful park in North Carolina for the whole family!

Pilot Mountain State Park is a popular North Carolina family day out with rock climbing, canoeing and camping

Great canvas painting classes and walk in sessions where you can re-create a masterpiece of your very own!

Kaleideum North offers 25,000 sq ft of interactive science fun for kids, with a Planetarium, camps, programs & more!

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

Interactive fun for kids at Kaleideum Downtown with hands-on exhibits covering art, theater, role play, nursery rhymes and more!

Learn about the historic town of Salem through, and experience history right before your eyes in this historical museum attraction!

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

Hiking, camping, paddling, fishing and swimming are just some of the adventures waiting at Morrow Mountain State Park!

Hanging Rock State Park offers over 20 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, swimming, mountain biking and more!

Explore the fascinating historic home from 1880, with 22 rooms and original furniture, taking you back to life over a century ago!

Perfect for kids over 10 years, Psycho 60 Escape Rooms has 3 room options where you have 60 minutes to solve puzzles and escape!

See and experience a REAL butterfly farm close up in North Carolina!

Make environmental education fun for children and adults of all ages. We have 11 miles of hiking trails on 376 acres

During Maize Adventure kids ages 4 and up love to pan for gems at our Gem Dig, ride the cow trains, jump on our two giant jumping pillows, ride out tram rides, and hop on our rodeo horses and pick out a pumpkin. The corn maze is a great family activ....

The Wright Stuff is a great place for parents that like aviation and want something truly different to do with their kids - flight simulation AND you can learn about the Wright Brothers!

Celebration Station Greensboro is family fun for all with mini golf, batting cakes, bumper boats and more!

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

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

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

A fun day out for the family in Greensboro with an accredited science museum including Herpetarium; zoological park, petting zoo & aquarium!

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!

A hands-on and interactive children's museum in Greensboro for kids aged up to 10 years!

Incredible discoveries for kids with interactive exhibits and hands-on activities to teach kids as they play, in North Carolina!

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.

The Sandhills region consists of nearly one million acres in south-central North Carolina. In the midst of this sandy terrain—famous for golf courses, peach orchards and horse farms is Weymouth Woods, an 898-acre natural preserve.

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 tours - from wolves, tigers and lions!

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

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 treasure on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus!

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 spraying your face, the boat motor ahead roaring.

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