National Parks / Natural World in North Carolina
Get those walking shoes on kids, and those sense of adventures, because we're ready to explore the amazing great outdoors that North Carolina has to offer!
Whether it's a casual day in the park, or taking on the trails of the state parks, there are so many things to do with kids out in nature, so let's get exploring!
How about those state park? The state is full of them, and each bring their own unique features and adventures.
You might want to visit Lake Waccamaw State Park that and explore one of the most unique bodies of water in the world! Perhaps it's the paddling, fishing and swimming in Morrow Mountain State Park that calls to you?
Love rock climbing? Great! Head to state parks such as Pilot Mountain to challenge yourself, or enjoy snow sports at Elk Knob State Park.
Let's not forget about the many parks where you can enjoy a range of sports, the sand dunes, the arboretums, the mountains, or the ocean shore. The great outdoors is ready to be explored, and it's waiting for YOU!
Scenic meadows, serene fishing spots, and stunning hiking are all found in Medoc Mountain State Park
Over 700 protected acres of nature and forest, with hiking trails, Reedy Creek Park, and a nature center with live animals and exhibits!
Minutes from Durham, Eno River State Park offers secluded wilderness trails with forests, historic sites and wildlife
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.
Enjoy a leisurely day at the ocean shore. Comb the beach for sea stars, keyhole urchins and whelk shells. Or, simply lie back on the sand and enjoy the aerial acrobatics of seagulls, terns and brown pelicans as they soar above the waves.
Giant, old oaks draped in Spanish moss welcome you to this special world where broad, lazy Goose Creek joins the Pamlico River.
Venture to Bear Island and reward yourself with vivid memories of one of the most unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic coast. Accessible only by passenger ferry or private boat, there's just one thing at Hammocks Beach that's crowded the list of things ....
Hanging Rock State Park offers over 20 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, swimming, mountain biking and more!
North Carolina's Jones Lake State Park offers swimming, hiking, fishing, boating and more! Rentals available too!
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.
Set a course for Kerr Lake State Recreation Area to enjoy sailing, fishing, water skiing and camping. This 50,000 acre, man-made lake is a haven for water sports enthusiasts and landlubbers alike. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're ....
Lake James is a 6,812-acre lake with more than 150 miles of shoreline within Lake James State Park, with swimming, trails & more
At Lake Norman State Park, enjoy the largest manmade lake in North Carolina, with biking, hiking and swimming!
A visit to Lake Waccamaw State Park unveils one of the most unique bodies of water in the world and one of the greatest geological mysteries
Lumber River State Park is a canoeing and kayaking dream, possible via two access areas, Princess Ann and Chalk Banks.
Hiking, camping, paddling, fishing and swimming are just some of the adventures waiting at Morrow Mountain State Park!
Pilot Mountain State Park is a popular North Carolina family day out with rock climbing, canoeing and camping
Spend some time at Raven Rock State Park and let nature refresh your spirit, a frequent destination for hikers with camping and fishing
A historic and wild experience for the family at this lush swamp filled with wildlife, hiking trails, and kayaking. An incredibly North Carolina wonder!
With more than 1,300 acres of land around Lake Phelps and more than 3,000 acres along the Scuppernong River, with an additional 16,600 acres of water, Pettigrew State Park is an ideal blend of nature, history and recreation.
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
Nearly every type of outdoor activity is found near Stone Mountain, including camping, hiking, fishing and more!
Singletary Lake State Park is popular for group camping and outings, with hiking open to the public
Tucked between the growing cities of Raleigh, Cary, Durham is an oasis of tranquility, a peaceful haven William B. Umstead State Park.
Explore the cave and 100 acres filled with hiking trails and wildlife, plus fishing, swimming, canoeing or kayaking!
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!
33 acres of park fun in North Carolina, with playgrounds, sports, walking trails and a pond! Great kids fun!
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....
See the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic coast at this amazing North Carolina State Park!
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....
Beautiful gardens, butterflies, and landscape plants in this FREE entry arboretum in Raleigh!
Elk Knob State Park is one of the newest additions to the North Carolina state parks system, and offers hiking, snow sports and camping!
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!
An amazing county park with a fishing lake, gardens, BMX race course, trails, riding stables, a golf course, and MORE!
An 11 acre swimming lake, hiking trails and camping all available at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
An underwater adventure for the whole family where they can journey along "The Waters of Cape Fear" and even touch sharks!
A beautiful rescue zoo in North Carolina currently caring for over 300 exotic creatures, including aviary, reptile room and extensive habitats.
A fun day out for the family in Greensboro with an accredited science museum including Herpetarium; zoological park, petting zoo & aquarium!
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 underwater adventure with native North Carolina creatures. Kids can enjoy this underwater adventure on Roanoke Island, with the largest shark collection in the state!
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!
An educational zoo with a great selection of well cared for mammals, birds and reptiles in comfortable habitats - an animal adventure in North Carolina!
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!
Tiger World is a nonprofit animal conservation & educational center dedicated to rescue of exotic animals. Self-guided & guided tours available
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!
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....
A privately owned exotic animal drive thru park that offers a 3.5 mile safari with over 750 animals from six different continents!
Beautiful white sand beaches and water park fun on a 6 acre man made lake. Great fun with the family in North Carolina!
A fun recreation park with swimming, water slides, kiddie pools and mini golf. Cool family fun in West Virginia.
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!
With over 36 rides & attractions, there's something for all at the LARGEST water park in the Carolina's!
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.
Water park fun and dry activities at this family fun park in Wilmington! With mini bowling, go-karts, jungle golf, rock climbing, laser tag, and water fun, it's great for those active kids!
Wheels Through Time Museum is home to rare American motorcycles, memorabilia, and unique “one-off” American automobiles.
Imaginative and creative learning through play at this Raleigh children's museum, complete with interactive exhibits and an IMAX movies!
A great museum for kids where they can learn about the STEM subjects through interactive exhibits and programs, to encourage, inspire and motivate!
Kids can enjoy fun through science and technology through dynamic hands-on science learning, plus some live exhibits at this North Carolina science museum!
A historic museum in North Carolina where you can search through your own life, and your place in history!
Kaleideum North offers 25,000 sq ft of interactive science fun for kids, with a Planetarium, camps, programs & more!
Fascinating art collections and exhibits in this Greenville Art Museum, for those creative, art loving families
57 family friendly acres of transportation history at the North Carolina Transportation Museum - fun and educational!
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!
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 hands-on and interactive children's museum in Greensboro for kids aged up to 10 years!
Learn about the historic town of Salem through, and experience history right before your eyes in this historical museum attraction!
A fun Wilmington kids museum featuring interactive exhibits for the under 10s, including teddy bear hospital, arts, roleplay & more!
A children's museum with fun & educational hands on exhibits and displays, plus Mini City where kids can enjoy equipped roleplay settings including deli, grocery & law court!
A fun children's museum in Hendersonville featuring hands-on indoor play in roleplay setting including theatre, music room, arts and crafts, & more!
A fascinating natural history museum in North Carolina with historic settler exhibits, dinosaurs, Planetarium, wildlife & more!
Decades of Duke University’s athletic achievements showcased with visual and audio exhibits, theatre and trophies of national championships.
Incredible discoveries for kids with interactive exhibits and hands-on activities to teach kids as they play, in North Carolina!
Science made fun at this kids museum in Hickory, with interactive exhibits, amazing aquariums and even a planetarium!
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!
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.
Interactive fun for kids at Kaleideum Downtown with hands-on exhibits covering art, theater, role play, nursery rhymes and more!
Housed in a building with a 100 years of history, Frisco Native American Museum features Native American artifacts, exhibits, & natural history displays.
84-acres of fun, with a two-story interactive science center, butterfly houses, over 60 species of live animals, & more in this adventurous museum!
Kids can get lost in the world of maritime heritage and shipwrecks, even learn how to fish or enjoy boatbuilding classes! Ahoy maties!
Introduce kids to the story of the region of Southport and Cape Fear - the people and their relationship to the water. A fascinating insight into the maritime history of North Carolina, and the tales of wind, tides and ocean....
The most visited museum of North Carolina, with hands-on exhibits, dinosaurs, fossils, bugs, live animals, hidden gems & more!
Rocky Mount Children’s Museum & Science Center features a live animals, a Planetarium, & plenty of interactive fun for kids in science and arts!
Celebration Station Greensboro is family fun for all with mini golf, batting cakes, bumper boats and more!
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.
Get ready for 6,700 sq ft of indoor play fun, with play structures, wave slides, and obstacle bridges....and the list goes on! Playtime fun for kids in North Carolina!
Fun indoor play for kids up to 13 years, with inflatables, parties, toys and safe playtime fun! Great North Carolina fun
The place to go in Raleigh for jumping, bouncing, and sliding for kids under 12 years! A fun indoor inflatable play center packed with adventures, and FUN!
A fun indoor play center in Jacksonville for kids ages 1 -12, featuring a revolving series of inflatables including slides, obstacle courses, classic bouncers and more
Kids can play, imagine, climb and stay active at this fun and colorful indoor play center.
Hullabaloo is the Hampstead area's only indoor playspace for kids, with plenty of places to have fun, get active and use that imagination!
Fun inflatable activities for kids in Greensboro, from giant slides to obstacle courses, plus zip lines and Ballocity interactive zone! Great fun!
Indoor fun with inflatables, games, and birthday parties in Greensboro for those kids who love FUN! Parents can jump too!
Super fun inflatables in Raleigh where kids can enjoy open play all day, celebrate birthdays, or visit the Toddler Room!
Great fun for kids in Raleigh with batting cages, rides, bumper boats, racing tracks, laser tag, and SO much more!
Great kids fun with mini golf, climbing wall, soft play, batting cages, laser tag, go-karts, mini bowling, and more!
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 provide family friendly special events from toddler....
Indoor laser tag for those over 5 years, with inflatables, laser maze and arcade! Great fun for active kids in Greenville!
Kayak and paddleboard rental for those families who love adventure! Relaxing and nature filled day on the Tar River in Greenville!
A local escape room based in Apex, NC. Offering a real-live adventure game in which your team works together to solve puzzles and riddles to complete the objectives and win, this is a great group activity for families. You only have one hour, so eve....
Indoor rope courses, video arcades, sports facilities – Game Day Adventure & Arcade has it all for those active kids & families!
At 72,000 sq ft, Triangle Aquatic Center is one of the largest public aquatic spaces in North Carolina!
The ultimate outdoor adventure with 700 acres in Charlotte for whitewater rafting, kayaking and ropes courses, to relaxing with live music and food!
This scavenger hunt around Raleigh is the best family activity in town! Solve puzzles, uncover historical secrets, and capture wacky moments as you scavenge your way to the Raleigh hall of fame and scavenger hunt glory.
World class zipline tours and nature adventures in Fayetteville, perfect for active kids over 8 years who love adventure and that adrenaline rush!
Indoor mini golf in Fayetteville....but on the high seas! This pirate themed mini golf is also black light, which makes it more challenging!
Indoor trampoline fun in Winterville, North Carolina with wall to wall trampolines for active kids, as well as dodgeball, tournaments and birthdays!
4 exciting outdoor karting tracks, with a host of other family fun including mini golf, spider web, fun slide and bungee jump!
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, .....
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!
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.
Great canvas painting classes and walk in sessions where you can re-create a masterpiece of your very own!
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....
Take a tour of Winston-Salem in style with Triad ECO Adventures, with Segway Tours and paddle-board lessons!
Explore the workings of a real chocolate factory in downtown Winston-Salem, with self-guided tours or special behind the scenes tours!
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 the year. Cruise in comfort and style along the his....
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.
Have a GEM of a family day out in North Carolina's Gem Mountain attraction - with gam mining and mining tours!
Explore North Carolinas ONLY show cavern with guided tours. A great family day out for all ages in the wonder of nature!
Year-Round Ice Skating FUN in Raleigh with North Carolinas ONLY Olympic Size sheet of ice, with hockey, ice skating, game area and more!
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!
Family owned and operated skating rink, Jellybeans features a maple hardwood skate surface and the best sound and light show around!
Make environmental education fun for children and adults of all ages. We have 11 miles of hiking trails on 376 acres
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!
History and GOLD at this site that was the FIRST documented location where gold was discovered in the USA!
A FREE entry North Carolina historic home, farm, & factory buildings of Washington Duke and his family as they lived on the property from 1852 until 1874.
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.
Fort Macon offers public access to the surf, sun and sand of the Crystal Coast—as well as a historic landmark.
Explore Biltmore Estate - George Vanderbilt's 8,000 acre property nestled in Asheville, NC - the LARGEST private home in the USA!
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!
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!
A fun and kid friendly revolutionized museum experience, with portable interactive devices to accompany the displays and a virtual time machine trip to the 1800s!
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
Explore the fascinating historic home from 1880, with 22 rooms and original furniture, taking you back to life over a century ago!
Self-guided tours around this authentically resorted USS North Carolina warship - families: to your battle stations!
Free admission to the historic North Carolina reconstructed farmhouse Bennett Place, with walking trails too.
Family fun with children's theatre, a super fun library and revolving hands-on exhibitions. Great kids fun in Charlotte!
A Comedy Show on Wheels! A side-splitting odyssey to the city's favourite neighborhoods and landmarks spells quirky fun for both first-time visitors and long time residents.
Raleigh Little Theatre is a community theater that produces 11 full productions annually and maintains a comprehensive youth and adult theater education programs.
Fishing, families and fun....all at Jeannette's Pier on the beautiful North Carolina coast. A fun day for kids to explore the coast, the beaches and the ocean!
The 'get wet' family fun center Captain Blys Shipwreck Cove is fun for te entire family.
Mini golf fun in North Carolina with an 18-hole championship course, as well as go karts, games room and even arcade!
Home to some great NARCAR races and other more kid friendly Crash Car races throughout the year (check schedule)
Mini golf, go karts, bumper cars, arcades...great family fun in North Carolina with plenty to do for those active kids!
An 18-hole miniature golf course, playground, arcade and snack bar. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in North Carolina
How about a ride on the mining train through caves, ancient ruins and under waterfalls to begin the adventure? Enjoy an active day of putting your way thru this exotic mini-golf course.
Lazer tag, batting cages, and arcade and two 18 hole mini golf courses! Family fun in Fayetteville!
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!
Gem mining and gold panning fun for the whole family in North Carolina - a ROCK solid family day out idea!
Perfect for kids over 10 years, Psycho 60 Escape Rooms has 3 room options where you have 60 minutes to solve puzzles and escape!
So much more than a park! There's an indoor swimming pool, boats, rides, playground...great for the active kids!
Challenging fun for kids and families over 12 years, where you have to solve puzzles and riddles in order to escape the room you are locked in!
A fun putt putt golf course for the whole family in Elizabethtown, North Carolina!
Two challenging 18 hole mini golf courses for the whole family! With caves, waterfalls and mountains to overcome...great kids fun in North Carolina!
Real life adventure in these escape rooms, where you have to solve puzzles and find clues in order to complete the game and escape!
Indoor swashbuckling fun with 18 holes of fun mini golf, and free popcorn with every game!
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!
Kids will get a hands on experience stuffing their own animal by hand and then enjoying picking out clothing, sounds, and accessories!
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 this a super fun day out!
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.
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!
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....
See and experience a REAL butterfly farm close up in North Carolina!
Features a range of traditional play inspired activities including dry, water and snow slides; pedal cars for touring; laser tag; adventure jungle gym and more.
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.
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!
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.
Go camping in the NC Mountains! 400 amazing mountaintop acres, adjoining the Blue Ridge Parkway, make Bear Den a pretty awesome vacation spot!