Charlotte, North Carolina, has some amazing activities and facilities for families. It’s also a vibrant, modern city with a good range of accommodation. You’ll find everything from boutique bed-and-breakfasts to business hotels in Charlotte that often have good deals in the weekends. Read on to find out about the top five things to do with kids in Charlotte.
Science Is Fun at Discovery Place
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There’s no excuse for a science museum to be boring, and Discovery Place is one of a new breed of museums specifically designed to inspire and educate children in a fun way. One of the best things about Discovery Place is that it caters to a wide age range, including parents.
There’s a whole room dedicated to small children, where they can pretend to be veterinarians or firefighters. For older children, the Body World and Life Cycle exhibits are very popular, and the miniature rain forest is lovely. There are many age-appropriate activities, so take your kids and be inspired!
Get Outside at the National Whitewater Center
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The U.S. National Whitewater Center is where the nation’s Olympic athletes train, but there’s also fun to be had for the whole family on over 1,100 acres of water and land. The rushing rapids offer a range of water sports, including whitewater rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and flatwater kayaking. On land you’ll find a high ropes course, zip-lines, a rock-climbing wall, and even a 25-mile mountain bike trail.
Adrenaline Rush at NASCAR
Charlotte is the home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which has interactive exhibits about the history and excitement of racing to entertain the whole family. There are a number of vehicles and trophies on display and some interesting films to watch. But it’s the driving simulator and the pit crew challenge that are the most fun for kids of all ages. Both activities are very lifelike, making this is a great rainy day trip, whether or not you love NASCAR.
Thrills and Fun at Carowinds
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Carowinds just happens to be one of the best theme parks in the Carolinas. Be awed by over 30 animatronic dinosaurs, hug your favourite Peanuts character at Planet Snoopy, and hit the water park when the weather is hot! The all-new Carolina Harbour water park has fantastic, clean water slides and a wave pool. For older kids, it’s all about the thrill rides. Carowinds has 13 terrifying rides to get you screaming. There are also plenty of family-friendly rides for younger kids, including the popular Rip Roarin’ Rapids.
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
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A theatre, a library, and an educational center rolled into one, ImaginOn is a unique family venue that brings stories to life and lets imaginations soar. The 102,000-square-foot learning centre opened in 2005 and includes the Story Lab, where children can explore storytelling techniques in multimedia workstations. The Hugh McColl Family Theatre and the smaller Wells Fargo Playhouse both host quality children’s theatre. There’s even a special library for teenagers and a video and animation studio. The centre is open to those under 19 years as well as adults accompanying children.
Pack up the family and enjoy a fun-filled break in Charlotte!