101 Things To Do With Kids In Charlotte, North Carolina

As local Charlotte residents that have raised not only our family here but some grandkids, we have the perfect list of things to do with the family in the Charlotte area. My own personal list of over 100 family activities!

  1. Discovery Place Science: Interactive science exhibits perfect for children of all ages.
  2. Carowinds: An amusement park that straddles the border between North and South Carolina.
  3. ImaginOn: A children’s library and theater that hosts numerous family-friendly events.
  4. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium: An interactive aquarium offering underwater experiences.
  5. Ray’s Splash Planet: A water park with lots of fun features.
  6. Freedom Park: Outdoor playgrounds, paddle boating, and family-friendly hiking trails.
  7. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte: Performances tailored specifically for younger audiences.
  8. Charlotte Nature Museum: Hands-on nature exhibits including a butterfly pavilion.
  9. U.S. National Whitewater Center: Opportunities for rafting, zip-lining, and ropes courses.
  10. Zootastic Park: A smaller zoo with interactive animal encounters.
  11. Adventure Landing: Mini-golf, go-karts, and arcade games.
  12. Carolina Raptor Center: A rehabilitation center for birds of prey with interactive exhibits.
  13. Latta Plantation: A historic site with farm animals and nature trails.
  14. Charlotte Hornets Game: Enjoy an NBA game with the whole family.
  15. NASCAR Hall of Fame: For racing fans, a fun and interactive museum.
  16. Carolina Aviation Museum: Explore aviation history including the “Miracle on the Hudson” plane.
  17. Lazy 5 Ranch: A drive-through animal park with opportunities to feed animals.
  18. Sky Zone Trampoline Park: Indoor trampoline fun for all ages.
  19. Frankie’s Fun Park: An entertainment complex with games, rides, and attractions.
  20. Inner Peaks Climbing Center: Indoor rock climbing for beginners and experts alike.
  21. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Explore beautiful gardens and take part in children’s activities.
  22. Carolina History and Haunts: Ghost tours suitable for older kids.
  23. Charlotte Symphony: Family-friendly symphony performances.
  24. UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens: Explore the outdoors and enjoy a peaceful day in nature.
  25. Carolina Panthers Game: Take the family to a local NFL game.
  26. Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center: Indoor swimming and diving facilities.
  27. BounceU of Charlotte: An indoor bounce house paradise for kids.
  28. TreeRunner Adventure Park: Outdoor climbing and adventure courses.
  29. Billy Graham Library: Educational exhibits on the life of Billy Graham.
  30. The Speedpark at Concord Mills: Go-karts, ice skating, and miniature golf.
  31. Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve: Outdoor exploration and nature trails.
  32. Charlotte Roller Girls Game: Family-friendly roller derby action.
  33. Pineville Ice House: Ice skating fun for all ages.
  34. Great Wolf Lodge Water Park: Indoor water park with slides and attractions.
  35. Carolina Harbor Waterpark: Located at Carowinds, a seasonal water park.
  36. StrikeCity: Bowling alley with kid-friendly lanes.
  37. McDowell Nature Preserve: Camping and hiking with family-friendly trails.
  38. Rural Hill: Historical site with family events and farm animals.
  39. Funtasticks Charlotte: Family fun center with mini-golf and games.
  40. The Pit Indoor Kart Racing: Indoor go-kart racing for older kids and teens.
  41. The Golf Club at Ballantyne: Golfing options with youth programs.
  42. Victory Lane Karting: Indoor go-kart racing and entertainment complex.
  43. The Schiele Museum of Natural History: Located nearby in Gastonia, great for science lovers.
  44. Charlotte Ballet: Seasonal ballet performances, including family-friendly shows.
  45. Cherokee Historical Museum: Learn about Native American history in the region.
  46. Romp n’ Roll North Charlotte: Gymnastics and play space for toddlers and young children.
  47. Thomas Polk Park: Historical park with educational markers.
  48. SouthPark Mall: Shopping and family dining options, including kid-friendly restaurants.
  49. Carolina Renaissance Festival: Seasonal festival with costumes, jousting, and more.
  50. Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics: Swimming and fitness activities for the whole family.
  51. Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts: Children’s theater performances.
  52. The Little Gym of Charlotte: Gymnastics and fun physical activities for kids.
  53. The Charlotte Museum of History: Historical exhibits and activities for children.
  54. Extreme Ice Center: Ice skating and hockey opportunities.
  55. Mint Museum Randolph/Uptown: Art museum with family-friendly programs.
  56. Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte: Live performances suitable for older children and teens.
  57. Charlotte Comedy Theater: Family-friendly comedy shows.
  58. Bojangles’ Coliseum: Venue for family-friendly events, concerts, and shows.
  59. Squirrel Lake Park: Fishing, playgrounds, and picnicking.
  60. Carolina Place Mall: Family shopping and entertainment center.
  61. Topgolf Charlotte: High-tech driving range and lounge with kid-friendly options.
  62. Carolinas Aviation Museum: Learn about the history of flight and aviation.
  63. Wing Haven Gardens: Beautiful gardens to explore with children.
  64. Hornets Nest Park: Outdoor recreation with playgrounds, tennis, and picnicking.
  65. Charlotte Motor Speedway: Motorsports entertainment and tours.
  66. Laser Quest: Indoor laser tag suitable for older children and teens.
  67. The Charlotte Rail Trail: Outdoor trail suitable for biking and walking.
  68. Cordelia Park Pool: Outdoor swimming with a splash pad.
  69. Discovery Place Kids: A smaller, kid-focused version of Discovery Place.
  70. Latta Park: Picnicking, playgrounds, and a splash pad.
  71. Wells Fargo History Museum: Banking history exhibits with interactive displays.
  72. Historic Rosedale Plantation: Explore historical plantation life.
  73. PNC Music Pavilion: Venue for family-friendly concerts and events.
  74. Metalmorphosis: A fascinating outdoor sculpture to explore.
  75. Romare Bearden Park: Outdoor park with modern design and a splash pad.
  76. Winter Wonderland at SouthPark: Seasonal ice skating and holiday events.
  77. Levine Museum of the New South: History museum with interactive exhibits.
  78. Carolinas Medical Center Helipad: Helicopter observation for older kids.
  79. Monkey Joe’s: Indoor inflatables and arcade for young children.
  80. Little Sugar Creek Greenway: Scenic trails for hiking and biking.
  81. Winget Park: Outdoor recreation with sports fields and playgrounds.
  82. Piedmont Social House: Bowling, games, and family dining.
  83. Reedy Creek Park and Nature Center: Outdoor exploration and picnicking.
  84. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: Family-friendly brewery with tours and outdoor space.
  85. EpiCentre: Shopping and dining complex with entertainment options.
  86. K1 Speed: Indoor go-karting for all ages.
  87. Tuck Fest at U.S. National Whitewater Center: Annual outdoor festival with music and activities.
  88. Charlotte Christmas Village: Seasonal holiday market and events.
  89. Myers Park: Enjoy outdoor activities and beautiful surroundings.
  90. Abari Game Bar: Arcade games suitable for older kids and teens.
  91. Jetton Park: Lakefront park with beaches and picnicking.
  92. The Comedy Zone: Comedy shows suitable for older kids and teens.
  93. President James K. Polk Historic Site: Learn about the 11th President of the U.S.
  94. Hodges Family Farm: Seasonal activities like pumpkin patches and Christmas trees.
  95. Wells Fargo Playhouse: Children’s theater with interactive performances.
  96. Stumptown Park: Playground and outdoor recreation.
  97. Catawba Brewing Company: Family-friendly brewery with outdoor space.
  98. UNC Charlotte Meteorology Program: Weather education and interactive activities.
  99. Altitude Trampoline Park: Indoor trampoline fun for all ages.
  100. Village Park: Miniature golf, paddle boating, and a carousel.
  101. Big Air Trampoline Park: Indoor trampoline park with activities for all ages.

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