101 Family Day Trips from Charlotte | Kids Out and About Charlotte

101 Family Day Trips from Charlotte

 

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Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Charlotte. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Get Wild on a Hike

  Riverwalk Piedmont Medical Center Trail 
Crowders Mountain State Park
Lake Norman State Park
Kings Mountain State Park
Stone Mountain State Park
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area
Anne Springs Close Greenway

 

Time Travel Today

  Wells Fargo History Museum
Charlotte Museum of History
Rowan Museum 

Hickory Ridge Museum

Horn Creek Farm 
Fort Dobbs
President James K. Polk Historic Site

 

Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

Sliding Rock
Catawba Falls
Stone Mountain Falls
  Hickory Nut Falls 
Looking Glass Falls
Mingo Falls 

 

Splash Around the Swimming Hole

Huntfish Falls at Wilson Creek
Trash Can
Wintergreen
  Snake Pit
Midnight Hole

 

Spend the Day at a Museum

  Discovery Place Kids
Carolina's Aviation Museum 
The Mint Museum
Nascar Hall of Fame 
Discovery Place Science

 

Explore These Cities

  Asheville
Lexington
Winston-Salem 
Boone
Greenville, SC

 

All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Carolina's Aviation Museum
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Charlotte Motor Speedway 
Lynx 
Queens Landing Cruises
Great Smokie Mountain Scenic Railtoad

 

Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Hodges Farm
Riverbend Farm 
Red Wolf Farm 
Devine Farm 
Darby Acres Farm

 

Play Ball!

  Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hounds 
Carolina Panthers
Charlotte Checkers
Charlotte Knights

 

Treat Yo' Self

  Two Scoops Creamery 
Cabarrus Creamery
Jolly Rolls Ice Cream
Va da Vie Gelato 
King of Pops
Elizabeth Creamery
Pike's Old Fashioned Soda Shop
Golden Cow Creamery 
Mr.K's Soft Ice Cream

 

Connect with Nature

Fishing at Reedy Creek Park
U.S. National Whitewater Center 
  Lenux Stables and Riding Center 
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden 
Wing Haven
McGill Rose Garden
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve

 

Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Carowinds
  Great Wolf Lodge 
Frankie's Fun Park
Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe 
Land of Oz

 

Talk to the Animals

  Darby Acres Farm
Why Not An American Ark 
Lazy 5 Ranch 
Zootastic Park 
Tiger World
Cold Blooded Encounters Reptile Zoo
Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
Carolina Raptor Center
North Carolina Zoo

 

Explore the Globe Close to Home

  St. Patrick's Day Parade
Chinese New Year Festival 
Day of the Dead
Foreign Language League 

 

Get Active Indoors

  Big Air Trampoline Park
Inner Peak Climbing
Swimming at Harris YMCA
ExTreme Ice Center
Laser Quest
DefyGravity

 

Challenge Yourself

  Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Canaan Zipline Canopy Tour 
Escape Kings
Crazy Dash Digital Adventure

 

Shop Your Heart Out

  Park Road Books
Paper Skyscraper 
Rebel Base Comics and Toys 
Toys & Co 
Northlake Mall

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!


Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Charlotte. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away