15 Fun Things To Do in Charlotte with Kids + One that Was Incredible!

We took a visit to Charlotte, North Carolina on our Southern Coast road trip, it was one of our favorite stops on our journey. Charlotte draw in thousands of people every year who go to the city to see the NASCAR Hall of Fame. What many people don’t know is that Charlotte boasts a wide variety of exciting activities for any kind of family or individual. Come with us as we explore one of North America’s top cities: Charlotte, NC. Here are the tops things to do with kids in charlotte!

15 Fun Things To Do in Charlotte with Kids + One that Was Incredible!

fun things to do in charlotte with kids

Things to Do in North Carolina with Thrill-Seeking Kids


NASCAR Hall of Fame

The NASCAR Museum is the perfect place for racing fans to explore a plethora of interactive exhibits, including racing simulators, racing artifacts, and a one-of-a-kind theater with in-car feeds from some of the world’s top drivers. This 150,00 square-foot Hall of Fame museum has created an enduring tribute to the icons and legends of NASCAR, and it is a must-see for anyone traveling to the city. 


Carowinds - things to do in charlotte

Carowinds is one of the top amusement parks in the state of North Carolina. It has an array of thrilling and family-friendly rides, including the Giga Coaster, the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster. Carowinds even has a water park for those who visit during the summer and need a place to cool off. Pre-buy tickets here!

U.S. National Whitewater Center  – Our Favorite Experience

things to do in charlotte with kids

The U.S. National Whitewater Center was our favorite place to visit in charlotte. The white water rafting was incredibly fun, you can choose between the level of rapids you want to experience.

This is the perfect place for thrill-seeking families to experience fun in the outdoors. From whitewater rafting to ziplining to stand-up-paddleboarding and free-falling from a giant tree and beyond.  There are 1,300 acres of outdoor space to play on. When you’re all done, you can kick back and listen to local music at the River Jam concert series. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind experience! 

If you are not into an adventure the place is simply beautiful and a great place to take a walk, you can even bring your dog. 

Ropes Course

Things to Do in Charlotte with Kids to Learn a Thing or Two

Discovery Place Science 

things to do with kids in charlotte

Discovery Place is Charlotte’s top science museum. It is a kid-friendly space with tons of interactive exhibits that deal with a wide range of sciences, such as earth science, physics, and biology. From conducting lab experiments to catching an educational film at the massive IMAX theater, it is a day of learning that your little ones will be sure to love! Learn more about it here!

Sea Life Aquarium

For those who love to explore the ocean, the Sea Life Aquarium is a must-visit. Here you can find behind-the-scenes tours to find out how the team looks after all of the animals and cares for the exhibit, as well as the interactive touch pool experience, where families can get close with hermit crabs, sea stars, and urchins! Buy tickets here.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

No matter what time of year you visit Charlotte, make sure to experience the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Here you can find spectacular gardens and fountains spread across 380 acres near the banks of Lake Wylie. Whether you want to experience the beauty of nature with your family or provide a romantic experience for you and a loved one, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a top choice!

Discovery Place Nature – Walk Among the Free-Flying Butterflies

At Discovery Place Nature, you can enter into the light-filled atrium and surround yourself with thousands of butterflies from Monarchs to Swallowtails and beyond. See butterflies in their different stages of development and watch them up-close in their active habitat. Check it out!

Things to Do in Charlotte for Kids of All Ages

Great Wolf Lodge 


If you’re looking to spend your vacation at the top resort in Charlotte, make sure to book a room at the Great Wolf Lodge. Here you can find an array of experiences for the whole family to enjoy. There are kid-friendly activities, such as the huge indoor waterpark and interactive games, as well as adult-friendly activities, such as the long list of dining options and four temperature-controlled pools. Book with ease here!

Sky Zone Charlotte 

While trampoline parks might be popular now, it all began with Sky Zone in Charlotte, NC. As the world’s first indoor trampoline park, this place provides pure joy in the form of exercise. From thrill seekers to fitness, you and your family will have hours of endless fun jumping around on these massive trampolines. If you’re really feeling confident, you can try your hand at backflipping into the 10,000-cube foam pit! 

Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop

Pikes soda shop

Nothing provides pure joy and nostalgia quite like an old fashioned soda shop. Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop has a friendly and comfortable spirit, much like classic American diners all over the country. It is a wonderful place to grab some ice cream with the family or take your loved one on a casual date.

Pan For Gold At Reed Gold Mine 

Feeling lucky? Take your family on over to Reed Gold Mine, the place of the first-documented gold finds in the United States. Book a tour and learn about the rich history of gold mining that spread throughout this country. We also recommend trying your luck at panning for gold so you can see what it was like to be a gold miner over a century ago. You may even strike it rich yourself!

Grab a Loaf Of Bread and Treat The Ducks to Lunch at Freedom Park’s Famous Duck Pond

Freedom Park is a wonderful 98-acre park with tons of room to picnic, as well as features like batting cages, concession stands, walking trails, playgrounds, and more. It’s the perfect thing to do with kids if you are looking to take a break during your Charlotte visit. We recommend heading on over to the famous duck pond with a loaf of bread and feeding the ducks for an hour. There is truly no better way to relax!

Sporting Events in Charlotte to Take the Kids To

Tour Bank Of America Stadium or Catch a Football Game

Bank of America Stadium

 If you decide to hit Charlotte in the fall, you can catch a Carolina Panthers game at Bank of America Stadium. Even if you don’t make it during the fall, you can tour the stadium in one of their many walk-up style tours or private and group tours.

Catch a Charlotte Hornets Basketball Game

 For basketball fans out there, a trip to Charlotte, NC isn’t truly complete without catching a Hornets Basketball Game. Make sure to keep up with their schedule and ticketing here so that you can plan your trip around one of the games.


As one of the top 20 largest cities in North America, there are about a thousand things that you could do in Charlotte, North Carolina with kids. From the variety of museums to the outdoor adventures to the wonderful culinary scene, no family will feel unsatisfied.

We hope that this list has inspired you to visit Charlotte, North Carolina and try something unique!


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