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24 Things To Do With Kids in NC!

The Tar Heel State is a big place, and features plenty of kid-friendly activities from the coast, mountains, and Piedmont regions to the many attractions of the Great Smokey Mountains.

Here are 24 items to help narrow down your itinerary:


1. Head for the Giraffe Deck at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro south of Greensboro.

2. Catch a foul ball from the Asheville Tourists at McCormick Field in Asheville.

3. Take a basketry, weaving, or soap-making class at the John C. Campbell Folk School near Murphy.

4. Enjoy a family hike at Carolina Beach State Park on Pleasure Island.

5. Let the kids loose at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.

6. Don’t miss Science LIVE! at the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center in Chapel Hill.

NC Planetarium

Morehead Planetarium & Science Center

7. Take your little football fan to the Bank of America Stadium for a game with the NFL Carolina Panthers.

8. Spend a day at the “Thrill Capital of the Southeast” – otherwise known as the Carowinds amusement and waterpark.

9. Try whitewater rafting in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

10. Visit the Great Woodlands Adventure at Chimney Rock Park.

11. Explore the Magic Wings Butterfly House at the Museum of Life & Science in Durham.

12. Enjoy a stop at the world's "Largest and Busiest Military Complexes" – the 82nd Airborne Division Museum near Southern Pines.

13. Check out some baby birds at the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville.

14. Try bass fishing at Crowder's Mountain State Park in Kings Mountain south of Gastonia.

15. Have a sand castle contest at Kure Beach.

16. Enjoy a family ski trip to the Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley.

17. Stop at the quaint city of Mount Airy – otherwise known as Andy Griffith's Mayberry. Not that we expect any kids today to remember "The Andy Griffith Show," it’s still worth a visit.

NC Beach

Kure Beach

18. Get some shots of the massive exhibits at the Fields of the Wood Bible Park.

19. Pack a family picnic for your day at Lumber River State Park near Lumberton.

20. Rent some kayaks for the Yadkin River Canoe Trail at Pilot Mountain State Park.

21. Check out the Prehistoric North Carolina exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

22. Go swimming at Hammocks Beach State Park south of Swansboro.

23. Don’t miss Battleship North Carolina.

24. Gain some surfing skills with the WB Surf Camp or the Tony Silvagni Surf School on Wrightsville Beach.

Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Asheville Tunnel Road

501 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC 28805-1824
Phone: (828) 298-5562  |  Fax: (828) 298-5002  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Plus Cary Inn - NC State

1722 Walnut Street, Cary NC 27511-5931
Phone: (919) 481-1200  |  Fax: (919) 467-7535  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Gastonia

360 Best Western Ct, Gastonia NC 28054
Phone: (704) 868-2000  |  Fax: (704) 868-2000  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Plus Greensboro/Coliseum Area

2006 Veasley Street, Greensboro NC 27407-4638
Phone: (336) 294-9100  |  Fax: (336) 294-9100  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Plus Greensboro Airport Hotel

7800 National Service Road, Greensboro NC 27409-9667
Phone: (336) 454-0333  |  Fax: (336) 454-6694  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western Plus Huntersville Inn & Suites Near Lake Norman

13830 Statesville Road, Huntersville NC 28078-9040
Phone: (704) 875-7880  |  Fax: (704) 875-0277  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

7

Best Western Lumberton

201 Jackson Ct, Lumberton NC 28358-1103
Phone: (910) 618-9799  |  Fax: (910) 618-9057  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

8

Best Western Mountainbrook Inn

3811 Soco Road Route 19, Maggie Valley NC 28751-9506
Phone: (828) 926-3962  |  Fax: (828) 926-2947  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

9

Best Western Bryson Inn

125 Plaza Ln, Mount Airy NC 27030-9798
Phone: (336) 352-3400  |  Fax: (336) 352-6171  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

10

Best Western of Murphy

1522 Andrews Road, Murphy NC 28906-5113
Phone: (828) 837-3060  |  Fax: (828) 837-9326  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

11

Best Western Raleigh North-Downtown

2715 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh NC 27604-1509
Phone: (919) 872-5000  |  Fax: (919) 790-7741  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

12

Best Western Pinehurst Inn

1675 US Highway 1 S, Southern Pines NC 28387-7038
Phone: (910) 692-0640  |  Fax: (910) 692-9298  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

13

Best Western Plus Silver Creek Inn

801 Cedar Point Boulevard, Swansboro NC 28584-8015
Phone: (252) 393-9015  |  Fax: (252) 393-9098  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

14

Best Western Plus Coastline Inn

503 Nutt Street, Wilmington NC 28401-3339
Phone: (910) 763-2800  |  Fax: (910) 763-2785  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

15

Best Western Plus Wilmington/Carolina Beach

5600 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington NC 28412-2608
Phone: (910) 796-0770  |  Fax: (910) 796-0750  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

16

Best Western Plus Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach

5345 Market Street, Wilmington NC 28405-3505
Phone: (910) 799-4292  |  Fax: (910) 799-3994  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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    Explore the Tar Heel State with the whole family. Visit Carowinds amusement park, experience the history of NC, or check out Hammocks Beach along the coast.

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    Find hotels near cultural sites like the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Old Baldy Lighthouse, and Biltmore Estate.

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    Canoe your way down the Lumber River, set up a picnic on Hammocks Beach, or climb to the top of Crowders Mountain. Never a dull moment in NC's state parks.

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  • North Carolina Sports Teams

    North Carolina Sports Teams

    Across the Tar Heel state choose sporting action from the Panthers to the Hurricanes, or the Blue Devils to the Hammerheads.

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