Fun Things to do in Charlotte, NC with Kids

Charlotte, NC is the ultimate family destination. Amusement parks, museums and outdoor adventures abound in the Queen City. Check out these fantastic attractions and restaurants that families will love!

Where to Play: Things to do in Charlotte, NC

NASCAR Hall of Fame
You don’t have to be a die-hard NASCAR fan to have a great time at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Whether you are reliving the history of NASCAR in the High Octane Theater or swapping tires in the pit, there is something for every member of the family here.

Fun things to do in Charlotte NC with kids - NASCAR Hall of Fame
See classic race cars at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The spectacular 338-acre amusement park Carowinds is a thrilling way to spend a day in Charlotte. Their most popular attractions include Planet Snoopy (perfect for the little ones), Carolina Harbor Waterpark and the Intimidator. (Yes it’s just as intimidating as its name implies!)

Discovery Place
Science museums don’t get much better than Discovery Place. Step into a world where science is brought to life through interactive, groundbreaking exhibits, explosive experiments and the larger than life IMAX dome!

Fun things to do in Charlotte NC with kids - Discovery Place
Children will love the hands-on science experiments at Discovery Place, one of the fun things to do in Charlotte, NC with kids.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
Explore Charlotte’s natural side at this 380-acre plant sanctuary. Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens allows guest to connect with their natural side all year long. It was recently named as USA TODAY’s best place to “Welcome fall with a flourish.”  With sparkling fountains, nature walks and a tropical conservatory, this garden has something for all ages and is a definite “must see” attraction in Charlotte.

Children’s Theater of Charlotte
This little theater, located inside the ImaginOn Children’s Library in Downtown Charlotte, has become one of the leading theater and education organization for kids in the entire country.  The Children’s Theater of Charlotte offers over 250,000 (no that’s not a typo!) experiences for children and families throughout the year with entertaining productions and countless education programs for young people. This is something not to be missed when visiting Charlotte!

Carolinas Aviation Museum
The Carolinas Aviation Museum mission is to tell the stories of the people who shaped our aviation heritage, so they can inspire future generations to write aviation’s next chapter. The museum is home to the US Airways Miracle on the Hudson plane as well as numerous other military and civilian aircraft.

Tip: There is no air conditioning or heat in the the hanger, so dress accordingly!

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Visit the Carolinas Aviation Museum to enjoy learning about the history of flight.

Sea Life Aquarium
Transport your family to the underwater world of Sea Life Aquarium. Guests will love the 180° ocean tunnel that immerses you in an ocean habitat where sharks, rays and fish swim above and around you. Kids will enjoy the touch tank and numerous educational talks and demonstrations given throughout the day.

National White Water Center
Seeking a little adventure on your trip to Charlotte? The National White Water Center offers white water rafting, kayaking, ziplines, mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding and more at their 1,100 acre nature center. You are sure to have a thrilling time here!

Ray’s Splash Planet
At this unique indoor waterpark, kids can splash in a lazy river, water playground and giant water slide. Residents love to visit Ray’s Splash Planet all year long, but it’s especially popular during the winter months when all outdoor pools are closed. If your kids love to play in the water, definitely add this to your list!

Where to Eat: Family Restaurants in Charlotte, NC

Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop
Its name says it all, Pike’s is truly an old-fashioned ice cream shop. With their nostalgic décor, welcoming staff and delicious banana splits, Pike’s is the place to go for an incredible dining experience in Charlotte.

Restaurants in Charlotte NC - Pike's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop
Don’t miss the delicious desserts at Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop in Charlotte, NC.

Nan and Byron’s
This stylish eatery boasts upscale American cuisine and some of the best burgers in Charlotte. Complimentary popcorn and a simple menu make Nan and Byron’s a great place for families to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.

Big View Diner
This fun retro diner is designed to make you feel right home. Great value and great food made with all natural ingredients keeps families coming back to the Big View Diner time and time again.

Craving some good old fashioned southern comfort food? Head straight to Dish where they serve up all the southern fixings in an environment reminiscent of your grandmother’s kitchen. Menu favorites include fried green tomatoes and the chicken and dumplings.

Where to Stay: Charlotte, NC Hotels

Hilton Charlotte City Center
Conveniently located, Hilton Charlotte City Center offers easy access to many downtown attractions, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame. There is also a LYNX light rail stop just outside the hotel offering you a convenient way to get around the beautiful city of Charlotte.

Hilton Charlotte University Place
Hilton Charlotte University Place offers a tranquil lakeside escape near UNC Charlotte and the area’s best shopping and dining destinations.

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This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Jordyn C. Are you interested in traveling to Charlotte? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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