14523 Carowinds Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28273
The “Thrill Capital of the Southeast,” Carowinds gives parkgoers world-class roller coasters, rides and live entertainment. Ride Thunder Road, the only roller coaster in the world that crosses over two states, or take a seat in the 262-foot-tall Carolina Skytower, which treats guests to panoramic views of the park and countryside. Trying to beat the summer heat? Cool off in Boomerang Bay — Carowind’s water park. Take your pick from tubing adventures, a 25,000-square-foot wave pool, a 1,000-foot lazy river or the 400,000-gallon Bondi Beach.
5320 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park is sure to please everyone in the family. Climb a rock wall, ride the grand prix go-karts, play a round of jungle golf or enjoy the water park. Or if you’d prefer, try your luck at arcade games or Alien Invasion laser tag.
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
1 Roosevelt Blvd.
Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512
View thousands of aquatic animals at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. River otters, sharks, a rare white sea turtle and raptors all call the aquarium home. A touch pool allows you to get up close and personal with sting rays. You can also view three exhibits that replicate famous North Carolina coast shipwrecks.
North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27205
Explore 500 acres of exhibits at the North Carolina Zoo. Located at the foot of the Uwharrie Mountains, the zoo is home to more than 1,600 animals. Exhibits focus on African and North American habitats.
Tweetsie Railroad Wild West Theme Park
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Ride a steam engine on a Wild West train adventure or pan for gold and gems. Tweetsie Railroad Wild West Theme Park has something for everyone: rides, games, a deer park habitat and live shows. Pick up a souvenir at the Western Mercantile and don’t forget to try the famous Tweetsie fudge.
Wet ’n Wild Emerald Pointe
3910 S. Holden Road
Greensboro, NC 27406
The largest water park in the Carolinas, Wet ’n Wild has more than 36 rides and attractions. Brave Daredevil Drop — is an extreme body slide that drops you down a 76-foot chute free-fall style. Or, if you’d prefer something a bit tamer, float down the Lazee River or relax in Leisure Lagoon. Be sure to visit the new Soak Zone, a half-acre of more than 35 different water features. With more than 3 million gallons of fun, you’re sure to have a great time.
North Carolina has no shortage of fun and exciting activities to entertain family members of all ages. Ride a roller coaster, sample regional fare at a festival or study exotic species from an aquatic world.