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It’s that time of year again, when kids are preparing for lazy summer days, and parents are desperately looking for activities to keep them busy and occupied. As it turns out, there’s plenty to keep you and your young ones busy here in Charlotte. The Tennessean points out some fun family activities in Charlotte, N.C. – both indoors and out.
U.S. National Whitewater Center
For those seeking some adventure, the U.S. National Whitewater Center offers something for everyone. The 500-acre center is located along the Catawba River which includes both woods and water courses. While the center offers some of “the most aggressive lines our whitewater has to offer,” we recommend that families stick with the Family Rafting course, which allows children eight and older to participate.
If you want to skip the water, the center also offers a rock climbing wall, hike and bike trails, and a canopy tour (which includes airborne walkways, tightropes, and a zip line at the end).
Great Wolf Lodge
The Tennessean describes Great Wolf Lodge as a “hunting lodge that’s morphed into something part hotel, part Disneyland,” and once you see the place, you’ll understand. The lobby features a fake log cabin surrounded by pine trees, while a massive indoor-outdoor waterpark welcome eager kids. Every night animatronic woodland creatures put on musical performances for groups of children.
Located in Concord, it’s an ideal place to stay when you plan your visit to the nearby U.S. National Whitewater Center.
Mac’s Speed Shop
Round out your getaway (or staycation, if you live in the area), with a meal at Mac’s Speed Shop. Dubbed the best barbeque in the area, Mac’s has earned a number of awards and has been featured in the Washington Post and on the Travel Channel.
Here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi, we want to know: what are your favorite family-friendly activities in Charlotte, N.C.? Tell us in the comments!