There are so many amazing day trips you can take with your kids this summer.

Summer is almost here, and that means it’s time for North Carolina day trips!

As a mom, I’m always hunting for fun things to do with my kiddos during their break. Our state is a gold mine of adventures waiting to be had! Living smack dab in North Carolina means I can wake up and decide on a whim to hit the mountains or beach with zero planning needed.

This place is a treasure trove of diverse landscapes and attractions, perfect for families hungry for excitement and learning. From mind-blowing museums sparking little imaginations to heart-pounding amusement parks, there’s never a dull moment.

Whether you’re exploring Discovery Place Kids in Rockingham, cruising in paddle boats at Pullen Park, or diving into history on the Battleship North Carolina, you’re in for a blast. And let’s not forget the eye-opening lessons at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, wild times at the North Carolina Zoo, or the thrills at Carowinds.

These spots aren’t just about fun; they inspire curiosity, bravery, and joy in your kids, making every trip a learning adventure. Let’s take a look at some North Carolina day trips you can take with your kids this summer.

  • Discovery Place Kids Rockingham

    Rockingham Children’s Museum promises an adventure in fun and learning with interactive exhibits designed to stimulate young minds in a playful environment.

    Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville Children's Museum

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  • Pullen Park Raleigh

    An historic gem that blends the charm of old-fashioned amusement rides with modern outdoor activities, making it a delightful escape for families.

    Pullen Park

    A mask is strongly suggested when using our attractions. For our most up-to-date ride hours, please contact 919-996-6472. Tickets are required for each ride. They are available at the Pullen Park Welcome Center and online. Rides include a carousel, train, pedal boats, and kiddie boats. Tickets are $2.00 per person.

  • Battleship North Carolina - Wilmington

    In Wilmington, history comes to life in a profound tribute to WWII heroes, offering a deeply immersive and educational experience.

    Battleship North Carolina | Wilmington

    This National Historic Landmark proudly serves as her State's WWII Memorial to the 11,000+ North Carolinians who made the ultimate sacrifice.

  • Carowinds - Charlotte

    Straddling the North Carolina and South Carolina borders, offers a mix of thrilling rides and entertaining shows, making it a must-visit for thrill-seekers and fun lovers.


  • The International Civil Rights Center & Museum - Greensboro

    This museum in Greensboro offers a significant educational experience, ideal for teaching kids about the pivotal moments in America’s civil rights movement.


    The A&T Four sparked a new chapter in American history through their non-violent, direct action protest of sitting at a whites-only lunch counter in 1960 in Greensboro, NC.

  • North Carolina Zoo - Asheboro

    The zoo provides an expansive setting for animal lovers of all ages to learn about and observe wildlife in habitats that closely mimic their natural environments.

    The North Carolina Zoo - Asheboro, NC | North Carolina Zoo

    The North Carolina Zoo protects wildlife and wild places and inspires people to join us in conserving the natural world.

  • Wet & Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park - Greensboro

    This waterpark is the ultimate destination for water adventures, with attractions that cater to thrill-seekers and those looking to relax.

    40 Years of Water Park Fun

    The Carolinas’ Favorite Water Park is celebrating 40 years of fun in 2024 🎉 That means we're going all out to honor the park's history. Learn more about how Wet 'n Wild has changed throughout the years, and join us this season as we commemorate four decades of fun, laughter, and cherished memories 😎Watch the full video online here:

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    Experience Water Thrills at Emerald Pointe Water Park

    Dive into endless fun at Emerald Pointe - North Carolina's premier water park. Explore exciting attractions, events, and more at Wet 'n Wild Greensboro!

  • Carolina Renaissance Festival - Huntersville (This Fall)

    “The annual Carolina Renaissance Festival returns Saturdays and Sundays, from October 5th through November 24th, 2024.”

    The festival offers a unique opportunity to step back in time and experience the wonders of a 16th-century European village, complete with jousting knights, wandering minstrels, and artisan marketplaces.

    Carolina Renaissance Festival

    The Carolina Renaissance Festival is a 16th century European style art and entertainment festival blending history and fantasy through outdoor theater, circus entertainments, arts and crafts, games and rides, tournament jousting, falconry, mermaids, fairies, live music, and feasting - all rolled int

  • Lions Water Adventure - Kinston

    The park in Kinston features aquatic fun that’s perfect for cooling off on hot summer days at a low cost.

    Kinston Lions Water Adventure, NC | Official Website

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  • Jungle Rapids - Wilmington

    With attractions suited for all ages, from gentle kiddie pools to exciting water slides.

    Jungle Rapids - Water park and fun place for Birthday Parties

    Wilmington, NC's funnest spot for Birthday Parties and Water Park Fun.

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