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Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer Day Trips...

If your summer has hot a lull it may be time for a day trip.  There are plenty of options near the Charlotte area and they all will provide an entertaining break from the pool and summer camps. Here are a few options 3 hours and under...

EdVenture:  Columbia, SC:  Distance from Charlotte:  90 min
The largest children's museum in the Southeast, EdVenture has 92,000 square feet of fun.  The museum is designed for children 12 and younger and has eight galleries, a library, store, and classrooms.  One of the coolest features is the world's largest child.  For more details about that as well as directions, pricing, and more visit their website, here.

Rural Hill:  Huntersville, NC: Distance from Charlotte: 30 min
Although it is not far outside of Charlotte this place makes you feel as though you are miles away. A peaceful, open space with trails, historic buildings, and fresh air.  There are also special events held here throughout the year.  One in particular that is sure to be fun for kids is the Amazing Maize Maze.  For more info visit their website, here.

White Lake:  Elizabethtown, NC: Distance from Charlotte: 180 min
Known for beach music, shagging, and the White Lake Water Festival it is one of the safest and cleanest lakes in the state.  White Lake has a small town family-friendly vibe and lots of entertainment for kids.  The lake itself has an amusement park, miniature golf, and water park. There are plenty of options for accommodations from cottages to hotels.  For more info visit their Chamber of Commerce site, here

Sliding Rock: Hendersonville, NC: Distance from Charlotte: 90 min 
For only $1/person you can enjoy a ride down a natural rock water slide.  Located in Pisgah National Forest, Sliding Rock has been a go-to for summer fun for years.  It has a 6-7 foot deep pool at the bottom as well as shallow river areas for little ones.  For tips on what to wear, hours of operation, parking areas, and more click, here.

A Day out With Thomas:  Spencer, NC: Distance from Charlotte: 50 min
Everyone's favorite train will be visiting the NC Transportation Museum in Spencer on Sept 23-25 and Sept 30-Oct 2.  For tickets and info about all of the other fun activities going on click, here.

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