Charlotte, North Carolina offers a wide gamut of things to do which is why it has earned the reputation as the entertainment arena in the State. It is the place where families with young children could have just as much fun as singles looking for an upbeat night on the town. The best part about the entertainment in Charlotte is that since most of the attractions are within the town’s perimeter, you won’t have to venture too far to access it. All the attractions that are available outside the town are easily accessed via the 85 or 485 interstates. Before you venture on your fun vacation in Charlotte, grab a map or your GPS, and check out the 5 fun activities that are listed below.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (Gastonia)

We’re almost certain that you won’t be able to cover all the beautiful attractions at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in one day, so plan a two day trip. The gardens extend for 380 acres along Lake Wylie and boast nine gardens, each with a different theme. There are predefined paths for hiking through the meadows, or if you prefer you can walk through the Orchid Conservatory. The glasshouse which houses all manner of orchids and other tropical plants is about 8,000 square feet. That’s a lot of flowers to gaze upon. The lush foliage is not only a treat for your eyes, but also for your nose, and the sound of the waterfall in the background will be a welcome sound to your ears. If you are looking for a chance to spend time in nature, you definitely get that when you visit these gardens.

Freedom Park

Freedom Park is similar to New York’s Central Park. Situated on 100 acres of land, you’ll find runners, bikers, walkers, people watchers and other nature enthusiasts in the park. Take your kids to rollerblade or skateboard along the paths. While they do, you can walk the Naturescape Trail and observe the birds and butterflies as you walk along. You’re sure to observe some species that you’ve never seen before. Take some pictures of the waterfowls as they drift along the expansive lake.

Carowinds

If you’re vacationing with kids, you’ll definitely need to stop by Carowinds and experience some of the fifty rides that they have available there. There’ll be rides for them and some surprisingly good ones for you as well. When you’re tired of walking around in the heat, change into your swimwear and get on a few water rides to cool off.

Charlotte Museum of History

The Charlotte Museum of History will be appreciated by a more mature crowd, but the kid friendly exhibits might also be of interest to a few children. The museum brings to life a lot of the Charlotte’s colorful past. There are guided tours available in the afternoon. You can walk with food to have a picnic on the museum’s grounds.

Reed Gold Mine

Tour the underground tunnels of Reed Gold mines, the place where gold was first discovered in the United States. This is definitely an experience that everyone in your family will enjoy.