LOCAL ATTRACTIONS FOR YOUNG GUESTS
Charlotte is home to myriad outstanding children’s experiences, from the new NASCAR Hall of Fame and the hands-on Discovery Place science and nature museum to ImaginOn and its very popular children’s theatre. Charlotte’s children’s highlights include:
One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place is a museum for natural science, life science and even space exploration. The child-friendly destination located close to The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte includes not only Discovery Place but also the IMAX Dome Theatre and the Charlotte Nature Museum.
Fun programs especially for little scientists, explosive experiments and living habitats bring the worlds alive for visitors of all ages.
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
It’s a library. It’s a children’s theatre. It’s the delightful, whimsical ImaginOn -- a joint-use facility of The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Located within walking distance of The Ritz-Carlton, ImaginOn features colorful interactive displays, events and educational programs that turn education into entertainment.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
NASCAR selected the Queen City of Charlotte as home for its long-anticipated Hall of Fame, and this state-of-the-art new facility now honors the world and icons of NASCAR, saluting the many colorful drivers, crew members, team owners and others who have played such a role in stock-car racing. The Hall includes exhibit space, a Great Hall, a Hall of Honor, interactive entertainment, restaurants and retail outlets and is located in the heart of uptown Charlotte, directly across the street from the Charlotte Convention Center.
Carolina Raptor Center
The Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to protecting and conserving birds of prey through research and education programs and through the care and rehabilitation of orphaned and injured raptors. A self-guided tour along the Center’s ¾-mile lakeside nature trail offers a look at 22 different species of spectacular and magnificent raptors.
Carowinds Water and Theme Park
This 105-acre water and theme park is perfect for the young and young-at-heart, Carowinds features over 100 rides, shows, movie-inspired experiences, a Zoom Zone children's area and water park.
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Just 15 minutes from Charlotte’s Center City, this remarkable recreation complex is home to the world’s largest man-made river for whitewater rafting and kayaking and also hosts Olympic-level competitions that are open to the public. The center offers 12 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, one of the largest outdoor climbing facilities in the United States, teambuilding and ropes courses and access to the Catawba River. Children are encouraged to discover the center’s great outdoors and challenge themselves amidst an array of activities, including biking, climbing, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, and more.