Friday, March 28, 2014

Destination: Charlotte, NC!

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Looking for a family-friendly, fun-filled spot to spend Spring Break with the family?  Charlotte, North Carolina is sure to please!  With typically warm, beautiful spring weather, Charlotte is as ideal for outdoor enthusiasts as it is for lovers of the great indoors!  Home to such popular attractions as the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Discovery Place, and Carowinds Amusement and Water Park, there is truly something for visitors of all ages. 

But with so much to offer, where do you start? Consider what amount of time you have to spend, what common interests your family has, and what your trip budget is, and then just hit the web!  For a good "jumping-off point," here are five of our favorite not-to-be-missed attractions:

Carowinds Amusement and Water Park - One of the area's largest thrill parks, Carowinds has it all, with over 50 rides,  shows and attractions.  Open starting this Saturday!

NASCAR Hall of Fame - Got a NASCAR racing fan?  Then this will be a dream come true!  Enjoy the Hall of Honor where inductees are enshrined and honored, and check out Glory Road where vintage cars and exhibits of famous tracks are on display!  And if they love that, you may want to check out The Pit (an indoor cart racing/laser tag/arcade located about a half-an-hour north on I-77).  For true motorsport junkies, the Hall of Fame website has an extensive list of even more attractions and activities you won't want to miss!

Discovery Place - This kid-friendly science center boasts groundbreaking exhibitions, larger than life IMAX dome films, and hands on activities that are sure to capture your child's imagination and bring science to life!

Carolina Raptor Center - Live Bird Presentations, Vulture Feedings and Meet the Handler programs give parents and children alike a chance to experience the majesty and power of some of the worlds most remarkable avian predators at this amazing non-profit rehabilitative facility and preserve!

ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center - What happens when you combine an innovative Children's Theater and a state of the art Public Library?  You get a phenomenal, collaborative venture dedicated to bringing stories to life through extraordinary experiences that challenge, inspire and excite young minds. ImaginOn combines innovative educational programs, cutting edge library collections and services, and award-winning professional theater to create unique and memorable productions!

So think family fun in Charlotte this spring; and safe and happy travels!
-Destination Mom

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