Best Bets for Activities Along the Light Rail With Kids
The LYNX Blue Line gives you easy access to many local spots.
Walk the Rail Trail or ride the LYNX train to different parts of town.
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The Charlotte LYNX Light Rail's Blue Line makes transportation around town easy. Forget the stress of parking and bring your kids on the LYNX train. Each stop along the way has nearby attractions for your family to enjoy, and you can get on or off at any station along the line.
Spend a whole day getting on and off exploring the city for only $6.60 a person or buy a simple round-trip ticket for just one stop. A round-trip ticket anywhere on the Blue Line is only $4.40 for adults and $2.20 for kids. Find the schedule and more details on the LYNX on the Charlotte Area Transit (CATS) website.
Seventh Street Station
This rail stop is just around the corner from ImaginOn, the mega library for kids uptown. Check the events calendar for different educational activities. ImaginOn also houses the Children’s Theatre. Take the train to see a show.
After a visit, walk over to 7th Street Public Market beside ImaginOn for a treat. From pizza to ice cream, crepes, grilled cheese sandwiches and coffee, there's something for all ages. Be sure to walk about the exterior of the market and touch the colored panels that play music as part of the "Touch My Building" urban musical exhibit.
CTC Center Charlotte Station
Upstairs at the EpiCentre you can find Strike City. On Mondays, the bowling center has “all you can bowl” specials all day long. You can also see a movie at Studio Movie Grill at the EpiCentre. The theater offers more than just popcorn. Order your kids pizza, quesadillas, or burgers and the staff will deliver your food as you watch your movie. Go on a Tuesday and movies are just $5 a person all day.
Third Street/Convention Center Station
Walk a block from the Third Street Station to Amélie's, a French bakery with some of Charlotte’s best desserts. Let your kids choose their favorites from the display or stick to their famous caramel brownie.
After you get a sweet treat, walk three blocks to Romare Bearden Park. Spend a day outdoors while looking up at the uptown skyline. On hot days, the waterfall at Romare Bearden Park is a fun place for kids to cool off.
If you love baseball, plan to go to Romare Bearden Park when the Charlotte Knights baseball team have a home game as the BB&T Ballpark is just across the street from the park.
The Levine Center for the Arts is the heart of Charlotte’s art scene. Walk .2 miles from the Stonewall Station and explore all the center has to offer, including the Mint Museum Uptown, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and the Knight Theater.
Stonewall Station is only .3 miles from the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Bring little NASCAR enthusiasts here to explore the exhibits. Then stop in the Gear Shop and get a souvenir.
Just a block from the Carson Station is Midnight Diner, one of Charlotte’s classic diners. This spot is open 24 hours a day and offers food that everyone in the family can enjoy.
A few blocks from Bland Station is one of Charlotte’s best ice cream spots: Golden Cow Creamery. Head to Golden Cow Creamery and get a cone. The Dunkaroos flavor is to die for.
Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop is just down the street from the East/West Station. Pike’s has a 1950’s diner vibe with some of the best milkshakes in town. Come for lunch or dinner or just enjoy a mid-day banana split.
New Bern Station
Right off the New Bern stop is the Rail Trail Symphony that includes a seating area with drums for kids to play. Check the schedule for the Rail Trail Symphony which puts on musical shows for kids there. If the weather is nice, continue to walk the Rail Trail north and enjoy the weather and spy on dogs playing in the nearby apartment complexes’ dog parks.