6 Best Bets for Spring Break Adventure in Charlotte
Make the most of spring break with the kids at these Charlotte venues.
There is no lack of things to do in Charlotte for spring break, and once it's all done for the day, you can sleep in your own bed. Bonus!
Carowinds is open for the 2017 season, and open weekends and weekdays April 6-16. Take a trip back in time at the all-new County Fair. The County Fair features four retro classic rides. The twists and turns of Do-Si-Do glides guests up, down and around on three giant arms; the floorless gondolas on Electro-Spin flip guests upside down up to 63 feet above the ground; Rock ‘N’ Roller’s circular motion paired with music tunes and spectacular lighting is a crowd pleaser; and grab the family for some high flying action on the Zephyr swing ride. And the current admission special: Everyone pays kid's ticket price to get into the park.
Get flipped upside down on the electro-spin in the all-new county fair at Carowinds.
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The theme park is also hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza April 8-16. Spot Eggward the Easter Bunny and Snoopy the Easter Beagle who will be handing out Easter eggs filled with goodies and taking selfies with guests. On Easter Day, April 16, you can indulge in the park's first-ever Easter Sunday Brunch from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The menu includes, scrambled eggs over cheddar-roasted breakfast potato casserole, traditional shrimp and creamy grits, along with carving board offerings like glazed ham, smoked turkey and prime rib, plus delicious dessert options. (Easter Sunday Brunch is not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee).
2. Arts and Science Council Public Art Scavenger Hunt
Explore uptown like your a tourist on the ASC Public Art Scavenger Hunt. It's free and self-guided by using a brochure and podcast downloaded from the ASC website, so cover as much or as little feet like, and do it at your own pace. We recommend at stop at the Amelie's uptown or 7th Street Station, or jump on they Lynx and come down to Southend for a milkshake at Pike's Soda Shop.
There are loads of land activities at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, just west of uptown. Choose from four novice ropes courses, zipline through alongside tree-tops or explore the woods on a canopy tour (must be at least 4 feet, 8 inches to do the canopy tour), or try bouldering or a climbing wall. Most land activities have a minimum weight requirement of 45 pounds. You can also rent a flat-water kayak to glide on the Catawba River. Ages 4 and older can ride tandem in a kayak, and age 8 and older can go solo. Activity pass prices vary based on type of activities.
Hop into the driver's seat and enjoy interactive exhibits, and check out the new Petty: Building a Family Legacy exhibit. Tickets start at $12.95 for ages 5-12. Operating hours are Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. And don't miss out on the Easter Egg 400, April 15.
5. Lazy 5 Ranch
Drive north to Mooresville for a local safari adventure. See llamas, Watusi cattle, emus, giraffe and more. $8 for ages 2-11; $11 for adults. Bring cash as cards aren't accepted. Operating hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-one hour before sunset; Sundays, 1 p.m.-one hour before sunset.
A lakeside beach is only 30 minutes north of Charlotte's center city at Jetton Park. Bring bikes and scooters to ride around the park's paved path. Weekdays there is no cost to enter, but on weekends, there is a $3 park entrance fee per car.