Charlotte Day Trips
If taking a family vacation to a far away locale is not on the schedule, why not try a mini "staycation"? There are plenty of things to see and do close to Charlotte that will allow the whole family to relax and recharge in the moments between school and work. Here are just a few of our favorites.
Historic Latta Plantation
Built in 1800, this historic cotton plantation home run by non-profit entity dedicated to educating the public and preserving the site. There are daily guided tours of the Latta Plantation house, and you can take self-guided tours of the grounds. Meet livestock, and see how life was in the 19th century. The plantation offers camps for kids and soldier reenactments, among other workshops and activities.
Cost: $7 for adults, $6 for seniors 62+, $6 for students, children five and under are free.
North Carolina Zoo
The zoo is located in Asheboro, N.C. (about an hour and 40 minutes from Charlotte) on 500 acres with over 1,500 animals, from giraffes to hogs to ostriches. Thousands of varieties of flora and fauna along five miles of shaded pathways that lead visitors to each exhibit. There are multiple picnic areas, a playground, and plenty of dining options. Two baby male gorillas, “Bomassa” and “Apollo” were born last August -- the one year olds are on exhibit daily interacting with their parents. The extremely popular Dinosaur Exhibit (open through Oct. 31) features animatronic replicas of 13 dinosaurs -- which are eerily lifelike. Kids and adults both will enjoy the Dinosaur Exhibit.
Cost (including the Dinosaur Exhibit): $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 62+, $12 for children, children under the age of two are free.
The Mint Museum of Art has two locations - one at 2730 Randolph Road and one at at Levine Center for the Arts, located at 500 South Tryon Street. Both locations offer FREE admission from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. The museum is kid friendly, and has tips on how to enjoy the museum as a family on its website at www.mintmuseum.org.