Charlotte, NC has grown consistently over the last 20 years, making it one of the largest and most successful cities in the South. With this rapid development, visitors have found that the cultural grown is understated, making Charlotte an often overlooked site for tourists. The rapid influx of population, along with business investment, has made Charlotte a dynamic urban area. The growth has also given rise to entertainment spots that cater to local families as well as those families exploring Charlotte for the first time.

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

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Half a mile away from the conveniently located Hyatt House Charlotte Center City, the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte has quickly become one of the leading theater and education programs designed for young people in the United States. It has been nationally recognized for the strength of its programs, and it serves more than 300,000 children and families annually.

Carowinds Amusement and Water Park

Carowinds is located on the North Carolina and South Carolina border, about 15 minutes from the Hyatt Place Charlotte Airport Tyvola Rd Hotel. This 398 acre thrill park is so big it took 2 states to house all the fun and excitement.

Bring the family for a day of fun on one of the 50 rides, including 13 world-class roller coasters. There are many shows and attractions. Your kids will love Planet Snoopy, 12 acres of child-sized fun. Dinosaurs Alive! includes five acres of life-size dinosaur animatronics.

Boomerang Bay is the 20-acre water park included in the price of the park admission. With new slides, all new Live Shows, and many dining options to choose from, Carowinds is a family favorite destination.

NASCAR Hall of Fame

This one-of-a-kind attraction is located just a half a mile from the Omni Charlotte Hotel. The NASCAR Hall of Fame appeals to the old and young alike. Bring your family and take on the Pit Crew Challenge, or let the kids figure out the engine puzzle. There is so much to make your day a blast, with 50 interactive attractions, and about 1,000 artifacts.

Ray’s Splash Planet

This unique water park is located on Sycamore Street, just a little over a mile from Hampton Inn Charlotte Uptown Hotel. It boasts many family fun water features as well as a fitness center and party rooms. Try the Blue Comet, a three-story slide shaped like a double figure 8 or the Vortex, is a quick current pool that will take you and the kids around in circles.

Take the whole family to Charlotte and have a vacation to remember. You can find affordable deals on Charlotte hotels on Please share this post with others who love to travel! Also, leave a comment below.


Gabriel Winston, a Hipmunk writer, likes to write about unusual places, when possible about caves in South America, though fashionable digs across North America are also interesting. He lives in Alberta, Canada and loves hiking and recording his trips on film and on his blog Where the Dog Never Lies.