Summer 2016: Family Bucket List

By Rachel Hoeing

As I scroll through Facebook, I constantly see questions such as, “Where is a good place to take my three-year-old for the day?” or “What is a good activity we can do as a family with teenagers?” or “Anyone know of fun day trips we can take?” After running this local website for six years now, I have so many suggestions and answers for these questions that I don’t even know where to begin!

I decided to compile a “bucket list” that you can bookmark on your phone or computer and use it throughout the summer to explore and discover new venues throughout the Triad area and beyond! In order to keep this list as concise as possible, details on each venue will be found by clicking on its name. This will take you to either a TMoM blog or the venue’s website for more information. I have noted the location for each venue so that you can easily tell if this will be a quick stop, day trip, or weekend excursion. Please check hours and dates that each business is open before making the trip!

Without further ado … your bucket list!

  1. a/perture cinema – Unique movie theater, Winston-Salem NC
  2. ACE Adventure Center – rafting, zip-lines, fishing, horseback riding, kayaks, Oak Hill WV
  3. Adventure Landing – Putt Putt, Bumper Boats, arcade, Winston-Salem NC
  4. Airbound Trampoline Park – indoor trampolines, Winston-Salem & Greensboro NC
  5. Air Fun Trampoline Park -Wall-to-wall trampolines, dodgeball, basketball dunk lanes, Zorbs! (coming soon… escape rooms!)
  6. All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm – Butterfly Farm & tours (schedule in advance), High Point NC
  7. AMF Bowling Lanes – bowl in Winston-Salem & Greensboro NC
  8. An Originals By You – Paint your own pottery studio, Winston-Salem NC
  9. Angel Touch Salon – pedicure chairs for kids, Winston-Salem NC
  10. ArtQuest Studios at Greenhill Center – create art, Greensboro NC
  11. Babyland General – home of the Cabbage Patch Kids, Cleveland GA
  12. Beanstalk Ziplines – zipline, rock climb, ropes course, disc golf, playgrounds, biking, Morganton NC
  13. Biltmore – estate, winery, tours, shops, Asheville NC
  14. Black Mountain Chocolate – chocolate factory, Winston-Salem NC
  15. Bog Garden at Benjamin Park – walkways, greenery, Greensboro NC
  16. Bowman Gray Stadium – NASCAR short track racing, Winston-Salem NC
  17. Bricks 4 Kidz – build, learn and play with Legos, Greensboro & Burlington NC
  18. Bumper Jumpers – indoor playground, Greensboro NC
  19. Burlington City Park – amusement area, walking trails, aquatics facility, greenway, Burlington NC
  20. Camel City BBQ Factory – fun restaurant with an attached game room, Winston-Salem NC
  21. Carolina Raptor Center – environmental education center, Huntersville NC
  22. Carowinds – amusement park and water park, Charlotte NC
  23. Celebration Station – arcade, bumper boats, mini golf, batting cage, go-karts, Greensboro NC
  24. Center City Park – music, exercise, food trucks, events, Greensboro NC
  25. Charlotte Nature Museum – discover animals, plants and more, Charlotte NC
  26. Children’s Museum of Alamance County – interactive children’s museum, Graham NC
  27. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem – interactive children’s museum, Winston-Salem NC
  28. Childress Vineyards – winery, bistro, outdoor events, Lexington NC
  29. Chimney Rock State Park – hiking and attractions, Chimney Rock NC
  30. Chuck E Cheese’s – indoor arcade, Concord, Winston-Salem & Greensboro NC
  31. City Lake Park – playground, carousel, mini golf, train rides, pool, water slides, Jamestown NC
  32. Color & Coffee – painting parties, walk-ins, Winston-Salem NC
  33. Conservators Center – animal conservancy, Burlington NC
  34. Crowder’s Mountain State Park – fishing, canoeing, camping, rock climbing, bouldering, museum-quality exhibits, Kings Mountain NC
  35. Dan Nicholas Park – water play, playground, mini golf, carousel, gem mining, aquarium, mini train, Salisbury NC
  36. Discovery Place – interactive children’s museum, Charlotte NC
  37. Discovery Place Kids – interactive children’s museum, Huntersville NC
  38. Eden Drive-In – drive-in movie theater, Eden NC
  39. Edward McKay Used Books and More – books, video games, electronics, Greensboro & Winston-Salem NC
  40. Emerald Hollow Mine – gen mining, Hiddenite NC
  41. Game Over Comics – Comic Books, video games, Magic the Gathering, Pokemon and More, Burlington NC
  42. GameT1me – more gaming systems than you can imagine, all under one roof, plus board games, lock-ins, parties, Clemmons NC
  43. Geeksboro – unique cinema and coffeehouse, Greensboro NC
  44. Grandfather Mountain – wildlife, swinging bridge, trails, nature museum, Linville NC
  45. Great Wolf Lodge – indoor waterpark, MagiQuest, Concord NC
  46. Greensboro Children’s Museum – interactive children’s museum, edible schoolyard, Greensboro NC
  47. Greensboro Ice House – indoor ice skating, Greensboro NC
  48. Greensboro Science Center – aquarium, museum, zoo, Greensboro NC
  49. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park – visitor’s center, live action theatre, trails, Greensboro NC
  50. Hanes Mall – shopping, food court, trampoline area, toddler play area, mini rides in play areas, Winston-Salem NC
  51. Hanging Rock State Park – swimming, hiking, canoes, Danbury NC
  52. Hebron Rock Colony – hiking and park, Blowing Rock NC
  53. High Gravity Adventures – aerial adventure course, Blowing Rock NC
  54. High Point Museum – historical park, exhibits, High Point NC
  55. Hill Ridge Farms – farm, train rides, hay rides, Youngsville NC
  56. Homeland Creamery – farm, tours, ice cream, hayrides, Julian NC
  57. Horizons Park – dog park, disc golf course, shelters, playground, trails, Rural Hall NC
  58. Ingram Farm – pick your own berries, High Point NC
  59. Jump-N-Fun – indoor inflatables, Greensboro NC
  60. Keely Park – splash pad, playgrounds, trails, Greensboro NC
  61. Kersey Valley – high ropes course, zip-lines, lazer tag and more Archdale NC
  62. KidSenses Children’s Interactive Museum – numerous exhibits, discovery garden, and more, Rutherfordton NC
  63. Laser Tag of Archdale – laser tag, arcade, Archdale NC
  64. Korner’s Folley – museum, home tours, Kernersville NC
  65. Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina – paddleboats, kayaks, fishing, playgrounds, sailing, row boats, Burlington NC
  66. Lazy Five Ranch – animal park, petting zoo, Mooresville NC
  67. Linville Caverns – explore caverns, Marion NC
  68. Little Blank Canvas – children’s art studio, High Point NC
  69. Marbles Kids Museum – interactive children’s museum, Raleigh NC
  70. Millstone Creek Orchards – pick your own fruit, apple barn, activities, Ramseur NC
  71. Monkey Joe’s – indoor inflatable play  Raleigh NC
  72. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center – interactive museum and planetarium, Chapel Hill NC
  73. Moses Cone Memorial Park & Manor – manor house, walking trails, horseback riding, Bass Lake, Blowing Rock NC
  74. Muddy Creek Greenway – family friendly trail to walk, ride bikes, roller skate, Winston-Salem NC
  75. Museum of Anthropology – educational museum dedicated to the study of global cultures, Winston-Salem NC
  76. Museum of Life and Science – interactive science museum, exhibits, live animals, Durham NC
  77. Natural Bridge State Park – caverns, trails, natural bridge, Rockbridge Center, water activities, Natural Bridge VA
  78. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher – aquatic wildlife, dive shows, animal encounters, outdoor adventures, Kure Beach NC
  79. NC Museum of History – museum, exhibits, Raleigh NC
  80. NC Museum of Natural Sciences – exhibits, programs, and field experiences, Raleigh NC
  81. NC Transportation Museum – exhibits, train rides, Spencer NC
  82. NC Zoo – animals galore, Asheboro NC
  83. Old Salem – museums and gardens, Winston-Salem NC
  84. Paintball Central – paintball and airsoft, Sedalia NC
  85. Patterson Farm – pick your own strawberries, Mount Ulla NC
  86. Pilot Mountain State Park – trails, camping, climbing, canoe trail, camping, rock climbing and rappelling, Pinnacle NC
  87. Pink Spa Nails – nail salon with kids services, Greensboro NC
  88. Reynolda House – museum, home tours, gardens, Winston-Salem NC
  89. Rudd Farm – pick your own berries, Greensboro NC
  90. Salem Lake – walking trails, boats, fishing, Winston-Salem NC
  91. SciWorks – interactive science museum, exhibits, planetarium, Winston-Salem NC
  92. Shallowford Farms Popcorn – gift shop, processing plant, tours, Yadkinville NC
  93. Sharkey’s – kids haircuts and glamour parties, Greensboro & Burlington NC
  94. Skateland USA – Roller skating, Greensboro, Winston-Salem & Clemmons NC
  95. Skate South – Roller skating, High Point NC
  96. Sky Wild – challenge ropes course, part of Greensboro Science Center, Greensboro NC
  97. SkyZone – trampoline park, Greensboro NC
  98. Southside Recreation Center – playground, picnic, splashpad, High Point NC
  99. Spare Time – bowling, arcade, laser tag, Greensboro NC
  100. Splashparks and Water Slides – click the link to find a great list of all Triad NC locations
  101. Stone Mountain State Park – camping, hiking, climbing, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, Roaring Gap NC
  102. Tanglewood Park –  swimming pool, golf, playgrounds, picnic, gardens, tennis, Clemmons NC
  103. The Mad Platter – pottery and canvas painting, Greensboro NC
  104. The Pit – go-karting, laser tag, rock climbing, arcade, bumper cars, mini golf, Moorseville NC
  105. Three Bears Acres – recreational farm with kids activities, Raleigh NC
  106. Toys & Co – toy store with play items set up, events as well, Winston-Salem & Greensboro NC
  107. Triad Eco Adventures – segway tours, paddleboarding, Winston-Salem NC
  108. Triad Park – disc golf, shelters, picnic areas, playgrounds, trails, rock climbing playground, Kernersville NC
  109. Tweetsie Railroad – amusement park, train rides, Blowing Rock NC
  110. US National Whitewater Center – whitewater rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, zip lines, ropes course, Charlotte NC
  111. Western North Carolina Nature Center – over 60 species of animals, Asheville NC
  112. Wet ‘n Wild – waterpark, Greensboro NC
  113. Wine and Design/Art Buzz Kids – kids painting parties, Greensboro & Jamestown NC
  114. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp – camping and water activities, Marion NC
  115. Zaloo’s Canoes – canoeing, kayaking, tubing, Jefferson NC
  116. Zootastic Park – animal park, Troutman NC


There you have it, folks: A bucket list that will leave no family in a state of boredom this summer! I seriously could go on and on, but I had to stop somewhere!

To find similar ideas, visit our Directories page here with lists of additional activities, local playgrounds, mom & child groups, day trips, etc. Also visit our Event calendar here throughout the summer.

Be sure to bookmark this page, or click on the “Directories” icon on the homepage of our website to find this directory quickly when you need it. Enjoy!

4 thoughts on “Summer 2016: Family Bucket List

  1. May

    Great list. Our family just relocated in the Triad area and I am so excited that we have a list of things to see and do with our 5yo. Have you gone through all these lists?


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