By Rachel Hoeing

Waterparks, outdoor adventures, arts, animals, day trips, and more! Babies, teens, and everyone in between – we’ve got ideas to keep your family entertained all summer long in the Triad and beyond!

Details on each venue will be found by clicking on its name. I have noted the location for each idea 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. You can also use our Community Event Calendar and Directories page to find additional events, playgrounds, parks, day trips, summer camps and more!

Be sure to scroll through all of the categories because there is something for all ages in each one, and there might be overlapping ideas that would appeal to your family!

Click a heading to go directly to that section:

Animal and Farm Adventures
Outdoor Extreme Adventures
Outdoor Adventures for All Ages
Outdoor Entertainment while you sit and enjoy
Water Adventures
State & Local Parks, Playgrounds & Gardens
Children’s Museums and Historical Museums
Indoor Inflatables, Climbing Adventures, Go Karts, Laser Tag, and Arcades
Escape Rooms
Indoor Sporting Activities
Specialty Cinemas & Book Stores
Arts & Crafts
Tourist Spots & Shopping


  1. All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm – Butterfly Farm & tours (schedule in advance), High Point NC
  2. Aloha Safari Zoo – educational zoo & sanctuary, Cameron NC
  3. Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery – farm, store, and small group tours, Germanton NC
  4. Carolina Raptor Center – environmental education center, Huntersville NC
  5. Conservators Center – animal conservancy, Burlington NC
  6. Duke Lemur Center – world’s largest and most diverse collection of lemurs, Durham, NC
  7. Greensboro Science Center – aquarium, museum, zoo, Greensboro NC
  8. Hill Ridge Farms – farm, train rides, hay rides, Youngsville NC
  9. Homeland Creamery – farm, tours, ice cream, hayrides, Julian NC
  10. Lazy Five Ranch – animal park, petting zoo, Mooresville NC
  11. Mill Mountain Zoo –  regional park and zoo, which has other great tourist spots nearby, Roanoke VA
  12. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher – aquatic wildlife, dive shows, animal encounters, outdoor adventures, Kure Beach NC
  13. NC Zoo – animals galore, Asheboro NC
  14. Piedmont Environmental Center – nature trails and small animal exhibits, High Point NC
  15. Reptile Museum – Turtle,snake,and lizard Reptile Rescue Center, Kernersville, NC
  16. Sea Life Aquarium –  indoor aquarium with interactive experiences, activity trail, and soft play area, Concord, NC
  17. Tiger World – animal conservation and educational center for exotic animals, Rockwell, NC
  18. Virginia Safari Park – drive-through zoo just a few hours north of the Triad, Natural Bridge VA
  19. Western North Carolina Nature Center – over 60 species of animals, Asheville NC
  20. Winterpast Farm – farm and petting zoo, Wake Forest NC
  21. Zootastic Park – animal park, Troutman NC


  1. ACE Adventure Center – rafting, zip-lines, fishing, horseback riding, kayaks, Oak Hill WV
  2. Beanstalk Ziplines – zipline, rock climb, ropes course, disc golf, playgrounds, biking, Morganton NC
  3. Carolina High – hot air balloon rides, Benson NC
  4. Carolina Ziplines – zipline tours for the whole family, Westfield NC
  5. Carowinds – amusement park and water park, Charlotte NC
  6. Fairgrounds Skate Park – ramps, quarter pipes, grinding rails, & bank ramps for skateboarders, W-S NC
  7. Gorge Zipline – zipline canopy adventure, Saluda, NC
  8. High Gravity Adventures – aerial adventure course, Blowing Rock NC
  9. Kersey Valley – high ropes course, zip-lines, lazer tag, axe throwing and more Archdale NC
  10. Navitat Adventures – zip-lining adventures and experiences in Asheville NC
  11. Paintball Central – paintball and airsoft, Sedalia NC
  12. Richland Creek Zip Line Canopy Tour – 14 station zipline with over a mile and a half of cable, Asheboro NC
  13. Sky Valley Zip Tours – zip lines, cliff jumping, swinging bridge, Blowing Rock NC
  14. Sky Wild – treetop adventure at Greensboro Science Center, Greensboro NC
  15. US National Whitewater Center – whitewater rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, zip lines, ropes course, Charlotte NC


  • See our list of Strawberry Farms here and Day Trip Directory here!
  1. Adventure Landing – Putt Putt, Bumper Boats, arcade, W-S NC
  2. Bur-Mil Park Par 3 Golf Course – enjoy golf if you have kids who may not make it for 18 holes, Greensboro NC
  3. Carowinds – amusement park and water park, Charlotte NC
  4. Celebration Station – arcade, bumper boats, mini golf, batting cage, go-karts, Greensboro NC
  5. Emerald Hollow Mine – gen mining, Hiddenite NC
  6. Frankie’s Fun Park – amusement rides, mini golf, laser tag, fun house, arcade, go carts, Raleigh NC
  7. General Dan Tubing Co – tubing down the Dan River, Danbury NC
  8. Grandfather Mountain – wildlife, swinging bridge, trails, nature museum, Linville NC
  9. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad – train ride excusions through the smoky mountains, Bryson City, NC
  10. Hebron Rock Colony – Beautiful outdoor hiking spot, Boone/Blowing Rock NC
  11. Hill Ridge Farms – farm, train rides, hay rides, Youngsville NC
  12. Hillside Dan River Tubing – tube down the Dan River, Walnut Cove NC
  13. Ingram Farm – pick your own berries, High Point NC
  14. Linville Caverns – explore caverns, Marion NC
  15. Millstone Creek Orchards – pick your own fruit, apple barn, activities, Ramseur NC
  16. Patterson Farm – pick your own strawberries, Mount Ulla NC
  17. Reed Gold Mine – underground tunnels with guided tours, visitor center, picnic area, gold panning, Midland NC
  18. Rudd Farm – pick your own berries, Greensboro NC
  19. Sliding Rock – natural mountain waterfall in Pisgah National Forest, Asheville NC
  20. Smiley’s Golf and Learning Center – driving range, miniature golf course, W-S NC
  21. Summerfield Farms – visit the farm & market and check the website for fun summer events, Summerfield NC
  22. The Speedpark – offers Go Kart Tracks, Mini Golf, Fun Slide, Bungee Jump, Spider Web, game room, and ice skatingConcord NC
  23. Three Bears Acres – recreational farm with kids activities, Raleigh NC
  24. Triad Eco Adventures – segway tours, paddleboarding, trolley tours, W-S NC
  25. Tweetsie Railroad – amusement park, train rides, Blowing Rock NC
  26. Virginia Creeper Trail – easy biking trail great for families, almost all downhill, Damascus, VA
  27. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park – family-friendly campground, pool, fishing ponds, activities for kids, Asheboro NC
  28. Zaloo’s Canoes – canoeing, kayaking, tubing, Jefferson NC


  • See our list of Date Night ideas, which includes local wineries HERE!
  1. Blackmon Amphitheater – outdoor music and events all summer long, Mount Airy NC
  2. Burlington Royals Baseball – take the family out for a classic game at the ballfield, Burlington NC
  3. Childress Vineyards – winery, bistro, outdoor events, Lexington NC
  4. Divine Llama Vineyards – Vineyard and tasting room with real llamas,  East Bend NC
  5. Eden Drive-In – drive-in movie theater, Eden NC
  6. Greensboro Grasshoppers Game – enjoy a baseball game with the family, Greensboro NC
  7. Grove Winery – winery, concerts, art classes, outdoor events, Gibsonville NC
  8. Hi Toms Baseball – enjoy an evening at the ballfield with the family, Thomasville NC
  9. High Point Rockers Baseball – take the family out for a classic game at the ballfield, High Point NC
  10. JOLO Winery – winery with plenty of events and entertainment, Pilot Mountain NC
  11. Winston-Salem Dash Baseball – take your family to a ball game and enjoy the kids play area with bounce houses, W-S NC


  • See our list of Local Pools HERE and Splashpads HERE!
  1. Carowinds Carolina Harbor Water Park  – giant water slides and wave pools to large play structures and a three-acre kids’ area, Charlotte NC
  2. Carrigan Farms – swim, jump, and play in the quarry, Mooresville NC
  3. Great Wolf Lodge – indoor waterpark, MagiQuest, Concord NC
  4. Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina – paddleboats, kayaks, fishing, playgrounds, sailing, row boats, Burlington NC
  5. Ray’s Splash Planet – indoor water park, Charlotte NC
  6. Saltshaker Marine – rent a pontoon boat for the family, Mooresville, NC
  7. Splashparks and Water Slides – click the link to find a great list of all Triad NC locations
  8. Tanglewood Park –  swimming pool, golf, playgrounds, picnic, gardens, tennis, Clemmons NC
  9. US National Whitewater Center – whitewater rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, zip lines, ropes course, Charlotte NC
  10. Wet ‘n Wild – waterpark, Greensboro NC
  11. Zaloo’s Canoes – canoeing, kayaking, tubing, Jefferson NC

  • Visit our list of Favorite Local Playgrounds, Parks & Walking Trails HERE!
  1. Bailey Park & Long Branch Trail – grassy lawn (pet friendly) with outdoor events, and an urban greenway that runs along WF Innovation Quarter, W-S NC
  2. Bog Garden at Benjamin Park – walkways, greenery, Greensboro NC
  3. Burlington City Park – amusement area, walking trails, aquatics facility, greenway, Burlington NC
  4. Chimney Rock State Park – hiking and attractions, Chimney Rock NC
  5. City Lake Park – playground, carousel, mini golf, train rides, pool, water slides, Jamestown NC
  6. Crowder’s Mountain State Park – fishing, canoeing, camping, rock climbing, bouldering, museum-quality exhibits, Kings Mountain NC
  7. Dan Nicholas Park – water play, playground, mini golf, carousel, gem mining, aquarium, mini train, Salisbury NC
  8. Hanging Rock State Park – swimming, hiking, canoes, Danbury NC
  9. Hebron Rock Colony – hiking and park, Blowing Rock NC
  10. Horizons Park – dog park, disc golf course, shelters, playground, trails, Rural Hall NC
  11. Keely Park – splash pad, playgrounds, trails, Greensboro NC
  12. Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina – paddleboats, kayaks, fishing, playgrounds, sailing, row boats, Burlington NC
  13. Lake Norman State Park – bike trails, camping, beach & bath house, Troutman NC
  14. LeBauer Park and Center City Park – music, exercise, playground, food trucks, events, Greensboro NC
  15. Muddy Creek Greenway/Jamison Park – family friendly trail to walk, ride bikes, roller skate, W-S NC
  16. Natural Bridge State Park – caverns, trails, natural bridge, Rockbridge Center, water activities, Natural Bridge VA
  17. Old Salem – museums and gardens, W-S NC
  18. Pilot Mountain State Park – trails, camping, climbing, canoe trail, camping, rock climbing and rappelling, Pinnacle NC
  19. Pisgah National Forest – hiking, waterfalls camping, Asheville, NC
  20. Pullen Park – kiddie rides, train, pedal boats, aquatic center, art center, Raleigh NC
  21. Salem Lake – walking trails, boats, fishing, W-S NC
  22. Sliding Rock – natural water slide with plenty of waterfalls nearby, Pisgah National Forest by Asheville NC
  23. Southside Recreation Center – playground, picnic, splashpad, High Point NC
  24. Stone Mountain State Park – camping, hiking, climbing, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, Roaring Gap NC
  25. Tanglewood Park –  swimming pool, golf, soft golf, playgrounds, picnic, gardens, tennis, Clemmons NC
  26. Triad Park – disc golf, shelters, picnic areas, playgrounds, trails, rock climbing playground, Kernersville NC
  27. Village Park – splashpark, train rides, carousel, playgrounds, Kannapolis NC
  28. Virginia Creeper Trail – easy biking trail great for families, almost all downhill, Damascus, VA
  29. W Kerr Scott Damn and Reservoir – camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, bird watching, Wilkesboro NC
  30. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park – family-friendly campground, pool, fishing ponds, activities for kids, Asheboro NC

  1. Asheville Museum of Science – experiential science learning, discovery, and exploration, toddler area, Asheville NC
  2. Carolinas Aviation Museum – different exhibitions and the actual plane from “The Miracle on the Hudson,” Charlotte NC
  3. Charlotte Nature Museum – discover animals, plants and more, Charlotte NC
  4. Children’s Museum of Alamance County – interactive children’s museum, Graham NC
  5. Denton Farmpark – historical park, general store, grist mill, church, plantation house, blacksmith shop, log cabin, full-size steam train, events,  Denton NC
  6. Discovery Place – interactive children’s museum, Charlotte NC
  7. Discovery Place Kids – interactive children’s museum, Huntersville NC
  8. Fascinate You – children’s hands on museum for all ages, Fayetteville NC
  9. Greensboro Children’s Museum – interactive children’s museum, edible schoolyard, Greensboro NC
  10. Greensboro History Museum – historic buildings, museum, gardens & cemetary Greensboro NC
  11. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park – visitor’s center, live action theatre, trails, Greensboro NC
  12. Hands On – Children’s Museum with interactive exhibits and STEM learning experiences, Hendersonville NC
  13. High Point Museum – historical park, exhibits, High Point NC
  14. International Civil Rights Center & Museum – museum and teaching facility devoted to the struggle for civil and human rights, Greensboro NC
  15. Kaleideum Downtown – interactive children’s museum, W-S NC
  16. Kaleideum North – interactive science museum, exhibits, planetarium, W-S NC
  17. KidSenses Children’s Interactive Museum – numerous exhibits, discovery garden, and more, Rutherfordton NC
  18. Korner’s Folley – museum, home tours, Kernersville NC
  19. Marbles Kids Museum – interactive children’s museum, Raleigh NC
  20. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center – interactive museum and planetarium, Chapel Hill NC
  21. Moses Cone Memorial Park & Manor – manor house, walking trails, horseback riding, Bass Lake, Blowing Rock NC
  22. Museum of Anthropology – educational museum dedicated to the study of global cultures, W-S NC
  23. Museum of Life and Science – interactive science museum, exhibits, live animals, Durham NC
  24. NC Museum of History – museum, exhibits, Raleigh NC
  25. NC Museum of Natural Sciences – exhibits, programs, and field experiences, Raleigh NC
  26. NC Transportation Museum – exhibits, train rides, Spencer NC
  27. Old Salem – museums and gardens, W-S NC
  28. Reynolda House Museum of American Art – museum, home tours, gardens, W-S NC
  29. Winston Cup Museum – experience the fabulous Winston Cup Series era of NASCAR, W-S NC
  30. NASCAR Hall of Fame – interactive entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR, Charlotte, NC

Indoor Inflatables, Climbing Adventures, Go Karts, Laser Tag, and Arcades

  1. Air Fun Trampoline Park -Wall-to-wall trampolines, dodgeball, basketball dunk lanes, Zorbs, Greensboro NC
  2. Bouncin’ Around – indoor inflatables and arcade room, Burlington NC
  3. Boxcar Bar + Arcade – arcade games, pet friendly, bar area, children welcome when accompanied by a parent before 9pm, Greensboro NC
  4. Bumper Jumpers – indoor playground, Greensboro NC
  5. Camel City BBQ Factory – fun restaurant with an attached game/arcade room, W-S NC
  6. Chuck E Cheese’s – indoor arcade, Concord, Winston-Salem & Greensboro NC
  7. Cliff Hangers – indoor climbing facility with speed climbing, intro classes, yoga, fitness, Café, kid’s climbing area, Mooresville NC
  8. Dave & Buster’s – Family-friendly chain offering a sports-bar-style setting for American food & arcade games, Cary & Concord NC
  9. Galaxy Fun Park – go karts, tampoline park, ropes course, soft play, laser tag, Raleigh NC
  10. GameT1me – more gaming systems than you can imagine, all under one roof, plus board games, lock-ins, parties, Clemmons NC
  11. Get Air – trampoline park and ninja course, High Point NC
  12. Gnarwall Bouldering Gym  – bouldering training facility for beginners to elite, Pfafftown NC
  13. Jump-N-Fun – indoor inflatables, Greensboro NC
  14. Kinetic Heights – Ninja Warrior Course, warped wall, Parkour training area, indoor high ropes course, Charlotte, NC
  15. Laser X Burlington – “The Family Zone” with laser tag fun for all ages, Burlington NC
  16. Level Up – ninja warrior obstacles, indoor rock climbing, obstacle courses, Thomasville, NC
  17. Monkey Joe’s – indoor inflatable play , Fayetteville NC
  18. Notasium– Indoor play area where kids get to bounce, slide and play large kid-friendly musical instruments, Durham NC
  19. Reboot Arcade Bar – authentic 1980’s arcade, featuring over 60 classic arcades and pinball, W-S NC
  20. Rock Box Bouldering – indoor rock climbing for all ages, Winston-Salem NC
  21. Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park – indoor trampolines, W-S & Greensboro NC
  22. Round 1 Bowling & Amusement –  bowling, billiards, darts, karaoke, arcade, kid zone, Greensboro NC
  23. Sky Wild – challenge ropes course, part of Greensboro Science Center, Greensboro NC
  24. Sky Zone – trampoline park, Greensboro NC
  25. Spare Time – bowling, arcade, laser tag, Greensboro NC
  26. Surge Trampoline Park –  Maincourt, Battlebeam, Ninja Course, Laser Maze, Climbing wall, W-S NC
  27. Ten Little Monkeys – indoor entertainment facility with bounce houses, slides, obstacle course, W-S NC
  28. The Pit – go-karting, laser tag, rock climbing, arcade, bumper cars, mini golf, Moorseville NC

If you have yet to try an escape room, know that most are not “scary.” It is basically an experience where a small group is put into a room (most of the time it is unlocked due to legality) and are given a series of riddles, puzzles and/or clues in order to “find your way out” of the room. You are given a time limit in which you can try to escape! Check each website below for minimum age requirements. 

  1. Breakout – Greensboro NC
  2. Kersey Valley Escape RoomArchdale NC
  3. Psycho60 – Kernersville NC
  4. The Escape Room – Winston-Salem NC
  5. Total Escape – Winston-Salem NC

  1. AMF Bowling Lanes – bowl in W-S & Greensboro NC
  2. Cliff Hangers – indoor climbing facility with speed climbing, intro classes, yoga, fitness, Café, kid’s climbing area, Mooresville NC
  3. Gnarwall Bouldering Gym  – bouldering training facility for beginners to elite, Pfafftown NC
  4. Greensboro Ice House – indoor ice skating, Greensboro NC
  5. North Carolina Golf Academy Indoor Practice Facility – hitting bays,  putting green, launch monitors & simulators, Greensboro NC
  6. Rock Box Bouldering – indoor rock climbing for all ages, Winston-Salem NC
  7. Round 1 Bowling & Amusement –  bowling, billiards, darts, karaoke, arcade, kid zone, Greensboro NC
  8. Skateland USA – Roller skating, Greensboro, Winston-Salem & Clemmons NC
  9. Skate South – Roller skating, High Point NC
  10. Spare Time – bowling, arcade, laser tag, Greensboro NC
  11. Tap that Axe – Indoor axe throwing for ages 13+ (with adult), Clemmons NC
  12. TopGolf – climate-controlled hitting bays, restaurant & bars, rooftop terrace with fire pit, over 200 HDTVs, Charlotte NC
  13. Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Ice Skating – public indoor ice skating, W-S, NC

  • Click here to see our list of Children’s Summer Movie Deals and Programs!
  1. a/perture cinema – Unique movie theater, W-S NC
  2. Bookmarks – independent bookstore in downtown which hosts many community events, Winston-Salem NC
  3. Carolina Theatre – concerts, plays, and classic movies on the big screen, Greensboro NC
  4. Countryside Cinema – $4.25 movies all day, every day, Kernersville NC
  5. Eden Drive-In – drive in movie theater, Eden NC
  6. Game Over Comics – Comic Books, video games, Magic the Gathering, Pokemon and More, Burlington NC
  7. Historic Earle Theatre – Movies, Concerts, Presentations, Mount Airy NC
  8. Lexington Cinema 8 – $6.25 adult and $4.25 kids every day, Lexington NC
  9. Marketplace Cinemas – $3 movies all day, Winston-Salem NC
  10. McKay’s Books – buy & sell used books, video games, electronics, music, Greensboro & W-S NC
  11. Scuppernong Books – bookstore featuring fiction and poetry along with a children’s section, cafe, and many events, Greensboro NC
  12. Sedgefield Crossing- movies starting as low as $3.98 every day, Greensboro NC
  13. Wonderland Bookshop -independent, children’s bookshop with many fun storytimes and events, Greensboro NC

  1. AR Workshops – DIY workshop studio, Winston-Salem and Greensboro, NC
  2. ArtQuest Studios at Greenhill Center – create art, Greensboro NC
  3. Color & Coffee – painting parties, walk-ins, W-S NC
  4. Distractions Art Studio – a guided do-it-yourself art experience, High Point, NC
  5. GreenHill Studios – all ages can paint, draw, and create, Greensboro NC
  6. Hoots and Hollers – classes and workshops to create and enjoy art, Winston-Salem NC
  7. Little Blank Canvas – children’s art studio, High Point NC
  8. Merlot & Van Gogh – Create original works of art, W-S NC
  9. Splatter Studios – painting classes, classes posted on FB or book a mobile class, Mocksville NC
  10. The Mad Platter – pottery and canvas painting, Greensboro NC
  11. Wine and Design/Art Buzz Kids – kids painting parties, Greensboro, W-S & Jamestown NC

  1. Babyland General – home of the Cabbage Patch Kids, free admission, Cleveland GA
  2. American Girl Store – explore the shop and bistro and then walk around the mall, Charlotte NC
  3. Biltmore – estate, winery, tours, shops, Asheville NC
  4. Black Mountain Chocolate – visible chocolate factory and kitchen, W-S NC
  5. Bowman Gray Stadium – NASCAR short track racing, W-S NC
  6. Epicentre – dining, movies, bowling, nightlife, shopping, Charlotte NC
  7. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park – Revolutionary War battlefield and museum, Greensboro NC
  8. Hanes Mall – shopping, food court, trampoline area, toddler play area, mini rides in play areas, W-S NC
  9. IKEA – Fun shopping day for kids of all ages, but if yours are too little, they will love the child drop off play area, Charlotte NC
  10. International Civil Rights Center & Museum – museum and teaching facility devoted to the struggle for civil and human rights, Greensboro NC
  11. Mast General Store – do some fun shopping while your kids peruse the candy barrels and classic toys, W-S NC
  12. Musten & Crutchfield – food market with glass bottled soda, old-fashioned candies, local meats and produce, Kernersville, NC
  13. Mystery Hill – fun and educational tour of optical illusions, Boone NC
  14. Old Salem – museums and gardens, W-S NC
  15. Omni Grove Park Inn – historic hotel with subterranean spa, championship golf, restaurants, tennis courts, and more Asheville NC
  16. Omni Homestead Resort – hot springs, hiking, segway tours, spa, zip-lining, horseback riding, golf, biking, pools, tennis, fishing, kids club, Hot Springs, VA
  17. Priddy’s General Store – a general store where time stands still, Danbury NC
  18. Reynolda Gardens – can also check out Reynolda Village while there, W-S NC
  19. Shallowford Farms Popcorn – gift shop, processing plant, tours, Yadkinville NC
  20. Toys & Co – toy store with play items set up, events as well, W-S & Greensboro NC
  21. Vade Mecum – historical tour of this 1902 hotel, Westfield NC

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

Related Links:
Triad Area Strawberry Farms
Splash Pads & Water Slides
99 Ways to Reply to I’m Bored
Summer Camps in the Triad
VBS in the Triad
Swim Clubs & Pools
Favorite Parks, Playgrounds & Walking Trails
Event Calendar
Day Trips
What to do with your Preschooler this Summer

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