By Rachel Hoeing

We had such a great response to last year’s Summer Bucket list, that we decided to do it once again with even more exciting venues! I have compiled a “bucket list” below that you can bookmark on your phone or computer and use it throughout the summer to explore and discover new adventures 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 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!

Without further ado … your 2017 Summer Bucket list!

  1. a/perture cinema – Unique movie theater, W-S NC
  2. ACE Adventure Center – rafting, zip-lines, fishing, horseback riding, kayaks, Oak Hill WV
  3. Adventure Landing – Putt Putt, Bumper Boats, arcade, W-S NC
  4. Air Fun Trampoline Park -Wall-to-wall trampolines, dodgeball, basketball dunk lanes, Zorbs, Greensboro NC
  5. All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm – Butterfly Farm & tours (schedule in advance), High Point NC
  6. Aloha Safari Zoo – educational zoo & sanctuary, Cameron NC
  7. AMF Bowling Lanes – bowl in W-S & Greensboro NC
  8. American Girl Store – explore the shop and bistro and then walk around the mall, Charlotte NC
  9. An Originals By You – Paint your own pottery studio, W-S NC
  10. Angel Touch Salon – pedicure chairs for kids, W-S NC
  11. ArtQuest Studios at Greenhill Center – create art, Greensboro NC
  12. Babyland General – home of the Cabbage Patch Kids, Cleveland GA
  13. Beanstalk Ziplines – zipline, rock climb, ropes course, disc golf, playgrounds, biking, Morganton NC
  14. Biltmore – estate, winery, tours, shops, Asheville NC
  15. Black Mountain Chocolate – chocolate factory, W-S NC
  16. Bog Garden at Benjamin Park – walkways, greenery, Greensboro NC
  17. Bouncin’ Around – indoor inflatables and arcade room, Burlington NC
  18. Bowman Gray Stadium – NASCAR short track racing, W-S NC
  19. Breakout – live escape game where you and your friends/family try to crack codes, find clues, and escape, Greensboro NC
  20. Bumper Jumpers – indoor playground, Greensboro NC
  21. Bur-Mil Park Par 3 Golf Course – great way to enjoy golf if you have family members who may not make it for 18 holes, Greensboro NC
  22. Burlington City Park – amusement area, walking trails, aquatics facility, greenway, Burlington NC
  23. Burlington Royals Baseball – take the family out for a classic game at the ballfield, Burlington NC
  24. Camel City BBQ Factory – fun restaurant with an attached game room, W-S NC
  25. Carolina Raptor Center – environmental education center, Huntersville NC
  26. Carolina Ziplines – zipline tours for the whole family, Westfield NC
  27. Carowinds – amusement park and water park, Charlotte NC
  28. Celebration Station – arcade, bumper boats, mini golf, batting cage, go-karts, Greensboro NC
  29. Center City Park – music, exercise, food trucks, events, Greensboro NC
  30. Charlotte Nature Museum – discover animals, plants and more, Charlotte NC
  31. Children’s Museum of Alamance County – interactive children’s museum, Graham NC
  32. Childress Vineyards – winery, bistro, outdoor events, Lexington NC
  33. Chimney Rock State Park – hiking and attractions, Chimney Rock NC
  34. Chuck E Cheese’s – indoor arcade, Concord, Winston-Salem & Greensboro NC
  35. City Lake Park – playground, carousel, mini golf, train rides, pool, water slides, Jamestown NC
  36. Cliff Hangers – indoor climbing facility with speed climbing, intro classes, yoga, fitness, Café, kid’s climbing area, Mooresville NC
  37. Color & Coffee – painting parties, walk-ins, W-S NC
  38. Conservators Center – animal conservancy, Burlington NC
  39. Crowder’s Mountain State Park – fishing, canoeing, camping, rock climbing, bouldering, museum-quality exhibits, Kings Mountain NC
  40. Dan Nicholas Park – water play, playground, mini golf, carousel, gem mining, aquarium, mini train, Salisbury NC
  41. Denton Farmpark – historical park, general store, grist mill, church, plantation house, blacksmith shop, log cabin, full-size steam train, events,  Denton NC
  42. Discovery Place – interactive children’s museum, Charlotte NC
  43. Discovery Place Kids – interactive children’s museum, Huntersville NC
  44. Eden Drive-In – drive-in movie theater, Eden NC
  45. Edward McKay Used Books and More – books, video games, electronics, Greensboro & W-S NC
  46. Emerald Hollow Mine – gen mining, Hiddenite NC
  47. Epicentre – dining, movies, bowling, nightlife, shopping, Charlotte, NC
  48. Fairgrounds Skate Park – ramps, quarter pipes, grinding rails, & bank ramps for skateboarders, W-S NC
  49. Frankie’s Fun Park – amusement rides, mini golf, laser tag, fun house, arcade, go carts, Raleigh NC
  50. Galaxy Fun Park – go karts, tampoline park, ropes course, soft play, laser tag, Raleigh NC
  51. Game Over Comics – Comic Books, video games, Magic the Gathering, Pokemon and More, Burlington NC
  52. GameT1me – more gaming systems than you can imagine, all under one roof, plus board games, lock-ins, parties, Clemmons NC
  53. Geeksboro – unique cinema and coffeehouse, Greensboro NC
  54. Get Air – trampoline park and ninja course, High Point NC
  55. Gnarwall Bouldering Gym  – bouldering training facility for beginners to elite, Pfafftown NC
  56. Gorge Zipline – zipline canopy adventure, Saluda, NC
  57. Grandfather Mountain – wildlife, swinging bridge, trails, nature museum, Linville NC
  58. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad – train ride excusions through the smoky mountains, Bryson City, NC
  59. Great Wolf Lodge – indoor waterpark, MagiQuest, Concord NC
  60. Greensboro Children’s Museum – interactive children’s museum, edible schoolyard, Greensboro NC
  61. Greensboro Grasshoppers Game – enjoy a baseball game with the family, Greensboro NC
  62. Greensboro History Museum – historic buildings, museum, gardens & cemetary Greensboro NC
  63. Greensboro Ice House – indoor ice skating, Greensboro NC
  64. Greensboro Science Center – aquarium, museum, zoo, Greensboro NC
  65. Grove Winery – winery, concerts, art classes, outdoor events, Gibsonville NC
  66. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park – visitor’s center, live action theatre, trails, Greensboro NC
  67. Hanes Mall – shopping, food court, trampoline area, toddler play area, mini rides in play areas, W-S NC
  68. Hanging Rock State Park – swimming, hiking, canoes, Danbury NC
  69. Hebron Rock Colony – hiking and park, Blowing Rock NC
  70. Hi Toms Baseball – enjoy an evenign at the ballfield with the family, Thomasville NC
  71. High Gravity Adventures – aerial adventure course, Blowing Rock NC
  72. High Point Museum – historical park, exhibits, High Point NC
  73. Hill Ridge Farms – farm, train rides, hay rides, Youngsville NC
  74. Homeland Creamery – farm, tours, ice cream, hayrides, Julian NC
  75. Horizons Park – dog park, disc golf course, shelters, playground, trails, Rural Hall NC
  76. 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
  77. Ingram Farm – pick your own berries, High Point NC
  78. International Civil Rights Center & Museum – museum and teaching facility devoted to the struggle for civil and human rights, Greensboro NC
  79. Jump-N-Fun – indoor inflatables, Greensboro NC
  80. Kaleideum Downtown – (formerly the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem) interactive children’s museum, W-S NC
  81. Kaleideum North – (formerly SciWorks) interactive science museum, exhibits, planetarium, W-S NC
  82. Keely Park – splash pad, playgrounds, trails, Greensboro NC
  83. Kersey Valley – high ropes course, zip-lines, lazer tag and more Archdale NC
  84. KidSenses Children’s Interactive Museum – numerous exhibits, discovery garden, and more, Rutherfordton NC
  85. Kinetic Heights – Ninja Warrior Course, warped wall, Parkour training area, indoor high ropes course, Charlotte, NC
  86. Korner’s Folley – museum, home tours, Kernersville NC
  87. Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina – paddleboats, kayaks, fishing, playgrounds, sailing, row boats, Burlington NC
  88. Lake Norman State Park – bike trails, camping, beach & bath house, Troutman NC
  89. Laser Tag of Archdale – laser tag, arcade, Archdale NC
  90. Laser X Burlington – “The Family Zone” with laser tag fun for all ages, Burlington NC
  91. Lazy Five Ranch – animal park, petting zoo, Mooresville NC
  92. Level Up – ninja warrior obstacles, indoor rock climbing, obstacle courses, Thomasville, NC
  93. Linville Caverns – explore caverns, Marion NC
  94. Little Blank Canvas – children’s art studio, High Point NC
  95. Marbles Kids Museum – interactive children’s museum, Raleigh NC
  96. Marketplace Cinemas – $2.50 movies all day, Winston-Salem NC
  97. Mast General Store – do some fun shopping while your kids peruse the candy barrels and classic toys, W-S NC
  98. Millstone Creek Orchards – pick your own fruit, apple barn, activities, Ramseur NC
  99. Monkey Joe’s – indoor inflatable play  Raleigh NC
  100. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center – interactive museum and planetarium, Chapel Hill NC
  101. Moses Cone Memorial Park & Manor – manor house, walking trails, horseback riding, Bass Lake, Blowing Rock NC
  102. Muddy Creek Greenway – family friendly trail to walk, ride bikes, roller skate, W-S NC
  103. Museum of Anthropology – educational museum dedicated to the study of global cultures, W-S NC
  104. Museum of Life and Science – interactive science museum, exhibits, live animals, Durham NC
  105. Mystery Hill – fun and educational tour of optical illusions, Boone NC
  106. NASCAR Hall of Fame – interactive entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR, Charlotte, NC
  107. Natural Bridge State Park – caverns, trails, natural bridge, Rockbridge Center, water activities, Natural Bridge VA
  108. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher – aquatic wildlife, dive shows, animal encounters, outdoor adventures, Kure Beach NC
  109. NC Museum of History – museum, exhibits, Raleigh NC
  110. NC Museum of Natural Sciences – exhibits, programs, and field experiences, Raleigh NC
  111. NC Transportation Museum – exhibits, train rides, Spencer NC
  112. NC Zoo – animals galore, Asheboro NC
  113. Old Salem – museums and gardens, W-S NC
  114. Omni Homestead Resort – hot springs, hiking, segway tours, spa, zip-lining, horseback riding, golf, biking, pools, tennis, fishing, kids club, Hot Springs, VA
  115. Paintball Central – paintball and airsoft, Sedalia NC
  116. Patterson Farm – pick your own strawberries, Mount Ulla NC
  117. Piedmont Environmental Center – nature trails and small animal exhibits, High Point NC
  118. Pigtails and Crewcuts – make getting a haircut an adventure at this amazing kids salon, Greensboro NC
  119. Pilot Mountain State Park – trails, camping, climbing, canoe trail, camping, rock climbing and rappelling, Pinnacle NC
  120. Pink Spa Nails – nail salon with kids services, Greensboro NC
  121. Pisgah National Forest – hiking, waterfalls camping, Asheville, NC
  122. Psycho60 – interactive, real life and immersive escape room adventure, Kernersville NC
  123. Pullen Park – kiddie rides, train, pedal boats, aquatic center, art center, Raleigh NC
  124. Reboot Arcade Bar – authentic 1980’s arcade, featuring over 60 classic arcades and pinball, W-S NC
  125. Reynolda House Museum of American Art – museum, home tours, gardens, W-S NC
  126. Richland Creek Zip Line Canopy Tour – 14 station zipline with over a mile and a half of cable, Asheboro NC
  127. Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park – indoor trampolines, W-S & Greensboro NC
  128. Rudd Farm – pick your own berries, Greensboro NC
  129. Salem Lake – walking trails, boats, fishing, W-S NC
  130. Saltshaker Marine – rent a pontoon boat for the family, Mooresville, NC
  131. Sea Life Aquarium –  indoor aquarium with interactive experiences, activity trail, and soft play area, Concord, NC
  132. Shallowford Farms Popcorn – gift shop, processing plant, tours, Yadkinville NC
  133. Sharkey’s – kids haircuts and glamour parties, Greensboro & Burlington NC
  134. Skateland USA – Roller skating, Greensboro, Winston-Salem & Clemmons NC
  135. Skate South – Roller skating, High Point NC
  136. Sky Wild – challenge ropes course, part of Greensboro Science Center, Greensboro NC
  137. SkyZone – trampoline park, Greensboro NC
  138. Sliding Rock – natural water slide with plenty of waterfalls nearby, Pisgah National Forest by Asheville NC
  139. Smiley’s Golf and Learning Center – driving range, miniature golf course, W-S NC
  140. Southside Recreation Center – playground, picnic, splashpad, High Point NC
  141. Spare Time – bowling, arcade, laser tag, Greensboro NC
  142. Splashparks and Water Slides – click the link to find a great list of all Triad NC locations
  143. Stone Mountain State Park – camping, hiking, climbing, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, Roaring Gap NC
  144. Summerfield Farms – visit the farm & market and check the website for fun summer events, Summerfield NC
  145. Surge Trampoline Park –  Maincourt, Battlebeam, Ninja Course, Laser Maze, Climbing wall, W-S, NC
  146. Tanglewood Park –  swimming pool, golf, playgrounds, picnic, gardens, tennis, Clemmons NC
  147. Ten Little Monkeys – indoor entertainment facility with bounce houses, slides, obstacle course, W-S NC
  148. The Escape Room – locked in a room for 1 hour and must figure out how to get out, Ages 13+, W-S NC
  149. The Mad Platter – pottery and canvas painting, Greensboro NC
  150. The Pit – go-karting, laser tag, rock climbing, arcade, bumper cars, mini golf, Moorseville NC
  151. Three Bears Acres – recreational farm with kids activities, Raleigh NC
  152. Tiger World – animal conservation and educational center for exotic animals, Rockwell, NC
  153. Toys & Co – toy store with play items set up, events as well, W-S & Greensboro NC
  154. Triad Eco Adventures – segway tours, paddleboarding, W-S NC
  155. Triad Park – disc golf, shelters, picnic areas, playgrounds, trails, rock climbing playground, Kernersville NC
  156. Tweetsie Railroad – amusement park, train rides, Blowing Rock NC
  157. US National Whitewater Center – whitewater rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, zip lines, ropes course, Charlotte NC
  158. Virginia Creeper Trail – easy biking trail great for families, almost all downhill, Damascus, VA
  159. W Kerr Scott Damn and Reservoir – camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, bird watching, Wilkesboro NC
  160. Western North Carolina Nature Center – over 60 species of animals, Asheville NC
  161. Wet ‘n Wild – waterpark, Greensboro NC
  162. Wine and Design/Art Buzz Kids – kids painting parties, Greensboro & Jamestown NC
  163. Winston Cup Museum – experience the fabulous Winston Cup Series era of NASCAR, W-S NC
  164. Winston-Salem Dash Baseball – take your family to a ball game and enjoy the kids play area with bounce houses, W-S NC
  165. Winterpast Farm – farm and petting zoo, Wake Forest NC
  166. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp – camping and water activities, Marion NC
  167. Zaloo’s Canoes – canoeing, kayaking, tubing, Jefferson NC
  168. Zootastic Park – animal park, Troutman 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.

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*This list was compiled through research and/or reader referrals, but please note that Triad Moms on Main does not necessarily endorse the persons or businesses represented in our directory.