By TMoM Team Member Rachel Hoeing

This directory is sponsored by Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Campground Resort in Asheboro, NC. This family-focused campground is packed full of activities and camping fun-ness for your family to enjoy and create lasting memories. Full-service Cabins, RV sites, and Tent camping available. Yogi Bear™ and Boo Boo Bear™ entertain vacationing guests with games, hayrides, Laser Tag, crafts, and more. Enjoy fishing, hiking & biking, and the most amazing pool with a waterslide, waterfall, and beach entry for the little ones. Its located less than 3 miles from the NC Zoo! 

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 can 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 COVID restrictions, as well as 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!

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
Specialty Cinemas & Book Stores
Arts & Crafts
Tourist Spots & Shopping


  1. All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm – Butterfly Farm & tours (schedule visit in advance), High Point NC
  2. Aloha Safari Zoo – educational zoo & sanctuary, Cameron NC
  3. Animal Ed.Ventures Sanctuary – wildlife refuge for creatures great and small Coats, NC
  4. Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery – farm, store, and small group tours, Germanton NC
  5. Carolina Raptor Center – environmental education center, Huntersville NC
  6. Conservators Center – animal conservancy, Burlington NC
  7. Duke Lemur Center – diverse collection of lemurs (currently closed due to COVID), Durham, NC
  8. Greensboro Science Center – aquarium, museum, zoo, Greensboro NC
  9. Hill Ridge Farms – farm, train rides, hay rides, Youngsville NC
  10. Homeland Creamery – farm, tours, ice cream, hayrides, Julian NC
  11. Lazy Five Ranch – animal park, petting zoo, Mooresville NC
  12. Mill Mountain Zoo –  regional park and zoo, which has other great tourist spots nearby, Roanoke VA
  13. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher – aquatic wildlife, dive shows, animal encounters, outdoor adventures, Kure Beach NC
  14. NC Zoo – animals galore, Asheboro NC
  15. Piedmont Environmental Center – nature trails and small animal exhibits, High Point NC
  16. Providence Farm – story time on Saturdays & group field trips, McLeansville, NC
  17. Purple Alpaca Farm – farm tours, educational classes, events, arts, Boonville, NC
  18. Reptile Museum – Turtle, snake, and lizard Reptile Rescue Center, Kernersville, NC
  19. Sea Life Aquarium –  indoor aquarium with interactive experiences, activity trail, and soft play area, Concord, NC
  20. Tiger World – animal conservation and educational center for exotic animals, Rockwell, NC
  21. Virginia Safari Park – drive-through zoo just a few hours north of the Triad, Natural Bridge VA
  22. Western North Carolina Nature Center – over 60 species of animals, Asheville NC
  23. Winterpast Farm – farm and petting zoo, Wake Forest NC
  24. 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 (currently closed due to COVID), 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, laser 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
  16. Wilderness Alpine Coaster – outdoor 5 – 7 minute coaster ride, Banner Elk NC


  • See our list of Strawberry Farms here and Day Trip Directory here! Scroll down for more outdo
  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. Frankie’s Fun Park – amusement rides, mini golf, laser tag, fun house, arcade, go carts, Raleigh NC
  6. General Dan Tubing Co – tubing down the Dan River, Danbury NC
  7. Glamping Unplugged – immerse in nature and unplug, Deep Gap NC
  8. Grandfather Mountain – wildlife, swinging bridge, trails, nature museum, Linville NC
  9. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad – train ride excursions 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, electric-Bike rentals/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 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 Baseball – 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 Watering Holes HERE and Splashpads HERE!
  1. Bullhole (River Park at Cooleemee Falls) – swimming hole, Cooleemee, NC
  2. Carowinds Carolina Harbor Water Park  – giant water slides and wave pools to large play structures and a three-acre kids’ area, Charlotte NC
  3. Carrigan Farms – swim, jump, and play in the quarry, Mooresville NC
  4. Great Wolf Lodge – indoor waterpark, MagiQuest, Concord NC
  5. Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina – paddleboats, kayaks, fishing, playgrounds, sailing, row boats, Burlington NC
  6. Ray’s Splash Planet – indoor water park (currently closed due to COVID), Charlotte NC
  7. Saltshaker Marine – rent a pontoon boat for the family, Mooresville, NC
  8. Shacktown Falls – wading, swimming, waterfall –  Yadkinville, NC
  9. Splashparks and Water Slides – click the link to find a great list of all Triad NC locations
  10. Tanglewood Park Aquatic Center –  swimming pool, slides, lazy river, Clemmons NC
  11. US National Whitewater Center – whitewater rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, zip lines, ropes course, Charlotte NC
  12. Wet ‘n Wild – waterpark, Greensboro NC
  13. Zaloo’s Canoes – canoeing, kayaking, tubing, Jefferson NC

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

  1. Asheville Museum of Science – experiential science learning and exploration, toddler area, Asheville NC
  2. Carolinas Aviation Museum – 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, 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 – dedicated to the study of global cultures (currently closed due to COVID), W-S NC
  23. Museum of Life and Science – interactive science museum, exhibits, live animals, Durham NC
  24. NASCAR Hall of Fame – interactive attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR, Charlotte, NC
  25. NC Museum of History – museum, exhibits, Raleigh NC
  26. NC Museum of Natural Sciences – exhibits, programs, and field experiences, Raleigh NC
  27. NC Transportation Museum – exhibits, train rides, Spencer NC
  28. Old Salem – museums and gardens, W-S NC
  29. Reynolda House Museum of American Art – museum, home tours, gardens, W-S NC
  30. Winston Cup Museum – experience the fabulous Winston Cup Series era of NASCAR, W-S NC

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

  1. AMF Bowling Lanes – bowl in W-S & 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. Code Ninjas – kids learn to code and build video games, High Point NC
  9. Dave & Buster’s – Family-friendly chain offering a sports-bar-style setting for American food & arcade games, W-S NC
  10. Galaxy Fun Park – go karts, trampoline park, ropes course, soft play, laser tag, Raleigh NC
  11. Get Air – trampoline park and ninja course, High Point NC
  12. Greensboro Ice House – indoor ice skating, Greensboro NC
  13. Jump-N-Fun – indoor inflatables, Greensboro NC
  14. Laser X Burlington – “The Family Zone” with laser tag fun for all ages, Burlington NC
  15. Level Up – ninja warrior obstacles, indoor rock climbing, obstacle courses, Thomasville, NC
  16. Notasium– Indoor play area where kids get to bounce, slide and play large kid-friendly musical instruments, Durham NC
  17. Q’s Corner – Indoor Play Gym for all ability levels including mental and physical challenges, High Point NC
  18. Reboot Arcade Bar – authentic 1980’s arcade, featuring over 60 classic arcades and pinball, W-S NC
  19. Rock Box Bouldering – indoor rock climbing for all ages, Winston-Salem NC
  20. Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park – indoor trampolines, W-S & Greensboro NC
  21. Round 1 Bowling & Amusement –  bowling, billiards, darts, karaoke, arcade, kid zone, Greensboro NC
  22. Skateland USA – Roller skating, Greensboro, Winston-Salem & Clemmons NC
  23. Skate South – Roller skating, High Point NC
  24. Sky Wild – challenge ropes course, part of Greensboro Science Center, Greensboro NC
  25. Sky Zone – trampoline park, Greensboro NC
  26. Spare Time – bowling, arcade, laser tag, Greensboro NC
  27. Surge Trampoline Park –  Maincourt, Battlebeam, Ninja Course, Laser Maze, Climbing wall, W-S NC
  28. Tap that Axe – Indoor axe throwing for ages 13+ (with adult), Clemmons NC
  29. The Pit – go-karting, laser tag, rock climbing, arcade, bumper cars, mini golf, Mooresville NC
  30. TopGolf – climate-controlled hitting bays, restaurant & bars, rooftop terrace with fire pit, over 200 HDTVs, Charlotte NC

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

  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 – dscount 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 – movies and drive-in, Lexington NC
  9. Marketplace Cinemas – movies and drive-in, 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. 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. Hammer & Stain – DIY Studio, Dobson 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. Painted Grape – craft & paint studio for kids and adults, Burlington NC
  10. Mad Splatter – 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. 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
  9. Mast General Store – do some fun shopping while your kids peruse the candy barrels and classic toys, W-S NC
  10. Musten & Crutchfield – food market with glass bottled soda, old-fashioned candies, local meats and produce, Kernersville, NC
  11. Mystery Hill – fun and educational tour of optical illusions, Boone NC
  12. Priddy’s General Store – a general store where time stands still, Danbury NC
  13. Shallowford Farms Popcorn – gift shop, processing plant, tours, Yadkinville NC
  14. Toys & Co – toy store with play items set up, events as well, W-S & Greensboro 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 Hiking Trails
Local Watering Holes
Triad Area Strawberry Farms
Splash Pads & Water Slides
99 Ways to Reply to I’m Bored
Summer Camps in the Triad
Favorite Parks, Playgrounds & Walking Trails
Event Calendar
Day Trips
What to do with your Preschooler this Summer

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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.