101 Day and Quick Overnight Trips for Families from Charlotte

And 3 that are totally worth the drive!

By South Charlotte Macaroni Kid June 27, 2022

The QC is perfectly situated for some great day trips. Within a few hours, we can access mountains, oceans, and great museums. We have pulled together a list of some great family-friendly day trips from Charlotte. All of these trips are within 4 hours so you can make some overnighters if you want. Three of the trips are a little further but so worth the drive! 

Cities to Visit 

Holden Beach

Greenville SC 

Greensboro NC 

Charleston SC 

Hilton Head SC

Winston Salem

Lake Lure NC 

Boone NC 

Blowing Rock NC 

Beech Mountain NC 
Asheville NC 

Mount Airy NC 

Edisito Beach SC 

Gatlinburg TN

Fripp Island SC 

Isle of Palm SC 

Folly Beach SC 

Museums to Visit 

EdVenture Columbia

Marbles in Raleigh

Greensboro Science Center 

Children’s Museum Winston Salem

South Carolina State Museum 

NC Maritime Museum

International Civil Rights Museum


NC Science Museum in Raleigh

Schiele Museum

Duke Homestead

Durham Museum of Life and Science

Durham Museum 

NC Transportation Museum

KidSenses Museum

NC Museum of Art

Columbia Museum of Art 

Fernbank Museum of Natural History Atlanta 

Get Wild (Visit the Animals)

NC Zoo

Riverbanks Zoo

NC Aquarium

SC Aquarium

All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm

Lazy 5 Ranch

Raptor Center

Carolina Tiger Rescue

Cherokee Bear Zoo

Conservators Center Burlington 

 Nature! Places to Hike, Swim, Tube, Float and Play

Creeper Trail

Tubing Asheville NC 

Whitewater Rafting

Grandfather Mountain

Kings Mountain SC

Sliding Rock NC 

Swinging Bridge

Andrew Jackson State Park

Beanstalk Journey Catwaba

Sliding Rock

Kennersville Lake

Whitewater Center

Carolina Beach

South Mountain State Park

Stone Mountain

Muddy Creek Greenway

Western NC Nature Center

Anne Springs Greenway

Huntington Beach State Park (Castle guarded by gators)

Andrew Jackson State Park

Kayak the Cypress Trees at Congaree National Park

Swinging Bridge

Cone Tree Picnic Area

Carolina Ziplines and Canopy Tours

Dan Nicholas State Park 

Uniquely NC

Old Salem


Little Switzerland

Amtrak Kids Ride for $5 between NC cities all summer

Reed's Gold Mine

Historic Brattonsville

Seagrove Pottery

Linville Caverns

World’s Largest Chest of Drawers in High Point

Oconaluftee Indian Village


Hiddenite Gem Mine

Greensboro Ice House

Asheville Pinball Museum

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

Ghost Town Village

ArtQuest Greensboro

Homeland Creamery

Bunker Hill Covered Bridge

Cherokee~Unto These Hills

Town Creek Indian Mound

Other Fun Ideas

Pigeon Forge

Wet and Wild

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

Olde English District

USS NC Battleship

Latta Plantation

Love Valley

World of Coke

Edisto Island Serpentarium

Bee City

Worth the Drive

Wild Horses


Climb a Lighthouse