5 Fun Spring Break Ideas

5 Fun Things To Do This Spring Break within Driving Distance of Charlotte

March 12, 2023

Looking to stick close to home this spring break? We have 5 fun and easy family-friendly day trips from the Charlotte area. 


Charleston, SC

This 3 ½ hour drive is definitely worth it for all the beautiful sights, food, shopping, and history. You can visit the iconic Rainbow Row and visit The Battery. Another great place to stop by is the City Market, which is filled with local vendors, and be sure to see the hand-weaved baskets! Some other things to do include going to the Magnolia Plantation, going to the beach (Folly Beach is the top pick), touring a historic mansion, taking a carriage ride, visiting Fort Sumter, and the list goes on. For an evening activity take a haunted ghost walking tour through the historic town. Hopefully, you won’t get spooked too bad! One of the restaurants that is a must when you visit Charleston is Poogan’s Porch. It is a traditional southern restaurant located in an old Victorian-style home and is a must when you’re in Charleston! There are many great restaurants, especially for fresh seafood. Charleston is the perfect destination for a week-long vacation or just a short weekend trip and it won’t disappoint!

Great Wolf Lodge

30 minutes from Charlotte is Great Wolf Lodge. This kid-friendly resort is famous for being an indoor water park. This spring break option is a great place to come that is not too far from home, but you can still escape. They always have activities going on for the kids so they hopefully will never tell you they are bored! The indoor water park has 5 fun water slides, play structures, and swimming/water attractions for all ages. Aside from the water park they also have character appearances throughout the day, PJ parties, nighttime stories by the clock tower, kids spa, clubs for them to join, and so many other fun attractions! Book now so you can have the time of your life splish splashin’ around this spring break!

Lake Norman State Park

Have a staycation this spring break and go to Lake Norman State Park. This local attraction is a great option to get out in nature or enjoy a nice spring day. It has a 125-yard-long swim beach, many trails to hike on, and campground sites if you want to make it a camping trip. Take your pool toys and floats, pack a lunch, and you’ll have a great time at this new man-made beach!

Riverbanks Zoo

This is a great day trip option to bring out the kid in everyone! It is about a 1 ½ hour drive to this zoo and it will not disappoint!  You’ll get to experience all of the animals (over 2,000 to be exact) you love and might even get to hold some. There are many demonstrations with the animals throughout the day including sea lions, penguins, gorillas, elephants, and other opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals! They also have botanical gardens that you can visit experience spring in full bloom. You can save 15% by buying your tickets online prior to your trip!


Adults (ages 13 and up) — $15.95

Children (ages 2–12) — $13.50

Children (younger than 2) — FREE

Tweetsie Railroad

Tweetsie is like any other amusement park you will visit! Located in Blowing Rock, NC this spring break destination is only a 2 ½ hour drive from Charlotte. This option would be great for a day trip or to spend a few days in the mountains enjoying the fresh air and all nature has to offer. This wild-west themed amusement park has a train ride adventure, chair lift, Ferris wheel, and the list goes on with all of your favorite carnival-themed rides! They also have live entertainment like a jamboree and a can-can revue. Make sure you also visit the zoo there, gem mine, and play fair games! Buy your tickets now to save.


Adults (ages 13 and up) — $45

Children (ages 2–12) — $30

Children (younger than 2) — FREE 

While you’re in the mountains there are several things you can take advantage of if you want to make it more than just a day trip! Here are some suggestions:

-Sliding Rock: Famous rock in a river that you can slide down!

-Chimney Rock: Great hike and picnic area

-Ashe County Cheese Factory: Learn about how cheese is made and get to sample some along the way too!

-Unto These Woods: Play about the Cherokee Indian Tribe

-River Tubing: Available at many locations throughout the mountains area and is a nice relaxing activity

-Lunch or Dinner at Dan'l Boone Inn: Known for their family-style meals that will fill your belly and leave a smile on your face with southern cooking.

-Exploring downtown Boone and Blowing Rock for great restaurants and shopping