Cool spots to visit with kiddos
Conover Station is one of Cool spots to visit with kiddos.

1. Conover Station

403 Conover Sta SE, Conover, NC
Government Building · 3 tips and reviews

City of ConoverCity of Conover: Conover Station is an active downtown Brownfield redevelopment project. The City envisions a vibrant mixed-use town center and multi-modal transportation hub known as Conover Station.

Graveyard Fields is one of Cool spots to visit with kiddos.

2. Graveyard Fields

blue ridge parkway, North Carolina
Trail · 3 tips and reviews

Visit North CarolinaVisit North Carolina: This spot features cascading waterfalls, scenic hiking trails suitable for all ages, and even an old-fashioned swimming hole.

Mount Mitchell State Park is one of Cool spots to visit with kiddos.

3. Mount Mitchell State Park

8.1
NC Hwy 128 (Blue Ridge Parkway), Burnsville, NC
Mountain · 23 tips and reviews

Visit North CarolinaVisit North Carolina: Did you know Mount Mitchell is the highest point in North America east of the Mississippi River?

Craggy Gardens is one of Cool spots to visit with kiddos.

4. Craggy Gardens

8.7
364 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC
Scenic Lookout · 10 tips and reviews

Visit North CarolinaVisit North Carolina: Flower fans shouldn’t miss Craggy Gardens. The high-elevation summits boast some of the most spectacular floral displays along the Parkway, including a rhododendron garden that bursts with June color.

Linville Falls is one of Cool spots to visit with kiddos.

5. Linville Falls

9.0
Linville Falls, NC
Scenic Lookout · 7 tips and reviews

Visit North CarolinaVisit North Carolina: This spot offers offers gorgeous waterfalls, hiking trails and spectacular views. Try Wiseman’s View, Table Rock, Hawksbill Mountain and Shortoff Mountain for the best views of Linville Gorge.

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is one of Cool spots to visit with kiddos.

6. North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

9.1
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Aquarium · 35 tips and reviews

Visit North CarolinaVisit North Carolina: The otters enjoy putting on a playful show to delight visitors of all ages. Be sure to also stop and see the sea turtles, including Nimbus, a unique little loggerhead named for his golden coloring.

North Carolina Maritime Museum is one of Cool spots to visit with kiddos.

7. North Carolina Maritime Museum

8.6
315 Front St (at Turner St.), Beaufort, NC
Museum · 11 tips and reviews

Visit North CarolinaVisit North Carolina: Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge exhibit opened here in June 2011. Sail through the museum's collection of lore and artifacts raised from the Beaufort Inlet, where the ship ran aground in 1718.

The Local Yokel Ferry is one of Cool spots to visit with kiddos.

8. The Local Yokel Ferry

516 Island Rd, Harkers Island, NC
Boat or Ferry · 1 tip

Visit North CarolinaVisit North Carolina: Take a ride with Captain El across the water to Cape Lookout Lighthouse or Shackleford Banks. Keep your camera handy. You just might spot dolphins, sea turtles or wild horses along the way!

Cape Lookout Lighthouse is one of Cool spots to visit with kiddos.

9. Cape Lookout Lighthouse

7.6
Cape Lookout National Seashore, Core Banks, NC
Lighthouse · 5 tips and reviews

Visit North CarolinaVisit North Carolina: The lighthouse is open for climbing mid-May through mid-September. Take your time climbing its 207 steps and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view from the top!

Wright Brothers National Memorial is one of Cool spots to visit with kiddos.

10. Wright Brothers National Memorial

9.0
US-158 (mile post 7.5), Kill Devil Hills, NC
Monument / Landmark · 38 tips and reviews

Visit North CarolinaVisit North Carolina: Stand at the spot of the Wrights' first 4 flights, which took place Dec. 17, 1903. The first flight was just 40 yards and took 12 seconds, a time easily beat by a child or adult's easy jog. Try it!

Jennette's Pier is one of Cool spots to visit with kiddos.

11. Jennette's Pier

7223 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC
Pier · 21 tips and reviews

Visit North CarolinaVisit North Carolina: Come here to fish, surf, shop for souvenirs or just enjoy the waves and sun. The pier also offers fishing, science and education classes for little anglers as well as kids 12 and up.

Jockey's Ridge State Park is one of Cool spots to visit with kiddos.

12. Jockey's Ridge State Park

9.5
at W Carolista Dr., Nags Head, NC
Park · 44 tips and reviews

Visit North CarolinaVisit North Carolina: So, just how much sand will you find here? About 30 million tons - enough to fill 6 million dump trucks! Enjoy your trek to the top. The view is a pretty amazing reward.

Corolla, NC is one of Cool spots to visit with kiddos.

13. Corolla, NC

Corolla, NC
Neighborhood · 38 tips and reviews

Visit North CarolinaVisit North Carolina: Did you know Corolla is home to 120+ wild horses? These descendants of Spanish mustangs have been here 400+ years. Find them on the northernmost beaches, but remember: Stay 50' away and do not feed!

Catawba Science Center is one of Cool spots to visit with kiddos.

14. Catawba Science Center

8.4
243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC
Science Museum · 14 tips and reviews

Catawba CountyCatawba County: A fun, educational place to bring the family! Call 828.322.8169 for more information! Read more.

Bunker Hill Covered Bridge is one of Cool spots to visit with kiddos.

15. Bunker Hill Covered Bridge

4180 E US 70 Hwy, Claremont, NC
Park · 4 tips and reviews

Catawba CountyCatawba County: Take a short walk down the wooded path to the Covered Bridge. This is a great place to bring the family or just to come enjoy the outdoors!

Murray's Mill is one of Cool spots to visit with kiddos.

16. Murray's Mill

1489 Murrays Mill Rd, Catawba, NC
Park · 1 tip

Catawba CountyCatawba County: Check out the Annual Harvest Folk Festival held each year on the last Saturday and Sunday of September.

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is one of Cool spots to visit with kiddos.

17. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library

375 3rd St NE, Hickory, NC
Library · 2 tips and reviews

Catawba CountyCatawba County: Catawba County and City of Hickory residents can get a free library card here. Check out books, movies, music, and more!