Raleigh

Day Trips

This page lists popular kids day trips within 100 miles from Raleigh, North Carolina.
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10 of NC's Best Swimming Spots

With summer (basically) here, who wouldn’t want to compile their seasonal list of the best swimming holes throughout the state. From a secret ‘Midnigh ...

Ackland Art Museum

Since 1958, the Ackland Art Museum has been one of North Carolina's most important cultural resources. With free admission to all, the Ackland Art ...

Free: Yes
101 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514
Adventure at North Carolina State Parks

Plan an outdoor adventure to one of North Carolina’s beautiful state parks - so many of which are local or absolutely in day-trip radius! Test your en ...

Aloha Safari Zoo

Aloha Safari Zoo is home to hundreds of animals that have been injured, abused, abandoned or were donated from various people who no longer wish to ca ...

159 Mini Lane, Cameron, NC, 28326
Bennett Place

Bennett Place, sometimes known as Bennett Farm, in Durham, North Carolina, was the site of the largest surrender of Confederate soldiers ending the Am ...

Free: Yes
4409 Bennett Memorial Rd, Durham, NC, 27705
Carolina Basketball Museum

The Carolina Basketball Museum, located on the campus of the University of North Carolina, is open to the general public Monday - Friday from 10:00 am ...

450 Skipper Bowles Drive, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514
Carolina Tiger Rescue

Carolina Tiger Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild. The ...

1940 Hanks Chapel Rd., Pittsboro, NC, 27312
Carrigan Farms

A 5th generation family-owned farm, Carrigan Farms specializes in growing quality fruits and vegetables, educational school tours and field trips, wed ...

1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville, NC, 28115
Charlotte

Family attractions in Charlotte, NC include Carowinds, Discovery Place, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte Nature Museum, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden an ...

Conservators Center

On a visit to the Conservators Center, you will meet our animals up close. An experienced tour guide will tell you their individual stories and descri ...

676 E. Hughes Mill Road, Burlington, NC, 27217
Deep Creek Tubing

Floatin’ down the river sounds like a summer dream. While many head to the manmade (and overcrowded) lazy rivers, why would you settle for that when y ...

Free: Yes
Divine Llama Vineyards

Just 20 minutes outside of Winston-Salem, sits an award-winning winery with a special twist. While you’re sipping on whites, reds and roses or explori ...

4126 Divine Llama Lane, East Bend, NC
Duke Lemur Center

The Duke Lemur Center through its living laboratory advances science, scholarship, and biological conservation through interdisciplinary research on l ...

3705 Erwin Road, Durham, NC, 27705
Eno River, The

The Eno River is one of the favored spots in the Triangle area. The river offers some small rapids to add a bit of challenge to a canoe or rafting adv ...

6101 Cole Mill Rd., Durham, NC, 27705
Fifteen Unforgettable Things You Must Add To Your North Carolina Summer Bucket List

With temperatures rising in North Carolina, I have one thing on my mind: new adventures! Between lazy beach days, Blue Ridge hiking, and even a little ...

Fourteen Best Places in North Carolina to Go on an Unforgettable Picnic

As the weather warms up, why would you want to eat inside? It’s time to take your lunch outdoors. Here are 14 of the best places in North Carolina to ...

Ghost Town Village

Maggie Valley's previously-abandoned Ghost Town Village has been brought back to life! Reopening June 1st, you can visit one of America's most unique ...

16 Fie Top Road, Maggie Valley, NC, 28751
Green Springs, New Bern

Built in the 1970s, Green Springs has several graded tiers perfect for jumping off of, some even reaching four stories high. There's also ropes for cl ...

Greensboro Science Center

A visit to the Greensboro Science Center is much more than touring the aquarium, museum and zoo. During your visit, we encourage you to take advantage ...

4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC, 27455
Hanging Rock State Park

Since its creation as a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps project, Hanging Rock State Park has offered the best of a traditional outdoor experience wi ...

1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury, NC, 27016
Island Express Ferry Service

The only ferry authorized by National Park Service to drop off at Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Shackleford Banks. Our ferries will take you to Cape ...

600 Front Street, Beaufort, NC
Jordan Lake Cruises

Sit back, rewind and enjoy a guided pontoon cruise on beautiful Jordan Lake with family and friends. 2 hour cruise for up to 10 guests. Includes bag c ...

Area: Cary & Morrisville & Apex
2580 Beaver Creek Road, Apex, NC
JR Motorsports

A must for any Jr. fan! Located in the heart of Mooresville is a new facility that houses Dale Jr's new NASCAR race team. You can watch them building ...

349 Cayuga Dr., Mooresville, NC, 28117
Kidzu Childrens Museum

Kidzu Children's Museum is a hands-on museum dedicated to inspiring young children and the adults in their lives to learn through creative play. We ar ...

201 S Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514
Lazy 5 Ranch

The Lazy 5 Ranch is privately owned and operated by Henry Hampton with no federal or state funding. Henry Hampton has been raising exotic animals for ...

15100 Mooresville Rd, Mooresville, NC, 28115
Mary's Gone Wild Folk Art & Doll Baby Museum

On the road to Holden Beach, you might pass something that is truly head-turning. Buildings adorned in colorful arrays of art, small doll houses that ...

Free: Yes
2431 Holden Beach Road SW, Supply, NC
Morehead Planetarium

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is located on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The Morehead Building houses the ...

250 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC
Museum of Life and Science

Located just blocks from downtown Durham, the Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top family destinations. Situated on 84-acres, our ...

433 W. Murray Avenue, Durham, NC, 27704
North Carolina Botanical Garden

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a "conservation garden". Our guiding mission is to inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of pla ...

100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC, 27517
North Carolina Transportation Museum

This family-friendly place is a 60 acre site filled with interesting exhibits and special events. Four large exhibit buildings represent the remai ...

411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer, NC, 28159
North Carolina Waterfalls Road Trip

There’s no denying North Carolinians love their waterfalls. Transylvania County alone has over 200 waterfalls! So naturally, being from the land of wa ...

Free: Yes
North Carolina Zoo

Located just south of Asheboro, the North Carolina Zoo is seated on a 2,200-acre tract of land in the Uwharrie Mountains. Approximately 500 acres of t ...

4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, NC, 27205

North Carolina is an adventurer’s paradise, with plenty of mountains to climb and waves to surf. But there’s a lot to choose from in the Tar Heel stat ...

Notasium

Notasium™ is an interactive, music-based play space and school designed to awaken the musician in any child at any age. We have created an interactiv ...

750 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC
Roan Mountain Hiking Trail

Hiding right on the North Carolina/Tennessee border is one of the most unique hiking trails in the state with mountain aesthetics you won’t find elsew ...

Free: Yes
Sarah P. Duke Gardens

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens consist of approximately 55acre of landscaped and wooded areas at Duke University. There are 5mi of allées, walks, and pathw ...

420 Anderson St, Durham, NC, 27708
Ten Magical Lakes of NC

Sure, North Carolina has amazing beaches… but sometimes you want a break from the saltwater (and shark scares) and to dip your toes into some freshwat ...

Three Bear Acres

Three Bears Acres offers preschool through grade level field trips with instructional guide to incorporate lesson plans! No reservation needed. Put ...

Area: Wake Forest & Rolesville
711 Beaver Dam Road, Creedmore, NC, 27522
Tiny Restaurants to Visit in NC!

Not all of these would fall under "day trips," but if you are a family of foodies - I've highlighted the ones that aren't too far! -Captain's Corner, ...

Triangle Boat Tours at Lake Jordan

Boating has been our passion for the last 20 years and we are committed to sharing its many benefits with others. Even after 8 years of sailing in som ...

Entrance on US 64, New Hope, NC, 27312
Tweetsie Railroad Wild West Theme Park

Tweetsie Railroad allows children and families to let their imaginations run wild and discover all sorts of fun. Kids can be a cowboy… an Indian… or a ...

300 Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock, NC, 28605
Twelve Unbelievable Hiking Trails in NC

North Carolina is an explorer’s paradise. You can spend weeks on the Appalachian Trail or even just a short weekend along the mountains to sea trail. ...

U.S. National Whitewater Center

The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is dedicated to the promotion of the active, outdoor lifestyle. Since 2006, the USNWC has been promoting a ...

5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC, 28214
Ultimate North Carolina Barbecue Road Trip

While some of these don't qualify as a "day trip," several of the locations do! Pack up the family and hit the road - because North Carolina BBQ is o ...

Waterparks in NC!

North Carolina has plenty of naturally beautiful places to cool off or take a dip, but sometimes you just can’t beat the thrill of a waterslide or eve ...