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Charlotte to Asheville - road trip with 7 y/o boy - ideas?

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Charlotte to Asheville - road trip with 7 y/o boy - ideas?

We are in Charlotte for a few days and then on Good Friday we are driving over to Mars Hill (north of Asheville) - is there anything fun for us to stop and do between Charlotte and Asheville or in those places themselves for a few hours? We are looking for for stops/places to visit that will be of interest to a 7 y/o boy. We enjoy outdoorsy things or amusement parks, bounce houses, attractions...

We realize it is Good Friday so some things may be closed.

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1. Re: Charlotte to Asheville - road trip with 7 y/o boy - ideas?

The Western NC Nature Center in Asheville is a great place for kids (and adults too!):

http://www.wncnaturecenter.com/Home.aspx

Chimney Rock offers hiking, scenic views, and more: http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/

The Western NC Farmers Market in Asheville is a fun place, with lots of fresh produce and other edibles like jams and jellies, fresh-baked breads, local cheeses, honey, mountain crafts, and more.

ncagr.gov/markets/…

And of course, downtown Asheville is full of interesting things to see and do (don't miss the old fashioned candy section at the Mast General Store!): http://www.exploreasheville.com/

Hope you enjoy your trip!

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2. Re: Charlotte to Asheville - road trip with 7 y/o boy - ideas?

Thanks - those look like some great ideas! I snooped a bit and found the Catawba Science Center in Hickory. We may stop there for a few hours - it looks pretty small, but if the weather doesn't cooperate this might be an alternative to outdoorsy things.

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3. Re: Charlotte to Asheville - road trip with 7 y/o boy - ideas?

I'd skip Hickory and head for Asheville, personally. Not a Hickory fan. Asheville is gorgeous, and it's only 2 hrs from Charlotte, surely he can make it that far w/o needing to stop.

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4. Re: Charlotte to Asheville - road trip with 7 y/o boy - ideas?

Oh, if you're looking for amusement parks you could go to Carowinds while you're in Charlotte.

www.carowinds.com

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5. Re: Charlotte to Asheville - road trip with 7 y/o boy - ideas?

I will check out Carowinds - most amusement parks here in PA are not open until May - so, I forget to check open dates for you southern states!

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6. Re: Charlotte to Asheville - road trip with 7 y/o boy - ideas?

I think Carowinds is open for Spring Break April 11-20, so that sounds like it will coincide with your dates, otherwise it's open on the weekends right now. It draws crowds regionally, unlike Disney, so doesn't really open up during the week until kids are starting to get out of school for the summer.

Hickory is not really a tourist draw at all. Stick with Asheville and the mountains for more attractions and fun stuff to do.

If you want to head up a little further in the mountains you can go to Tweetsie, a small amusement park in Blowing Rock, featuring a locomotive! http://tweetsie.com/

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7. Re: Charlotte to Asheville - road trip with 7 y/o boy - ideas?

You might think about going to Discovery place in Charlotte. He's a good age for that.

There is a terrific park in Montreat (near black mountain) that is along a small creek and is very natural. Lots of kids also climb the "lookout" trail - stop at Assembly Inn - the conference center headquarters for details.

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8. Re: Charlotte to Asheville - road trip with 7 y/o boy - ideas?

If your son loves train you might want to consider a slightly out of the way stop in Spencer for the transportation museum (it's north on I -85)

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