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Posted: 10/16/2008 2:12:43 AM EDT
I'm coming down to Atlanta GA for a wedding next week, and am planning on breaking up the trip with an overnight in the Charlotte area.  (I77/I85 corridor)  

Anything fun in the area for an 8 year old girl that doens't involve racing?  (I'd stop at some shops but the wife won't hear of it!)

Is "Gem Mountain" neat, or is it a tourist trap?  (saw it on the History channel)

Any amusment parks?
Link Posted: 10/16/2008 3:06:45 AM EDT
Never been to Gem Mountain but there is Carowinds (amusement park), it's only open from Fri-Sun this time of year though.
Link Posted: 10/16/2008 4:17:20 AM EDT
Carowinds has Scarowinds going right now. 8 years should be OK.

I think it goes from 7-midnight on Friday and the weekends.

There is something about 30 min outside Charlotte called LAZY 5 Ranch. All kinds of animals and stuff. I have takn my 2 girls there a few times.
Link Posted: 10/16/2008 4:41:34 AM EDT
The discovery place in down town Charlotte is a good stop also.
Link Posted: 10/16/2008 2:14:16 PM EDT
the concord mills mall has a huge arcade in it...
Link Posted: 10/16/2008 2:29:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/16/2008 2:38:51 PM EDT by glee]
Yes, Discovery Place for science. Carowinds (Scarowinds) is an amusement park. Normally, it's an all day thing. I don't know about during the halloween season. The advantage with Concord Mills is the Bass Pro is there.
Link Posted: 10/16/2008 4:24:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/16/2008 4:25:10 PM EDT by PC-Tech]
Carolina Renaissance Festival just 15 min up in Huntersville.

www.royalfaires.com/carolina/

Link Posted: 10/16/2008 9:20:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By drizzle:
The discovery place in down town Charlotte is a good stop also.


I still like to go there and im 20. i was in the phillipinnes when pinatubo erupted. DP still has the volcanic ash on display that my dad donated.
Link Posted: 10/16/2008 9:24:12 PM EDT
Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville. Drive-thru petting zoo with all sorts of African animals. Worth the trip.
Link Posted: 10/17/2008 2:17:51 AM EDT
This place is fun (if the kids are into nature, animals, etc)

Carolina Raptor Center

I went this summer with my son.  WE loved it.  They have small education sessions that allow the kids to see the birds up close and personal.
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