15 Fun Family DestinationsDiscover fun for the whole family on Lake Lure in the North Carolina mountainsWhen organizing a family vacation or getaway, it can be challenging to appease kids of varying ages, while ensuring mom and dad enjoy themselves as well. Luckily, in North Carolina, you'll find plenty of attractions providing fun for the whole group.Plan your next excursion with this list of family favorites from across the state.MountainsBeach at Lake LureLake Lure Gaze up at Chimney Rock as you play or lay on the beach. Plus, the Water Works park offers soaking games, water slides and cannons, bumper boats and more. Then stop for a bite or an ice cream cone at one of the restaurants by the shore.Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather MountainLinville Enjoy the cool mountain air as you cross Mile High Swinging Bridge, a 228-foot suspension bridge spanning an 80-foot chasm at more than one mile in elevation. Eleven trails dot this spot, one of the highest peaks in the Blue Ridge Mountains, so you can take on anything from a gentle walk to a rigorous trek.Walk across the Mile High Swinging Bridge for incredible views of Grandfather MountainLinville CavernsMarion Located near the High Country, North Carolina’s only show caverns allow visitors to glimpse nature at work “inside” the mountains. Slow moving ground water created underground labyrinths forming an incredible series of rooms and passages and spectacular formations.Pisgah National ForestAsheville and Brevard Comprised of more than 500,000 acres, this forest features whitewater rivers, waterfalls, hundreds of miles of trails and popular campsites. Choose one of the family-friendly campgrounds, such as Lake Powhatan and Davidson River. And venture to the legendary Sliding Rock, a 60-foot natural water slide.Pisgah National Forest features 11 designated campgrounds with hundreds of campsitesTweetsie RailroadBlowing Rock This family theme park features a three-mile, steam-powered train ride, which plays host to special events throughout the year such as Day Out With Thomas and Ghost Train. There's also live entertainment, amusement rides and a petting zoo.PiedmontCarolina Harbor at CarowindsCharlotte Carowinds expanded its water park in 2016, transforming it into Carolina Harbor and becoming the largest water park in the Carolinas. It will entice you to slide through Blackbeard's Revenge, watch your kids frolic in Kiddy Hawk Cove, catch some sun on one of the luxury cabanas and more.Admission to Carolina Harbor is included with your Carowinds ticketNorth Carolina Transportation MuseumSpencer Explore antique locomotives, rail cars, automobiles and more at a site that was once a national hub for steam engine repair. You can also take the train ride around the historic 57-acre site, enjoy the many family-friendly special events and learn how transportation helped build North Carolina. North Carolina ZooAsheboro Connect with wildlife from two different continents as you explore 500 acres of exhibits carefully constructed to resemble natural habitats. You can walk, or take a tram, from Africa’s grasslands to North America’s Arctic coast, all in one fun day.Old Salem Museums & GardensWinston-Salem Old Salem Museums & Gardens lets you experience early American history in the unique Moravian settlement of Salem. You can witness craftsmen performing historic trades, recreate Moravian crafts, enjoy sweets from Winkler Bakery, visit the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) and enjoy the gardens, an essential part of life in Salem since 1766.Old Salem Museum & Gardens provides a living history of the 18th centuryPinehurst ResortPinehurst With eight unique golf courses, Pinehurst says it’s the largest golf resort in America. Non-golfers in the family can relax in the award-winning spa, take a lesson in lawn bowls or croquet, or kayak on the private lake.CoastBattleship North CarolinaWilmington The most decorated U.S. battleship of WWII offers you a chance to explore nine decks, crew’s quarters, gun turrets and much more. Afterward, visit downtown Wilmington for shopping, day or evening riverboat cruises, museums showcasing North Carolina artists and history, or tours of the historic district, nature preserves and movie studios.Activities at Battleship North Carolina include behind-the-scenes tours, history programs and reenactmentsBirthplace of PepsiNew Bern Pharmacist Caleb Bradham invented Pepsi in his drugstore in New Bern in 1898. Today, you can visit the Pepsi Store and browse through memorabilia while learning more about the history of one of the world’s favorite soft drinks.Kitty Hawk KitesNags Head Learn to hang glide over soft sand dunes or fly tandem with an instructor. Other activities include kiteboarding lessons, dolphin tours, Lost Colony, and bioluminescence kayak tours, as well as parasailing and stand-up paddleboarding.North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic Beach In addition to areas that celebrate mountain waterfalls, central rivers and coastal swamps, you can see three exhibits that replicate famed shipwrecks off the North Carolina coast – the sunken German sub U-352, Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, and the Caribsea freighter.See thousands of aquatic animals at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresWB Surf CampWrightsville Beach Learn to surf in the emerald green waters of Wrightsville Beach with private and group surfing lessons and camps. Whether you’re a beginner or have surfed before, the staff of trained educators will take you to the next level.More FROM VISITNC.COMThere’s much to see and do in North Carolina, so read on.Play, Eat, Stay, Repeat at These Fun-Filled AttractionsFrom theme parks and casinos to amenity-filled resorts and an overnight winery, you can stay where you play at these North Carolina destinations.8 Fun Activities to Get Your Kids OutdoorsBreak your kids away from the TV and visit one of North Carolina’s state and national parks, where they’ll be surprised to find thrills of a lifetime.Spend Your Family Vacation on North Carolina BeachesPlanning a trip the whole family loves can be a challenge – except here. Enjoy the beaches and waterfront attractions in Wilmington and the Brunswick Islands.