U.S. National Whitewater Center
820 Hawfield Rd.
Charlotte N.C. 28214
Take it outdoors! At the U.S. National Whitewater Center, you and your tween can choose from a variety of land and water activities including rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking and the ever-popular Mega-Zip. The center also offers a variety of kid-friendly camps and events such as Wilderness Exploration and survival for those ages 10 and up. Rates vary. Hours: Dawn till dusk, 365 days a year.
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
Charlotte, N.C. 28273
Kids of all ages love the thrill of an amusement park, and Carowinds is one of the best. With 122 acres, 13 roller coasters, awesome food choices, a bevy of family rides and water rides, no one will be bored. Explore Boomerang Bay with the price of admission, or hang out with the Peanuts gang. Admission is $36.99 for adults and $21.99 for children under 48 inches. Hours vary by season. The park is closed during winter months.
Queen City Segway
1000 Seaboard St.
Charlotte, N.C. 28202
If your tween is age 11 or older, give him or her a whole new appreciation of Charlotte by taking a Segway tour. Tours generally begin in Uptown Charlotte and wind through a truly impressive list of Charlotte’s top spots, including the Panthers Football Stadium. Tour prices are $50 per person for a 90-minute tour with 20-minute training session, and $65 for a two-hour tour. Tours run daily at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required.
Charlotte Sports Center Friday Night Out
8626 Hankins Rd.
Charlotte, N.C. 28269
A grab bag of Charlotte’s best stuff for tweens can be found at this 80,000-square-foot facility, which offers inline skating, youth camps and adult sports. Among the most popular with tweens is Friday Night Out. Offered for youth ages six to 13, Friday Night Out is four hours of fully-supervised fun. Kids enjoy roller skating, soccer, flag football or other activities, while parents enjoy some time to themselves. Pizza and a drink are included in admission. Cost: $15 per child. Hours: 6 to 10 p.m., Fridays. (Other hours available for other activities.)