Vacation Ideas: 17 Places to See With Kids in North Carolina
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9. Climb to the top of Chimney Rock.
Photo courtesy of Chimney Rock Park
Chimney Rock | chimneyrockpark.com
Take an elevator or make the strenuous climb up 26 stories of stairs to reach the iconic monolith, which is 535 million years old. From the top, enjoy the spectacular view of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. While exploring the park, kids will love the discovery stations on the Great Woodland Adventure, an easy .6-mile hike to discover the lives of frogs, owls, chipmunks and more. Also, don’t miss Grady’s Animal Discovery Den with live animals, and make sure the kids visit Hickory Nut Falls, the second-highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
Cost: $7-$15; free for ages 4 and younger
Nearby attractions: Lake Lure, Broad River Gems and Mining Co.