Day Tripping in Uptown |


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Day Tripping in Uptown

07/24/13 11:16

Under the towering skyscrapers of Charlotte’s Center City, lays family-friendly venues waiting for your arrival. Uptown Charlotte attracts over 25 million visitors each year to their museums, sporting events, restaurants, and other entertainment venues. Join in the fun by bringing your family and exploring the top kid attractions. Here’s a must-do family day which includes a ride on North Carolina’s first light rail train, a stop by a library for a scavenger hunt and a visit to Discovery Place – one of the leading hands-on science centers in the country.

Ride the Train

Kids loves to ride on a train, so why not add a ride on the LYNX Blue line to your journey to Uptown. It is 9.6 miles long with seven park and ride stations. If you live along the route or close by, hop on for a good time and parents get a break from navigating traffic congestion. Parking is free. Children five and under ride free. Take it to the 7th Street stop, the last stop where you will find your first stop, ImaginOn.


A combined library and theatre under one roof, ImaginOn brings stories to life in many innovative ways for children. This venue is currently featuring an interactive exhibit, Arthur’s World Tour. Geared for kids 2 to 10 years, children can be a part of a live broadcast, have a pretend backyard sleepover, and stroll down the streets of Elwood City. Admission is free and Arthur’s World Tour will be on view through September 8.

Step into the Spangler Library and go on a scavenger hunt. Find everything on your list and win a prize. This activity is ongoing throughout the year.

Discovery Place

Walking north on 7th Street for a couple of blocks and making a left onto North Tryon Street, you will find your second stop, Discovery Place. Recently renovated, their halls are filled with new interactive activities. You can ride on an Air Chair, lie on a Bed of Nails, experiment with Air Tubes and create prototypes of footwear using duct tape. Take a stroll through a rainforest to see colorful tropical birds and don’t miss seeing the underworld at the aquarium on the lower level.

From the best-selling Grossology children’s book series, a special limited-time exhibition designed for learning about gross things in the natural world. Take a whiff of different scents and guess which animal made it like skunk spray or raccoon urine. Test your knowledge on which creatures have red, blue or white blood. Pump up a tick with air simulating the sucking of blood, play dung ball rally and learn about different animal poops. It will make you laugh and gross you out at the same time. This exhibit is available through September 2 and is included in museum admission.

Getting Hungry

When it’s time for lunch, located in Discovery Place is a Community Café, where you can purchase soup and sandwiches. There are also many restaurants close by if you want a wider food selection. You can leave the facility and return as long as you are still wearing your admission wristband. If you’d like, you can pack your own lunch and eat at Discovery Place’s outdoor picnic tables, adjacent to their front entrance on North Tryon.

My Family’s Take

My ten and seven-year-old daughters and I conquered all the places on this day trip all in one day. Once we found a seat on the train going home, that’s when we felt fatigued. Yes, we were tired, but that night my daughters thanked me numerous times for such a great day.

Go ahead and choose a date. Your family is sure to have a good time in Uptown!

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