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5 Charlotte day trips

Michelle Eastridge

It's a 4-day weekend for CMS students! Check out our top 5 winter day trips! What are yours?

Riverbanks Zoo From elephants to kangaroos to penguins and koalas, this animal packed zoo is smaller than the N.C. Zoological Park, making it more manageable for little ones. The zoo is located about an hour and a half from Charlotte in Columbia, SC. Adults $13.95, children 2-12 yrs old $11.50. http://www.riverbanks. org/

N.C. Zoo Located about 90 miles from Charlotte in Asheboro, this zoo offers 500 acres of exhibits, so be prepared to walk. The zoo is home to over 1,100 animals and over 40,000 plants. Adults $12, children 2-12 yrs old $8.

Schiele Museum of Natural History American Indian culture, early Piedmont history, interactive permanent galleries, special hands-on exhibits and programs interpreting more than 400 years of Piedmont history. $7 adults, $ 6 children over the age of 4. http://www.schielemuseum. org/

EdVenture Located in Columbia, SC EdVenture is the south’s largest children’s museum. Featuring hands-on exhibits, your child will enjoy playing with various science experiments, using their imaginations with fun filled sets, and exploring through nature in live animal exhibits. Admission is $11.50, children under 1 are free. http://www.edventure. org/

Hawksnest Tubing Park is located in Pisgah National Forest between Boone and Banner Elk. Hawksnest has 30+ lanes ranging from 400-1000 feet in length made for ages 3 and up. Plus they have winter ziplining for ages 5 and up. $25 per session. https://www.hawksnesttubing. com