10 {More} Fun Field Trips in Western North Carolina

Back in October, I shared a post about ten fun places to take your children for field trips here in Western North Carolina.   Since there are so many great venues in this area, I decided to write another post and share ten more fun field trip destinations here in this neck of the woods. 
This is a fun interactive children’s museum in Huntersville is chock full of engaging activities for young children.  With a town market, a farm, an auto repair shop, a submarine, and so much more scaled down for children, this is a fantastic place that allows your children to stretch their imaginations by pretending to do the thing they watch grown ups do.  To read more about our adventure there, click here.
Nestled in Morganton, this orchard and cider mill is hands down the best of its kind in this area for a field trip!  You will be given a tour of the fields, shown how cider is made, how to properly pick apples, where the apples are stored after picking and more.  Every child is allowed to take home a small bag of apples as well!  We absolutely loved the time we had and left with tons of yummy goodies from the small shop.  To read more about our trip and to see some more resources for an apple unit study, click here.
This is another gem of a museum designed for children.  It’s smaller than some of the others that we have visited, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t just as or more fun! We spent hours exploring the various rooms and activities and my children have been begging to go back. There is a climbing lobby complete with a beanstalk that leads to the second floor, a library where there is a storytime that may include a real live pony, an alphabet room, and several other exciting areas for children to investigate. The museum offers a great discount for homeschool families as well!
A historic cotton plantation and living history farm, Latta Plantation provides a peek into America’s past.  Tours of the buildings are offered with guides and you are allowed to wander the grounds on your own. There are themed events offered frequently with several made specifically for homeschoolers.
This is the only NC state historic site associated with the time period of the French and Indian War. Visit during one of the living history weekends to experience reenactments and learn all about how soldiers lived during the American Revolution. 
Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, this unusual attraction is definitely a stop you should make!  Gravity defying exhibits, a room where it’s impossible to stand up straight, and small educational museums will provide a day’s enjoyment for all ages. 
This giant cliff, 4000 feet above sea level, is the location of an old Native American legend that is a tale of love between a Chickasaw maiden and a Cherokee brave. This is a beautifully scenic place with walking trails and a gift shop.
This site is the first known location that gold was discovered in North America. Tour the mines for free and then pan for your own gold!
Travel in style on board a train as you travel through Western North Carolina!  There are various excursions to choose from including a tour of fall foliage, holiday themed events, and more.  There are over fifty three miles of track on this railroad as well as two tunnels and twenty five bridges.
Visit the Carolina’s oldest cheese plant and watch how this dairy staple is made! Shop in the cheese store and stock up on some yummy cheeses, fudges, and butter!
Have you been to any of these destinations?

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