Sit back and catch a show on the 64-ft projection screen in the High Octane Theater.
Franklin, a little more than three hours' drive from Charlotte, is known as the "Gem Mining Capital of the World," and budding geologists can dig for treasures at the town's Old Cardinal Gem Mine.
Operating for more than 40 years, the mine produces rubies, sapphires, moonstone, amethyst, and garnets.
Visitors can dig through the dirt in the pile or purchase a pre-filled bucket and sift through the contents.
She was the world's greatest sea weapon, but today tourists can wander through the ship to visit the mess hall, tour the sailor's and officer's quarters, and wander the expansive deck to see the intimidating guns up-close and personal.
Strolling five miles of shaded pathways, tourists can see more than 1,600 animals and 52,000 plants at North Carolina Zoo.
The center hosts multiple shows every day - a schedule that changes with the seasons.
In addition to regularly shows, there are fun activities such as a lessons on how to identify planets, bright stars, and constellations.
(Wear comfortable shoes.) Located in Asheboro, the animals represent species from Africa (elephants, rhinos, ostriches, lions, chimps, zebras, and giraffes) and North America (cougars, alligators, bobcats, red wolves, bison, elk, roadrunners, and grizzly and black bears).
Exhibits are designed to resemble the natural habitat.