As one of the biggest and fastest-growing cities in the South, Charlotte, North Carolina is a mix of southern tradition and modern culture. Between the excitement of the busy historic arts district and its rich NASCAR racing heritage, there is always something fun to do for both adults and kids alike. Even your finicky teen will have a wide variety of activities to choose from in Charlotte. If your teen's birthday is coming up, some of the biggest attractions in the Charlotte area are ideal venues to hold a celebration.
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Sports and Recreation
For the adventurous, outdoor-loving teen, celebrate his birthday at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, home to the largest man-made white-water river. Situated on 400 acres along Charlotte's Catawba River, the center has a slew of outdoor activities to engage in besides white-water rafting, such as kayaking, rock climbings, zip lining, stand-up paddle boarding and rope courses. While the center has no official party packages, it has an event-planning service and several options for rooms and outdoor spaces around the center where you can celebrate with birthday cake and catered food. For another type of high-adrenaline fun, take your teen over to Victory Lane Indoor Karting. This is not your average go-karting family fun center. Victory Lane is all about high-speed, competitive-level motor-sport go-karting. It offers party packages that includes a party room, pizza, video games, recreation games and go-karting. Parents must sign a waiver for teens younger than 18.
Celebrate your teen's birthday with bowling at Ten Park Lanes, a hip and stylish bowling lounge that features an upscale restaurant, an outdoor patio and deck with cornhole game boards. Food highlights include barbecue ribs, pulled pork sliders, flat bread pizzas and a wide variety of burgers and hot dogs. It offers customized party packages that include bowling, pizza and beverages. Your teen could also celebrate his birthday at Sky High Sports in the suburb of Pineville, less than 10 miles from downtown Charlotte. The center features an all-trampoline floor and wall. Guests can also join in on a jumping version of dodgeball. Party packages include a reserved table, pizza, invitations and tableware.
Outdoor Entertainment Parks
Celebrate your teen's birthday at Carowinds, a 398-acre amusement park in Charlotte, featuring a whopping 13 roller coasters and an animatronic dinosaur park. It also includes Boomerang Bay, a water park with high-speed tube slides and exciting, raft-like water rides. Carowinds offers birthday party options, though you must call to talk to staff about what they offer. For a more laid-back experience, Adventure Landing offers 13 acres of activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. This includes mini golf, bumper boats, go-karts, batting cages and an arcade constantly updated with the latest video games. Adventure Landing offers a teen party package that includes passes for activities, pizza and beverages and arcade tokens.
If your teen is a NASCAR fan, take him to the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway to celebrate his birthday. If a NASCAR race is not going on, take your teen and his friends on one of the tours offered around the race track. Tours include a ride around the course toward Victory Circle, where guests can have their pictures taken. Charlotte Motor Speedway also offers birthday party packages for kids, but they can be adapted for a teen's birthday. For the avid movie fan, celebrate your teen's birthday at Studio Movie Grill for a one-of-a-kind movie theater experience. The Studio Movie Grill offers an in-theater dining experience, where you can order food at your plush, comfortable seat inside the movie theater. It offers a variety of movie party packages, including teen party packages.