Most theme parks don't open daily until May, but roller-coaster junkies get an early fix at Carowinds. Don't miss: Borg Assimilator, the first "flying" coaster in the Carolinas. It propels you Superman style through an adrenaline-laced series of spirals.
Nature lovers should head to the sprawling Latta Plantation Nature Preserve northwest of town. Follow pretty paths through the woods around a quiet lake, or saddle up for a trail ride on a mellow steed. The Latta Plantation Equestrian Center hosts 45-minute guided rides for $23 per person and pony rides for the kids.
Sports fans can catch a baseball game (and maybe a fly ball) at the Charlotte Knights stadium. This AAA-affiliate for the Chicago White Sox is based just across the state line in South Carolina, but it's only about a 15-minute drive from the city.
Left: Take them out to the ball game to see the Charlotte Knights play.