While we were there we toured the small aquarium, rode the train, toured the "Wildlife Walk" (which includes some cool animals like bears, foxes, wolves and woodchucks among others), panned for gems in their flumes (our favorite part), rode the carousel and the kids had fun playing on the mega playground equipment they have set up. Jamie and Hanna also took us on a paddle boat ride around the pond. (You can even fish while you're there if you'd like.) I sat in the back of the paddle boat with Joe while Jamie and Hanna chauffeured us around.
After we left the park we headed to South Park Mall in Charlotte and met my brother and Teresa for a very yummy dinner at Maggiano's. We headed over to The Cheesecake Factory:-) for dessert and then came home full of good food and tired from all we did throughout the day. We always enjoy these little day trips we take, but this one was extra fun. It was so relaxing and we did things we don't normally do, lots of fun things. It was a fun day and definitely one we will all store in our special bank of family memories that I hope to keep adding to through the years to come!