Best places for indoor fun

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When the temperature drops, you don’t have to worry about catching the winter blues with this list of places where you can go to have a little fun indoors.

Many places require tickets be purchased in advance as well as face masks or coverings be worn during your visit. Use the links provided to check for last-minute updates and safety protocols before you go.

10 Park Lanes – Not only can you show off your bowling skills, but you can also enjoy gourmet food at this joint, which has arcade games as well. 1700 Montford Dr. website

Discovery Place Science – Stroll through an exotic rainforest on a swinging bridge or see a smorgasbord of science experiments at one of the live shows. Closed Tuesday through Thursday. 301 North Tryon St. website

District 57 – This “post-apocalyptic” entertainment center is part game room and part escape room. It features a 30-room obstacle course, a new laser-tag arena, plus arcade games and a self-serve bar for adults.1526-B Alleghany St. website

Frankie’s Fun Park – In addition to its outdoor attractions, Frankie’s features 24 bowling lanes, arcade games, indoor bumper cars, laser tag and virtual reality games. 10621 Bryton Corporate Center Dr. website

Inner Peaks – No matter what your experience level is or what the weather outside is doing, you can go rock climbing at your choice of two locations. 9535 Monroe Rd. or 2220 S. Tryon St. website

Ray’s Splash Planet – This “planet” is really out of this world! It has waterslides, including one that’s three stories tall, a lazy river and all sorts of fun things that’ll help get you soaked. 215 N. Sycamore St. website

Schiele Museum of Natural History – In addition to being home to the second largest planetarium in North Carolina, you can also test your skating skills on an indoor rink where socks replace skates. 1500 East Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. website

Sea Life Aquarium – Dive under the sea and come nose to nose with thousands of creatures, including sharks, stingrays and sea turtles. There’s also an interactive touch pool if you feel like touching a sea star, crab or urchin. Concord Mills Mall, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Entrance 7. website

Sky Zone – What could be more fun than trampoline dodge ball? In addition to trampolines, there’s a Ninja Warrior Course, climbing wall, toddler zone and more. 7325 Smith Corners Blvd. website

Victory Lane Karting – There’s more than meets the eye here. Not only can you satisfy your need for speed on the indoor go-kart track but there’s also a bowling alley, ax throwing and restaurant. 2330 Tipton Drive. website

(WATCH: Soaring to new heights at Inner Peaks -- filmed prior to the pandemic)