The Carolina Renaissance Festival provided tickets in exchange for this review. All opinions, thoughts, and tips are my own.
My husband and I took the triplets to the Carolina Renaissance Festival a few weekends ago. We had been before with our older daughter, but the triplets were not really old enough until now. Since the triplets are all boys, I knew that they would enjoy the jousting and the knight costumes.
The Carolina Renaissance Festival is a day trip for us, but as we walked through the parking area we noticed license plates from all over the southeast! The Carolina Renaissance Festival is a popular attraction for all ages.
If you are heading to the Carolina Renaissance Festival as an adult couple or with older kids, it’s pretty easy to simply head over and enjoy the day. But with kids, like anything else, there are extra planning and details that go into attending the Carolina Renaissance Festival with kids. We took four kids (which included three 4 year olds), and I have a few tips and tricks on what to know about visiting the Carolina Renaissance Festival with kids.
-Ticket Prices: Tickets for kids under 5 are free. There is a price for kids from 5-12. Harris Teeter (and the Carolina Renaissance Festival website) typically offers tickets at a slight discount if you pre-purchase them.
-Not everything inside the Festival is free. The Petting Zoo and Jousting Tournament are free, but other rides are not. The rides are not expensive (typically within the range of $1-$3), but if you have a large family this can add up quickly. We let the kids have their choice of a ride and also try out the archery.
-Be sure to check the Entertainment Schedule online before you go. The jousting is only offered at certain times, and it is to not be missed! We also arrived at the jousting area about 30 minutes ahead of the show to be sure to get a seat. It was completely worth it, though. My boys are still talking about it (and attempting to replicate the jousting knights) weeks later.
-Check the Special Event schedule online before going. I didn’t, and we arrived to realize it was BrewFest Weekend. We didn’t encounter anyone who was acting inappropriately, but the festival was definitely more crowded than it has been on weekends that we have attended in the past.
-The festival does not allow outside food or beverages brought it. However, I noticed several moms with strollers and drinks/snacks for their smaller children, so I think that the festival may be flexible on this.
Have you ever been to the Carolina Renaissance Festival? I’ll leave you with a few more pictures below!