Summer is here and not a moment too soon! Longer days and warm nights beg for a hot bucket list of cool adventures you’ll be talking about long after the sun goes down. Whether your idea of fun is taking a dip, renting a kayak, exploring the forest or listening to music, this list has you covered. Grab your traveling buddies and hit the road or entertain out of town guests with an impressive lineup of things to do.
What: Swimming at Carrigan Farms
Spend the day soaking in nature’s coolest pool at Carrigan Farms! With an onsite restaurant, tasty beverages, plenty of places to lay out and rope swings galore, you won’t want to leave.
Where: 1213 Oakridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28115
Price: $5 must be paid at time of booking; $20 to $30 admission ($5 will be returned as credit)
Pro-Tip: This is not a spur of the moment adventure. Advanced reservations are required to participate in open swim.
What: River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
Catch live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings May through September at the beautiful National Whitewater Center. Grab a brew, spread out on a blanket and enjoy tunes under the stars.
Where: 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214
Price: Free; $6 per car to park
Pro-Tip: No need to keep your four-legged BFF at home, the USNWC welcomes well behaved, leashed dogs – so let them come howl at the moon!
What: Kayak at the Anne Springs Close Greenway
Get your kayak on at the Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, SC. Make a reservation for a two-hour excursion on a Saturday or Sunday and glide into your weekend with style.
Where:104 Adventure Rd, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Price: $15 (non-members) for a two-hour rental
Pro-Tip: With hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing and more on over 2,100 acres of outdoor space – you could spend your entire summer here!
What: Cool off at Carolina Harbor
When the only place to be is up to your neck in H2O, head to Carolina Harbor water park at Carowinds. Chill in the wave pool then get your adrenaline fix on waterslides and board races.
Where: 14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273
Price: Starting at $45 per person (includes admission to the amusement park)
Pro-Tip: Spend the day in style and reserve a cabana with seating for six to 24 people with complimentary water, refrigerator and satellite TV.
What: Waterfall Exploring at South Mountains State Park
Consider this your summer two for one. Cool off in the chilly waters of High Shoals Falls and take tons of postable pics.
Where: 3001 S Mountain Park, Connelly Springs, NC 28612
Pro-Tip: High Shoals Falls is an 80-foot cascading waterfall with a serene pool at the bottom – perfect for a quick dip for those brave enough to battle chilly mountain water. Don’t forget the towels!
What: Baseball Stadium Hopping
If you live in or near the Queen City, you have three solid choices of where to catch professional baseball – Uptown Charlotte (Knights), Gastonia (Honey Hunters) and Kannapolis (Cannon Ballers). Each stadium has its own vibe, fans, price point, food offerings and promotions so check out all three.
Where: Charlotte, Gastonia and Kannapolis
Price: Varies by ballpark
Pro-Tip: Save some dough and get cool free stuff when you take advantage of Thirsty Thursdays, promo nights and Sunday food and drink specials!
What: Crayola’s IDEAworks at Camp North End
If you’ve got kids around this summer, thrill them with a trip all things colorful at Camp North End. The Crayola IDEAworks experience is an fully-immersive, interactive adventure that puts creativity to the test.
Where: 400 Camp Rd, Charlotte, NC 28206
Price: Starting at $15
Pro-Tip: Reward yourself for being the best grown up ever with some good eats at Camp North End after you check out the exhibit.
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