Affordable Adventures

We've rounded up five unique Cabarrus County experiences that won't break the bank. Check out these affordable opportunities to race from the ordinary!

NASCAR Race Shops
Cabarrus County, NC "Where Racing Lives," is one of the most unique motorsports destinations in the world giving fans the opportunity to step inside top NASCAR team shops.  With 90% of the teams  located in Cabarrus County and the surrounding area, visitors can explore motorsports heritage right in the heart of racing country. For a complete list, see page 54 of the Destination Guide or check out our suggestion on where to start!

BONUS: At nearby Charlotte Motor Speedway, the "Feel the Thrill" tour is packed with action, history and fun for just $12 per person.  For even more value, stop by the Cabarrus County Visitor Information Center and pick up a coupon for $2 off!

Dale Earnhardt Tribute Plaza
Kannapolis is the hometown of NASCAR Hall of Famer, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. Here, the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Plaza features a nine-foot, 900 pound bronze statue of Dale's likeness as the centerpiece of a lush courtyard in the heart of downtown. Look closely and you'll find features that play on Earnhardt numerology all throughout the Plaza.

BONUS: There are 19 other stops where fans can pay tribute to the Intimidator and get a glimpse into his life as a man, not just a race car driver.  The Dale Trail is a 20-stop self-guided tour that features points of interest from Dale's childhood and racing legacy. Pick up a map in the Cabarrus County Visitor Center or in the lobby of your Cabarrus County hotel.

The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame
Operated by music pioneer Eddie Ray, Mr. Ray was the first African-American vice-president of Capital Records. Ray has played an active role in the careers of musicians such as B.B. King, Pink Floyd, Fats Domino and many more. Step inside to discover the exhibits that represent all genres of music and recognize hundreds of musicians, producers, music executives and writers from North Carolina with memorabilia, ephemera, art, artifacts and more.

BONUS: Throughout the year, Kannapolis hosts a variety of events and entertainment including classic car cruise-ins, concerts,  arts festivals and the Kannapolis Intimidators Minor League baseball games. Check our Event Calendar to see what's happening now.

The Galleries
The Cabarrus Arts Council curates four galleries on the first floor of the 1876 Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse.  The Galleries display works by regional and national artists working in a variety of media through exhibitions that change about every eight weeks. For one-of-a-kind treasures, stop in the Gallery Shop—the perfect place to come for beautifully handcrafted gifts and original works of art.

BONUS: In addition to local restaurants and must-stop dessert shops, Historic Downtown Concord also hosts Union Street Live. Grab your lawn chair and enjoy outdoor concerts the third Thursday of each month from June to September right beside the Historic Courthouse!

Reed Gold Mine
The first documented discovery of gold in the continental United States happened in Cabarrus County in 1799 when 12 year old Conrad Reed found a 17 pound golden nugget on the family's property. Today, Reed Gold Mine is the only underground mine in North Carolina open to the public. Visitors can tour the museum of mining exhibits, walk through several hundred feet of mine tunnels and see the restored ore-crushing stamp mill.

BONUS: For just $3, the opportunity to pan for gold is yours! Stake your claim and dip down into the rich Carolina dirt. Find a fleck? Congratulations! It's yours to keep.



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