January 26, 2017
The winter months are a prime time to pinch your pennies. Maybe your wallet took a hit from the holidays, maybe it’s your New Year’s resolution to better manage your budget, or maybe it’s simply the off-season in your social calendar. Whatever your motivation, we rounded up five activities that you can do in Cabarrus County for less than $5 each.
The Dale Trail, $0
If you’re a racing enthusiast, you have to take a self-guided tour on The Dale Trail. It features 20 stops including Dale Earnhardt Tribute Plaza in his hometown of Kannapolis with a nine-foot, 900-pound bronze statue of Dale. The other 19 stops allow fans to pay tribute to The Intimidator and see points of interest from Dale’s childhood. You can pick up a map in the Cabarrus County Visitor Center or in the lobby of your Cabarrus County hotel. visitcabarrus.com/cabarrus-county-dale-trail
Reed Gold Mine, $0-3
Did you know that Reed Gold Mine in Cabarrus County is the first documented site of gold discovery in the U.S.? Today, you can visit this historic site which is the only underground gold mine in NC that is open to the public and for $3, you can pan for gold (April-October). If you find a flake, it’s yours to keep! Free admission includes exploration of restored areas of tunnels on a guided tour, historic mining equipment exhibits and walking trails. nchistoricsites.org/reed
Mt. Pleasant Collegiate Historic District, $0
Take the history buff in your life for a stroll around the Mt. Pleasant Collegiate Historic District where you’ll find old homes, churches, museums and mills. In the Main Building, you can explore the Eastern Cabarrus Historic Museum which gives visitors a glimpse into mid-1800s to early-1900s life here in Cabarrus County. Free admission during regular hours. echmuseum.org
Gem Theatre, $4-5
The Gem Theatre is one of the oldest single-screen movie theatres in continuous operation today. Located in downtown Kannapolis, the theatre features Art-Deco style with a restored lobby, 916 vintage plush seats including balconies and current movies at a fraction of the price. All matinee show tickets (before 6pm) are just $4. During evening showings, tickets for seniors 55+ and kids 2-12 are $4, and tickets for adults are $5. gem-theatre.com
The Galleries, $0
The Cabarrus Arts Council curates four galleries on the first floor of the 1876 Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse. These themed exhibitions change every eight weeks and feature work by both regional and national artists. Exhibitions include a variety of artwork from paintings to pottery to photography. In addition, each exhibit includes a scavenger hunt, guided questionnaire and Art Box that allow visitors to interact with the art. cabarrusartscouncil.org
Which of these affordable adventures is on your to-do list?