February 7, 2017
As southerners, we aren’t huge fans of snow. But, that doesn’t mean our cities shut down in the winter months. There are plenty of activities to take advantage of during off-season.
Get your steps in at Concord Mills
Concord Mills is the largest shopping and entertainment destination in the Carolinas. It’s home to 200+ stores including manufacturer and retail outlets, off-price retailers, and other specialty stores. It also offers two miles of warm, clear walkways to get in those steps for when it’s too chilly to exercise outside. simon.com/mall/concord-mills
Escape the season at Great Wolf Lodge
Winter? What winter! When you need to shake off the chill, Great Wolf Lodge has you covered! Home to the biggest indoor water park in the Carolinas, the Lodge offers pools and water slides, plus a massive water fort tree house with a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket. The best part? It’s always heated to a toasty 84 degrees. greatwolf.com/concord
Plan a day of family fun at Sea Life
Nestled inside Concord Mills mall, SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium is an underwater retreat! When it’s below freezing, take a dive into an underwater world of more than 20 display tanks and 5,000 creatures. The underwater 180-degree ocean tunnels lets you get up close and personal with sting rays, sea turtles, sharks and beautiful tropical fish. visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/
Paint a winter landscape at Art Box Studio
If you don’t want to build a snowman, head to Art Box Studio in Concord and paint one! Art Box Studio offers Cork ‘n Canvas paint nights where a teacher walks students through a group painting step-by-step. And it includes wine, because everyone’s hidden artistic talent comes out after a glass or two! facebook.com/artboxstudionc/
De-stress at Spa Botanica
Beat dry, winter skin and post-holiday stress with a massage, facial or body wrap at Spa Botanica. When you need to escape, Spa Botanica offers the ultimate spa experience including plush robes, a quiet lounge and beverage service. Opt for a couples massage if you want to get away with your sweetie, or try customized care like skin, hand and foot treatments just for men. spabotanicaconcord.com/
What are your favorite ways to chill out and stay warm in the winter?