Two Days in Cabarrus County
Are you planning a weekend trip to Cabarrus County with your family, significant other, or friends? There are plenty of things to see and do in a quick 48-hour stay in Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Mt. Pleasant or Midland, NC. Here’s a breakdown of activities by interest to make sure your weekend is filled with action-packed fun.
When the Carolina summer sun gets a little too hot, head underground! Reed Gold Mine is a state historic site that offers tours of restored underground gold mine tunnels. Even when outdoor temps approach triple digits, the tunnels stay a cool 50 degrees. At the site of America’s first discovery of gold, you can pan for just $3 per person. Find gold, and it’s yours to keep!
Looking for waterpark fun without the sizzling sun? Great Wolf Lodge is the largest indoor water park in the Carolinas, kept at a comfortable 84 degrees year-round. The Lodge is packed with activities including bowling, a 100-game arcade, ice cream–themed Scooops Kid Spa, Elements Spa & Salon, high ropes course, interactive 18-hole outdoor miniature golf course and much more.
Get up close and personal with fish, rays, seahorses and sharks without getting wet! Inside Concord Mills, SEA LIFE has more than 20 display tanks, 5,000 sea creatures and a mesmerizing 180-dgree ocean tunnel. Don’t forget to visit the touchpool and take the behind-the scenes tour. Educational talks and feed times are also listed on the website.
For Sports Enthusiasts
Families seeking adventure need look no further. Located in Concord, Capstone Climbing & Adventure lives up to its name. Take part in outdoor activities for all ages and abilities, including low/high ropes challenge courses, rock climbing, hiking, camping, canoeing and kayaking. Make a reservation for your outdoor escape today.
For smaller-scale outdoor adventures, head to The Speedpark at Concord Mills Mall. Start with a race on any of the four go-kart tracks, and keep the fun going with 18 holes of mini-golf, bungee jumping on trampolines, a ride down the 110-foot fun slide, and entertainment in the game room and spider web.
Take the whole family out to the ballgame in Kannapolis, hometown of NASCAR Legend, Dale Earnhardt. The Intimidators are the Class A affiliate in the Chicago White Sox minor league system and have games throughout the spring, summer and early fall. Stadium highlights include local food and beer, fun promotional nights and fireworks after select games.
For Visitors 21+
Tour Local Wineries
Explore the nearby vineyards and wineries, such as Douglas Vineyards, Cabo Winery, Rocky River Vineyards and Cougar Run Winery. Considering North Carolina is the only place in the world to grow every type of grape, you’re sure to be impressed.
With multiple breweries in the area, Cabarrus County is the perfect place to test out local craft brews. Start with Cabarrus Brewing Company and Twenty-Six Acres Brewery before heading to Southern Grace Distillery (the only distillery located in a former prison) to sample their famous Sun Dog white corn whiskey.
For Motorsports Fans
Motorsports fans can’t visit Cabarrus County without taking advantage of the daily tours available at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Choose from the Feel the Thrill Speedway Tour, which allows visitors to feel the full-tilt force of the 24-degree banking on a lap around the track from the comfort of a van, or the Over the Wall Tour, which includes exclusive access to The Speedway Club, the Performance Racing Network (PRN) studios, and the Ford Grandstand for a breathtaking view of the speedway.
Did you know that 90% of NASCAR race shops are located in Cabarrus County and the surrounding area? Tours are available for a behind-the-scenes look into how teams prepare for race day, including Chip Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, and Stewart-Haas Racing. Who knows? You may even catch a glimpse of your favorite driver and crew members!
The Dale Trail was created in the community of Kannapolis, North Carolina, to commemorate hometown hero Dale Earnhardt Sr. An unforgettable experience for race fans, The Dale Trail features 19 locations that tell the story of Earnhardt’s life, his legendary NASCAR career and his old stomping grounds. Pick up your free, collectible map that details each stop on The Dale Trail at the Cabarrus County Visitor Center.