Two Days in Cabarrus County
Planning a weekend away 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. Get inspired with this list activities by interest and pack your weekend with excitement!
Reed Gold Mine: When summer heats up, head underground! Reed Gold Mine is a state historic site offering tours of restored underground gold mine tunnels. Even when outdoor temps approach triple digits, tunnels stay a cool 50 degrees. At the site of America’s first discovery of gold, pan for just $3 per person. Find gold and it’s yours to keep!
Great Wolf Lodge: Looking for water park 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 pint-sized bowling at Ten Paw Alley, a 100-game arcade, Howler’s Peak high ropes course, interactive 18-hole outdoor mini golf course and more.
SEA LIFE Aquarium: Get up close to 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-degree ocean tunnel. Don’t forget to visit the touch pool and take the behind-the scenes tour. Educational talks and feed times are listed on the website.
FOR SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS
Capstone Climbing & Adventure: Groups seeking adventure will find it with Capstone Climbing & Adventure! 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.
The Speedpark: For another kind of outdoor adventure, head to The Speedpark at Concord Mills. Start with a race on any of the four go-kart tracks, then keep the fun going with 18 holes of mini golf, bungee jumping on trampolines, a ride down the 110-foot fun slide and more.
Baseball in Kannapolis: Take the whole family out to the ballgame in Kannapolis, hometown of NASCAR Legend, Dale Earnhardt. The Intimidators minor league team has games throughout the spring and summer. Stadium highlights include local food and beer, fun promotional nights and fireworks after select games.
FOR VISITORS 21+
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 find a flavor you’ll love.
Local Breweries: With multiple breweries in the area, Cabarrus County is the perfect place to test out local craft brews. Try them all with the help of self-guided tasting tour, Race to Taste. This free coaster set is available in the Visitor Center and includes all the information you need to navigate.
Whiskey Prison: Southern Grace Distilleries is America’s first distillery located in a former prison. Tour the grounds of the old jail and sample their award-winning spirits including 130-proof Sun Dog white corn whiskey.
FOR MOTORSPORTS FANS
Charlotte Motor Speedway: Daily tours of Charlotte Motor Speedway take visitors on a ride around the track to feel the full-tilt force of the 24-degree banking! Learn the history of this legendary track and opt for the “Over the Wall” tour for exclusive access to The Speedway Club, Performance Racing Network (PRN) studios and more.
NASCAR Race Shops: Did you know 90% of NASCAR race shops are located in Cabarrus County and the surrounding area? Get a behind-the-scenes look into how teams like Chip Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, and Stewart-Haas Racing prepare for race day. You may even catch a glimpse of your favorite team’s driver or crew!
The Dale Trail: The Dale Trail was created to commemorate hometown hero Dale Earnhardt, Sr. An unforgettable experience for race fans, The Dale Trail features 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 Visitor Center.
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