Charlotte Things To Do: Summer Activities and Attractions
Going to be a Charlottean soon? Enjoy these popular outdoor summer activities and attractions in and around the QC!
Enjoy Nature and Adventure at the U.S National Whitewater Center
The U.S National Whitewater Center boasts the world’s largest man-made whitewater river and professional-level rapids. Each summer the center attracts both local and visiting outdoor enthusiasts looking for a one of a kind experience.
At the U.S National Whitewater Center, people of all ages, abilities, and interests are able to immerse themselves in a variety of activities from whitewater rafting to biking; zip lining, live music, craft beer, and more. There truly is something for everyone at this favored Charlotte attraction.
A number of festivals, events, and celebrations are held at the U.S National Whitewater Center every summer like River Jam, a live music series.
Thrill Seekers? Ride Roller Coasters at Carowinds Amusement Park
When Charlotte residents are looking for a day of excitement they head to Carowinds Amusement park on the SC/NC state border. The park is the “thrill capital of the southeast” and home to the fifth tallest rollercoaster in the world, The Fury 325! (As in 325 ft fall!)
The best part about going in the summer is that you can cool off while taking advantage of Carowinds’ Water Park, the largest water park in the Carolinas!
Eat A Gouda Mac and Cheese Hotdog at the BB&T Ballpark
On warm summer nights, Charlotte sports fans will fill BB&T Ballpark to support the Charlotte Knights, the city’s Minor League Baseball team.
The Queen City and the team welcomed the park five years ago and since then has seen three million fans, making it the most visited venue in all of Minor League Baseball!
This comes as no surprise to us considering the parks spectacular uptown views, family-friendly atmosphere, and the city’s resident’s love for the game(not to mention the amazing snack options!)
Practice Yoga at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Although the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is open year-round, summer is a great time to visit as the weather is warm, the garden’s sparkling fountains are flowing, and many of their plants are in bloom.
Located just outside of the city, the garden provides Charlotte residence with an unforgettable nature retreat.
The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden hosts a variety of events from morning yoga and birding walks to beekeeping classes and sip and paint nights.
Rent a Boat on Lake Wylie and Lake Norman
Travel a few miles north of Charlotte and you’ll reach Lake Norman, travel in the opposite direction and you’ll reach Lake Wylie. Both lakes are wildly popular for Charlotte area residents in the summer months.
The list of possible lake activities is quite extensive. From boating, rowing, and paddling to wakeboarding, and fishing there is plenty of fun to be had on either lake.
Also, consider exploring the towns that surround the lakes. You can find beautiful golf courses, boutique shops, delicious restaurants, lakeside parks, and more!
Take a Walk in the Park Charlotte’s Urban Parks, Protected Nature Preserves, and Greenway Trails
You’ll catch other city residents playing with their pups after work or enjoying a picnic on a Saturday afternoon; photographing city views or doing intricate yoga poses in the city’s urban parks.
When locals are looking for a little more wilderness, Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve, Mcdowell Nature Center and Preserve, Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve, and Anne Springs Close Greenway all make for a nice break from the busyness of the city.
The City of Charlotte and its surrounding towns are laced with miles of greenway and rail trails for residents to explore, jog, ride, etc. Often you can find a 5k, 10k, or half-marathon being held on some of the popular trails!
Now there’s no excuse not to get out there and live like the Charlottean you are!
These attractions and activities are for everyone, whether you and your spouse are looking to explore your new city, you need to get the kids out of the house, or you’re looking to make new friends while having some fun this summer, you’re set with this list.
Our team loves Charlotte! Feel free to reach out to one of our local agents for more “things to do” suggestions. Any of us would be happy to let you in on our personal favorite summer outdoor activity.