What to do in Charlotte, NC, this summer
The Whitewater Center has a variety of trails to explore:
We’re all familiar with this location for its white-water rapids, high-octane zip lines and, as well as the famed River Jam music festivals. However, the 1,300-acre US National Whitewater Center has over fifty miles of zigzag paths perfect for mountain biking, hiking, trail running, dog walking—all of which are sheltered from the summer sun. The center assesses trails on the ski slopes from greenish to bluish to blackish in an orderly manner. The trail network is always open, and the center is open throughout the year, weather permitting. The celebration of Memorial Day on 30th May, the Brew Dash on 19th June, and the Fourth of July Celebration on July 3-4 are all returning this year.
Take a day trip to the lake:
On hot days, you can see sparkling water on Norman Lake to the north and Lake Wylie to Charlotte in the southwest region, where you can enjoy outdoor activities to keep you cool. Hire a float or a motorboat on the open water with friends, go green and canoe, kayak, or paddleboard. The things you can do on the lake include a breakdown of LKN boating possibilities.
Carowinds is a great place to go for a ride:
The steamy lines to travel around one of the amusement parks, measuring 407 acres, famous rides will not be the enduring memory of the day. You’ll never forget the excitement of the Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest coaster (non-launched), or the park’s newest ride, Copperhead Strike, a 50-mph roller coaster that also happens to be the park’s first coaster. Carolina Harbor, a water park measuring 27 acres with its attractions, is included in the admission ticket. If you’re going to sweat, at the very least, give yourself a chance to cool off. Carowinds will open on May 22nd. 300 Carowinds Blvd.
At BB&T Ballpark, see a Knights game:
The Charlotte Knights toss the first pitch on their home field at 7:04 p.m., a tribute to Charlotte’s area code, on the evenings of summer to start their popular uptown games. Homer the Dragon jumps around BB&T Ballpark, taking pictures with children and giving high-fives to spectators. The stands are filled with the aroma of popcorn and peanuts. It’s just plain, old American summer pleasure to cheer on our Triple-A baseball team, a Chicago White Sox affiliate, with a refreshing local coffee.
The Duke Mansion’s gardens are a great place to unwind:
The Duke Mansion is the old house of James Buchanan Duke and is located off Hermitage Road, which runs through the lush woods of affluent Myers Park. Visitors adore this lovely bed-and-breakfast built in 1915 and is listed on the Historic Places’ National Register.
Locals adore the local gardens of Mary DBT Semans in the back of this historic property. In the 4 and 1/2 garden and grounds, bright flashes of pink, purple, and white flirt with shrubbery and blooming trees.
Have your lunch in the middle of Myers Park with a cocktail, you can even bring your dog, just keep him/her on a leash. The garden is free and available to the public most days during daylight hours. Before you go, call them at (704) 714-4400 to double-check the activities schedule. Hermitage Rd. is located at 400 Hermitage Rd.