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10 Must-Try Summer Activities in Charlotte

Summer is coming and COVID restrictions are going! With this newly found freedom from masks and social distancing, you may be more inclined to make the most out of summer 2021 – starting with the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. In celebration of the recently announced lifting of restrictions, we have compiled our list of 10 Must-Try Summer Activities in Charlotte. So, grab those sunglasses and sunscreen and get ready for a summer filled with adventure in and around the Queen City.

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Carrigan Farms

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to spend those hot summer days, schedule a private swim party or reserve your spot to swim at The Quarry at Carrigan Farms. Whether you’re looking to just float for a bit, paddleboard, canoe, or kayak, Carrigan Farms is a great spot to cool off. And if you work up an appetite, we recommend stopping by the new Quarry Kitchen for a delicious “Quarry Burger” or a snow cone.


Officially open for business as of May 22nd, Carowinds offers fun for the entire family from 60 rides, an expansive waterpark, live entertainment, food, and more! For Memorial Day, they are having a “Celebrate America” fireworks show on May 29th and 30th at 8:45 PM. Click here for more information on tickets & passes for the summer.

Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR and Charlotte tend to go hand-in-hand and this summer is no exception. With the “go ahead” on lifting capacity restrictions, now’s the time to buy tickets for any of this summer’s upcoming races. If you’re looking for some Memorial Day fun, there’s nothing that says “America” quite like NASCAR; specifically, the Coca-Cola 600. Click here for more information on all upcoming events.

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U.S. Whitewater Center

This Charlotte staple continues to be one of the best spots to be when the weather gets warmer. With a variety of activities like stand-up paddle-boarding or flatwater kayaking, as well as upcoming events like the Memorial Day Trace Race and Celebration and River Jam Concerts – this place is a definite must-try for summer 2021. Click here to learn more about daily activities and upcoming events.

Explore the Greenways

The greenways in Mecklenburg County are pretty out of this world and you could spend your entire summer just exploring the expansive system. You will never run out of places to walk, jog, or bike with over 52 miles to choose from throughout the county.  Click here for more information about the plethora of Greenways to choose from and the best way to navigate them all.

Stroll Through the Gardens

If you’re looking for a relaxing way to pass the time this summer, a stroll through the beautiful Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens is always enjoyable. Throughout the next few months, there are a variety of events to choose from, such as Garden Nights and Movies on the Lawn. Click here for more information on upcoming events.

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Grab a Local Brew

With warmer weather, comes a prime opportunity to enjoy Charlotte’s growing brewery scene. Home to more than 30 different breweries and new ones popping up every month, you could fill multiple weekends with a Charlotte brewery tour of the Queen City. If you’re looking for a place to start, check out our Charlotte Brewery Tour blog post here. Cheers!

Take A Hike

For those looking for some time spent in the great outdoors, Charlotte and its surrounding areas offer a wide variety of hiking options. Visit Crowders Mountain, the trails at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, and more. We recommend you check out this article to find the best spot near you.

Test the Waters

Charlotte is centrally located between two awesome lakes that are made for summer days: Lake Wylie & Lake Norman. Whether you rent a boat for the day, enjoy a party cruise, or simply relax on one of the many beaches – you cannot go wrong with spending a day on the lake.

Play a Round of Golf

For those looking to spend some time on the greens this summer, enjoy any one of the 40 public and semi-private golf courses in the region. There are many to choose from including the Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation, Mooresville Golf Club, and The Tradition Golf Club.

Looking for more summer activities in the Queen City? Check out this article from Charlotte’s Got A Lot.