A 1.5 mile long track located in a Northeastern suburb of Charlotte, this super speedway was the first track to offer night-time racing and full-time residential condominiums by the track. The speedway's nearly year-round calendar of events, including monster truck rallies, auto fairs, dirt track racing and vintage car shows, makes it an irresistible magnet for visitors across the state. This is a good place to take the kids for a smaller event, or a way to soak up Southern sporting culture and excitement during the races. Nearby campgrounds are well-equipped, so you can stay for more than a day if you like.
Even after having done whitewater rafting, kayaking, flat-water paddling, hiking, climbing, or biking at Charlotte's National Whitewater Center, the place is sure to keep you wanting more. An initiative that contributes to the preservation of the Catawba River and its natural surroundings, the activities organized by the center require a certain level of fitness, but are memorable nevertheless.
This 98-acre (40 hectare) public park is a slice of nature at its best, right in the middle of the city. Complete with four baseball diamonds, two batting cages, a dozen tennis courts, four soccer fields, a basketball court, a pair of volleyball courts, a pair of playgrounds, a seven-acre (two hectare) lake, an amphitheater, a number of sheltered picnic areas, and miles of trails and paths, Freedom Park has something for everyone. There's even a concession stand for joggers in need of water or sun bathers in need of ice cream. Many of the picnic shelters are reservable, as are the Freedom Park Bandshell and the Mahlon Adams Pavilion, a banquet hall that seats 70 people.
These botanical gardens are run by the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus and are comprised of three separate sites- the Van Landingham Glen, the Susie Harwood Garden, and the McMillan Greenhouse. There is a wide variety of plants among the gardens, including rhododendrons, native Carolina flora, orchids, desert succulents, and carnivorous pitcher plant hybrids. There are also many walking paths and interesting landscape architecture displays to please the eye. The park is open daily and features an ever-changing collection that varies depending on the time of year, so be sure to check the website for updates.
This museum is tailor made to teach kids about the natural world. They'll see live animals, such as baby chicks, owls, and snakes. Take a stroll through the Butterfly Pavilion or the Paw Paw Nature Trail to learn more about local wildlife. Kids can run and play at Fort Wild or Our Big Backyard, or listen and learn during one of several workshops and events organized here.
In addition to being the oldest park in Charlotte, this 24-acre parcel in the heart of Charlotte's Elizabeth neighborhood serves your every recreational need. For athletes, Independence Park has a batting cage, two basketball courts, two tennis courts, a volleyball court, and three hiking trails. Families make good use of the sheltered picnic area and the playground. If romance is in the air, stroll by the reflecting pool or through the rose garden. A number of shelters, including the rose garden's gazebo, are available for private events. See website for reservation information.
A vast open space near Concord, the Frank Liske Park offers a number of activities for visitors. Enjoy fishing and boating in the scenic lake here or go for hike on the nature trails. The park also features a miniature golf course, volleyball courts and tennis courts along with soccer and softball fields. With picnic shelters and sites, it’s a great spot for spending a day with the family. The facility also has some historical significance along with enclosed space available for private events.
A recreational open space in Harrisburg, the Pharr Mill Road Park spreads across 15 hectares. The scenic park offers a number of amenities to the locals, including a fishing pond, a volleyball court, a playground, and walking trails. Enjoy a day picnicking with family and friends in the shelter or picnic area, equipped with tables and grills.
Kannapolis Memorial Stadium opened in 1958 and is built in memory of the martyrs of the Gallant county. The stadium is graded among the best stadiums in the state of North Carolina and is equipped with pyrotechnics. The stadium is the home field of Kannapolis Wonders and hosts all its football tournaments. It is a multipurpose stadium and also hosts Battle of The Bell which is a running rivalry tournament. The stadium is surfaced with natural green field and the community puts in a lot of efforts to preserve the picturesque look of the stadium. It also has water sprinkler to maintain the texture of the grass.