As the summer season comes to an end, we know just the place for parents who still need to plan that road trip they promised the kids! Located minutes outside of Charlotte and recognized as a hub of engaging experiences, Cabarrus County is the perfect end-of-summer pit stop for the whole family. Along with a convenient location right off Interstate 85 and affordable accommodations, here are five reasons why:
1. Premier Motorsports Fun– Cabarrus is “Where Racing Lives” for good reason! The city of Concord is home to the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway, which hosts year-round events including action-packed races plus speedway tours that give families a chance to drive on the track in their own vehicle! The world’s largest automotive extravaganza takes place from September 9-11 with Charlotte AutoFair, a family-friendly event where attendees can enjoy colorful car displays, shop vendors and play in the Kids’ Zone. Then, the following weekend features thrilling side-by-side racing at zMAX Dragway during the NHRA Carolina Nationals on September 17-19.
2. Weather-Proof Adrenaline Experiences– Rain or shine, the whole family can swim, race, and even skydive indoors! Adrenaline junkies can get behind the wheel with all-electric indoor go karting at K1 Speed, soar together at iFLY Indoor Skydiving, and rush down 11 water slides at Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park. The resort also offers on-land dining, attractions, arcade games, and mini-golf course for plenty of well-rounded fun!
3. Back-to-School Shopping Alongside Family Entertainment– North Carolina’s largest outlet and value retail shopping center, Concord Mills, is located right off Exit 49. Parents can find back-to-school clothes and accessories for the kids at 200+ stores and while there, everyone can explore a 180-degree Ocean Tunnel at SEA LIFE Aquarium or race go-karts and bungee jump at The Speedpark. Yes, all this activity is under one roof!
4. Cool Outdoor History Adventure– Reed Gold Mine in Midland is the site of the first documented gold discovery in the U.S.! Here history buffs and curious kids can explore underground mine tunnels (which stay a cool 62-degrees year-round), tour a restored ore-crushing stamp mill and pan for gold for just $3. On September 18, experienced gold panners and novices alike will compete in speed panning competitions during Reed Gold Mine’s 32nd Annual Panning Competition.
5. Downtown Baseball, Movies & More– The brand-new Atrium Health Ballpark is home to the minor league baseball team, the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers! Here families can have a blast and root for the home team, snack on classic ballpark fare, and stop by the splash pad to cool off! Then, everyone can head across the street to catch a movie for an affordable price at the historic Gem Theatre, one of the oldest single-screen theatres still in operation today. The local businesses along West Ave including specialty stores like candy and puzzle combo shop, James Sweet Spot, are great spots to pop in for some take-home treats and souvenirs.