Visit a Charlotte amusement park that’s been a family favorite for more than 45 years. Located along the border of North Carolina and South Carolina—just 10 minutes from the Cambria Hotel Fort Mill—Carowinds is home to the Windseeker thrill ride and Copperhead Strike, the Carolinas’ first double launch roller coaster! It also features more than a dozen water rides and a 27,000 square-foot wave pool, Surf Club Harbor. So, soak up the sun and enjoy a day at Carowinds water park! And be sure to get a taste of the Carolinas at the many places to grab a bite throughout the amusement park.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
The Charlotte Motor Speedway (formerly known as Lowes Motor Speedway) is America’s Home for Racing. Here, NASCAR fans can come together to watch the races and participate in events such as the NASCAR Racing Experience and Mario Andretti Racing Experience, where fans can drive or take a ride as a passenger in a real NASCAR stock car or a full size, Indy-style race car. Going to the game as a family? Enjoy some time in the Fan Zone where you can have hours of fun at the merchandise tents and kids can enjoy the Play Zone with bounce houses, face painters and a petting zoo.
The speedway is used more than 300 times a year to host numerous events and plays host to two of the nation’s largest car shows. If the track looks familiar to you, it may be because various motion pictures, including “Days of Thunder”, “Speedway”, and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” have been filmed here, as well as music videos like Tracy Lawrence’s “If the Good Die Young”.
BB&T Ballpark is the perfect spot for sports fans to enjoy a fun, affordable baseball game. Home to the Charlotte Knights, a Triple-A Minor League team in the International League, the stadium is the third sports facility to be built in the Uptown Charlotte area along with the Bank of America Stadium, home to the Carolina Panthers and the Spectrum Center, hosting the Charlotte Hornets. BB&T Ballpark is perfect for group outings, date nights and family fun. With each game comes Game Highlights, which are exciting events that fans can experience throughout the game featuring various celebrities, events for children and merchandise giveaways. Up for a night on the town? The award-winning BB&T Ballpark is in the heart of Uptown Charlotte. After the game, take a walk to one of the many restaurants and bars located around the Charlotte Knights baseball stadium.
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Looking to get away on an outdoor adventure? The U.S. National Whitewater Center is the place for you. Perfect for outdoor recreation, allow yourself to take part in activities such as whitewater rafting, mountain biking or rock climbing. Plus, there are events featuring live music and entertainment. Throughout the evening summer months, the River Jam concert series takes place as well as several other festivals. Come enjoy musical genres such as bluegrass, folk, roots grass, Americana and funk! While listening, enjoy the food and craft beer selection available.
The U.S. National Whitewater Center also offers a variety of learning opportunities for children and adults. Specialized instruction and certification programs, as well as summer camps for kids and teens, are available. Promoting an active lifestyle, USNWC implements their motto “play, relax, and learn outside” to guests of all ages.