Posted by: Roby Robertson | January 16, 2008

Lake Norman Area Things to see

Lake Norman Fun Spots

lake norman area things to see

Amazing Maize Maze-Rural Hill 4431 Neck Road Huntersville, NC 28078 704- 875-3113
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The Amazing Maize Maze will be open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in late summer through mid- October. With a growing interest in rural tourism in the U.S. this Maze in a cornfield has been recognized as a new twist on an old-time family entertainment and a unique educational opportunity for people of all ages. The Maze has all of the elements to illustrate that victory can be achieved through bravery, audacity, planning and perseverance. The Maze will challenge your skills in problem solving as you explore the nooks and crannies of the schoolhouse clock with a little “reading’, writing ‘n’ arithmetic”, game boards and puzzle pieces. Bird Brain Ostrich Ranch 6691 Little Mountain Rd. Mooresville, NC 28115 704-483-1620
Bird Brain Ostrich Ranch
 
Take an up close look at the birds the ostrich industry and ostrich products.
Carrigan Farms 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy Mooresville, NC 28115 704-664-1450
 
Pick your own fruits and vegetables, go on hayrides, and browse the farmers market.
Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics 11725 Verhoeff Drive Huntersville, NC 28078 704-766-2222
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Features indoor and outdoor swimming pools (25- yard pool for swimming programs and classes, 50-meter pool for competitive swimming), outdoor family fun pool, diving platform, gymnasium for various sporting events and a meeting facility to accommodate up to 300 people. Childcare services available.
Latta Equestrian Center 6201 Sample Road Huntersville, NC 28078 704-875-0808
Latta Equestrian Center
Latta Equestrian Center features all aspects of Equestrian activities. Anyone 8 years old and older can enjoy a guided horseback ride through our wooded trails. Introduce your younger children to horses with a hand-led pony ride around the corral. Learn the proper technique of English or Western styles of riding with one of our certified instructors. Let us provide entertainment for your corporate event, family reunion and festivals, on or off-site. Your children will always cherish the memories of our hayrides, birthday parties and summer day camps.
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve 6211 Sample Road Huntersville, NC 28078 704-875-1391
Latta Plantation
The Natural Place to Be. Amenities include a Nature Center full-service Equestrian Center, 18 miles of hiking trails and horseback riding, picnic area with shelters, lake overlooks, fishing, canoe and kayak rentals and launch area. Additional attractions include the Carolina Raptor Center and Historic Latta Plantation.
Lazy 5 Ranch15100 Highway 150 E Mooresville, NC 28115 704-663-5100
Lazy Five Ranch
Lazy 5 Ranch features 400 animals from around the world. Take a 3.5 mile safari through the gently sloping pasturelands to experience animals from 6 continents. Study the animals and their behavior from the safety of your own car or take the wagon ride. Petting Zoo and family gathering areas available.
Paramount’s Carowinds Water and Theme Park 14523 Carowinds Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28273 800-888-4386
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The Carolinas’ premier 100-acre water and theme park has more than 100 attractions for all ages including thrilling rides, like TOP GUN*: The Jet Coaster; musical revues and shows; Zoom Zone* children’s area; Water Works water park; concerts and special events; and year-round campground. Park operates from early spring to early fall. Water Works operates through the summer months.
Ray’s Splash Planet 215 N. Sycamore St. Charlotte, NC 28202 704-432-4729
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This facility includes a one-of-a-kind water park and a fitness center with aerobic and dance room cardiovascular theater, free weights and resistance equipment Ray’s Splash Planet also contains party rooms available for reservations. A new playground concessions and other recreation-based features. The park will offer yearly and monthly memberships as well as single-visit entry fees. Discounts are available for families, groups, schools and seniors.
Historical Places
Alexandriana 9921 Old Statesville Road Huntersville, NC 28078 704-896-9808
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This is the site of the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20,1775.
Charlotte Museum of History 3500 Shamrock Drive Charlotte, NC 28215 704-568-1744
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The Charlotte Museum of History offers audience-focused programs and exhibits, based on the people, buildings, stories and objects spanning the region’s history, while providing a historic context for understanding how conditions and decisions of the past impact the region today and shape its future.
Historic Davidson Town ofDavidson, NC 28036 704-892-2892
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Products & Services: Historic Site, Museum, Tours, Walking Trails, and Special Events.
Historic Dowd House 2216 Monument Avenue Charlotte, NC 28208 704-398-2260
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Built in 1879 as the home of Confederate Captain James C. Dowd. In 1917 the house became the headquarters of Camp Greene a U.S. Army Military Base. Visits may be scheduled by reservation. House is open the 3rd Sunday of each month.
Historic Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road Huntersville, NC 28078 704-875-1391
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Latta Plantation circa 1800 is the last remaining Catawba River plantation open to the public. The 62 acre farm of James Latta, a Scot-Irish merchant, is on the National Register of Historic Sites and consists of the original home and smokehouse, enhanced by eleven other outbuildings, as well as fields, farm animals, a garden and interpreters in period clothing. Latta Plantation is conveniently located just 12 miles north of Charlotte.
Historic Rosedale 3427 North Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28215 704-335-0325
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Restored 1815 Federal period house and gardens on 8 acres. 1-4 PM Thursdays and Sundays. Group tours and other times available by appointment.
Hugh Torrance House and Store 8231 Gilead Road Huntersville, NC 28078 704-875-6479
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Come and visit this beautiful Federal style home of Hugh and Isabella Torrance and their son James. James Torrance ran a retail business in the home from 1805 until 1825 making this site the oldest standing store in the state of North Carolina. The Hugh Torrance House & Store will be opening on the third Sunday of the month starting in June 2004 and continuing through September 2004.
Independence Park 300 Hawthorne Lane Charlotte, NC 28216 704-336-2884
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In the heart of the historic Elizabeth neighborhood, Independence Park is the oldest park in Charlotte. The park features a rose garden with a gazebo and an adjacent perennial garden, a playground athletic facilities and picnic areas. The bronze and stone Arhelger Memorial is on of the centerpieces of the park dedicated to the memory of a 21-year-old woman who lost her life saving a young child in the Carolina Mountains.
James K. Polk Memorial Historic Site NC 521 Pineville, NC 704-889-7145
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Birthplace of James K. Polk, 11th U.S. President. Reconstructed log house with 18th century furnishings: museum with film, exhibits and displays representing life and times of Polk. Guided tours available: reservations required for groups. November through March – 10 AM to 4 PM Tuesdays-Saturdays, April through October – 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday-Saturdays. Hours subject to change.
McIntyre Historic Site 4125 McIntyre Avenue Charlotte, NC 28216 704-336-3586
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Site of Revolutionary War skirmish and 19th century gold mining.
Old Salem Salem Station Winston-Salem, NC 27108 877-652-7253
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Restored Moravian congregation town with costumed interpreters. Art museum changing gallery. Open year-round.
Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site 9621 Reed Gold Mine Road Stanfield, NC 28163 704-721-4653
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The location of America’s first gold discovery (17-pound nugget) is preserved with a museum, orientation film, guided underground tour a stamp mill and walking trails. An instructional gold panning experience is available.
Rural Hill Farm 4431 Neck Road Huntersville, NC 28078 704-875-3113
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Historic Rural Hill Farm was the home of Major John Davidson, American patriot and signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Today the 265 acre historic plantation stands as a memorial to early American agriculture and has become a cultural center for Scottish heritage. It is the oldest public historic site in Mecklenburg County dating circa 1760.On the farm stands representation of the type of log home the Davidson’s would have first lived in establishing Rural Retreat, the ruins of their finest home, and the final home of the family, which houses the museum and gift shop. Outbuildings are open to explore and a variety of animals roam throughout the site including the rare Highland Cows, which originate from Scotland. Two of some of the last remaining one room schoolhouses for black and white children in Mecklenburg County are also located on the farm. Historic Rural Hill is open year round except for certain holidays. Educational programs and special events are held throughout the year.
St. Mary’s Chapel 1129 East 3rd Street Charlotte, NC 28216 704-333-1235
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Nestled beneath the trees in an urban oasis, St. Mary’s Chapel was originally on the campus of Thompson Orphanage and dates back to 1892. Today it stands in Thompson Park, which also features a gazebo and a Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The chapel seats approximately 125 people and may be rented for weddings and other special events.
Museums & Galleries
Afro-American Cultural Center 401 North Myers Street Charlotte, NC 28202 704-374-1565
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A multi-disciplinary arts organization preserving the rich artistic heritage of African American culture through exhibitions, performances, workshops and hands-on activities.
Blue Planet Water Environment Center 7980 Babe Stillwell Rd. Huntersville, NC 28078 704-621-0854
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Local Water displays are designed to make learning fun; interactive nature makes them entertaining for all ages.
By Hand Folk Art 100 North Tryon Street #278 Founders Hall Charlotte, NC 704-343-0086
Focuses on the traditional folk artists and potters of the Southeastern United States.
Carolina Boxing Hall of FameLowe’s Motor Speedway – Smith TowerConcord, NC 28026704-455-3203
The Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements and contributions by individuals to the rich boxing history of the Carolinas.
Carolina Historic Aviation Commission Air Museum 4108 Minuteman Way Charlotte, NC 28208 704-359-8442
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Air Museum and aircraft restoration facility.
Carolina Raptor Center – Latta Plantation Park 6000 Sample RoadHuntersville, NC 28078 704-875-6521
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Eagles, falcons, ospreys, owls, hawks and vultures are among the birds of prey at the Carolina Raptor Center located within Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. The Raptor Center is dedicated to the rehabilitation, research, and conservation of these birds as well as educating the public about raptors. A walk on the Nature Trail takes you to the outdoor aviaries, which host over 20 different species of live birds of prey. Programs presented on weekends provide interesting information about raptor education, rehabilitation and research.
Charlotte Historic Trolley Museum 2100 South BoulevardCharlotte, NC 28216 704-375-0850
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Features photos, exhibits and trolley rides. Hours: Fri.-Sun. 10AM-6PM. Game day transportation begins two hours before and ends one hour after game time. Trolley rides are $2 round trip for adults, children under 13 are free when accompanied by a parent.
Charlotte Nature Museum 1658 Sterling Road Charlotte, NC 28209 704-372-6261
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Small urban nature center that features live animal room, nature trail and puppet theater. Located in southeast Charlotte, adjacent to Freedom Park.
Creative Art Exchange 19725 Oak Street Cornelius, NC 28031 704-892-7323
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Gallery and learning center for the arts, offers classes in 10-week cycles, and individually in clay, wood, fibers and book arts. Area artists serve as faculty. In addition, the Center’s gallery features works from North Carolina artists.
Discovery Place 301 North Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202704-372-6261
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One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation Discovery Place provides ever-changing entertaining facilities of a variety of experiences in science. Call for hours and prices.
Duke Power’s Energy Explorium 13339 Hagers Ferry Road Huntersville, NC 28078 800-777-0003
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Offering hands-on energy exhibits, a Lake Norman movie, outdoor picnic facility, and a one-mile nature trail along Lake Norman. Free admission and parking. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9AM-5PM, Sun. 12PM-5PM.
Fieldcrest Cannon Textile Museum Cannon Village Visitor Center 200 West Avenue Kannapolis, NC 28081 704-938-3200
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Samples of textiles that are more than 1200 years old, an interactive touch-screen computer monitor, a pictorial description that explains how a towel is made, and a 20-minute multi-image show conducted in a 100 seat theatre.
Levine Museum of the New South 324 North College Street Charlotte, NC 28202 704-333-1887
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Charlotte’s only regional history museum focusing on the New South period. An interactive regional history museum currently featuring changing and traveling exhibits that offer a real and poignant view of Charlotte’s past. People of all ages will find the hands-on history educational and entertaining. It is the only museum in the country concentrating exclusively on New South history. Museum galleries and store open Tues.-Sat. 11AM-5PM.
McColl Center for Visual Art 721 North Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202 704-332-5535
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Our mission is to advance the understanding and appreciation of the creative process and artists’ roles by providing: exhibitions, and community outreach projects with neighborhoods, corporations, individuals and other key community partners.
Mint Museum of Art 2730 Randolph Road Charlotte, NC 28207 704-337-2018
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North Carolina’s first art museum with American and European paintings, pre-Columbian art, regional crafts, historic costumes, African art, golf coins minted in Charlotte and one of Americas outstanding collections of pottery and porcelain. One of the premiere fine arts museums of the Southeast. Closed on Mondays.
Mint Museum of Craft and Design 220 North Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202 704-337-2000
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An renovation of the five-story Montaldo’s department store, designed by Charlotte architect Louis Asbury in 1953. The museum’s permanent collection documents the evolution of craft. Featuring the technical virtuosity and inspirations of craft artists from all over showcased in this museum.
North Carolina Transportation Museum 411 South Salisbury Avenue Spencer, NC 28159 704-636-2889
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The North Carolina Transportation Museum interprets inland transportation from the 1800’s to the present day. Tour the buildings and grounds that once were Southern Railroad’s largest repair facility. Train rides daily April 1-Labor Day, Sat. & Sun. through mid Dec. Guided tours available for schools and specialty groups. Hours: Apr.-Oct. Mon.-Sat. 9AM-5PM, Sun. 1PM-5PM; Nov.-Mar. Tues.-Sat. 10AM-4PM, Sun. 1PM-4PM. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
Public Art Walking Tour 200 S. Tryon StreetCharlotte, NC 28202 704-332-2227
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Run by the Arts and Science Council provides maps for an interesting art walking tour. Call for details.
Reynolda House- Museum of American Art 2250 Reynolda Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106 336-758-5150
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Enjoy masterpieces of American art displayed in the American country home built in 1912-17 by Katherine Smith and Richard Joshua Reynolds. Hours: Tues.-Sat. 9:30AM-4:30PM, Sun. 1:30PM-4:30PM. Admission: Adults $6, senior citizens $5, children $3.
Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium 1500 East Garrison Boulevard Gastonia, NC 28054 704-866-6900
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Enjoy the area’s largest Natural History Museum and Gift Shop 10 minutes from Center City Charlotte via I-85 South. Visit exhibition galleries featuring North American habitats and wildlife. Take a new look at the universe in the state-of-the-art planetarium or walk our half-mile nature trail through 16 acres of piedmont forest to an 18th century backcountry farm and Native American Village. Open 9AM-5PM Mon.-Sat., 1PM-5PM Sun. Call for today’s programs.
Spirit Square Center for the Arts & Education 345 North College Street Charlotte, NC 28202 704-333-4686
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A interdisciplinary arts center offering classes, performances, exhibits and national acts. A unique multi-purpose facility with two theatres, five galleries, and fifteen classrooms/meeting rooms. Spirit Square can accommodate performances, lectures, concerts, receptions, classes, meetings and much more. All varieties of artistic expression under one roof the performing arts the visual arts and arts education are combined with five art galleries two theaters and hundreds of arts workshops and classes.
Thomas Kinkade – Carolina Place 11025 Carolina Place Parkway Pineville, NC 28134 704-544-6654
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Exclusively representing the art of Thomas Kinkade. The largest display of his work in eastern U.S. Open Mon.-Sat. 10AM-9PM and Sun. 12:30PM-6PM.
Backing Up Classics Museum 4545 Concord Parkway S. Concord, NC 28027 704-788-9500
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Features classics, antiques, muscle cars, and hundreds of memorabilia pieces creatively displayed to enhance your enjoyment! Group rates available.
Dale Earnhardt Inc. 1675 Dale Earnhardt Highway 3 Mooresville, NC 28115 877-334-9663
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Experience his vision – highlighting the career of Dale Earnhardt.
Memory Lane Motorsports & Historical Automotive Museum 769 River Highway Mooresville, NC 28117 704-662-3673
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Recognized for their outstanding achievement in the preservation of automotive history. The museum boasts 60 vintage race cars and 60 additional vintage cars.
North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame 119 Knob Hill Road Mooresville, NC 28117 704-875-1397
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Our Mission is to celebrate and enhance the rich heritage of motorsports and its cultural contributions to our lives. The museum is dedicated to all types of racing, features over 35 race cars on display. Relive racing’s greatest moments in the Goodyear Mini-Theater now featuring “NASCAR’s Greatest Drivers” narrated by Dr. Jerry Punch, filmed at the Hall of Fame. You can also simply stroll by the many showcases and displays.
Sam Bass Gallery 6104 Performance Drive SW Concord, NC 28027 704-455-6915
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Motorsports gallery features original illustrations and design, limited edition prints, fine art posters and memorabilia exhibits.
Racing
Hendrick Motorsports 4400 Papa Joe Hendrick Blvd Charlotte, NC 28262 704-455-3400
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Founded by Rick Hendrick over two decades ago Hendrick Motorsports has fielded some of the most famous names in NASCAR in its Chevrolets.
Jeff Gordon Racing School 6025 Victory Lane Concord, NC 28027 704-886-2400
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Drive an authentic Nextel Cup car on the same super speedways the pros race on. You can drive actual race driven Nextel Cup cars, driven by NASCAR favorites including 4-time NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Michael Waltrip, Matt Kenseth and others. This is as close as you’ll ever get to driving in the Nextel Cup series.
Joe Gibbs Racing 13415 Reese Boulevard Huntersville, NC 28078 704-944-5000
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The newly expanded Joe Gibbs Racing Souvenir Store is located inside the JGR Raceshop in Huntersville NC. The Joe Gibbs Racing Souvenir Store offers exclusive merchandise you will not find anyplace else as well as the more popular items no NASCAR fan should be without. Visiting Hours are weekdays 8:00am-5:00pm.
Lowe’s Motor Speedway 5555 Highway 29 Concord, NC 28027 704-455-3200
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Don’t miss the excitement of racing close to the Lake Norman area. The speedway is home to NASCAR, IROC, IRL, World Karting, DIRT and Legends Car racing. Major NASCAR events are held in May and October. You can also ride around the track to get a perspective of racing.
NASCAR Speedpark & Family Fun Center 8461-G1 Concord Mills Boulevard Concord, NC 28027 704-979-6770
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Features five action packed tracks, 18 hole miniature golf, indoor climbing wall and playground, laser tag arena, kiddie rides, bumper boats, state-of-the-art arcade and official NASCAR merchandise.
Race Shop MapsVisit Lake Norman Visitors Center-19900 W. Catawba Ave Cornelius, NC 28031 704-892-1922
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Raceworld USA Cornelius, NC 28031 704-897-5555
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Raceworld, USA consists of a skywalk through the facility, live pit road practice sessions and team training, movies, retail store, restaurant and more including a 40-space private motor coach area. Open Monday-Saturday, 9:00 am-7:00 pm, nad Sunday 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Richard Petty Driving Experience 6022 Victory Lane Concord, NC 28027 800-237-3889
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Richard Petty Driving Experience provides racing fans and thrill-seekers the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a 600 horsepower Winston Cup style stock car. Get in the action and get on the track.
Contact Your Lake Norman Agent at 704 451 7051 for more Information.
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