Things to Do This Summer in Charlotte

Looking for things to do this Summer in Charlotte?

Summer is a busy time and the perfect opportunity to spend some time outdoors with your loved ones. The Queen City offers plenty of opportunities for both locals and visitors to enjoy Charlotte in the sunshine.

Perhaps you live in the surrounding areas, or you’re planning a visit to Charlotte. Maybe you’ve just moved to the area and want to maximize your first Summer here. Whether you’re looking to relax with a glass of wine, have fun with the kids or enjoy the city with friends, we’ve broken down some of the best things to do in Charlotte this season!

1. Enjoy the lakes – Travel 25 minutes from Uptown Charlotte, and you’ll find Lake Norman. With its 520 miles of shoreline, there are plenty of water activities on offer including sailing, kayaking and water skiing. Alongside the wealth of choices for water sports enthusiasts, others can leisurely enjoy the sparkling waters, using some of the boat rental facilities available at marinas along the shore. You can even throw your own party on the lake by hiring a pontoon. Visit for more info.

Photo of Lake Norman peninsula yacht club.

2. Take a thrill ride – For over four decades, Carowinds amusement park has provided fun for all the family. Why not experience the thrill of one of the park’s world-class rollercoasters, take a step back in time in the new Carolina County Fair zone, or cool down in the Carolina Harbor Waterpark. Visit for more info.

carowinds things to do in charlotte

Carowinds is located on the North and South Carolina border.

3. Music under the stars – Charlotte’s outside pavilions give residents and visitors the chance to enjoy an outdoor concert or have a picnic while sampling some live entertainment. Highlights include the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater and the PNC Music Pavilion which host some great touring acts. Don’t miss the Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall to enjoy the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Pops series throughout June, then grab a blanket for movies under the stars every Friday in August. Visit for more info.

The PNC Music amphitheater is in a prime location for live concerts featuring artists and bands in many different music genres.

4. Spend time with nature – As well as the many parks in the city, McDowell Nature Center and Preserve offers wonderful opportunities for fishing, walking and having picnics while camping in the wilderness. If gardens are more your thing, check out Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Along 380 acres of Lake Wylie’s banks, your senses will reawaken through the spectacular views through botanical gardens, a tropical conservatory, refreshing fountains and the popular visitor pavilion. Visit for more info about the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens and click to learn more about the McDowell Nature Preserve.

daniel stowe botanical garden things to do in charlotte

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

5. Find your knight in shining armor – Sports fans have plenty to enjoy in Charlotte from cheering on the Hornet’s on the basketball courts, to watching the Panther’s football team at the Bank of America open air stadium. However, for something really special, experience the Charlotte Knight’s home games at the BB&T ballpark. Enjoy views of the city’s skyline, and cheer on Charlotte’s beloved baseball team while wolfing down a delicious hotdog.

Bank of America Stadium, photo courtesy of ESPN

6. Discover Charlotte’s secrets – The Queen City still holds many secrets including its gorgeous secret gardens and nature trails. Charlotte’s Rail Trail is a pretty amazing experience, giving you the opportunity to cycle or stroll through the streets and trails of Charlotte’s neighborhoods. This developing 4.5 mile public trail ducks and winds alongside the Light Rail line from South End to Uptown, stumbling upon cafés, bars and relaxing places to sit and watch the world go by. You can even hire one of Charlotte B-cycles if you don’t want to take your own. Visit for more info.

charlotte rail trail things to do in charlotte

Charlotte Rail Trail

7. Refresh in the water – One of the best ways to cool down in Charlotte is the popular U.S. National Whitewater Center. There’s plenty to do for all the family (and it’s pet-friendly too!), including whitewater rafting and kayaking, rock climbing above the pool, and exciting Summer camps for the kids. For an adrenaline rush, experience the center’s ziplines or try the various walking, hiking, and biking trails. On Thursday and Saturdays evenings, the center’s Summer River Jam nights are legendary. Kick back to live music in the beer gardens or bar & grill – the perfect way to unwind during endless Summer nights! Visit for more info.

US Whitewater Center

8. Go under the dome – Don’t miss the Charlotte Observer Imax Dome at Discovery Place for a movie-going experience to remember. Its dome-shaped screen is three stories high, showing features that will immerse you and the family into another world, whether it be exploring secrets of the ocean or an adventure through the rainforest. Visit for more info.

Charlotte Observer Imax Dome

Charlotte Observer Imax Dome

9. Have a glass in the sun – Charlotte’s vineyards & breweries are absolutely stunning. Our particular favorite is the Treehouse Vineyards in Monroe. Enjoy delicious wine while overlooking the vineyards on its beautiful decking. Enjoy Summer evenings there listening to live music, or even book an overnight stay in a private treehouse. Visit for more info.

Treehouse Vineyard in Monroe, NC

10. Appreciate the beauty of Charlotte – While there are endless activities on offer in and around Charlotte, the true beauty of this City can be appreciated from afar. Crowders Mountain State Park provides hikers with stunning views of Charlotte’ skyline and scenery. On a clear day, grab some friends, a tent, and plenty of supplies, then choose one of the many trails available. Visit for more info.

Crowders Mountain State Park

Crowders Mountain State Park

There’s something for everyone this Summer in Charlotte.

Want to find out more about what living in Charlotte can offer? Get in touch today!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This