Two Days in Cabarrus County

Planning a weekend away with your family, significant other or friends?

There are plenty of things to see and do in a quick 48-hour stay in Cabarrus County. Get inspired with this list of activities for different interests and pack your weekend with excitement in Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Midland and Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina.

For Families

Great Wolf Lodge

Looking for water park fun without the sizzling sun? Great Wolf Lodge is the largest indoor water park in the Carolinas, kept at a comfortable 84 degrees year-round. The Lodge is packed with activities including pint-sized bowling at Ten Paw Alley, a 100-game arcade, Howler’s Peak high ropes course, interactive 18-hole outdoor mini golf course and more.

Guests exploring Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC

Guests exploring Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC

Reed Gold Mine

When summer heats up, head underground! Reed Gold Mine is a state historic site offering tours of restored underground gold mine tunnels. Even when outdoor temps approach triple digits, tunnels stay a cool 50 degrees. At the site of America’s first discovery of gold, pan for just $3 per person. Find gold and it’s yours to keep!

SEA LIFE Aquarium

Get up close to fish, rays, seahorses and sharks without getting wet! Inside Concord Mills, SEA LIFE has more than 20 display tanks, 5,000 sea creatures and a mesmerizing 180-degree ocean tunnel. Don’t forget to visit the touch pool and take the behind-the scenes tour. Educational talks and feed times are listed on the website.

For Sports Enthusiasts

Baseball in Kannapolis

Take the whole family out to the ballgame! The Kannapolis Cannon Ballers minor league baseball team has games throughout the spring and summer with fun promotions like Bark in the Park and post-game fireworks. Plan your visit and enjoy all the amenities at Atrium Health Ballpark.

Cannon Ballers’ mascot, Boomer, greets a young fan in Downtown Kannapolis.

Capstone Climbing & Adventure

Groups seeking adventure will find it with Capstone Climbing & Adventure! Take part in outdoor activities for all ages and abilities, including low/high ropes challenge courses, rock climbing, hiking, camping, canoeing and kayaking. Make a reservation for your outdoor escape today.

The Speedpark

For another kind of outdoor adventure, head to The Speedpark at Concord Mills. Start with a race on any of the four go-kart tracks, then keep the fun going with 18 holes of mini golf, bungee jumping on trampolines, a ride down the 110-foot fun slide and more.

For Visitors 21+

Whiskey Prison

Southern Grace Distilleries is America’s first distillery located in a former prison. Tour the grounds of the old jail and sample their award-winning spirits including 130-proof Sun Dog white corn whiskey.

Tour group at Southern Grace Distilleries in Mt. Pleasant.

Craft Breweries

With multiple breweries in the area, Cabarrus County is the perfect place to test out local craft brews. Try them all with the help of the Cabarrus County, NC Destination Guide. Available online, in the Visitor Center, and at Cabarrus County hotels, this resource includes all the information you need to navigate.

Local Wineries

Explore the nearby vineyards and wineries such as Cabo Winery, Dover Vineyards and Rocky River Vineyards. Considering North Carolina is the only place in the world to grow every type of grape, you’re sure to find a flavor you’ll love.

For Motorsports Fans

NASCAR Race Shops

Did you know 90% of NASCAR race shops are located in Cabarrus County and the surrounding area? Get a behind-the-scenes look into how teams RFK Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and others prepare for race day. You may even catch a glimpse of your favorite team’s driver or crew!

Fans check out the viewing area inside NASCAR team shop, Stewart-Haas Racing in Kannapolis.

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Tours of Charlotte Motor Speedway take visitors on a journey around the track from your own vehicle! Learn the history of this legendary speedway during the “Fast Pass Tour” as you drive by the NASCAR garages, media center, Winner’s Circle and more.

The Dale Trail

The Dale Trail was created to commemorate hometown hero Dale Earnhardt, Sr. An unforgettable experience for race fans, The Dale Trail features locations that tell the story of Earnhardt’s life, his legendary NASCAR career and his old stomping grounds. Pick up your free, collectible map that details each stop on The Dale Trail at the Visitor Center.

Plan Your Two-Day Stay

Searching for a spot to spend the night? Browse Places to Stay in Cabarrus County.