It’s impossible to let the summer heat get you down when you live in or around Charlotte. There’s simply too much to do right now. Whether you prefer to stay inside and beat the heat or get outdoors and enjoy the fun, there’s plenty to do!
Improve Your Golf Game
Hit the links early in the morning to beat the sweltering heat — which will automatically improve your game. But if you need lessons, check out the Ballantyne Golf Academy with Dana Rader or Leatherman Golf Learning Center. Once you’re ready to hit the links, there are 40 golf courses in and around Charlotte to choose from.
Head to the Speedway
Love fast cars, all the noise, and the thrill of the race? Head to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Summer Shootout Series which features races with cars, bandoleros, and school busses. If you can’t make that, there’s always something to see at the Speedway.
Hop On Your Bike and Ride
Hit the Rail Trail and get a few miles of biking in this summer. Don’t have a bike to ride? You can rent one from Charlotte B-cycle. Check a bike out, get a ride in, and return it to the closest B-cycle station when you’re done. When you buy an access pass, two hour rides or less are included!
Stop and Smell the Roses
The Charlotte area is filled with secret and not-so-secret gardens for horticulturists and plant-lovers alike to enjoy. You can spend most of your summer enjoying the beautiful plants and flowers at McGill Rose Garden, The Duke Mansion, and Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary.
Hit the Water
Nothing says “summer” like heading out to open water. You can rent paddle boards for a few hours of fun. Check out Dave’s Paddle Boats. Or you can head to Rockin’ River Adventures and go kayaking, canoeing, or tubing for a day. Either way, you’re having fun in the sun and cool waters.
Enjoy Your Favorite Team
The summer is a great time to celebrate your favorite team. Head to Panthers Fan Fest in August to help the Panthers get hyped up about the upcoming football season. Catch a Charlotte Knights baseball game at BB&T Ballpark. And if you’re a soccer fan, check out a few games at Panthers Stadium before summer ends.
Go to a Wine Tasting
Vineyards abound in and around Charlotte. Small, local vineyards always have something new and interesting to see, try, or learn about. Enjoy the Vineyards of Swan Creek and check out the actual treehouse at Treehouse Vineyards. Even if you don’t pick up a bottle of wine, you’ll have a good time.
Explore a Museum
If you love history, learning, and staying out of the heat, the Charlotte museum scene is a great way to pass the day or weekend. The Carolinas Aviation Museum showcases historic aircrafts. If you love modern art, head to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. And if you’re a music lover, don’t miss the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
Make this your best summer ever and enjoy all that Charlotte and the surrounding area have to offer. Indoors or outdoors, you’re sure to find all the fun and entertainment you could ever want. No matter how long you’ve lived here, there’s always something new to discover. Summer is a great time to explore Charlotte!