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Each Monday we’re updating this page to show how our visitors and locals entertained themselves from the week before in Mooresville. Whether you’re daydreaming about your own experiences or looking for inspiration for a future visit, we hope you enjoy seeing all there is to see and do in Mooresville. Post your favorite photos and videos on social media using #VisitMooresville and tag us for a chance to be featured.

This Week in Mooresville

Fun Things to do in Mooresville Right Now

Fun Things to do in Mooresville Right Now

We know that people have had to postpone or cancel their vacations, and we know that you may not be ready to travel again yet. But while you are dreaming about your next weekend get-away, take a look at how some people are enjoying the great weather and the ample outdoor spaces we have in Mooresville. We can’t wait to welcome you back when the time is right to find yourself here.

Pick a Perfect Pumpkin

Nothing says Fall like a pumpkin patch, and the apple cider doughnuts to go with it! For an authentic pumpkin picking experience, head over to Carrigan Farms every day in October. Take a hayride out to the patch where you can select a pumpkin right off the vine. A stop at the petting zoo awaits you on the return trip, as does the apple cider doughnut food truck. Visits this year require face masks on the shuttle as well as reservations. Visit the Carrigan Farms website for details.

A huge selection of pumpkins is available at Josh’s Farmer’s Market, a favorite farm stand with locals. On October 10 and 24th the Granny’s Old Fashioned Donuts truck will be back. Prepare to wait in line for this wildly popular event, but the freshly prepared donuts are totally worth it.

Soak Up The Fun on Lake Norman

With more than 500 miles of shoreline, Lake Norman is the largest manmade lake in North Carolina. The pleasantly warm days of fall are perfect for exploring secluded coves and taking in the scenery.

One of the best ways to see the lake at a leisurely pace is by paddleboard. Don’t have one of your own? Rent one at one of the rental shops around the lake. Or if you want to speed things up a bit and explore a larger area, rent a boat or jet ski for the day. Check out all the rental options. Pack a picnic for the day or visit one of our lakefront restaurants for a bite.

You can also hire a fishing guide to help you navigate the great fishing spots on Lake Norman. For a truly unique experience, schedule a wakeboarding or wakesurfing lesson with a professional wakeboarder at Ride LKN Wake & Surf School or Stephen Pierce Wake.

Be a Giraffe’s BFF

Get kisses from a giraffe, or one of the many other species of animals you’ll find at our two animal parks, Lazy 5 Ranch and Zootastic Park.  Take a drive through the safaris and feed the animals that come right up to your window.

Take a Hike

With more than 30 miles of wooded trails, Lake Norman State Park offers visitors a great way to enjoy the fresh air, abundant wildlife, and stunning scenery around Lake Norman. Take an easy trail around the lake or challenge yourself with a more moderate hike, or bring your mountain bike for a fun workout.

Rev Up Your Engines

Experience exhilarating racing action at the world-class kart track at GoPro Motorplex. This track was built by racing professionals and modeled after the famous and historic Kartdromo Parma circuit in Italy and is sure to get your adrenaline pumping! The rental karts are capable of speeds up to 55-miles per hour, and the twists and turns of the track will test your skill. In fact, many of racing’s top drivers use the track to stay in shape during the off season.

Treat Yourself to Ice Cream

Take a step back in time when you visit Mooresville Ice Cream Company in downtown Mooresville. They have been providing freshly made ice cream to the community since 1924! Enjoy your treat while you stroll downtown and take in the artist murals on the buildings, or pop in one of the charming shops.

Spread Your Wings

For a fun photo op, visit the #WingWallMooresville at the Corner of Main Street and McLelland Avenue.

Fun Things to do in Mooresville Right Now

Five Things We Love About Fall in Mooresville

Five Things We Love About Fall in Mooresville

In our office, everyone gets excited when fall is in the air. There is something about the crisper air and the promise of cooler days to come that motivates us to get out and enjoy the great activities and events that Mooresville has to offer. Here, we’ve picked five of our favorite things that we love about fall. Let us know if you agree, and as always, tag us in your photos when you are out and about experiencing the fall season!

1. Fall Festivals

Nothing says put on your plaid and grab a craft beer like a fall festival! And luckily, we have a few to choose from around Mooresville. The Carolina BalloonFest is one of the most popular and anticipated events in our area. The second oldest hot air balloon festival in the country, Carolina BalloonFest features more than 50 balloons, live music acts, an artisan marketplace, food, craft beer and wine vendors, as well as special events and entertainment. The 3-day festival attracts upwards of 40,000 attendees every year. This year’s festival is October 18, 19 & 20. Tickets can be purchased online or at the event, and children under 12 are admitted for free.

One of our favorite fall traditions here is the Mooresville Weiner Race, where weiner dogs (also known as Dachshunds) race it out for the title of champion. Entries compete in different divisions, which include “Cutest” and “Best Dressed.”  The free October 12 event is a great photo opportunity, fun for the entire family, and helps raise awareness and funds for local animal rescue groups.

If you’re in to art and wine, or just something really fun to do on a Friday night, head to downtown Mooresville on October 4th for Uncorked & Artsy. Stroll down Main and Broad Streets for wine and beer tastings while taking in the artwork of local and regional artists. Live music and light appetizers are part of the entry fee, as well as a souvenir Downtown Uncorked & Artsy glass. Tickets are available online here. 

Our two animals parks, Lazy 5 Ranch and Zootastic, also hold Fall Festivals. The cooler weather is perfect for interacting with the animals, and special fall activities keep the kiddos (and you!) entertained. Zootastic holds its festival on October 26 & 27, while the Fall Festival at Lazy 5 Ranch runs October 5 – 27.

2. Pumpkin Patch Picking

It wouldn’t be fall without pumpkins, and luckily we have some fun places for you to pick that perfect gourd. Carrigan Farms pumpkin season runs through the month of October, and is a true pumpkin patch where you can wander around the field in search of the perfect pumpkin. They also offer hayrides to and from the fields.

The Triple Diamond Farms Pumpkin Patch runs every Saturday and Sunday in October. In addition to bringing home a pumpkin, you can enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo, games, pony rides and more. Josh’s Farmers Market has pumpkins galore, as well as a huge selection of mums and other seasonal decor. While you’re there, pick up some of the freshest produce around!

There are also a few seasonal vendors that set up around Mooresville offering pumpkins and fall plants and decor. Keep an eye out for them while you’re out and about.

3. Outdoor Eats & Drinks

While summer patio dining certainly has its advantages, to us it’s even better in the fall, when you don’t have to time your meal to avoid the heat of the day. Most days in the fall you can hit the decks any time of the day or night and be comfortable. We have some great outdoor dining experiences in Mooresville, including some that are waterfront for awesome lake views.

Prickly Pear and Eddies on Lake Norman share the same parking lot and the same peaceful view of Lake Norman. Prickly Pear serves upscale modern Mexican cuisine and tasty variations on the margarita, while Eddies specializes in casual seafood, Italian and American classics. The lakeside deck bar at Eddies is popular with locals and visitors alike, and you can even arrive by boat or other watercraft, as they have a sandy beach where you can dock your boat.

The Blue Parrot Grill is quite the bustling scene on summer weekends, and while they are seasonal and close in the colder months, the warm days of fall are perfect for drinks and lunch or dinner on their waterfront deck. Bartenders serve up cold drinks from the tiki bar, and the giant beach chair is a popular spot for taking photos. They also welcome dogs on the patio!

For true outdoor dining, grab a meal from a food truck at one of our local breweries. King Canary Brewing has a large and welcoming patio area with umbrellas and picnic tables. They usually have a food truck parked on site, or you can grab light snacks at the bar while you sip your craft beer, cider, or wine. Beer Lab has an outdoor patio with picnic tables for enjoying their experimental beers, which change weekly and sometimes daily. They do not serve food, but you can grab some awesome barbeque from Smokey J’s, located next door. Ghostface Brewing is popular with the lunch and dinner crowd as they partner with Davidson Pizza Company, located in the same space, to serve specialty pizzas and the most amazing wings. Dogs are welcome on the patios at all of the breweries!

4. Water Sports

While you wouldn’t traditionally think of water sports as activities to enjoy in the fall, thanks to our mild climate, we can have warm days all through the fall, often up until Thanksgiving! It’s a great time to enjoy Lake Norman, as there are fewer boats on the water and the days are warm but not too hot. One of our favorite lake activities is Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). You can be as active as you want, with a fast paced paddle or yoga workout, or simply hang out on the board and soak up some rays. If you want to cruise a larger area of the lake, you may want to rent a boat or jet ski.

Check out our list of places to rent boats, jet skis, SUPs and more.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you may want to try wakeboarding or wakesurfing. For the best experience, go with a lesson from one of the experienced coaches on Lake Norman. You’ll not only get expert instruction, you’ll also have access to the nicest boards, gear, and boats. STP Wake and Ride LKN will have you up and behind the boat in no time!

5. Hiking or Biking at LKN State Park

While everyone loves summer, I think most people find the break in the heat refreshing on fall days. It’s the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy some recreation, like hiking or biking at Lake Norman State Park. One of the most visited attractions in our area, the park offers a wide range of activities for all members of the family. Take advantage of scenic hiking trails, from easy out and back trails along the waterfront to more moderate terrain on longer loops. If you are a biker, the mountain bike trails at LKNSP offer more than 30 miles of adventures!

Five Things We Love About Fall in Mooresville

Summer Fun in Mooresville

Experience Summer Fun in Mooresville

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy all that Mooresville, NC has to offer. Connect with your Outdoor Enthusiast on beautiful Lake Norman, channel your inner speed demon at GoPro Motorplex, or practice your selfies at any of our Instagrammable Places around Mooresville. No matter what your idea of fun is, we know you’ll find your perfect self here.

Soak Up The Fun on Lake Norman

With more than 500 miles of shoreline, Lake Norman is the largest manmade lake in North Carolina. Whether you like the speed of a jet ski or prefer to take a more leisurely pace, you can find a watersport that suits your mood on Lake Norman.

Spend the day at Lake Norman State Park, which offers year-round boating, fishing, camping, hiking and mountain bike trails. You can rent Stand Up Paddleboards, kayaks and canoes to enjoy the beautiful shoreline around the park. There’s also a swim area with a 125-yard-long sand beach that’s open from April to October.

If you want to enjoy other areas of the lake, look into water toy rentals. You can rent paddleboards, kayaks, jet skis, and boats for partial or full days out on the lake. A really fun adventure is a sunset paddle on a SUP or kayak, offered nightly from 7:30 – 9:30 from What’s Up Watersports. For a truly unique experience, schedule a wakeboarding lesson with a professional wakeboarder at STP Wake.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Mooresville is home to the Lazy 5 Ranch and Zootastic Park. At the privately owned Lazy 5 Ranch, you and your family can embark on a drive-through safari featuring over 700 animals. Drive your own vehicle or book a horse-drawn wagon ride, and feed the animals along the way.

Also privately owned, Zootastic Park offers educational programs and animal encounters. Take the whole family for a leisurely stroll through the park, and visit the many animal species, including Arabian camels, kangaroos, ring-tailed lemurs, tigers and much more. Taking selfies with the giraffes is a visitor favorite at Zootastic Park!

Rev Up Your Engines

Experience exhilarating racing action at the world-class kart track at GoPro Motorplex. This track was built by racing professionals and modeled after the famous and historic Kartdromo Parma circuit in Italy and is sure to get your adrenaline pumping!

If indoor racing is more your style, or if you have younger kids, then head to PIT Indoor Kart Track, which features the nation’s largest indoor kart track. The facility also features entertainment in addition to the karts, like a laser tag arena, a rock climbing wall, bumper cars and a black light mini-golf course.

Once you have filled your need for speed, be sure to check out the race shops in Mooresville, including JR Motorsports, Kasey Kahne Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsports, and Team Penske, to see the teams preparing the race cars for the next race.

Swim in a Super Cool Rock Quarry

If you need to cool off, head to the Quarry at Carrigan Farms, where you can swim in a quarry that was mined for its granite back in the 1960s. This natural, spring-fed body of water is 25 feet deep and surrounded by towering cliffs of granite. If you’re feeling brave you can swing out on a rope swing from one of the cliffs, another of our favorite places for Instagram!  Check their website for hours and information.

Soar to New Heights

If you want to gain some altitude and get a good workout while doing so, check out Cliff Hangers, a climbing facility that features indoor and outdoor climbing walls, bouldering, and a kids climbing area. With climbing walls up to 50 feet, you can get an adrenaline rush as you climb for the top.

Kick Back with a Beer

A day of summer fun would not be complete without a good dinner and beverage to cap off your day. Visit our restaurants page for a complete list of dining options sure to suit every taste. And try out one of our local breweries, Ghostface Brewing, Beer Lab, or King Canary Brewing for a relaxing end to the day.

No matter what speed you choose for your summer fun in Mooresville, we’re sure you’re going to love our town!

Summer Fun in Mooresville

Fun Things to Do in the Winter in Mooresville

Fun Things to Do in the Winter in Mooresville

Though we are thankful to have a mild and relatively short winter compared to much of the country, there are still days where being outside for extended periods is not the preferred way to spend a day. Luckily, we have plenty of indoor activities (and some outdoor ones for those who are hearty or just enjoy pushing the limits!) Read on to find some of our staff favorites for things to do in the winter.

If you want a little activity to combat the winter doldrums (and the aftermath of those Christmas cookies) head over to Cliff Hangers Climbing Gym, where beginners and professionals alike will love the indoor and outdoor climbing and boulder walls. This incredible facility features climbing walls up to 50-feet high, a 3,500 square foot bouldering area, kids climbing zone, a fitness and yoga studio and a cool cafe where you can order smoothies, snacks and craft beer after your workout.

If you want to get in some racing action under a roof, The PIT Indoor Kart Racing has you covered. The 70,000 sq. ft. track is one of the largest, single indoor kart tracks in the country, with more than 20 turns and a 20-foot width the entire track. There are adult and youth carts, making this kart track fun for the entire family. After your race, there is still plenty to entertain at the facility, with laser tag, bumper cars, blacklight mini golf and lots of arcade games. You can literally entertain the whole family for hours here!

Honor Our Veterans

Labeled  “The Most Patriotic Coffee Shop in America” by “Our State”, the official North Carolina state magazine, Welcome Home Veterans Living Military Museum is the only non-profit coffee shop and living military museum in the United States. And it’s located on Main Street in downtown Mooresville. The Museum includes a coffee shop inside, where many veterans of all ages gather for friendship and camaraderie. It is also home to the “Book of Honor”, which is signed by the veterans when they first visit the coffee shop and carries the names of around 9,000 veterans from all over the world. Stroll the impressive displays grouped by conflict and all donated by the patrons of the museum or their families. A great learning experience for kids and adults alike, the museum is a must-see when visiting Mooresville.

Take a Hike

We know, we know. It’s cold. And maybe dreary. But you won’t be cold for long when you hit the trails at Lake Norman State Park. Whether you are up for a challenging moderate hike or relaxing easy walk, more than 30 miles worth of trails will deliver the perfect outing. Many of the trails offer great views of the lake, and you will certainly see an abundance of birds and other wildlife. If you want a little more speed, bring your mountain bike. If the weather has been particularly wet, check the website for trail closures before you head out, or just go spend some time on the visitor center deck overlooking part of the lake.

Go Behind the Scenes

They don’t call us Race City USA for nothing! Mooresville is home to many of racing’s top teams, and stopping in to the shops is a great way to spend a day. At JR Motorsports, check out the racing memorabilia and watch mechanics preparing cars for upcoming races. Shop for cool merchandise while helping a good cause: all proceeds from sales go to the Dale Jr, Foundation. Also a fun stop on the race shop circuit is Kyle Busch Motorsports, where you can recall races while viewing the trucks and cars that ran in those races. Be sure to head just up the road to Penske Racing, where their Fan Walk spans the entire length of the working garage where crews are setting cars for races. The more than 5,000 square foot gift shop is sure to have something you’ll want to take home.

Find Something to Sip

When it’s nippy out, we always crave a great cup of coffee. Luckily, there is no shortage of awesome coffee shops in Mooresville. Among them is Black Powder Roasting Company. More than just a shop, they are roasters who specialize in sustainable, responsibly harvested small batch brews. The store’s aroma alone will make you want to linger, and with an impressive selection of craft roasts, we know you’ll find a new favorite. Luckily, you can take home your favorite beans and reorder online when you drink it all!

Speaking of craft, if you’re leaning toward something a little more brisk, head over to the beautiful King Canary Brewing for a sampling of craft beer. There is a great selection of beers on tap, with seasonal offerings to spice it up. If it’s a pretty day, take advantage of the outdoor spaces or just belly up to the bar and quiz the bartenders on the selections. Snacks are available and a rotating schedule of food trucks offer more hearty fare. Check the Facebook page for the schedule and upcoming events.

Show us your winter fun!

As always, keep us in the loop as you are loving the things to do in Mooresville this winter by mentioning us @visitmooresville or tagging us #VisitMooresville in your posts and photos!

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About Last Week in Mooresville

Each Monday we’re updating this page to show how our visitors and locals entertained themselves from the week before […]

Fun Things to Do in the Winter in Mooresville

Celebrate the Holidays in Mooresville

Celebrate The Holidays in Mooresville

The holidays are here, and we know how to celebrate in Mooresville! From a holiday light spectacular surrounded by exotic animals to a lighted flotilla of decorated boats, you’ll be sure to find a wonderful way to spend the holidays in Mooresville!

Zootastic Park’s Christmas Wonderland of Lights
Through January 1, 2018
Sunday-Thursday: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Experience this spectacular display of lights as you drive through Zootastic Park. Last year the park had more than 3.7 million lights, and they add more every year! In addition to the light show, enjoy a S’mores pit, pony rides, petting zoo, Tiger and Giraffe feeding, pictures with Santa and the zoo’s baby animals, and more. Admission is $7.00 and proceeds raised go toward helping care for the zoo animals throughout the year.


Downtown’s Holiday Light Spectacular
Through December 31


The Holiday Light Spectacular is an orchestrated light show with 115,000+ lights set to music. The show takes place on the lawn at Town Hall, 413 N. Main Street, every evening beginning at 5:30. It’s the perfect start (or end) to a night in downtown Mooresville. Walk to dinner before or after the show!


Downtown Mooresville Mistletoe Sip and Shop
November 30
 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Visit the unique small businesses in downtown Mooresville who will be offering open house activities, light appetizers, store specials & more! In addition, there will be a life size snow globe, a strolling barbershop quartet, carolers & more. Bring your favorite people and enjoy kicking off the holiday season in the heART of Mooresville, along Main & Broad Streets.


Keelboat Christmas Flotilla and Lights Parade
December 1 @ 6:00pm – 11:00pm

Imagine a parade of boats decked to the hilt with unimaginable lighting displays! Get your blankets, gather your families and find a perfect spot along the lakeside route to enjoy this spectacular holiday display! The motto is…”If It Floats, Light It”! Come on out and see what surprises this year will bring!


Downtown Mooresville Holiday Celebration
December 7 and 14 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm

LET DOWNTOWN DAZZLE YOU THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! Experience Santa Visits, Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides, Unique Shopping, Hot Cocoa, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, a Life Size Snow Globe & more! Wagons load & unload at the Mooresville Christian Mission (266 N. Broad St.), a donation of non-perishable food items or cash is suggested. Santa can be found in JF Moore Park at the corner of Main St & Center Ave. New this year is a life size Snow Globe that will be on Moore Ave. near Main Street. Popcorn, cotton candy & many other treats can be found along Main & Broad Streets.


Main Street Antiques Christmas Open House
December 8 and 15
 @ 10:00am – 4:00pm

Enjoy refreshments, visits from Santa himself, door prizes, live music from local artist, a letters to Santa writing station and so much more! The perfect spot to pick up some unique gifts from more than 450 local vendors.


Lake Norman Christmas Lighted Boat Parade
December 15 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Continuing the Light Up the Lake parade schedule, this parade starts at Blythe Landing (Cornelius) at 5:30pm, goes north to Ramsey Creek around 6pm and arrives at the final stop, the Duke Energy Explorium around 7pm. Food truck, Music and Santa will be there until 30 minute after the parade ends. Many viewing areas along the route! No admission fee but we do ask that you bring an unwrapped toy for Little Smiles!


Carol of the King Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular
December 19 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Irish dance and Christmas come together for the first time to turn an age-old tradition into an exciting Irish dance Christmas spectacular the entire family will enjoy! Featuring 20 of the world’s most skilled Irish dancers and musicians, Carol of the King brings an original inspiring Christmas story of love and salvation to life that transports the audience to a mystical time and place of heroes and redemption. The world- renowned Irish dance troupe performs lighting fast hard shoe rhythms and graceful soft shoe jigs to an original epic orchestral soundtrack featuring many Holiday favorites, while state of the art lighting and Christmas spirit ignite the stage into an explosive display of dance and music. The show takes place in downtown Mooresville at the Our Town Stage.

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Fall in Love with Mooresville

Fall in Love with Mooresville

There are so many things for visitors to love about Mooresville: the beautiful sunsets over Lake Norman, the unique swimming hole at Carrigan Farms, adrenaline inducing action of karting at GoPro Motorplex. While summer in Mooresville is filled with fun activities and things to do, for those of us at the Visitors Center, we tend to love autumn here the best. Maybe it’s the promise of cooler weather, or all of the awesome festivals, or perhaps it’s because of everything PUMPKIN! Whatever the reason, we wanted to share some of our favorite things about Fall in Mooresville.

Get a workout on the water
Most people think fall means starting to bundle up in sweaters, but here in North Carolina, there are still plenty of nice warm days for enjoying Lake Norman. In fact, many of our residents use their boats and water toys almost year round. If you want to try your hand at watersports like Stand Up Paddleboarding or kayaking, fall is a great time to do so. Not only are the temperatures great for outdoor sports, but in some places and at times, you could have the lake almost to yourself. You can rent paddle boards or kayaks at Lake Norman State Park as well as other places around Mooresville. Check out our watersports page for more information.

Hike or bike through the woods
Lake Norman State Park is not only great for watersports, it is a great place to hike or mountain bike. With more than 30 miles of trails, moderate elevation changes and gorgeous scenery, it’s easy to see why Lake Norman State Park has one of the highest visitor rates in the state, with nearly one million visitors in 2017! The Lake Shore Trail offers beautiful water views and was voted a must see trail. Once the leaves start turning, you are in for an awesome display of nature on your walk, run, or ride.

Pick a Pumpkin at Carrigan Farms
Pumpkin. Isn’t that the real reason everyone loves fall? From pumpkin lattes to ice cream to beer, the fruit that screams autumn turns up almost everywhere. Whether you want to decorate your porch or use it in a recipe, what better way to acquire your pumpkin than to pick it straight out of the patch? Better yet, take a tractor drawn hay ride to get to the patch. Does it get any better than that?

Let Your Imagination Soar
2018 will mark the 45th year for the Carolina BalloonFest! This must-see event fills the sky with colorful balloons twice per day (weather permitting) to the delight of festival goers. There is a ton of entertainment for attendees, including an artisan village and marketplace, wine and craft beer tasting garden, live entertainment, food vendors, kids zone and more! You can even book a balloon ride for the ultimate experience. Be sure to take your camera and tag us in your photos! (@visitmooresville)

Tap Into Your Wild Side
Though the animal parks near Mooresville are open year round, fall is a great time to visit, as the animals enjoy the cooler temperatures as much as we do! At the Lazy 5 Ranch Drive Thru Safari, get up close and personal to more than 750 domestic and exotic animals from six continents. Take the horse drawn wagon ride through the park to get the full experience. The park hosts a Fall Festival for the month of October, included in the admission price. See how high you can climb on the straw castle, or try your hand at the pumpkin slingshot. It’s great family fun!


At Zootastic Park, giraffe selfies are a favorite with visitors! You can feed and pet these gentle giants, as well as many other animals around the zoo. You can also purchase animal encounters where you can play with animals such as Fennec Fox, Lion cubs, Kangaroo or Ring Tail Lemurs. Zootastic also hosts a Fall Festival. This year’s date is October 27-28.

Get Crafty
Thanks to some awesome local breweries, experiencing craft beer in Mooresville is easier than ever! Visit the beautifully decorated and happening scene at King Canary Brewing. Owners Matt and Andrea wanted the taproom to be a family place where people could gather and relax, and they have done just that. The outdoor patio area is perfect for the coming cooler temps, and is a great place for kids to play while the adults socialize. There is usually a food truck on hand for meals, and they also serve snacks such as popcorn and pretzels from the bar.

One of the first breweries in Mooresville, Ghostface Brewing prides itself on creating unique and tasty beers – and features up to 20 at any given time. They also serve mead and ciders as well as pizza from a brick oven. Housed in a quaint building with exposed brick walls just a couple blocks off Main Street, this brewery is a popular local hangout. Check their events page for some fun happenings like yoga classes and the Mooresville Artisanal Marketplace where you can sip and shop.

OnTap Crafty Brews is located in the heart of historic downtown, in a corner building with a great view of the Main Street scene. Built in 1907 as a bank, the building’s original vault was converted into a beer cooler in the renovation, preserving a piece of history and adding to the “cool” factor of the bar. OnTap features 23 taps of craft beers and ciders, as well as a prosecco and wine tap. Order up some toasted sandwiches if you’re hungry, and strike up a conversation with other bar patrons for a laid back experience.


Get Your Scare On!

If your idea of fun is to walk (or run) down a totally dark trail with creepy clowns and freaks with chainsaws jumping out at you, then you will probably get a kick out of Scarrigan Farms! Not for the faint of heart, the one-mile trail promises to be one of the scariest that you can encounter, and it is the perfect way to welcome in the Halloween season. Tickets are sold at the gate only and are first come, first served. Check the website for the full schedule of dates and times. And don’t get into that creepy clown’s van!

We want to know what you love about Fall in Mooresville! Please tag us in your photos as you enjoy the festivals, attractions, and activities this fall! @visitmooresville #visitmooresville

Fall in Love with Mooresville

Summer Fun In Mooresville, NC!

Summer Fun in Mooresville NC!

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy all that Mooresville, NC has to offer. From hiking, paddleboarding, or kayaking at Lake Norman State Park to experiencing exotic animals up close at Lazy 5 Ranch, plenty of exciting adventures await you this summer in Race City USA!

Soak up the Fun on Lake Norman
With more than 500 miles of shoreline, Lake Norman is the largest manmade lake in North Carolina. Whether you like the speed of a jet ski or prefer to take a more leisurely pace, you can find a watersport that suits your mood on Lake Norman.

Spend the day at Lake Norman State Park, which offers year-round boating, fishing, camping, hiking and mountain bike trails. You can rent Stand Up Paddleboards, kayaks and canoes to enjoy the beautiful shoreline around the park. There’s also a swim area with a 125-yard-long sand beach that’s open from April to October.

If you want to enjoy paddleboarding and windsurfing on other areas of the lake, look into rentals from Hard Core Sports and Swell Board Shop during the summer months. Check out What’s Up Watersports for jet skis, boats, paddleboards and kayak rentals – available April through early October. And for a truly unique experience, take in a sightseeing and dinner cruise on Lake Norman aboard the Catawba Queen or Lady of the Lake at Queens Landing.

Take A Walk On The Wild Side
Mooresville is home to the Lazy 5 Ranch and Zootastic Park. At the privately owned Lazy 5 Ranch, you and your family can embark on a drive-through safari featuring over 700 animals. Drive your own vehicle or book a horse-drawn wagon ride, and feed the animals along the way.

Also privately owned, Zootastic Park offers educational programs and animal encounters. Take the whole family for a leisurely stroll through the park, and visit the many animal species, including Arabian camels, kangaroos, ring-tailed lemurs, tigers and much more. Taking selfies with the giraffes is a visitor favorite at Zootastic Park!

Rev Up Your Engines
Experience exhilarating racing action at the world-class kart track at GoPro Motorplex. This track was built by racing professionals and modeled after the famous and historic Kartdromo Parma circuit in Italy and is sure to get your adrenaline pumping!

If indoor racing is more your style, or if you have younger kids, then head to PIT Indoor Kart Track, which features the nation’s largest indoor kart track. The facility also features entertainment in addition to the karts, like a laser tag arena, a rock climbing wall, bumper cars and a black light mini-golf course.

Once you have filled your need for speed, be sure to check out the race shops in Mooresville, including JR Motorsports, Kasey Kahne Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsports, and Team Penske, to see the teams preparing the race cars for the next race.

Swim in a Super Cool Rock Quarry
For a truly unique summer experience, head to the Quarry at Carrigan Farms, where you can swim in a quarry that was mined for its granite back in the 1960s. This natural, spring-fed body of water is 25 feet deep and surrounded by towering cliffs of granite. Jump from one of the rocks if you’re brave! Check their website for hours and information.

Soar to New Heights
If you want to gain some altitude and get a good workout while doing so, check out Cliff Hangers, a climbing facility that features indoor and outdoor climbing walls, bouldering, and a kids climbing area. With climbing walls up to 50 feet, you can get an adrenaline rush as you climb for the top.

Kick Back with a Beer
A day of summer fun would not be complete without a good dinner and beverage to cap off your day. Visit our restaurants page for a complete list of dining options sure to suit every taste. And try out Ghostface Brewing, On Tap Crafty Brews, or King Canary Brewing for a relaxing end to the day.

No matter what speed you choose for your summer fun in Mooresville, we’re sure you’re going to love our town!

Summer Fun In Mooresville, NC!

Welcome Spring with these Fun Events and Activities

Welcome Spring with these Fun Events and Activities!

Spring is here and the warmer weather and longer days are the perfect time to take in some great events and activities around Mooresville.

April 13 – Uncorked & Artsy

This fun evening event features wine and beer tastings at 15 downtown Mooresville businesses. The tastings event is $25 for advance tickets and $30 at the door. In addition, there will be musical acts inside and outside, as well as artists displaying and selling their works. The music and arts portion is a free event. To purchase tasting tickets online visit www.downtownmooresville.com/buy-tickets.html or you can purchase at downtown businesses.

April 14 – Food Truck Festival One of the more popular events that runs spring through fall, the #FoodTruck Festival is a great way to sample good food and drinks from area trucks. Bring a chair and stay for the evening as you enjoy gourmet fare and live music. The event takes place once a month from April through October on Main Street, #Mooresville. Details at www.downtownmooresville.com/signature-events.html

April 16 – Pick Your Own at Carrigan Farms If you want to experience picking fresh produce from the garden without the work of tending your own garden plot, head over to Carrigan Farms where you can pick your own fruit and vegetables. Asparagus kicks off the season, with strawberries following in late April or May (depending on the weather conditions). It’s great family fun and a learning experience for kids on how and where food is grown.

April 28 – Lakefront Hops Fest at LangTree

This free event will feature beer, wine and hard cider tents, two live bands, food venders, a kids zone, raffles and prizes and more. A great way to enjoy beers from area breweries all in one place! Details at www.facebook.com/events/152875578719140/.

April 29 – Dale Earnhardt Day The annual birthday celebration to honor the late Dale Earnhardt takes place at Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

May 3 – LangTree LIVE!

This popular, 22-week concert series runs every Thursday from May to September, 7-9PM. Each week features a different musical act ranging from 80’s pop, alternative rock to the classic sounds of Billy Joel and The Eagles tributes. D9 Brewery will be on site each week at LangTree Live serving up the latest in craft beer selections. Be sure to get there early and visit LangTree shops and restaurants, and bring your chair to relax on the lawn and enjoy the show. As always, admission is FREE!

May 12 – Race City Festival

The Race City Festival is a celebration of  Lake Norman area arts & culture and is held outdoors along Main and Broad Streets in Downtown Mooresville. The Festival features family fun areas, hundreds of vendors, food, antiques, arts & crafts, kids areas, dancing, live entertainment, and more! About 200 vendors, two stages with live entertainment, two food courts, beer garden, kids games, face painting, street performers, mascots. free parking & free admission. Downtown merchants, eateries, art galleries and businesses will also be open.

May 21 – Race City Week

Race City Week in Mooresville celebrates everything racing! Events at race shops feature driver meet and greets, shop tours, and more. Race fans in town for the #CocaCola600 and #600Festival should plan a day in Mooresville, Race City USA! Check our event calendar for updated events during Race City Week.

May 22 – Little 600

One of the most popular events during the #600Festival, the #Little600 gives fans a chance to watch drivers battle it out on the GoPro® Motorplex kart track for bragging rights. Past champions include Bubba Wallace and Cory Lajoie. Fans also have a chance for autographs and photos with the drivers. Click for more details.

Lake Norman State Park – Canoe, Kayak, and StandUp Paddleboard rentals

Enjoy swimming at the family friendly swimming area, or rent a water toy and get out on the lake! Hourly rentals are available for canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and standup paddleboards. Availability and hours are seasonal, please check the Lake Norman State Park webpage for details.

Welcome Spring with these Fun Events and Activities

Winter Activities to Keep You Warm

Winter Activities to Keep You Warm in Mooresville

In Mooresville, NC, we are known for our mild climate, which makes outdoor activities a year-round possibility. But sometimes the arctic chill makes its way down here for a few days. But don’t fear! There are plenty of activities you can do indoors to have fun and stay warm.

Go Climbing

Cliff Hangers Climbing and Fitness Gym is a fun challenge for the whole family. This state-of-the-art indoor climbing facility features a speed wall, bouldering, and a designated kids area. All you need is comfortable clothes and determination, and their friendly staff will get you started climbing! The cafe offers snacks to keep you going, as well as a great beer selection to reward you for all of your hard work. Cliff Hangers is located at 326 Oates Road, Mooresville, NC 28117 or visit them at www.cliffhangersclimbing.com.

Go Karting

When it’s a bit chilly to brave the outdoor kart track at GoPro Motorplex, there is also an indoor option for navigating the track. The Pit Indoor Kart Racing’s 70,000 Sq. Ft. track is one of the largest, single indoor kart tracks in the country. With speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, and a 20-foot wide track, that means more passing, more speed, and more of that adrenaline rush. The completely indoor facility also features a climbing wall, arcade, laser tag, bumper cars and more. It’s the perfect spot for entertaining adults and kids for the better part of the day. The Pit Indoor Kart is located at 346 E. Plaza Drive, Mooresville NC 28117. You can visit them online at meetatthepit.com.

Go Down Memory Lane

If you are feeling a bit nostalgic, try a visit to Memory Lane Motorsports and Historical Automotive Museum. Featuring over 150 vehicles on display, this unique museum is a fabulous collection of automobiles, pedal cars, antique toys, motorcycles, tractors, antique clothing, memorabilia, trophies, and so much more!  Memory Lane traces the history of the automobile from 1901 to present day and the history of racing from the early moonshine era to the super speedways of today. You can view cars driven by NASCAR greats such as Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Terry Labonte, Dale Earnhardt, and many more. Memory Lane Museum is located at 769 River Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28117 and online at www.memorylaneautomuseum.com.

Get Brewing

After a day of climbing, karting, or museuming, treat yourself to an afternoon or evening of beer sampling! Mooresville is home to some great craft beer breweries, pubs, and ale houses, where you are sure to find a new favorite. Ghostface Brewing features up to 20 unique and tasty beers along with mead and ciders at any given time in their taproom. They have a second brewery, Beer Lab, which was created from the R&D (Research & Drinking) events at the original location, where they would unleash 7 new beers at a time and experiment with strange ingredients, fruit and yeast. Beer Lab features experimental beers with taps consistently changing weekly if not daily. Ghostface Brewery is located at 427 East Statesville Avenue and Beer Lab is located at 225 S. Broad Street. Both can be found online at www.ghostfacebrewing.com

King Canary Brewing is a craft brew pub with charming decor and a wide range of styles in their brew selection, with a number of IPAs, fruited sours, dessert inspired stouts and everything in between. They also offer wines, light snacks, and a revolving lineup of food trucks. Located at 562 Williamson Rd, or online at www.kingcanarybrewing.com.

Located in downtown Mooresville, (On)Tap taphouse features 23 taps of craft beers and ciders from small, independent breweries and cideries primarily in North Carolina. In addition, they have prosecco and wine on tap, can serve you craft beer flights and fill a growler for you to take home. The renovated historic building is quite beautiful and the perfect location for enjoying a brew or two. (on)Tap is located at 188 N Main St, Mooresville, NC 28115 and online at www.ontap.pub.

Ultimate Ales was the first bottle shop in Mooresville and offers a revolving selection of beers and ciders on tap, as well as an extensive bottle collection. Ultimate Ales is located at 134-C Mooresville Commons Way , Mooresville, NC 28117 and online at www.ultimateales.com.

Enjoy your days exploring Mooresville, and remember you can always stop by our Visitors Center if you need help planning fun things to do while you are visiting!

Winter Activities to Keep You Warm