Experience Summer Fun in Mooresville

When you are planning your vacation days this year, remember that 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.

Because the COVID situation is an ever changing environment, some attractions or activities may be closed or have limited availability. Please visit the website or social media channels of businesses before you make plans.

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. For a truly unique experience, schedule a wakeboarding lesson with a professional wakeboarder at STP Wake or Ride LKN.

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 and feed the animals along the way for the ultimate socially-distanced fun.

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!

Take a Hike

With more than 30 miles of wooded trails, Lake Norman State Park is a great place to spend the day exploring. Trails range from the easy Dragonfly Trail, which with a 0.15 mile paved surface is perfect for little ones, to the moderate Lake Shore Trail which was voted as a must-see trail in the Charlotte area. The 30.5 mile Itusi trail is also open to mountain bikers and offers more challenging trail loops with beautiful views of Lake Norman.

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, though some of the activities may be closed due to restrictions and safety protocols.

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. Reservations may be required to comply with guidelines on social distancing.

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. Safety measures they have taken include requiring masks and advanced reservations, which you can do on their website.

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. Try out one of our local breweries, Ghostface Brewing, Beer Lab, King Canary Brewing, or Jolly Roger Brew for a relaxing end to the day. Or if you prefer a glass of wine or a craft cocktail, our list of Kegs, Casks, and Barrels will get you going in the right direction.

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