Parks – Attractions – Recreation


Academy Street Park

Playground, off-leash dog park, basketball courts & picnic shelters.

Address601 S Academy St, Mooresville, NC 28115

Lake Norman State Park

Phone: 704-528-6350
Address: 159 Inland Sea Ln, Troutman, NC

“The largest manmade lake in the state, Lake Norman. Its surface area is 32,510 acres with a shoreline of 520 miles and a main channel 34 miles in length — thus its nickname, the “Inland Sea.” The state park, which provides boating access,  33-acre lake, fishing, hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, interpretive programs and campgrounds.”

Academy Street Park

Playground, off-leash dog park, basketball courts & picnic shelters.

Address:  601 S Academy St, Mooresville, NC 28115

Hours:  7am to 6pm daily


Nesbit Park

Horseshoe Pit, Picnic shelters, playground, walking track

Address: 302 Nesbit Street, Mooresville, NC 28115


Liberty Park

Charming park featuring verdant, ambling trails, a creek & a range of recreational amenities.

Address: 255 E Iredell Ave, Mooresville, NC 28115

Hope Park

Modest gathering spot with picnic shelters, a playground & a splash pad open in summer.

Address: 106 Montibello Dr, Mooresville, NC 28117

Hours:  10am to 7pm daily


Cornelius Park

Free Wi-Fi,  1-mile walking trail, playground, disc golf, baseball fields, tennis courts, picnic area

Address:  247 Cornelius Rd, Mooresville, NC 28115

Hours:  8am to 10pm daily


Jetton Park

Address:  19000 Jetton Road, Cornelius NC 28031

No Park Entrance Fee on Weekdays.  Weekends & Holidays: March 1-October 31 $3.00 per vehicle-county resident;  $5.00 per vehicle non-county resident

104 acres, Beach (swimming is not allowed), Food area,Picnic decks,Waterfront Hall – Lake Norman, Playground, Tennis courts, 1.3 mile bike trail, 1.5 mile walking/roller blade trail, Formal garden

Ramsey Creek Park

Address:  18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius, NC 28078

43.7 acres waterfront park, Boat launching area, Docks,Fishing pier,3 picnic shelters,Sunbrella rentals,1 horseshoe pits, Volleyball court,3-acre dog park,1.5 miles of walking/nature trails,1 playground

Davidson Parks & Recreation

Phone: 704-892-3349
Address: 216 S Main St, Davidson, NC

“Our miles of greenways and walking trails connect neighborhoods providing citizens with alternate ways to get around town and access nature up close.”

Dorton Park

Phone: 704-782-1085
Address: 5790 Poplar Tent Rd, Concord, NC

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Visitors CenterMooresville

Address: 130 Landings Dr Ste 102, Mooresville, NC 28117
Phone:  704-799-2400

Lazy 5 Ranch

Phone:  704-663-5100
Address:  15100 Mooresville Rd, Mooresville, NC

“The Lazy 5 Ranch offers the unique experience of giving you a 3.5 mile drive through tour of over 750 animals from all over the world.  Call for reservations on their horse drawn open-air wagons. Be sure to bring your cameras!”

Carolina Raptor Center

Phone:  704-875-6521
Address: 6000 Sample Rd. Huntersville, NC

“Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors.”

Discovery Place Kids

Phone: 704-372-6261
Address: 105 Gilead Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078

“Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville provides an extraordinary and rich play experience that engages children’s imagination and inspires learning. The Museum is designed to serve children birth through second grade and their parents or caregivers.”

Queens Landing

Phone: 704-663-2628
Address: 1459 River Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28117

Lake Sightseeing & Dinner Cruises, Mini Golf, Boat Rentals, Dockside Grill, Lakeside Amphitheater with live music.


398-acre amusement park and waterpark with free Pet Kennels for park visitors.

Park Address: 14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273
Address for GPS user: 300 Carowinds Blvd, Fort Mill, SC 29708
Directions:  Carowinds is located 15 minutes from uptown Charlotte at exit 90 (Carowinds Blvd.) off Interstate 77 at the North Carolina/South Carolina border.

The Mint Museum

Phone: 704-337-2000
Address:  2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28207

“Museum of Craft + Design, as well as collections of American, contemporary, and European art.”

Opera Carolina

Phone: 704.332.7177    Tickets: 704.372.1000
Address:  Two Wells Fargo Center  301 S. Tryon Street, Suite 1550, Charlotte, NC 28282

“Opera Carolina is the premiere professional opera company in the Carolinas, presenting three main stage productions and acclaimed Education & Outreach Programs”

Discovery Place

Phone:  704 372 6261
Address:  301 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC

“Discovery Place, Inc. is a private 501©(3) not-for-profit education organization dedicated to inspiring exploration of the natural and social world through extraordinary exhibits and educational programs that inform, challenge and engage audiences of all ages.” Also check out Charlotte Nature Museum. For detalis contact Discovery Place.Charlotte Nature Museum visitors may walk among free-flying butterflies, observe live animals, buzz around with insects or hang out in the natural world. Daily programming including puppet shows and hands-on activities provide the opportunity for structured learning and informal play for the young and old alike.

Billy Graham Library

Phone: 704-401-3200
Address:  4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte, NC 29217

“The Billy Graham Library offers a moving look at the life of the beloved evangelist and the ideas that inspired him through stunning multimedia presentations, interactive kiosks, photos, and memorabilia. More than 540,000 visitors have been through the Library since its opening in 2007.”

Nascar Hall of Fame

Phone: 704-654-4425
Address:  400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28202
Open 10AM-6PM Daily

“This high-tech venue is designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike.  Your visit will begin by watching the history of stock car racing presented on a wide screen in the Belk High Octane Theater.   Then you’ll travel up the Sonoco Glory Road where you’ll marvel at historic cars and have the opportunity to learn first hand about the various degrees of banking at race tracks across the country. The NASCAR Hall of Fame wasn’t only built to honor the sport’s history, its moments and its best drivers… it was built as a tribute to its passionate fans and offer a full-throttle experience for newcomers.“

Daniel Stowe Botanic Garden   (Open 9am-5pm Daily)

Phone: 704-825-4490
Address:  6500 South New Hope Rd. Belmont, NC 28012

“Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, the Carolinas’ Garden for All Seasons, provides guests a chance to reconnect with nature. Located within 380 acres on the banks of Lake Wylie, spectacular themed gardens, sparkling fountains and a nature walk await the visitor. Plus they will find The Orchid Conservatory, the region’s only glasshouse dedicated to the display of orchids and tropical plants.”