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Five Reasons To Visit Charlotte This Summer

May 10, 2014 8:00 AM

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There’s no better time to visit Charlotte than over the summer. This summer brings an abundance of exciting events and activities to the Queen City. Indoor and outdoor, active or laid back, there’s something for everyone. Start planning now so you can enjoy the best Charlotte has to offer.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Parkway S.
Concord, NC 28027
(704) 455-3200
www.charlottemotorspeedway.com

Charlotte is home to one of NASCAR’s premiere facilities, the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Over the course of the summer, there are a variety of races to choose from, the Coca Cola 500 at the main track, drag races and dirt races. In August, the Monster Truck Bash invades the Dirt Track and 11-foot-tall, five-ton monster trucks battle head-to-head on an insane obstacle course. Dirt, noise, destruction and massive trucks are the perfect summer event.

Charlotte Knights 2014 Season
BB&T Ballpark
324 S. Mint St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(980) 207-0079
www.charlotteknights.com

After lots of talk and over a year of construction, Charlotte’s minor league baseball team is finally playing in its brand-new uptown stadium. The inaugural season is certain to be a treat. There are 72 home games this season, running until September 1, and 10,000 seats available for each game. Your child can check out the kid’s play area while you are trying the food options that include Q City BBQ. If you have Club or suite level tickets, there’s a lounge and a full-service restaurant. Enjoy the inaugural Uptown season with Charlotte’s best baseball.

Carowinds Park
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28273
(704) 588-2600
www.carowinds.com

Charlotte is fortunate to host the Southeast’s greatest amusement park – Carowinds. This park has a huge selection of roller coasters including an old-school, wooden coaster, the ultra modern, 360-degree turn coaster and even a standing coaster. There’s Club Snoopy, a section of the park designed for younger children with age-appropriate rides and excitement. On a hot day, there’s nothing better than spending time in Boomerang Bay water park. There you’ll find a massive wave pool, two brand new water slides and tube rides. Carowinds is the place for fabulous summer fun.

Related:  Charlotte Knights Baseball

Taste of Charlotte
Tryon St. from MLK Jr. Blvd. to 6th St.
Charlotte, NC 28206
www.tasteofcharlotte.com

Date: June 6-8, 2014

Charlotte’s annual food fest is a great opportunity to taste from 35 of the Queen City’s hottest restaurants. Admission to the event is free, but tasting requires tokens which can be purchased online or at one of the booths. If you’re ready to explore some of Charlotte’s fabulous restaurants, this is the perfect place. Q City BBQ, e2 Emeril’s Eatery, Merts Heart and Soul and Taco Mac are among the spots offering tasty morsels for guests to test for a bargain price.

U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214
(704) 391-3900
www.usnwc.org

This fabulous complex is a great place to spend time all summer long. Kayaking, whitewater rafting, zip lines, hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing are among the activities available to explore. Even better, on July 3 and 4, you can celebrate America’s birthday. In honor of Independence Day, there will be live music, food and fireworks on both the third and fourth of July. Admission to the facility is free, but to appreciate the many outdoor sports activities, you’ll need to buy a wristband. Parking at the facility is five dollars.

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Lauren J. Walter is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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