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Vacation in Lake Norman - North Carolina

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Area Overview

Be sure to look closely at Charlotte and you'll discover a lot. Thanks to recent additions ranging from the NASCAR Hall of Fame to the EpiCentre, a dynamic entertainment destination in Center City, Charlotte's become a vibrant hub on the Eastern seaboard. And thanks to adrenaline-rushing adventures, cultural attractions, a flavorful culinary scene and an inviting ambiance like no other, visitors are sure to leave Charlotte wanting more.

Includes Cities/Towns: Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

From family-friendly fun to thrilling activities the adventure seeker can check off their bucket list, Charlotte provides an abundance of options for its visitors and residents. You'll discover a lot at Discovery Place, one of the nation's leading hands-on science museums, where young minds are engaged with an aquarium, science stations and a state-of-the-art 3-D theatre. Experience a thrilling roller coaster ride at Carowinds with122 acres of exhilarating rides, water parks and fabulous stage shows. Go rafting or zip-lining at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, the world's premier outdoor recreation and environmental education center featuring 14 miles of mountain-biking and running trails, a climbing center, a 1,100 ft. Mega Zip Line, flat water kayaking, eco-trekking, Mega Jump free-fall experience, an adventure course and a challenge course.

Cultural Activities

The Lake Norman area is rich in arts and culture. The towns of Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville have preserved several historic sites, including architecture and rural farms with one of them being the oldest standing store in North Carolina. Several locations hold periodic historical re-enactments and living history events. With various art galleries to visit, films to watch, plays to enjoy, and history to learn, it's all waiting to be explored.


With museums and attractions that tell the story of Charlotte's past and present, options abound for the first-time or returning Charlotte visitor. Spend a few hours at the Levine Museum of the New South or one of the two Mint Museum locations for an interactive museum experience revealing the history of Charlotte and its connection the global arts community. Make a pit stop at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Uptown Charlotte to experience decades of racing milestones and interactive exhibits. And explore the African-American experience in the Carolinas at The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, named for its prominent architect and Charlotte's first African-American mayor.


CATS has bus and rail routes to get you where you want to be. Rental cars, taxis, and Uber are also available. For those of you traveling, the Charlotte Douglas Airport is only 19 miles away.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  29.3  40.1  51.0  4.2 "
 February  31.6  43.6  55.6  3.5 "
 March  39.1  51.5  63.8  4.5 "
 April  46.8  59.9  72.9  3.3 "
 May  56.1  67.9  79.8  3.9 "
 June  64.6  75.7  86.7  4.1 "
 July  68.9  79.6  90.2  4.3 "
 August  67.5  78.1  88.7  3.6 "
 September  60.8  71.8  82.8  4.1 "
 October  48.0  60.5  73.0  3.9 "
 November  39.0  51.1  63.3  3.5 "
 December  32.0  43.0  54.0  3.3 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and spring.

Summers are nice and warm for those that love to be outdoors and in the lake. As fall approaches, the leaves beautifully transform into shades of red, orange, and yellow. The cold hits once winter comes along, and the snow may or may not appear. But if the snow does decide to show in January or February, it is perfect for sledding and will dissolve soon after a few days. Flowers start to bloom and the sun comes out to play again during the spring time. Great for getting back out after hibernating.



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