Outdoor Activities

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Outdoor concerts are a big part of Charlotte's entertainment scene. Acts ranging from Faith Hill to Dave Matthews to Linkin Park are scheduled to take the stage on summer nights at this North Charlotte venue. Great sightlines, a friendly staff,...  Read More

McMullen & Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway

Mecklenburg County made a decision years ago to unite the city via a web of parks and green spaces. They've poured lots of money into the project, and the result is something that can be enjoyed by all. Over 30 miles of greenways have been...  Read More


Located between the posh Myers Park and Dilworth areas of town, this park has it all. Its basketball and volleyball courts are some of the most popular in town, and you can always find a pick-up game. If you're more in the mood for relaxation,...  Read More

Jetton Park

If sand, boats, and water are your way to relax, then head a little north of Charlotte. Jetton Park is a 105-acre waterfront park on Lake Norman that gives you opportunities to sit on the beach, watch boats go by, walk on the trails, or take...  Read More

Myers Park
Booty Loop

Some say it's the attractive backsides of the runners/walkers who cruise this 3-mile route that inspired its "cheeky" nickname. Others insist the term pays homage to the old Southern money firmly ensconced in the beautiful Myers Park...  Read More

Beachin' Island

Cruise Lake Norman north past Midtown Sundries, and steer to the right. You can't miss the rockin' party that comes together every Saturday with sometimes 100+ boats floating in the area. In attendance are DJs, heavy sound systems, beautiful...  Read More

US National Whitewater Center

The Whitewater Center delivers high-octane outdoor adventures like rafting, kayaking, and paddling. Other – and dryer! – activities include rock climbing, mountain biking, and taking on ropes courses. The River's Edge Bar & Grill offers...  Read More

Lake Norman

Lake Norman's 520 miles of shoreline create an oasis for fun in the sun, just north of Charlotte off I-77. The lake is where Charlotte's "beautiful people" – and those who imagine themselves to be – come to spend summer weekends. Boats are...  Read More

Crowders Mountain State Park

If rock climbing is your thing, then Crowders Mountain is your place. Folks scale the rock faces at their own risk when they tackle the challenging terrain – but most climbers are quick to tell you that views of the countryside surrounding the...  Read More