Concord, North Carolina, is part of the Charlotte metro area, only 30-minutes outside of downtown Charlotte. Although you might not have considered visiting Concord before, it is home to some of the state’s most popular attractions. Here are the best things to do in Concord, North Carolina.
See A Race At Charlotte Motor Speedway
“Where Racing Lives” is Concord’s tagline, so it’s only fitting to kick off this article with Charlotte Motor Speedway. The huge motorsports complex is known as the “home track” for NASCAR and has the only all concrete, four-lane drag racing strip in the United States (ZMAX Dragway).
There is always something going on at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with more than 300 events taking place every year. Offerings include three NASCAR races (Coca-Cola 600, All-Star Race, Bank of America 500), World of Outlaws dirt racing, 4th of July Festival, Charlotte Auto Fair, quad racing, race trial runs, Monster Truck Bash, Pennzoil Auto Fair, National Hot Rod Association racing, and a huge drive-through light show (Carolina Christmas).
With Charlotte Motor Speedway’s commitment to the fan experience, you are sure to have a blast no matter what event you choose to attend.
Shop At Concord Mills
Visiting the #1 tourist attraction in North Carolina, Concord Mills, is a must while in Concord. This 1.4 million square foot indoor shopping mall has an outlet and big box stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
Shop at the Nike Factory Store, T.J. Maxx, H+M, Disney Store Outlet, J. Crew Factory, LEGO Store, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, or Tommy Bahama Outlet; Dine at Bonefish Grill, Outback Steakhouse, Chipotle, or Cold Stone Creamery; Play at Dave & Busters or the AMC Theater.
Concord Mills truly has something for everyone!
Sample Locally Made Spirits
Southern Grace Distilleries creates “American Distilled Spirits meant to recapture the excellence of days gone by” combined with “soul and taste of the best of the south to craft distill very small batches of whiskey.” Produced in an old prison dorm from the 1920s, the production facility is referred to as the Whiskey Prison.
You can find Southern Grace Distilleries just 15-minutes from Concord, in Mount Pleasant. Trust me, this attraction is worth the drive. Take a Behind Bars Tour on Fridays and Saturdays or schedule your own private tour. Not a fan of whiskey? The Sun Dog Pink Lemonade and Apple Dumplin’ from Southern Grace may change your mind.
Note: Southern Grace Distilleries donates to local animal shelters, Military charities, breast cancer research, Habitat for Humanity, and firefighter organizations.
Visit The SEA LIFE Aquarium
Inside of Concord Mills is the SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium. This popular attraction is home to more than 5,000 sea creatures including Green Sea Turtles, Atlantic Rays, Blacktip Reef Sharks, Jellyfish, and Lionfish. Be sure to check out the Touchpool (where you can touch crabs, sea stars, and urchins), talk sessions, 360° ocean tunnel, and feeding demonstrations, all of which are included with your admission.
The SEA LIFE Aquarium focuses on conservation and what you can do to help protect sea life. Displays will show you how not recycling and using plastic straws are harmful to these animals, for example. You will definitely learn a thing or two during your visit! This is one of my favorite things to do in Concord, North Carolina.
Stay At The Great Wolf Lodge
Adults and children of all ages will enjoy staying at the Great Wolf Lodge. With an 84°F indoor waterpark, 11 waterslides, 4 pools, ropes course, MagiQuest, XD Theater, bowling alley, arcade, on property shopping, fitness center, mini golf, and a spa (for adults and kids!), you will not run out of things to do during your stay.
The Great Wolf Lodge offers spacious rooms and many layouts to choose from. In addition to two full-service restaurants, there are several quick service options, a candy store, coffee shop, and Wine Down Service available. You don’t even have to leave the resort!
Hunt For Treasures At The Depot
Pickers will love going through “more than 1,000,001 vintage treasures” at The Depot at Gibson Mill. Totaling 88,000 square feet, this is the largest and most popular antique mall in the United States.
The Depot is divided into rooms and each aisle has a street name, which makes navigating the store easy. From antiques to bath products, home decor to fashion, you are sure to find something to take home here!
Have A Beer At A Local Brewing Company
Concord is home to two local brewing companies: Cabarrus Brewing Co and High Branch Brewing Co.
The Cabarrus Brewing Co was the first full-scale craft brewery in the area. It strives to meld local history, character, and traditions with locally produced beer. The Cabarrus Brewing Co’s Tap Room is open seven days a week. Enjoy food from a local food truck while drinking your Ale, Stout, or IPA.
High Branch Brewing Co is a family-run artisanal brewery. The indoor/outdoor Tap Room is open Wednesday through Sunday. The Brewery sells snacks from a local farmer and cafe, or you can bring your own food.
Tip: Both tap rooms allow pets!
Explore the Many Things to Do in Concord, North Carolina
As you can see, there are lots of things to do in Concord, North Carolina. From racing to shopping, drinking local spirits to visiting an aquarium, Concord has a little bit of everything. Consider making Concord, North Carolina your next vacation destination!
My activities were paid for by the Cabarrus County CVB during my visit to Concord, North Carolina. All opinions and reviews are my own and unbiased.
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