What are the best outdoor activities in Charlotte?

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Blake Miller

With its mild weather, Charlotteans love to be outside year round, even during the heavy heat of the summer months. To escape the hot temps, residents head to one of the two local lakes nearby, Lake Norman near Davidson and Mooreesville and Lake Wylie just over the North Carolina/South Carolina border. Rent a pontoon boat or Jet Ski and sail the water before docking up at the Rusty Rudder or Blue Parrot Grille, two of Lake Norman’s top lakeside restaurants. If you’re on Lake Wylie, consider stopping by T-Bones, where the outdoor patio features a fantastic view of the action on the lake.

For adventure seekers, head to the U.S. National Whitewater Center where you can cool off by riding the rapids or work up a sweat mountain biking the 20 miles of scenic trails on property. If relaxing is more your speed come to the Whitewater River Jam series, which takes place every Thursday evening, from 7 to 10 p.m., May through September, or Saturdays 7 to 10 p.m., June through August. You can grab a draft beer and some appetizers from River’s Edge Bar & Grill and enjoy the music by local and regional acts.

Charlotte is also home to fantastic golf courses including the Golf Club at Ballantyne at the Forbes Four Star Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. The public, championship PGA course is open year round.

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