The beautiful countryside surrounding Harrisburg, Concord and Kannapolis is the perfect setting for parks and recreation. Frank Liske Park is located in central Cabarrus Country on the former site of the Stonewall Jackson Training School.

Dan Nicholas Park is in Rowan County and features a carousel, water park, an operating barnyard, nature center, train rides, new aquarium, gem mine, mini golf and paddleboat rides.

For an overnight trip that’s close to home, families love The Great Wolf Lodge offers a waterpark and activities for kids, teens and even the grownups they let hang out with them.

The Speed Park at Concord Mills offers features four outdoor go kart tracks, mini golf, reverse bungee jump, spider web rope climbing attraction and a fun slide.

You’ll be entertained with the action at Charlotte Motor Speedway where spectators go all in at a dirt track, and XMax Dragway in addition to the Super Speedway, the All-Star Shootout and NASCAR Coca-Cola 500 during Memorial Day weekend in May and the Bank of America 500 in October. CMS also hosts a Summer Shootout Series and the world’s largest automotive extravaganza Car Show in September.