7 Ideas to Explore the Charlotte Area and Beyond

By South Charlotte Macaroni Kid July 7, 2018

Summer is the perfect time to explore the beautiful areas within driving distance of Charlotte. We are so lucky to have some great little towns, beautiful mountains, and ample hiking all within a few hours. We have rounded up 7 ideas to get out and explore the areas near Charlotte and some ideas for activities in Charlotte. These ideas from OrthoCarolina will make everyone in your family happy no matter what they are interested in! 

Guide to Lake Norman State Park 

Within 30 minutes of South Charlotte, Lake Norman State Park offers families trails for hiking, fishing and bike trails. Get the scoop on visiting Lake Norman State Park 


Best Outdoor Activities for the Family 

Need to get the kids off the phones? Here are 8 ideas for Charlotte area outdoor activities that are perfect for the whole family. 


The Perfect Weekend Getaway

Want to leave the kids behind and have a grown-up getaway? OrthoCarolina has laid out the perfect weekend getaway to the North Carolina mountains complete with ideas for places to eat and stay. 


6 Places for Outdoor Yoga 

Want to take the kids (or leave them at home) and get your OM on? Here are 6 places in Charlotte where you can hit an outdoor yoga class


8 Hikes Within 3 Hours 

Pack the kids in the car and go explore one of these hikes near Charlotte, each of these hikes offers something different including various distances. We love that this roundup of hikes offers something for families with kids of all ages. 


Greenville South Carolina 

Not so into the hiking and biking? Greenville South Carolina is only 90 minutes from South Charlotte and is totally worth the drive! Great places to eat, greenways, the Greenville Zoo, Children’s Museum and so much more make this the perfect family getaway. 

Winston Salem North Carolina 

Want to explore more? Winston Salem offers miles and miles of greenways that are waiting to be explored. Families and pack their bikes and make the short drive to Winston Salem and enjoy the greenways. 


*All images courtesy of OrthoCarolina