722 York Rd.
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
Phone: (704) 739-7070
Fax: (704) 739-7117
This park is a great way to reflect on the revolutionary war that took place on October 7, 1980. Kings Mountain National Military Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, beautifully commemorates the Battle of Kings Mountain, which was a first major patriotic victory to have happened after the British invasion of Charleston in May 1780. No wonder Thomas Jefferson referred to it as a turning point event. The park offers an adventurous mix of camping, picnicking, hiking trails and a functional history farm. Admission is free and an average visit would probably take one to two hours.
Established several decades ago as an initiative by Charlotte Observer, Camp Thunderbird is now managed by the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. It is located around 16 miles from Charlotte, with a giant waterslide and baseball pitch on-site. Ski boats, for having some fun in the Lake Wylie are also available. This camp is operational throughout the year and offers several programs dealing with subjects like ecology, specially suited to youth and school children. The venue is rented out for events during weekends. Call +1 800 732 3855 (Toll Free).
Even after having done whitewater rafting, kayaking, flat-water paddling, hiking, climbing, or biking at Charlotte's National Whitewater Center, you'll want to do more and more. Keep in mind that all of these activities require you to be physically fit, and also that your activities here help contribute to the preservation of the Catawba River and its natural surroundings.
Along the banks of Lake Wylie, McDowell Nature Center and Preserve is an almost undeveloped forest area and one of Charlotte's main attractions. The center aims to educate people about the need to conserve the ecology and environment. The place is home to over 100 species of birds and 21 species of mammals and amphibians. Rare species, such as the Seminole bat and the Loggerhead Shrike, are also spotted here. Those interested in kayaking, canoeing, nature walking, and fishing can get in touch with the center for information.
The Crystal Lakes Executive Golf Course opened in 1991, and provides the best of facilities in a beautiful setting. Its 9 holes and 30 tees driving-range is perfect for practicing amateurs. And with the nominal fees they charge, you can merrily keep swinging the ball all over the course.
There's no way you can get bored at the 105-acre Carowinds, whatever age group you belong to. This amusement park has it all, from 60 rides like Nickelodeon Central and Vortex, to events and live shows. Also part of the Carowinds is the Boomerang Bay Waterpark Resort and the famous "Scarowinds" event. Accommodation, too, is not a problem, as you and your family can just camp out in the fully equipped 25-acre Camp Wilderness Resort. Spend a day of absolute fun, frolic, thrills and maybe even some chills! Check the website for further information.
If you are all thumbs when it comes to holding a club, don't worry too much. Hone your skills at this facility, which includes a top notch practice center, eight target greens and artificial tees that can be played in all kinds of weather. Classes are held on a regular basis and can go on for as long as six months to a year; find a schedule that suits you best. If your kids show some potential in the sport, bring them along too—special classes are also conducted for those between five and 17 years of age. Check the website for more details.