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Best things to do in Lake Norman

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Medical Center
“The lake of choice in Charlotte, most Charlott'ins spend weekends all summer long boating and soaking in the summer sun. ”
14 locals recommend
Park
“The 1,934-acre park features a 125-yard sand beach equipped with a concession stand, bathhouse, restrooms and lockers. Address to beach: 759 Park Road, Troutman NC 28166 Beach season: Year round with lifeguard service from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Beach access price: $6/day age 13+ and $4/day age 3-12, only charged when lifeguard is on duty; the main park is free to access.”
29 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“James Beard nominated chef, good vibes, and excellent variety on the menu.”
15 locals recommend
Park
“Jetton is a beautiful park with a 1.5 mile walking loop, tennis courts, play ground, and beach. Beautiful, relaxing place.”
10 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Birkdale is a unique outdoor mall space with lots of great shops and food/drink options. ”
16 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“If you want to do shopping, watching a movie, and also get some great food, Birkdale Village is the place to get all!”
9 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Cool vibe and always something different to experience - from trivia night to open mic nights. And great coffee.”
9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Wonderful restaurant and bar located right on the lake. Eat outside, or inside the beautifully decorated restaurant. Wonderful food!”
9 locals recommend
Park
“Ramsey Creek Park – A 43-acre lakeside park with a half-acre sandy beach. Address: 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius NC 28031 Beach season: Late May through Labor Day with lifeguard service from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Beach access price: Walk-ins are $5 age 14 and older; $3 age 3-13; and free under 3. Drive-ins are $5/car Monday-Thursday and $10/car Friday-Sunday. Beach Shuttle: Free, available weekends and holidays at the Cornelius Park and Ride lot at 20300 Sefton Park Road.”
7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Classy restaurant with dinner entrees in the $17-$29 range featuring a climate controlled deck, outdoor patio and sandy lounge area on the water. The food is wonderful! ”
9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Wonder ful spot from the Kindred family, with a killer view and food to match the view. ”
6 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Looking for breakfast? Famous Toastery is a local favorite and one of the better options for breakfast in the area. I can't give it my highest rating but it's better than the Egg.”
4 locals recommend
Bar
“Waterfront Restaurant with"Jimmy Buffet" atmosphere; Open March - November ”
12 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Birkdale has shopping, starbucks coffee, and dining options that range from fast casual (i.e. Qdoba) to more formal options. ”
10 locals recommend
Bar
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“Want to eat in town and can't get into Kindred? Flatiron is a nice option for lunch or dinner. Nice craft beer selection and a great atmosphere, Flatiron is usually easier to get into without a reservation. They also are open on Mondays when many Davidson restaurants are closed.”
6 locals recommend
Zoo
“Wide variety of animals that you can hand feed, hay rides, and so much more! Great for family outings.”
7 locals recommend