For active adults who want to escape the bar scene, there are plenty of recreational amenities around Charlotte to enjoy instead.
From hiking to whitewater rafting, these activities will be memorable – and surprisingly easy on the wallet, as well.
The U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. Opened in August 2006, this expansive outdoor adult playground features more than 24 activities, including whitewater rafting, flatwater kayaking, mountain biking, wall-climbing, zip-lining and more. Plus, there are regular live music shows and events. Details: 704-391-3900; www.usnwc.org.
Giordana Velodrome, 1000 Riverwalk Parkway, Rock Hill, S.C. Part of the Rock Hill Outdoor Center, this 250-meter cycling track in Rock Hill opened in March 2012. The facility is expected to host national track cycling championships. Developers also expect to add cycling venues, athletic fields, parks, gardens and more in the next several years. Details: 803-326-2453; www.giordanavelodrome.com.
FlyWheel, 2907 Providence Road, Suites 103 and 104, and 9852 Rea Road, Suite F2. Prefer to stay indoors during your workout? Then check out FlyWheel Charlotte, which offers signature indoor cycling rides as well as body sculpting FlyBarre classes. Created by Ruth Zukerman, the FlyWheel experience features custom-engineered bikes that allow participants to set their own pace. Students also work their arms with weighted bars during the class. Details: 980-819-8501 or 704-209-7612; north-carolina.flywheelsports.com.
Hiking at Crowders Mountain, 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain. For a memorable day trip, consider checking out Crowders Mountain, which is the second highest point in Gaston County. Here you can enjoy hours of hiking, go rock climbing and maybe even do some bird-watching. Details: 704- 853-5375; www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/crmo/main.php.
Disc Golfing. Over the years, the Queen City has added more disc golf courses in response to resident demand. Bailey Road Park, Eastway Park, Elon Park, Hornet's Nest Park, Kilborne TPC Park, Nevin Park, Reedy Creek Park and others offer an array of courses. You may even consider joining the Charlotte Disc Golf Club. www.charlottedgc.com.
Adventure Landing, 10400 Cadillac St., Pineville. This newer theme park offers activities that are sure to appeal to the kid in you, including go-karts, three 18-hole miniature golf courses, bumper boats, batting cages and an arcade. 704-552-7888; www.adventurelanding.com/parks/charlotte/home.
Elisabeth covers community news for the Observer.
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