Sleep Inn & Suites at Concord Mills
7821 Gateway Lane
Concord, NC 28027
Phone: (704) 979-8800
Fax: (704) 979-8801
Wanna be the next Ayrton Senna or Michael Schumacher? Here's where you get a taste of the thrills behind the wheel of a snazzy race car. The school offers lessons for a fee; amateurs and pro drivers get to blaze the courses in their own styles. Friends and family get to view the action from the side-tracks, as professional instructors show you the ropes. Check the website for age, weight and height specifications, rates and class schedules. Then, slip into some casual gear, down a light meal and let the speed demon emerge! Call +1 877 453 3324 (Toll Free).
18 holes and 7,000 yards of rolling greens await you at this challenging venue, called “Charlotte's Crown Jewel." Tall trees and curving water hazards pose some of the toughest obstacles; hence the venue is a favorite with those who like to test their skills across the beautiful lake. Open to both men and women, the course has a 15,000 square foot clubhouse with separate lockers and a practice range, a putting green and a grassy driving range for amateurs. The course is open through the week, though tee slots need to be booked for a fee.
These botanical gardens are run by the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus and are comprised of three separate sites- the Van Landingham Glen, the Susie Harwood Garden, and the McMillan Greenhouse. There is a wide variety of plants among the gardens, including rhododendrons, native Carolina flora, orchids, desert succulents, and carnivorous pitcher plant hybrids. There are also many walking paths and interesting landscape architecture displays to please the eye. The park is open daily and features an ever-changing collection that varies depending on the time of year, so be sure to check the website for updates.
This country club is located around 18 miles from Concord. Practicing on its 18-hole course is a nice way to improve your golfing skills. Six hard-surface courts and four Har Tru courts provide the training grounds for a USTA team—they ought to be good enough for you too! A swimming pool with a wading area is especially nice for children. A country house with several dining options and a pleasant garden help you relax when you visit with your family. Tennis training clinics and the "Summer Swim Team Program" are an added bonus. Please check the website for additional information.
Reedy Creek Nature Center boasts more than 10 miles of walking trails through protected forests. These trails lead through a variety of terrain and provide breath-taking views of Reedy Creek Park's lakes, streams, forests and wildlife. The Nature Center also houses live, native animals and an exhibit hall, allowing visitors to learn valuable information about their surroundings on their trip.
Ribbon Walk is a great place for anyone seeking quiet outdoor activities in the midst of the big city. There is plenty of room in the 140 acre park for you to enjoy picnics or hikes in the unspoiled forest. The newly-built educational center has lots of family-friendly activities to teach children about wildlife and conservation. Also, it is a short walk to the city center, so you can enjoy an evening out on the town after your excursion in the park.
The Washington Redskins coach and his team organize regular racing events since 1991 to collect money for various charities. Fans can come and watch some wild action on the course as they cheer on the very professional drivers. The posh venue also features the odd workshop that educates aspiring racers on the nitty-gritties of the sport, while guiding them toward a glamorous future in motor-racing. Those interested can also run a hand over the various models of race-cars, or even hire them for a personal show! Check the website for upcoming events and other details.
Beautiful rolling greens dotted with tall trees and meandering water hazards greet guests as they venture out for a couple of rounds. Opened in 1958, it is arguably one of the oldest of its kind in the city. The nine-hole course can be quite challenging, with sharp slopes, tricky turns and unexpected water bodies, but for those who play a mean game, it can be great fun. Drop by the pro shop to replenish any worn goods before you head for the great outdoors. After a satisfying game, ravenous players can head back to the clubhouse snack bar for some deli-style sandwiches, hotdogs and other bites, along with a glass of spirits or a soft drink. The venue also sports several meeting rooms that can be rented for business meet-ups and conferences.
The Blue Pony is a haven for printmaking. Etchings, woodcuts, linoleum cuts, and other prints are always on display, be they part of the permanent collection, or a seasonal exhbition. Printmaking classes are held regularly, for beginners as well as old hands. The Pony avoids the snooty atmosphere often associated with the art world; patrons are encouraged to get their hands dirty (literally) and take part in the joys of the printmaking process. Open late for the NoDa Gallery Crawl. from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am.
Get swinging at this 72-par, 18-hole golf course, located in the East Charlotte neighborhood. Get a spanking new set of clubs from the golf shop and play in a relaxed atmosphere, enjoying the greenery and the occasional deer or flock of geese you may chance to see. Take a break at the pavilion or indoor dining venue and check your progress on a computerized handicap-tracking system. You can play here for a reasonable fee or avail of a membership and enjoy various benefits. For more information, check the website.
Formerly known as the Mecklenburg Country Club, the Charlotte Country Club is a known name among the elite of Charlotte. A prestigious institution since 1910, this club is a haven for those seeking some rest and relaxation, or an invigorating game of golf or a swim. Check the website for club details and membership information.
Birkdale Golf Club has all the trappings of a classy golf establishment, a few miles north of Charlotte. 200 acres of lush green, designed by Arnold Palmer, await professionals and amateurs. However, tee times have to be booked 8 days in advance. Birkdale's Conference Room, Birkdale's Club Room, and Palmer Pavilion are all rentable spaces on the premises, available for business meetings, private gatherings and charity events. Arnie's Tavern, an on-site bar/restaurant caters to hungry golfers.