Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it sure can make it a whole lot easier to have some fun. But fun and money shouldn’t be intertwined. It shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to take your loved ones out for an adventure. In Lake Norman and surrounding areas, there’s always something free and fun to excite your senses, entertain your brain, and enjoy all that there is to enjoy about living around the beauty of Lake Norman.
Lake Norman State Park is a great way to kick off your Lake Norman no-cost adventures. There is no fee to enter the park or take advantage of the majority of the park’s offerings. There are miles of trails perfect for biking, hiking, or walking. With compliance for Lake Norman fishing laws, you can fish in the water of the park at no cost. Bring your boat to enjoy a day on the water during park hours, or enjoy a picnic with stellar views. Swimming is also among the Lake Norman State Park recreational activities, but a small fee applies when lifeguards are on duty. Lake Norman State Park is located at 759 State Park Road in Troutman, North Carolina, 28166. For more information, call 704-528-6350.
Historic Davidson Walking Tour is a self-guided, one-hour exploration of Davidson’s historic district. Follow the stone markers through time that document the area’s evolution in business and residential growth. For more information, contact the Davidson Historical Society at 704-892-6022.
Charlotte Walking Tours are available at no cost showcasing an array of historic venues, area parks, and other notable features at no cost. Furthermore, there’s free shuttle service to and from many of these venues.
The Lake Norman Antique Mall is the perfect place to window-shop through the eras of Lake Norman history. Meander through 27,000 square feet of antiques offered by more than 200 vendors. The Lake Norman Antique Mall is located in historical Mooresville, North Carolina at 467 E. Plaza Drive. For more information, call 704-799-8767.
Hope Park is located at 170 Joe Knox Avenue in Mooresville, North Carolina 28117. The park offers picnic shelters, playground, and a splash pad to beat the North Carolina heat. For more information, call 704-663-3800.
The Living Military Museum and coffee shop is open to the public. There’s free coffee and a comfortable place for vets to gather and socialize, and a learning experience for guests. The Living Military Museum is located at 165 N. Main Street in Mooresville, North Carolina 28115. For more information, call 704-663-0488.
Jetton Park is a favorite in the Lake Norman area, fearing 104 acres of free fun. There’s a playground, tennis courts, bike trails, walking and blading trails, a formal garden, and more. Jetton Park is located at 19000 Jetton Road in Cornelius, North Carolina. For more information, call 980-314-1001.
Walter Henderson Park is located at 20214 Trailwind Lane at the crossroads of Walter Henderson Road and Backcourse Lane in Cornelius, North Carolina 28031. The park spans 3 acres and offers a grill, picnic areas, playground, and walking trails. For more information, call 704-892-6031.
Ramsey Creek Park isn’t free, but it is only $5 per car for county residents, or $8 per car for visitors. The park is one of the few areas where swimming is permitted in Lake Norman. Encompassing 43.7 acres of waterfront, the park offers a beach area, docks, boat launching, dog park, fishing pier, multiple picnic shelters, a horseshoe pit, walking and nature trails, a playground, free shuttle service, and more. Ramsey Creek Park is located at 18441 Nantz Road in Cornelius, North Carolina. For additional information, call 980-314-1001.
Harris Park is situated on 7.6 acres under a canopy of trees in Statesville, North Carolina. The park features ball fields and courts, playground, picnic areas, and more. Harris Park is located at 1399 Lerain Court in Statesville, North Carolina 28667. For more information, call 704-872-0037.
Fort Dobbs State Historic Park is located at 438 Fort Dobbs Road in Statesville, North Carolina 28625. The historic site was created in the 1700s as a way to protect the area in the Revolutionary War. Guests can attend reenactments, events, and more about the history of Fort Dobbs. For additional information, call 704-873-5882.
Statesville Historical Collection features more than 1,000 photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia from the 1900s-1960s. Admission is free. Statesville Historical Collection can be viewed at 212 Center Street in Statesville, North Carolina. For more information, call 704-878-2383.
Birkdale Village is a delightful way to tickle your senses with sights, sounds, and smells of a main street atmosphere. Although chock full of stores (more than 60 retailers), recreation, and restaurants where you could spend your money, touring the area and window shopping is free. Birkdale Village is located at 16725 Birkdale Commons Parkway in Huntersville, North Carolina 28078. For more information, call 704-895-8744.
Fishing Around Lake Norman is a favorite pastime that doesn’t pack a punch to your pocketbook. Of course, you’ll need to abide by the fishing laws and have a license, but there are plenty of public fishing spots you can access at no cost.
North Mecklenburg Park offers 98 acres that are home to lighten ball fields, biking and walking trails, playgrounds, and picnic areas. North Mecklenburg Park is located at 16131 Old Statesville Road in Huntersville, North Carolina 28078. For additional information, call 704-766-2220.
Many businesses and venues throughout the Lake Norman area charge entry fees for adults, but children enter, eat and participate for free. Each distinct community throughout the Lake Norman area offers a variety of festivals, parades, special events, and other free activities.
No matter your age, background, interest, or skill level, there’s something to do around Lake Norman that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg. Enjoy all there is to explore through history, art, culture, and a plethora of free parks with an array of amenities for your enjoyment. Whether you’re a permanent resident or a visiting guests, Lake Norman and the surrounding communities invite you to come out and have some fun.
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