Summer is winding down and the new school year is looming, which means it’s time to chase your teens out of the house to take advantage of those last few days of freedom. Hopefully your teenager has some summer job cash to spend on something a more than smoothies and a movie, because Charlotte has no shortage of activities for teens to enjoy before orientation begins.
Here are a few ideas of how to keep them busy during these last dog days of Charlotte Summer 2018:
300 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273
Get your scream on at Carowinds on one of their thrilling rollercoasters or cool off at the park’s waterpark, Carolina Harbor, where you’ll find towering waterslides, wave pools, and lazy river. There are even a few private cabanas to rent in case you want to host some of their friends in the shade.
8024 Savoy Corporate Dr., Charlotte, NC 28273
Up for a little friendly competition? Take a few swings at Topgolf and see who can hit the most targets on the interactive driving range.
SouthTown Wake Park
255 E. Rambo Rd., Rock Hill, SC 29730
Who needs a boat when you’ve got SouthTown Wake Park, where you can test your agility and wakeboarding skills while being pulled across the park’s lake by overhead cables. Wakeboarding passes start as low as $25 for a beginner and all the equipment you’ll need to hit the water can be rented at the park. Not into wakeboarding? No problem! There are also kayak and paddle board rentals available.
US National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte, NC 28214
Spend the entire day outside at the US National Whitewater Center and take your pick from more than 30 exhilarating outdoor activities that include whitewater rafting, zip lining, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and rock climbing. Want more to choose from? You got it. There’s also mountain biking and running trails, ropes courses, and a canopy tour. If you aren’t completely worn out after a full day of activities, chow down at the venue’s onsite restaurant, River’s Edge.
4215 Stuart Andrew Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28217
9539 Pinnacle Dr. Ste 300, Charlotte NC 28262
When it’s too hot to spend the day outside grab a group of friends and test your knowledge and teamwork skills at one of Charlotte’s two Exit Strategy locations. For an hour your group will be locked in a room full of hidden clues that you’ll need to solve to escape. Each clue requires a different kind of skill set to solve, so everyone will get their time to shine, and hopefully you’ll make it out in time.
2220 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28203
Stay active without having to brave the August heat at Inner Peaks, where you can safely rock climb to your heart’s content.
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
s 1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy., Mooresville NC 28115
Pack a picnic lunch and head out to the local quarry at Carrigan Farms, which opens up to the public for an open swim on select days throughout the summer. Admission is $15 per person. (Carrigan Farms only accepts cash or checks.) Here’s this summer’s open swim schedule.
Don’t forget to tag us @ScoopCharlotte while you’re out enjoying the end of summer! We’d love to see what you’re up to.