Nothing says summer like spending a day at the lake and lucky for us, among the many things that make Charlotte an incredible place to live is our proximity to Lake Norman and all of the amenities lake living has to offer. Whether you are planning to spend the day with friends, craving a weekend getaway or just looking for a way to entertain the kids during the endless days of summer, Lake Norman and the surrounding areas have plenty to offer. Here are some ways you can enjoy lake living this summer.
The best way to experience the lake is to get in it – or at least on it, if swimming isn’t your forte. There are options abound when it comes to renting boats, jet skis, kayaks or stand-up paddle boards.
Cornelius Pontoon Rentals
Not only do you get the boat, but Cornelius Pontoon Rentals provides a host of free amenities with each rental including gas, coolers, bottled water, snacks, water noodles and more.
Take the boat out for a day, keep one at your rental house for the weekend or sit back and relax as a 77 Watersports tour guide takes care of all the work for you.
Cajun Carolina Adventures
If you will be taking kids out on the water with you, consider the 25’ pontoon from Cajun Carolina Adventures which includes a slide (for them!) and a wet bar (for you!).
Carolina Boat Rentals
In addition to pontoon boats for rent and lake tours, Carolina Boat Rentals offers jet ski rentals for those looking for a faster, more adventurous day on the lake.
What’s Up Watersports
If you can’t decide how you’d like to spend your day on the lake, What’s Up Watersports has you covered with pontoon & ski boats as well as jet skis, paddleboards and kayaks.
Aloha Paddle Sports
The local authority in all things paddle sports, Aloha provides rentals as well as lessons, sunset paddle tours and paddleboard yoga.
No matter how you choose to spend your day, you are bound to work up an appetite. Grab a bite at one of many lakeside restaurants around the area. If you can peel yourself away from the lake for a few hours, there are a number of great options off the shore, as well.
North Harbor Club
A Regatta-themed restaurant on the lake with an especially delicious brunch menu.
Come for the fresh, unique menu and stay for the lively decor and patio seating with lake views.
Port City Club
A casual yet sophisticated lakefront restaurant with beautiful views from every room.
Located on the lake and serving fresh fish and seafood with plenty of additional options for every palette.
Slated to open on June 30 in Mooresville, enjoy Latin food with a new twist.
Barrel & Fork
Find southern charm with a focus on creative cocktails at this Cornelius-based restaurant located in a historic 120-year-old home.
Mandolino’s Artisan Pizza
Located on Main St. in charming downtown Davidson, brick oven pizza is just one of many delights on the menu.
For many, the best way to spend the day is with Mother Nature and there are enough parks around the Lake Norman area to satisfy even the most outdoorsy in your group. Take a walk or hike, get in a good workout or just soak in the views.
Lake Norman State Park
There are hiking trails for all skill levels around the park, but if you want to catch gorgeous views of the lake, make sure to try the Lakeshore Trail.
Take a relaxing walk around the paved loop, soak up the sun and put your feet in the sand or just pick a spot and enjoy the breathtaking views found all around Jetton Park.
If getting a good workout is a priority, stop by Parham Park which includes a natural surface trail with 14 exercise stations. And as a bonus, you can cool off on the shores of the lake after you finish!
Whether you are a natural thrill-seeker or just feeling extra adventurous after a year at home, there are always ways to take your lake day to the extreme. Cross off a few items on your summer bucket list with these out-of-the-ordinary adventures.
Ride LKN Wake and Surf School
It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time wakeboarding or you’re an old pro looking for a challenge, Ride LKN provides fun on the water for all ages.
Paddle Board Yoga
Take a deep breath and perfect your balance during a yoga session on the water.
A tour of the lake for those that live by the work hard, play hard mentality.
Fishing with Gus
Learn the art of fishing from Captain Gus, an expert on the waters of Lake Norman.
Gathering with family and friends is back in a big way, so if you have the time and want to make a weekend of it, check out local rentals and live the lake life for a few days. Summer is going fast and so are rentals so flexibility is key.
Davidson Village Inn is an 18-room European-style Inn located in the heart of Downtown Davidson and close to all lake activities.
The description on this property says it all, “Lake Norman Guest House with Amazing Views”. Wouldn’t mind a dip in that pool, either.
This rustic lakefront property has room for six and an outdoor space that will make nature lovers swoon.
Located in a casual lake neighborhood, this is the perfect place for an adventure-seeking group with no time to sit down.