The Best Things to Do in Concord, North Carolina

Concord is best known as the home of NASCAR and the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway.

But once you’re finished on the racetrack, there are so many other places to explore in the city.

We’re listing down all the different ways to complete your trip to Concord, NC.

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The town is about a 30-minute drive away from Charlotte, NC, and is often flocked by motocross fans.

Aside from all the racing, Concord also has the Great Wolf Lodge Water Park, the SEA LIFE Aquarium, and many historical landmarks.

Here are the 15 best things to do in Concord, North Carolina.

Charlotte Motor Speedway

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You can’t do an article about Concord and not talk about the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway.

For those not in the know, the venue is where NASCAR All-Star races happen every year since 1985.

The city has been dubbed “Where Racing Lives,” and is a short drive away from the birthplace of the legendary driver, Dale Earnhardt.

The complex spans 2,000 acres and includes the 1.5-mile quad-oval track where most big races happen.

They also have a quarter-mile strip called zMAX Dragway for NHRA events.

The place also features a 1,300-foot clay oval used for dirt races called “Dirt Track at Charlotte.”

Great Wolf Lodge Water Park

If you’re not a fan of racing, this indoor water park may be more up your speed.

The Great Wolf Lodge Water Park is one of the many family-friendly destinations here and keeps a temperature of 84 degrees the entire year.

Great Wolf Lodge Water Park has 11 waterslides, 4 pools, arcade games, mini-golf, laser tag, and so much more!

If you’re staying for more than a day, they have themed rooms and lots of good dining options.


Phone: (866) 925-9653

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

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The SEA LIFE Aquarium is so accessible that you can find it in the mall!

Yes, the aquarium is located inside the Concord Mills Mall and is home to more than 5,000 animals.

Another unique thing about this place is how many interactive experiences it offers.

Right out the bat, you have the 360° underwater ocean tunnel where they try to give you that under-the-sea vibe.

They also have interactive touch pools, a shipwreck exhibit, animal interactions, and even feeding programs.


Phone: (866) 229-1573


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