Just 20 miles north of Charlotte you’ll find Lake Norman, the state’s largest man-made body of freshwater. It has more than 500 miles of forested shoreline that attracts nature lovers, adventure seekers, and seafood enthusiasts.
There are many small towns including Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Huntersville, and Mooresville located along Lake Norman. These towns offer a wide range of leisure amenities for tourists. You’ll find many upscale shopping boutiques, restaurants, outdoor recreation centers, parks, and so much more.
In short, Lake Norman is a great place for a small weekend getaway. Even we cannot resist the exquisite beauty of this place so we organize a yearly QC weekend trip where we visit Lake Norman. It gives us a chance to explore the charming waterfront towns and natural attractions of Lake Norman.
If you’re planning a visit soon, follow our full-day Lake Norman itinerary to make the most of your weekend.
Breakfast at 9 AM
Start your day with breakfast at Famous Toastery, a popular breakfast restaurant located in Huntersville and Davidson. You can feast on their delicious pancakes, omelets, and french toast. Oh and make sure you try their special house-made corned beef hash.
Head to Carolina Raptor Center at 11 AM
Carolina Raptor Center is located close by to the Famous Toastery in Huntersville. It’s a ‘living museum’ with a trail that weaves through several educational displays and live shows featuring over 25 species of exotic and native birds including eagles, falcons, owls, and vultures.
Lunch at Local Eateries at 1 PM
For lunch, we’d highly recommend you explore the local flavors paired with fresh seafood. And although there are many famous eateries and restaurants in the region, one of the most iconic seafood restaurants has to be Hello, Sailor. It’s one of the three waterfront dining places in the area where you can enjoy chef-driven cuisines with some fun cocktails.
Ramsey Creek Park at 3 PM
Ramsey Creek Park is located around 2 miles from Hello, Sailor. It’s a 46-acre waterfront park where you can spend your evening swimming in Lake Norman and watching the vibrant sunset.
If you’re interested, you can also rent a boat, go fishing, or enjoy other water activities in Ramsey Creek Park.
Shopping & Dining at 7 PM
You can’t leave Lake Norman without exploring local shops and boutiques. We’d recommend you head over to the Birkdale Village in Huntersville. It’s around 3 miles from Ramsey Creek Park.
It’s an open-air retail destination where you can browse through many popular shops like Poppies, Chico’s, and Apricot Lane Boutique.
You’ll also find plenty of dining options here. Some of our favorite places to eat are Eez Fusion & Sushi, Corkscrew Wine Pub, and Dressler's Restaurant.
From a beautiful shoreline to hidden boutiques and vibrant culinary scenes, Lake Norman has something for every tourist. It’s a perfect place to spend your weekend and take a break from the ordinary.
So are you ready to explore Lake Norman? Join our yearly QC Weekend trip where we visit Lake Norman or visit our website to learn more about our 7011 trips.