Concord, North Carolina, is known as a racing hub, but it offers a lot for families even if you’re not into the racing scene.
There are two centralized accommodation options perfect for families in Concord. The Great Wolf Lodge features the largest indoor water park in both North and South Carolina, so your crew can enjoy some warm-weather water activities even in the dead of winter. Other fun amenities include a 100-game arcade, kid-friendly spa and 18-hole indoor mini golf course.
If your traveling family is a bit on the older side, maybe the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Concord Golf Resort & Spa is more your speed. The expansive suites ensure everyone gets their own space, while the hotel itself provides a relaxing spa, a golf course next door, complimentary cocktails in the evening and breakfast each morning, so you can feed the entire family and save your budget for other activities.
Dining & Drinks
For families who love craft breweries, Concord provides two great options — High Branch Brewing Co. and Cabarrus Brewing Company. The breweries are located nearly side by side, so you can visit both with ease. High Branch is more suited to those looking for unique craft brews and the “beer geeks,” while Cabarrus Brewing Company has more of a bar hall feel that welcomes dogs and a multitude of weekly clubs. Stick around to take advantage of the live music on weekends and regular food trucks.
Don’t miss out on the barbecue! The Smoke Pit gets its meats from the butcher shop next door, then smokes them to perfection. Carnivorous options are served piled high on parchment paper-lined trays, alongside healthy portions of Southern-style sides, like fried okra and potato salad.
While you might not feel the need to attend a racing event, you shouldn’t miss out on a chance to get on a track yourself. At K1 Speed, you can reach high speeds in all-electric go-karts on a professionally designed indoor track. This high-adrenaline activity is suitable for even elementary-age kids, as long as they meet the height requirement.
Picturesque downtown Concord is Americana Main Street if you’ve ever seen it. The sidewalks are lined with adorable shops, boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Take a stroll to see what you find! Don’t miss the beautiful Memorial Garden while you’re in the neighborhood. This 200-year-old cemetery is filled with stone walkways, well-designed landscaping and intricately carved markers.
If it’s antiques you prefer, look no further than The Depot at Gibson Mill. Endless antiques are arranged across 88,000 square feet of space, all packed floor to ceiling with amazing finds.
You’ve heard of pub crawls, where beer enthusiasts explore a new city by visiting — and tasting — bars and pubs in the company of an expert guide. Well, this year, visitors to New York City can have a similar experience tailor-made for kids and anyone in the family who loves dessert. Sugartooth Tours created a destination tour of Manhattan called Village to Village Cupcake and Cookie Crawl.
As we enter the height of the busy holiday season families everywhere make plans to celebrate together. While many families find the biggest obstacle is juggling how to fairly spend time with more than one side of the family, many families face a much more complex problem — one of not just blended families but blended faiths.
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Traveling with the whole crew, solo or with your partner can really shake up your routine. Whether you’re an early morning runner, late afternoon city explorer or looking for any excuse to get to the park and tire out the rambunctious kids on your next family trip, wouldn’t it all be so much more fun if you had a rescue dog along?