Kannapolis is a prize shared by Cabarrus and Rowan counties in the heart of NASCAR Country. Kannapolis is the home of Dale Earnhardt and loves to boast it’s rich history in racing and music. It is also known for the North Carolina Research Campus, a 350-acre research center used by key corporations, universities and healthcare organizations. Year round you’ll be able to find concerts, festivals and free events. Kannapolis is certainly a place to be in Rowan County. We’ve outlined some of the endless attractions you’ll want to check out on your visit to Kannapolis and Rowan County, NC.
The Local Things To Do:
Cheer on the Kannapolis Intimidators: The Kannapolis Intimidators are the Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox team. Check their nightly promotions and their fireworks schedule to enjoy the ultimate baseball night out!
Enjoy a glass (or 3) at Douglas Vineyards: Wine lovers from all over should make their way to this beautiful vineyard for handcrafted wines. Douglas Vineyards is also a wedding venue!
Get your fill at Curb Museum for Music & Motorsports: The Curb Museum showcases racing history and results of Mike Curb’s leading country music record label, including Wynonna Judd, Tim McGraw and LeAnn Rimes. The museum also houses the NC Music Hall of Fame, which showcases the rich tradition of great music and influential artists from right here in North Carolina. Their interactive exhibits and engaging experiences are free during regular business hours.
Take some play time at Village Park: Village Park offers an amphitheater, walking trail, Rotary Express train, splash pad, playground, picnic shelters, and the only double decker carousel in North Carolina! The park comes alive with the Kannapolis Summer Events Series, which includes free family-friendly events that include live arts, concerts, movies and story telling.
Catch the nostalgia at Gem Theatre: The Gem Theatre is a single screen historic movie theater located in Downtown Kannapolis. The Gem has been a landmark since 1936 and still maintains a reasonable ticket and concession price. Where else can you see a movie and get a large popcorn for under $10?
The Restaurants Everyone is Talking About:
Experience the charm of What-A-Burger #10: Hand prepared food delivered to you by carhop! Cheeseburgers, onion rings and signature drink, The Witch Doctor, are known nationwide, but they’re Kannapolis’ local staple.
Experience science at Restaurant Forty-Six: Forty-Six’s talented culinary staff have created a culture of healthful food that tastes good. The restaurant is named for the number of chromosomes in the human body and their science theme is carried throughout. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, plus offer a full select of spirits, beers and wines.
Unique Places to Stay:
Make it an adventure at Cherry Treesort: You won’t believe it until you see it, but there’s entire tree house resort! Cherry Treesort invites you to come stay in the woods in one of their treehouses. Exciting for all ages! Yes, there are full bathrooms and heat/AC!
Keep it quiet at Kannapolis Cottage: This quaint three bedroom two bathroom home is the perfect place for a family weekend getaway. Just outside beautiful Downtown Kannapolis.
Keep it simple at Hampton Inn in Salisbury: Hampton Inn gives you a stylish and spacious place to rest your head. Located just off I-85 in Salisbury.
Insider Tip: Schedule your visit to Kannapolis and Rowan County this May during the Jiggy with the Piggy Festival. This event has been selected as a Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society! Jiggy with the Piggy is an annual festival with more than 60 teams from around the country compete in the barbeque competition. The celebration includes three days filled with events, fireworks, concerts, a 5k, artisans and more!