Nestled in southern Cabarrus County, between the cities of Concord and Charlotte, Harrisburg, NC is a fast-growing town surrounded by activity and places of interest. Within mere miles reside various institutes of higher learning, arenas and music venues, events centers, hotels, shopping sites and much more. No matter what adventure you seek, Harrisburg and the region have plenty to offer.
From the Queen City's NASCAR Hall of Fame to the nearby Charlotte Motor Speedway, Harrisburg lies within NASCAR country. For dozens of racing teams – even those in racing circuits other than NASCAR – this region is the place they call “home.” If you are seeking to explore the world of racing, start your venture in Harrisburg at Wood Brothers Racing, U.S. Legends Cars International or Fast Track High Performance Driving School then check out other shops and businesses in the surrounding area, including the zMAX Dragway in Concord and the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville.
Fun for the Family
Looking for some family-friendly fun? Many options exist around Harrisburg, including Concord’s Great Wolf Lodge and the Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville. Concord Mills
also provides a fun-filled day for the entire family, offering
activities and shopping all under one roof. The kids can also learn and
explore at nearby Discovery Place and the Carolina Raptor Center. And if you’re looking to travel just a bit farther, Carowinds is approximately 30 miles away from town.
For the Sports Enthusiast
Basketball, baseball, football, hockey, racing (of course!) and more:
Harrisburg could not be more central to the wide world of sports.
Within 20 miles of town you can find Bank of America Stadium (home to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers), Time Warner Cable Arena (home to the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats and the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers) and Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium (home to the Single-A baseball team Kannapolis Intimidators). Approximately 30 miles away, in Fort Mill, S.C., you can find Knights Stadium and the Triple-A baseball team, Charlotte Knights. If you like a good game, the Harrisburg area has plenty to choose from!
Concerts, Events, and More
Looking for a local concert, sporting event (such as rodeo or
motocross), comedy act, children’s performance, trade show, etc.? The
Harrisburg area encourages you to check out Bojangles Coliseum, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre and the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
for a variety of activities, including cheerleading competitions, music
festivals, large-scale consignment sales, live children’s acts and much
Drive south along Harrisburg’s Hwy 49 and minutes later, shortly after entering Mecklenburg County, you’ll discover the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s
vast campus. For prospective students seeking higher-education in this
region, UNCC is not the only option. The region boasts several other
learning institutes, including Central Piedmont Community College, Rowan Cabarrus Community College, Queens University of Charlotte and the NASCAR Technical Institute.
Some Outdoor Recreation
Not only does the Harrisburg area offer plenty of choices when it
comes to indoor recreation, but outdoor fun is plentiful as well,
including a variety of activities at the town’s three parks.
Additionally, the region boasts the largest manmade lake in the
Carolinas, Lake Norman (public access and beaches are available at Lake Norman State Park), and a smaller reservoir, Lake Wylie, which straddles the state line. Seeking a bit more adventure? Check out the U.S. National Whitewater Center, a site along the nearby Catawba River, which feeds both aforementioned lakes.
Vibrant Arts District
Enjoy artwork and theatrical performances? The Harrisburg area has quite a few options for all ages, from the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte to Old Courthouse Theatre in Concord. The Cabarrus Arts Council hosts a wide variety of cultural-arts activities throughout the year as well. In Charlotte, those interested in the arts can also discover the Mint Museum of Art, the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Levine Museum of the New South and much more, including Charlotte’s historic arts district, NoDa.