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How to Spend a Summer Near Catawba.

A Catawba College Blog

Posted by Catawba College Staff

June 28, 2019

Category: Staff Blogs

Staying in the Catawba area this summer? Then you'll want to take advantage of all the exciting things in and around Salisbury! We asked students about their favorite things to do in the area and these are the top 5 ways to spend a summer in Salisbury!

5. Day at Dan Nicholas Park

co-tr-puttputt.pngDan Nicholas Park can pack an entire summer of fun all in one place. There's hiking trails, camping spots, a pond, and athletic fields, and that's all without really entering the park! Once you enter, you can start off with a friendly game of mini-golf on either of the two courses available. After you've sank enough hole-in-ones, head past the playground and you'll step into the larger part of the park, where you'll see the carousel, train ride, and splash-pad. Don your prospector's hat and overalls as you venture to the gem-panning area and try your luck at getting some valuable stones. If you find one you like, they can even make a piece of jewelry from it! After you make it big at the gem mine, you can head to the zoo area of the park and see all sorts of various animals, from red wolves, to hawks, to alligators, and more! After visiting all the animals, head out to the lake and wind down the rest of the day with a paddle boat ride, making for an awesome all-in-one day.

4. Walking around Downtown

goburrito.pngWhat better way to spend a summer in Salisbury than exploring historic downtown? Salisbury is a city full of rich history and breathtaking architecture, just down the street from Catawba! Catch a show at the Meroney Theatre, check out a new book from the Rowan Public Library, or stop by any of the local shops. Just be sure to pick up an ice cold Cheerwine, Salisbury's famous soda! Catawba students love grabbing a bite at any of the restaurants downtown, but especially like to get their grub on at Go Burrito! Experience the rich culture of a historic city all just a few minutes from Catawba!


3. Day at the Lake

Beat the heat by spending the day on the water. Lake Norman, High Rock Lake, and Badin Lake are all less than an hour from Catawba and make for the perfect refreshing getaway. Go for a swim, take out a boat, or do some fishing, all in close proximity to Salisbury. Just be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen!

2. Carowinds


For a thrill seeker, Carowinds is the perfect place to be. At around an hour away from Catawba, this is one of the best amusement parks in the country, home to multiple rollercoasters, restaurants, games, and rides. Take on The Intimidator, named after North Carolina native Dale Earnhardt, check out the backwards-going Carolina Cobra, and catch a ride on the inverted Night Hawk! Then grab a carnival-style snack at any one of the eateries and test your skills at a variety of carnival games. After you've digested a bit and won a giant stuffed animal, take a ride on Carowinds' most intense ride, The Fury. This is one of the tallest and fastest rollercoasters in the world. At 325 feet tall and reaching speeds of up to 90 miles per hour, you'll be feeling its fury long after the ride is over. Just make sure not to replicate such speeds on the drive home!

1. Concert at PNC Music Pavilion

co-students01.pngMany Catawba Students said their favorite way to spend a summer's day was going to a concert at PNC Music Pavilion. Being less than an hour away, this venue is a prime spot to experience a plethora of different artists. With big names like Iron Maiden, Luke Combs, Dead and Company, KISS, and more, there's a concert for everyone. Make sure your summer rocks by checking out any of the concerts!

As you can see, there's a whole lot of stuff to do before school starts this fall. So if you're looking to make your summer one worth remembering, look no further than this list for some exciting ideas on how to spend a summer near Catawba! 

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