Lake Norman Travel Guide

One of top tourist destinations in North Carolina, Lake Norman vacations will make you feel as if you’ve slipped into the easy life where family fun and romantic opportunities abound. As you plan your trip, consider the recommendations presented in the following Lake Norman Travel Guide. Remember when choosing a place to stay, Lake Norman vacation rentals place you close to this blue gem of a lake for less than the cost of a hotel.

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What to Do in Lake Norman

lake norman fishingOf course, the lake itself is the star of Lake Norman vacations. This large manmade lake boasts nearly fifty miles of water and over five hundred miles of shoreline—so you’re sure to find a spot that feels private above water and on land, especially when taking advantage of Lake Norman boat rentals. There are eight public boat access areas where Lake Norman boat rentals can be launched, including Blythe Landing and McCrary Creek, and two banks specifically intended for Lake Norman fishing—your water recreation fantasies can come true.

Lake Norman Fishing

A great way to take advantage of Lake Norman boat rentals is to take your bait, pole, and tackle box out on the open water for Lake Normal fishing. You know the saying, “A bad day of fishing beats a good day at work,” and with Lake Norman fishing, it couldn’t be truer. Just being out under sunny skies, listening to the water lap the sides of your Lake Norman boat rental, and enjoying a beer with your buddies or chatting with your kids over sandwiches makes a day of Lake Norman fishing about more than catching the big one.

For serious anglers, Lake Norman fishing offers a variety of species to reel in and take home to cook in your Lake Norman vacation rental like catfish, crappie, perch, and bass. Stripers and other bass like cooler water, so you’ll find them near the shore in cooler months, and hiding in deeper water during summer. With Lake Norman boat rentals, you can follow the fish into the miles of picturesque Lake Norman. The best times for Lake Norman fishing tend to be before and after sunrise and sunset—which also happen to be the prettiest times to take advantage of Lake Norman boat rentals and be out on the sparkling water.

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Splashing Good Times

Lake Norman boat rentals allow you to get out on the water, but there are other ways to explore the lake. Rent paddle boards, a cross between surfing and kayaking that’s fun and a great workout, from Wind, Land and Water Sports for a new take on Lake Norman boat rentals, and many other companies will rent you jet skis, kayaks, canoes, and other water vehicles to let you and your family have a pick of speeds and styles. Of course, Lake Norman boat rentals are the best way for your group to stay together, and require the least expertise to operate. Whatever your mode of transporting yourself across the lake’s surface, you’ll love discovering small coves, catching glimpses of wildlife on the shore, fish in the water, and the smiles of delight on your kids’ faces when you crank up the speed on your Lake Norman boat rental.

Of course, if you prefer to stay off Lake Norman boat rentals and on dry land, there is still plenty to do. Walk the trails that surround the lake, sketch the scenery, or read a book with your feet resting on the grass of your Lake Norman vacation rental’s private garden. Or taste interesting blends of dry, semi-sweet red wine and white wine made from hybrids at Daveste Vineyards, where the setting is as inviting as the wine.

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What to See in Lake Norman

Head to Latta Plantation Nature Preserve for outdoor recreation and a raptor center sure to educate and instill awe about birds of prey such as falcons, eagles, hawks, owls, and more. Outdoor aviaries house more than twenty raptor species. Also worth checking out are the 3,000 plus labeled trees at Davidson College Arboretum, one possibly planted by Woodrow Wilson when he attended the school.

The Dale Earnhardt Museum is a good pick for Nascar fans with highlights from the famous racing careers of Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and the Davidson Farmer’s Market, open May through October, features beautiful locally grown produce, as well as flowers and baked goods, prettily displayed for consumers.

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Where to Shop and Eat in Lake Norman

lake norman shoppingBirkdale Village is a shopping, dining, and entertainment mecca near Lake Norman vacation rentals. Designed to mimic the ambiance of New England coastal towns, this urban village features upscale stores and restaurants and is a great place to hang out with a frappaccino and a few friends, see a movie, or spend some dough. Northlake Mall is another good place to shop, with Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dillard's, and a 14-screen movie theater to park the kids while you browse. For antiques and boutiques, head to Cornelius Historic Shoppes in charming downtown Cornelius.

If your Lake Norman boat rentals haven’t netted you enough time on the water, consider booking a dinner cruise. Often during twilight hours so you can enjoy sunset vistas, dinner cruises present upscale food options like fresh seafood, steaks, and dishes almost as good as the views. Try the Catawba Queen on Queen’s Landing, a two-tiered riverboat with old-fashioned flair.

Steer your boat to the only floating dock bar available to Lake Norman boat rentals at Queen’s Landing. With plenty of space for parking Lake Norman boat rentals, you can have a drink without leaving your vessel. Also at Queen’s Landing is Jack’s Lakeside Grill for grub and Joker’s Dueling Piano Bar for entertainment with your beer. There’s fun for kids, here, too, at Pirate Land Miniature Golf—all easily accessed with Lake Norman boat rentals.

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When to Visit Lake Norman

Fourth of July is a great time to take advantage of Lake Norman boat rentals. Imagine snuggling with your date and watching fireworks light up the sky—and its reflection in the lake—with bursts of color. Take the family to parades celebrating America, patriotic festivals, boat parties, and, of course, a multitude of firework demonstrations guaranteed to make the whole family “ooh” and “ahh.”

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What to Bring to Lake Norman

One of the best things about Lake Norman boat rentals is that you can get most of what you need for Lake Norman fishing, jet skiing, kayaking, or anything else you want to do on the lake right near your Lake Norman vacation rental. No need to pack much more than comfortable clothes for relaxing lakeside or on top of the lake with your Lake Norman boat rental, and a swimsuit to wear while playing in the water. Sun, lake, shore, water vehicles, and fishing supplies can all be found here.

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Local Services in Lake Norman

Travelers who plan to participate in Lake Norman boat rentals will be happy to know that the Coast Guard Auxiliary works with local police, fire, and rescue departments to safeguard all lake activities, so you can have fun without worrying. These city service groups perform safety patrols, crowd control at events, and help stranded or lost vacationers who went too far with their Lake Norman boat rental. The Coast Guard even provides safety classes for boaters open to the public for those who want to be extra prepared for Lake Norman boat rentals and operations.

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What to Know About Lake Norman

You’ll need a North Carolina fishing license for all the Lake Norman fishing, so make sure you purchase one before casting your line. Luckily, the licenses are fairly easy to get either online or in person around town at bait and tackle shops, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and even Wal-Mart.

Boaters under twenty-six years old are required to take the Coast Guard’s Boater Safety Class before driving Lake Norman boat rentals or jet skis. Lake Norman vacations take the well-being of your family as seriously as you do.

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Getting to Lake Norman

Fly into Charlotte International Airport, and from there, head north about thirty miles in a rented car or airport shuttle to Lake Norman.

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Why Lake Norman vacation rentals?

A successful Lake Norman vacation will lift you from the daily grind and let you relax under the sun next to a gorgeous lake full of Lake Norman fishing, fun, and views. Drink coffee from the lake-facing porch of your Lake Norman vacation rental and listen to the birds wake up around you. Fall asleep to the sounds of gentle rolling water lapping at sandy shores just outside the open windows of your home away from home. Not only do Lake Norman vacation rentals help you create peace on your vacation, but they also help you save money. Wouldn’t you rather spend your hard-earned dollars on Lake Normal boat rentals, or bait for Lake Norman fishing, or a sunset dinner cruise? With Lake Norman vacation rentals, you get comfortable, unique, and customizable lodging and more cash left in your wallet.

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