5 Totally Touristy Spots to Check Out in Cabarrus County

I pride myself on being a local just as much as the next person. But there's nothing like the rush of being a tourist in your own backyard. So, why not take a short trip up and be a tourist for a day? Here are five totally touristy things to do in Cabarrus County.

Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

Located conveniently inside the Concord Mills Mall, the aquarium is a neat place to spend an afternoon, especially if you’ve never been. With tons of exhibits (and a touch pool!), it’s the kind of tourist activity you can get lost in.

TIP: Order your tickets online and get $5 off admission!

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Charlotte Motor Speedway

Taking a tour of this NASCAR staple can actually be pretty cheap – $12 a person and $10 for children under 13, seniors and law enforcement. Ride on a couple of tracks, tour the Sprint Cup Series garage and even take your picture in the winner’s circle.

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The Dale Trail

Any true racing fan has probably already done this, but those of us who are not so savvy can still have a fun adventure exploring Dale Earnhart’s hometown of Kannapolis. Be sure to check out the 9-foot, 900-pound statue in the center of Kannapolis as well!

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Reed Gold Mine

If you don’t think this is cool, then you’re lying. This Midland attraction holds the title for the first place gold was discovered in the United States. Take a tour of the mine for free, and even try your luck at panning for some gold for just a few dollars more.

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North Carolina Music Hall of Fame

This is another freebie with some pretty rich history. Take a walk through North Carolina’s rich musical past and perhaps see some memorabilia from some of your favorite artists.

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This lists could take a couple of days to complete with spots ranging across the county. Did we miss a cool touristy spot in Carrabus? Let us know at queencityweekend@wbtv.com!