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Ultimate Plumbing and Repair has been proudly serving the Lake Norman and Mooresville area for a long time. Our plumbers are often asked by customers who just moved to the area or who have family visiting from out of town what there is to do around here. Luckily, Mooresville and the surrounding area are packed with great, fun, family-friendly attractions and things to do without busting the budget. 

At Ultimate Plumbing and Repair, we know you have a life outside of your plumbing problems. With that in mind, and for a fun change of pace, here are our staff’s top ten best things to do in Mooresville and the Lake Norman area!


Mooresville is known as Race City USA for a reason, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t start with the sport that put our area on the map. Some of the biggest names in NASCAR, and some of the all-time greats of NC auto racing in general, are either headquartered or memorialized here. The North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame and Walk of Fame features legends from stock, drag and Formula One racing. JR Motorsports, Penske Racing South Facility and Kyle Busch Motorsports are among the top 10 best and most popular places for those who crave the high-octane excitement of auto racing even during the offseason. For those who are more into nostalgia, the Memory Lane Museum offers a huge selection of antique cars, memorabilia and collectors’ pieces. Want to buy your own piece of automotive history? Check out Shelton Classics and Performance right here in Mooresville!


One of Mooresville’s best-kept secrets is our plethora of art galleries, vintage craft, and antique stores, which has made the area a Mecca for antique hounds ranging from hardcore collectors to casual browsers. Take a turn through Main St. Antiques and Design Gallery for one-of-a-kind gifts and that perfect piece to tie your living room, den or bedroom décor together. Stroll the Lake Norman Antique Mall, the American Classic Antique Mall, Lost N Found Vintage Mall and Cotton Ketchie’s Landmark Galleries for a unique blend of kitsch and fine art, sure to appeal to both the art historian and the hobbyist alike. Also, be sure to take a walk down Main Street and enjoy the Americana-style architecture and the down-home Southern hospitality North Carolina is known for!


Of course, not all the galleries and museums are kid-friendly, but that’s okay! The Mooresville area has you covered with a lot of great family attractions and activities. Take a wagon ride and get up close and personal with exotic wildlife including zebras, giraffes, kangaroos and more at the Lazy 5 Ranch, a perennial item on Top 10 lists for the area. Visit the petting zoo, go apple and pumpkin picking (in season) and walk along the riverbank at Carrigan Farms. For tours, educational programs and camps featuring live exotic animals in a family-friendly setting, Zootastic Park in Troutman is where you want to be. If live animals and the great outdoors aren’t your family’s speed, check out The Pit Indoor Kart Racing and take a victory lap around the kart track, play video games, conquer escape rooms, zap your way to a win at laser tag and more! Or, for something a bit more off the wall, how about testing your mettle and getting on the climbing walls at Cliff Hangers?


Want to grab a bite while you’re out exploring the town? If you’re interested in dining lakeside in a casual atmosphere, the Blue Parrot Grill is the place to be—especially if you’re bringing the family pup! If you don’t have the kids in tow, stop by the Lake Norman Brewing Company and check out one of their house draft microbrews. Need a haircut? Why not pair it with a craft beer at the Kilted Buffalo? Or stop by Josh’s Farmer’s Market and buy your own farm-fresh fixings for a homecooked meal!


In the South, we take honoring our veterans seriously. The Welcome Home Veterans Living Military Museum and Richards’ Coffee Shop are both dedicated to military history and our brave servicemembers, past and present. Both offer great food, excellent cups of coffee and a wonderful array of military memorabilia, and are well worth a look for military history buffs of all kinds, as well as those who have or currently are serving in the US Armed Forces.


Just because the weather’s not being nice doesn’t mean you and your family can’t get out of the house and have a great time! Check out Race City Escapes for an escape room adventure like no other. Set ‘em up and try to get a turkey at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes. Tickle your family’s sweet tooth at SugarPop’s Candy and Soda Shop. Want to do something a little more elegant while the kids are otherwise occupied? Visit the Casa de Montecristo and enjoy a fine cigar or pipe, paired with a leading craft beer from the bar.


Want to take in a movie? Our Town Cinemas in Davidson offers first-run movies, good food, beer and wine options in a smaller, more intimate theater setting. Duke Family Performance Hall offers plays hosted and presented by Davidson College as well as nationally known music and theatrical events. Or get your kids into the action by signing them up for a workshop at the Mooresville Children’s Theatre!


Of course, you’d expect Lake Norman and the surrounding area to have a robust array of watersports on offer—and boy, do we! Check out Lake Norman State Park for fishing, camping, hiking and boating in a gorgeous, bucolic setting on the north shore of Lake Norman. Want the water but not really interested in the wildlife? Must-see attractions like Queen’s Landing Boat Tours, Charlotte Cycleboats, Aloha Paddle Sports and the Lake Norman Paddleboard Company can get you where you want to be, whether you’re fishing solo, going on a date, taking a lazy day away from it all or looking for a way to get the family out of the house. 


Even if you’ve been married for decades, sometimes it’s nice to get out and just enjoy each other’s company. If you want to bring the pup, or the family, Ike’s Dog Bar is a one-of-a-kind place which offers treats for both the human and four-footed set. If you enjoy wine tasting, 202 North Main Wine Shop and Music Room offers live music, elegant casual dining, flights of fine wine, domestic craft beer and signature cocktails for those who favor something a little stronger. If you want to dance the night away, the High Street Briar is a great choice for couples or just go and listen to the live band!


Sometimes, you just want to get away from it all and enjoy the great outdoors. You already know about Lake Norman State Park and the Lazy 5 Ranch, but if you’re looking for something a bit tamer, consider Jetton Park in Cornelius, Roosevelt Wilson Park in Davidson or Fisher Farm. Or just take a self-guided walking tour of the Mooresville area and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture which made the area the epicenter of auto racing.

From all of us at Ultimate Plumbing and Repair, we hope this list gives you some ideas for how to spend your next family day or visit to Race City USA. And remember, we’re only a phone call away if you need us for your Mooresville North Carolina plumbing issues!


Answer: Mooresville’s greatest claim to fame is being the home of many top-tier NASCAR drivers and teams, as well as an IndyCar team and racing technology manufacturers and suppliers. As the epicenter of NASCAR, Mooresville has earned the nickname “Race City USA.”

Answer: Mooresville is 25 miles from Charlotte, 111 miles to Durham and 123 miles to Raleigh. It’s also close to Davidson College, Lake Norman and the GoPro Motorplex, just to name a few.

Answer: Mooresville is a small town with a big-city vibe, and our list above hits a lot of the high points. But if you’re looking to explore, Charlotte’s not far by car and there’s a ton to do in the area if you’re wanting to stay out of the city!

Answer: We love it here! The combination of small-town feel and the economic opportunities of a major city make Mooresville one of the best places in North Carolina for folks who are looking for the best of “town and country” living. There’s plenty to do and see, friendly people, and something to suit just about any taste or need.

Answer: The closest would be Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Rowan County Airport, Statesville Regional Airport, Lincoln County Airport and Concord Regional Airport are all within 30 miles, for those who are flying their own planes or coming in on charters. 

Answer: Online, TripAdvisor and Yelp! are probably your best choices. If you want something a bit more local, though, the Mooresville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau can answer all your questions and help you plan an itinerary which works with your needs and that of your family.

Answer: If you’re coming for the racing, then you’d want to come during the racing season. If you want to avoid a lot of tourist crowds, then the fall and winter months are probably your best bet. The weather can be a bit unpredictable from early November to late April, but we tend to run warmer than many other areas of the country during the winter, so there’s never really a bad time to visit! 

Answer: Whether you’re looking for a quaint B&B, an “old Southern” hotel or a modern chain hotel with all the amenities you need for business or pleasure, Mooresville and the surrounding area have something sure to meet your needs and budget.

Answer: Whether you’re looking for a restaurant, a place to have a quiet drink, or the most exciting and best places to explore in Mooresville, you can do a lot on and just off Main Street. We have some of  North Carolina’s best food and microbrews, and a lot of our attractions appear on “must-see” lists for the Charlotte area and beyond! 

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