Visiting Rowan County for the first time or just looking to make weekend plans? Here’s a list of 10 things that’ll help you see Rowan County’s most popular assets.

  1. Visit the North Carolina Transportation Museum

A source for education and fun, the North Carolina Transportation Museum is a family-friendly attraction filled with immersive exhibits. The museum was once Southern Railroad’s largest steam locomotive repair facility on the east coast.


  1. Brewery & winery hop across the county

Rowan County is a destination for tasty craft beer at local breweries and must-see wineries. Some of our favorite local adult playgrounds include: Cauble Creek Vineyard, Douglas Vineyards, Morgan Ridge Vineyards, New Sarum Brewing, and Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery & Eatery.


  1. Catch a $5 movie at the Gem Theatre

Experience a true Kannapolis landmark at the Gem Theatre. Watch a movie in the balcony and snack on popcorn and candy for under $10!


  1. Step back in time in Historic Gold Hill

Feel nostalgic as you stroll through the quaint shopping village and 70-acre park of this once nineteenth- century gold mining town. Gold Hill’s Rail Trail is a great way to explore nature and get an easy work out in. If you plan your hiking trip on a Friday you can end the night jamming out at The Montgomery Store Bluegrass Jam sessions.


  1. See exotic animals at Lazy 5 Ranch

Visiting families will get a safari-like experience at Lazy 5 Ranch, an exotic animal drive-thru park.


  1. Experience local theater at Lee Street Theatre or Piedmont Players

Experience the feeling of the #2 Best Live Theatre in North Carolina ranked by at Lee Street Theatre. Catch more local theater performances through Piedmont Players Theatre (PPT), recognized by the NC Theatre Conference as The Outstanding Community Theatre in North Carolina.


  1. Explore 425 acres at Dan Nicholas Park

Dan Nicholas Park is a 425-acre park that offers a 10-acre lake for paddle boating and fishing, 70-site campground, and numerous family fun attractions.


  1. Take a sunset boat ride on High Rock Lake

With 365 miles of shoreline and water surface covering 15,180 acres, High Rock Lake is the second largest lake in North Carolina behind Lake Norman.


  1. Enjoy some peanuts & crackerjacks at a Kannapolis Intimidators game

The Kannapolis Intimidators is a Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox team. The team is named in honor of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.


  1. Pick-your-own strawberries at Patterson Farm

You haven’t truly experienced Your Rowan until you have tried fresh, ripe strawberries from Patterson Farm. Although the strawberries are legendary (for a good reason) Patterson Farm offers an entire day worth of activities for families such as educational tours, corn mazes, animal farm, and yes delicious produce.

    11. *Bonus* Visit Two Beautiful Lakes in Landis

When you pull into the parking lot, the first thing you’ll see is a building that houses a store and office space. The store sells fishing supplies, drinks, snacks, disc golf supplies, Lake Corriher merchandise, and Orca brand coolers and tumblers. The environment and staff are friendly and inviting. Make sure you grab a map before exploring the park!

Now get out and explore what makes Rowan County kinda country, kinda cool. While you’re experiencing everything Rowan has to offer, be sure to share your photos and videos with us on social by using hashtag #itsaROCOthing.