Just For Fun: Charley's 5 Things!

Let's get wet!
Dad & 2 boys jumping off dock into lake
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We're just a few short weeks from the official start of Summer! I've always been a waterbaby and spent the entire summers of my childhood either at the city pool or on the lake with my family. Getting wet is so much fun! You don't have to pack up the car and travel all the way to the beach to catch some rays & while you may have a neighborhood pool or local lake that you frequent on the regular, the Triad has quite a few other options for ways to cool off with a little H2O. Try one (or all) of these for something different!

Charley's 5 Ways To Get Wet This Summer!

1. We're Surrounded By Lakes

Sunset on High Rock Lake
High Rock Lake Photo credit Charley McCain

There are lakes of all sizes in the Triad. Big lakes for speed boats and jetskis and small lakes for sailing and fishing boats. Many of them have camping areas, swimming areas & marinas for family fun. Check out High Rock Lake, Belews Creek, Lake Thom-A-Lex, Lake Townsend, Lake Brandt, Lake Jeanette, Oak Hollow Lake, Baden Lake and Randleman Lake, just to name a few!

2. One of NC's Largest Waterparks

Wet n' Wild Emerald Pointe Waterpark
Wet n' Wild Photo credit WW Emerald Pointe

We all know it's there. You see it when you drive on Business 85 at Holden Road in Greensboro. But have you ever been to Wet n' Wild Emerald Pointe? This giant waterpark boasts over 38 water rides and attractions, and there is something for every age and activity level - from a relaxing cabana where you can watch everyone splash to the Daredevil Drop where you can freefall 76 feet to a smooth landing! Day tickets or season passes are available, and the park officially opens May 29, 2021.

3. Rolling...ahem, Tubing On The River

Woman in Inner Tube On The River
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Grab a crew and head to the Dan River! There are numerous locations on this river just North of the Triad where you can rent tubes, get dropped off at the access point, and take a leisurely ride 1-3 hours (depending on water levels) down the water back to where you started. Bring some adult beverages (they'll rent you a cooler float!) and get ready for a day of floating and fun!

4. Take It To The Extreme

Person Wakeboarding On Ramp
Photo credit Elevated Wake Park

Do your kids want to learn to wakeboard? Or have you always wanted to try it yourself? New to the Triad this year is Elevated Wake Park, located in Lexington. Elevated is the first full-size cable park in NC, and they strive to get everyone of all ages and skill levels up and cruising around the water. The park offers individual lessons and rides, summer camp opportunities, and even an inflatable Aqua Park!

5. A Slow & Easy Ride

Friends Kayaking On The River
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If you'd rather take things slow, and get a good workout in the process, there are tons of places to put in a kayak, paddleboard or canoe and paddle around. Many people will cruise the calmer coves of the above mentioned lakes or take a leisurely trip down a local river. Use your own equipment or rent for the day at a place like Uwharrie Hoof & Paddle, Yadkin River Adventures, or Get Outdoors Pedal & Paddle.

There is no shortage of ways to cool off in the water this Summer around the Triad. Did I leave something out? Hit me up on Facebook or Instagram with your suggestions!

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