Known as “Race City USA,” Mooresville is a fun and inviting town with activities for everyone, not just auto fans! Just a 30 minute day trip from Charlotte, this Iredell County town hugs the shores of Lake Norman and is one of North Carolina‘s largest racing hubs.
Beyond racing’s huge footprint here, there are plenty of things to do in Mooresville, including outdoor recreation, arts, and a delicious restaurant scene. Inside our guide, we want you to see that there’s something for everyone to do during a trip to Mooresville and the southern side of Iredell County.
Lake Norman offers quite a lot of fun to be had in southern Iredell County, but we hope that this article will show you all the fun found away from the lake as well!
Here’s how we’ve organized this guide covering things to do in Mooresville:
- Mooresville at a Glance
- Where to Stay in Mooresville
- Racer-Friendly Things to Do in Mooresville
- Outdoor Things to Do in Mooresville (Lake Norman and Beyond)
- More Things to Do in Mooresville (Sauna, Arts, and More)
- Where to Eat in Mooresville
- More Things to Do in and near Mooresville (Related Posts)
Special thanks to Visit Mooresville for hosting us during our stay. All opinions within this article are our own.
Mooresville at a Glance
With major industries beyond simply racing, including Carolina Beer and Beverage and Lowe’s Home Improvement Headquarters, the workforce in Mooresville is highly skilled and educated.
With that comes a rich and diverse set of activities and businesses to enjoy. Despite its proximity to Charlotte, Mooresville still very much has a small-town vibe and character, making it enjoyable for families and couples to visit and live.
Where to Stay in Mooresville
Whenever you decide to visit, there are plenty of wonderful places to stay in Mooresville!
If you are interested in a comfortable hotel close to all of the action, then Tru by Hilton in Langtree is a beautiful choice. Located right off of I-77, it’s easy to access downtown and Lake Norman from this property.
If you would like to stay by Lake Norman, there are plenty of stunning and relaxing Airbnbs! For a romantic getaway on the lake, check out this property!
Group travelers aren’t forgotten, as we think this one is absolutely beautiful, charming, and perfect for your party.
Racer-Friendly Things to Do in Mooresville
North Carolina Auto Racing Walk of Fame
Every racing fan should start their adventure in Mooresville at the North Carolina Auto Racing Walk of Fame. Located along Main Street in downtown Mooresville, there are etched stone pavers that celebrate the driver’s name, car number, and year of induction.
Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame
After browsing the Hall of Fame pavers along Main Street, head to the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame for more history and memorabilia. You’ll find a variety of auto racing represented here, ranging from stock cars to drag racing.
Learn about the fascinating stories that have made racing America’s sport.
Known in the racing world as the home of NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr, JR Motorsports has a 66,000 square-foot race shop. Check out the gift shop as well as a viewing area where you can see some of the cars on display.
A behind-the-scenes tour can be arranged if you call in advance.
With 105 acres of state-of-the-art racing facilities, Team Penske houses all of its NASCAR and IndyCars here. Race fans can walk the 432-foot suspended bridge on top of these cars and see how they prepare for upcoming races.
Kyle Busch Motorsports
Catch a glimpse of Kyle Busch’s trophies as well as winning cars at Kyle Busch Motorsports. This 77,000 square-foot facility has plenty of unique things for racing fans to see!
The Pit Indoor Kart Racing
Since Mooresville is Race City USA, there’s also a chance for you to push that pedal to the metal! At The Pit Indoor Kart Racing, you’ll find more than 140,000 square feet of racing fun.
Race fans who can reach speeds up to 45 mph will attest to this being one of the best things to do in Mooresville!
If you are looking for an outdoor racing experience, head to GoPro Motorplex, the only outdoor course in the state. On the 0.7-mile track, you can hit speeds up to 55 mph before hitting any of the 11 turns.
Designed after the famous Kartdromo Parma circuit in Italy, GoPro Motorplex is perfect for large groups and corporate team-building outings. Ask them about using their 2,4000 square foot indoor meeting space!
Outdoor Things to Do in Mooresville
North Carolina’s largest man-made lake makes for an incredible outdoor adventure near Mooresville! The 520 miles of shoreline at Lake Norman means there are plenty of places to launch your boat and enjoy a day out.
On the State Park side, you’ll find 30-plus trails, camping, boating, and a beautiful sandy beach for swimming.
If you are visiting and did not bring a boat, don’t worry! There are multiple boat rental companies in Lake Norman.
One example is Lake Norman Boat Rentals, a locally owned and operated company that’s only 15 minutes from downtown Mooresville. You can rent a pontoon boat and tube from them and spend a wonderful day (or more) out on the water!
A visit to Lake Norman is one of our favorite things to do outdoors near Charlotte.
If you are looking for where all the action is at Lake Norman, then you can’t miss LangTree Lake Norman. Easily accessible off of I-77, LangTree Lake Norman is a plaza full of locally owned retail shops, restaurants, and residential space.
Various events make the area come alive day and night. It’s also just 20 minutes from Charlotte.
Trust us when we say LangTree is a great place to connect with the community, stroll the sidewalks, and window-shop!
One of the best outdoor things to do in Mooresville is exploring the beautiful Carrigan Farms property. Family-owned and operated for five generations, Carrigan Farms has apple picking, strawberries, and pumpkins.
Beyond the farm, there is also a stunning spring-fed quarry that makes for a beautiful backdrop.
Mazeppa Park Mountain Bike Trail
Add some cardio to your trip by hitting the trails on your bike. The 4.9-mile intermediate loop at Mazeppa Park offers grades up to 11 percent and is guaranteed to be a great time!
More Things to Do in Mooresville
Before we get to restaurants, there are a few more things to do in Mooresville that we’ll take you through.
Live Well Sauna & Salt
Honest question: Who doesn’t need a little pampering?
Live Well Sauna & Salt is a locally owned health spa with a full-spectrum infrared sauna and dry-salt halotherapy facility. In dry salt therapy, pharmaceutical grade salt is heated and crushed into micro-particles.
Those MPs are then dispersed into the salt room to be inhaled while you relax during your session, which can help with a variety of conditions including asthma and allergies.
Future Fashion Designers
From Hollywood to Mooresville, Shawnelle Cherry is on a mission to help inspire and cultivate her love for fashion to others at Future Fashion Designers.
Having designed gowns seen on the red carpet, Shawnelle now teaches design classes for all ages and skill levels, drawing on her lifetime of experience.
Adults wanting to make their Project Runway dreams come true can book a weekend at her Camp Sew Social. Here, you’ll spend 4 days in a luxurious retreat on Lake Norman learning and collaborating!
DE Turner Hardware
Serving the community since 1899, DE Turner Hardware is a must stop, even if you aren’t in the market for any hardware supplies or tools. Walking around the historic building is fun on its own!
The store also features local gifts, antiques, and memorabilia, making it more than just a shopping experience.
In the heart of every great community is a thriving arts organization. This is where Mooresville Arts comes in, as a provider of community opportunities to interact with the arts for decades.
They also host local, regional, and international artists.
Wander galleries and enjoy the beautifully curated exhibits for free on your next trip!
Antiquing in Mooresville
Ready for the largest antique mall that you can possibly imagine? The Lake Norman Antique Mall is located in a renovated mill and truly is a Mooresville gem.
You can spend hours browsing the different vendors looking for the perfect vintage piece or eclectic antique to add to your home. Every time you visit, it seems like more and more treasures emerge from nowhere!
Where to Eat in Mooresville
Now it’s time to talk food in Mooresville, with a nice mix of places to take care of you from breakfast to dinner and all in between.
Wake up with a great cup of joe at The Daily Grind. A family-owned coffee shop, The Daily Grind has a great vibe and an even better menu. Coffee and espresso drinks for every mood and bubble tea and smoothies for when you’re feeling extra fun!
Breakfast in Mooresville is best done at SunUp Cafe in LangTree Village! Delicious omelets, chicken and waffles, and, of course, shrimp and grits make for an unbeatable start to your day of exploring.
Another fantastic breakfast option is Patisserie Cafe where they have a great gluten-free menu, as well as quiches that will blow your mind!
Fresh seafood by the lake is a must when in Mooresville. Big Daddy’s of Lake Norman is one of the oldest restaurants in Mooresville and continues to be a family tradition for many. You can’t go wrong with one of their combination seafood platters!
Table 31 in LangTree has casual American dishes with a cocktail list that is more than impressive! Share a grilled artichoke and leave plenty of room for the main course. Prime rib cooked to perfection and beautiful yellowfin tuna are just some of the delicious entrees waiting for you.
Another great date night restaurant in Mooresville is Jeffery’s. Try some of their melt-in-your-mouth scallops and moist braised short ribs, both of which you will remember forever!
While downtown, a stop into Tim’s Table is a must! This adorable shop is filled with fun kitschy items, but the food is what truly stands out. Fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads all make Tim’s a great restaurant in Mooresville!
If you are willing to explore 15 minutes south of Mooresville and stop by Davidson, you will be in for a treat at Kindred. Kindred is a chef-driven restaurant that uses seasonal ingredients to define the menu.
The dynamic couple that owns Kindred also runs Hello, Sailor in Cornelius that is also a culinary delight.
Stay tuned for more food finds in Mooresville and elsewhere in Iredell County!
Breweries in Mooresville
It wouldn’t be a trip for us without a visit to some North Carolina breweries! In Mooresville, there are three thirst-quenching breweries to visit and each one has a different vibe. Jolly Roger Brewery is veteran-owned and known for its deep flavors and pirate-themed names.
If you are looking for a mix of the old and the new, King Canary is where you’ll find inspiration and flavor in brews. From everything from IPAs to fruited sours, this Mooresville brewery is where beer lovers go.
Finally, the most popular brewery in Mooresville (Ghostface Brewing) deserves a mention. With two locations—one serving pizza and the other serving as their “Beer Lab”—Ghostface Brewing has a rotating tap that suits all beer palates.
Something special to note about Ghostface is that many of their beers are low in gluten and considered safe for Celiacs. One of the owners has a gluten sensitivity, and she drew on this to create a beer for those who can’t consume it.
Ready to Explore these Things to Do in Mooresville?
Mooresville is a beautiful and charming small North Carolina town filled with so many things to do! Whether you love racing, antiques, or are simply looking for amazing outdoor recreation, this is your spot!
Spend a weekend on the lake and enjoy the wonderful restaurants and breweries in Mooresville. You are guaranteed to have an incredible weekend here!