Lake Norman, North Carolina, United States
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Lake Norman Information

About Lake Norman

Lake Norman is the largest man-made, freshwater lake in North Carolina. Only a short distance from Charlotte, Lake Norman is filled with a variety of fun activities both on and off the water.

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Things to do at Lake Norman

Lake Norman is filled with a variety of different entertainment options. In the water, you can spend all day relaxing on a pontoon boat, or grab a friend and go kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, jet skiing, or even paddle boating. On land, you can check out cool places like the Lake Norman Comedy Zone, or the Carolina Raptor Center. Bringing the family along? Test your mystery-solving skills at Breakout Lake Norman. You can also plan a fun shopping day somewhere chic like Birkdale Village, or somewhere cute and cozy like downtown Davidson. Art fans typically travel to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, to explore the designs of Swiss architect Mario Botta. When it’s time to eat, you can check out one of the smaller local restaurants like Acropolis Café and Grille, or treat yourself to one of the biggest restaurants like Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails.

Lake Norman Day Trips

Lake Norman is surrounded by a selection of different towns for you to take day-cation to. Art fans can make the trip out to the town of Davidson, where you can explore local art while you shop and some of the small businesses in town. For more of a quiet getaway, travel out to the town of Cornelius and do small things like take a pottery or yoga class. For a quick and quiet getaway during the summertime, visit Huntersville, a cozy town that has fun things like Movies in the Park and seasonal art and music festivals. To escape the lake life travel south to Charlotte, a modern city with lots of cool museums and fun parks.

Lake Norman Accommodations

Whether you plan on spending your entire vacation lakeside or want to take a day trip into the city, we make it easy for you to find the perfect place to stay. While there are many nearby cities to stay around Lake Norman, we recommend choosing a rental available Davidson or Cornelius, especially if you’re planning on taking a day trip up to places like Winston-Salem or Greensboro. If you plan on spending your entire vacation by the lake, we recommend choosing a rental somewhere closer to Lake Norman of Catawba, the northern part of the lake home to many different cabins and fun adventures in the Lake Norman State Park. Planning a day trip down to Charlotte? Choose a rental Caldwell, which will put you the closest distance to the interstate and to the city itself. No matter where you decide to stay, you can compare rentals by price, ratings, reviews and more on Tripping. Book your Lake Norman rental today!

Transportation around Lake Norman

Since Lake Norman is located through many different towns in North Carolina, there is no public transportation service for around the lake. However, there are AAA and Enterprise car rental services, as well as a variety of different taxi and private-vehicle services for you to use. Planning a fun trip down to Charlotte? Ragin’ Uptown Charters offers party bus service to and from the city.

Weather in Lake Norman

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Vacation Rentals in Lake Norman

Looking for a vacation rental in Lake Norman? has 368 vacation rental homes available in Lake Norman. You'll find 4 studios, 82 1-bedroom, 42 2-bedroom and 240 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $50 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.

The average price of a nightly rental in Lake Norman is $362 while the average price of a weekly rental is $25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Lake Norman home is $25.

Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 119 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Lake Norman. In addition to accommodating pets, Lake Norman rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 336 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 339 have TV and/or cable and 80 have a pool or hot tub.

Search properties from 6 vacation rental sites in Lake Norman where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and HRS Holidays. There are 268 HomeAway rentals, 36 TripAdvisor short term rentals and 21 HRS Holidays vacation rentals.