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Top 7 Places to Cool Off in & Around Cabarrus County

Jun 14, 2017 07:06PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Image courtesy of Kannapolis Recreation Park's Facebook page.

As the weather starts heating up, cooling off becomes a major priority. Lucky for us, there are plenty of places both in and near the Cabarrus County area to beat the heat.

Whether you're looking for a place to cool off with friends, significant others, or family this summer, we've got a few ideas for you. 

Mooresville's Sapphire Quarry

Image courtesy of Carrigan Farms, LLC.

The Sapphire Quarry is part of Carrigan Farms, LLC and is a "spring-fed" body of water that is not only beautiful, but also open to the public during certain times throughout the year. It's typically enjoyed during the summer and is a great place to cool off. 

The Quarry is 25-feet deep and isn't known to too many outside of the Mooresville area. It truly is a hidden gem. It was mined for granite in the 1960s, where the body of water was discovered. The granite was used for the construction of interstate 77. Once the water was discovered, it was filled fully and has been enjoyed ever since! 

There are spaces to jump from rocks and a gorgeous waterfall to relax by. 
Carrigan Farms hosts picnics and private events, as well as open swim days, which is the majority of the summer season. 

Carrigan Farms
1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy 
Mooresville, NC 28115
(704) 664-1450

Frank Liske Park

Image courtesy of the Frank Liske Park website.

Located in the central part of Cabarrus County, this beautiful 238 acre park used to be a working farm for Stonewall Jackson Training School. The land was leased to the county for development of the first County Park named in honor of Mr. Frank Liske, who worked at Stonewall Jackson Training School for 48 years and was instrumental in acquiring the land for lease from the state.

Park amenities include a 10 acre lake for fishing and paddle boating, picnic shelters, picnic sites, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, playgrounds, and 6 lighted tennis courts. Additional amenities include an 11 field soccer complex with 2 lighted fields, a 4 field lighted softball complex, walking and fitness trails, a nature trail, and an 18 hole miniature golf course.

Learn more here

Frank Liske Park
4001 Stough Road, Concord

Camp T.N. Spencer Park Pool

Courtesy of the Camp T.N. Spencer Park website.


This 50 acre park was dedicated in 2003, the result of a partnership with the Cabarrus Boys and Girls Club. The area had been operated as a private summer camp since the late 1940’s. After a cooperative effort between the County and the Boys and Girls Club, Camp T. N. Spencer became a Cabarrus County Park and open to the public. The Boys and Girls Club summer camp program is still in existence and operates through the club each summer.

Amenities include picnic shelters, a 1.5 mile trail, a playground, a volleyball court, 6 cabins, 8 tent sites, 3 fishing ponds, picnic sites, horseshoe pits, restroom, a bathhouse and (of course!) a pool. Jump in and cool off this summer! 

Learn more here

Camp T.N. Spencer Park Pool
3155 Foxford Road, Concord

Kannapolis Recreation Park

Courtesy of the Kannapolis
Recreation Park
Facebook page.

Kannapolis Recreation Park a recently renovated pool to enjoy. Amenities include: Full size swimming pool (120′ X 60′); Two high speed water slides, one for the kids, the other for everyone; a large miniature golf course. Bring your equipment or rent it from us ($1/stick). Two kiddie pools with water up to 1 feet for kids to have fun, and a video arcade coming soon.
Their pools are open through September 4th, so enjoy cooling off while you can! 

Adults: $10 Day Pass; (includes access to all amenities); Children under 2 are free. Membership passes available. Visit their website for more information.  
(704) 932-9734

Concord City Pool

Courtesy of the City of Concord
Parks & Recreation Facebook page.

Join in the fun at the John F. McInnis Aquatics Center.  Located at 151 Academy Avenue, NW in Concord, the Aquatics Center offers both child and adult swimming lessons, water aerobics and public swim.  Swimming is open to the general public. 


$10 Individual Privilege Pass     ($5.00 City Resident Discount)
$30 Family Privilege Pass      ($15 City Resident Discount)
Family Season Pass - $100.00    ($25 City Resident Discount)
Individual Season Pass - $55.00   ($10 City Resident Discount)


With the purchase of a Privilege Pass (Family or Individual)

$1.50 Youth (17 + Under)
$2.50 Adults (18 + Up)
Learn more by visiting their website

Concord City Pool
151 Academy Ave NW 
Concord , NC 28025
(704) 785-8105 

Village Park Splash Pad

Photo via The City of Kannapolis


Cabarrus County's largest amphitheater is located in Kannapolis' Village Park. In addition to the events at the amphitheater, the Splash Pad offers fun all summer long with its water cannons, geysers and jets -- a great way to cool off! 
  • Beginning June 3, the Splash Pad is open 7 days a week.  Mondays - Saturdays from 10am - 7pm and Sundays from Noon - 6pm.
  • The last weekday the Splash Pad is open is August 27, it will stay open Saturdays and Sundays through September 10th.
  • Labor Day Monday the Splash Pad is open from 12 noon-6 pm.
  • Admission is $1.50 per person playing in the water.
Learn more about the Splash Pad here

Village Park Splash Pad
740 W C St 
Kannapolis, NC 28081
(704) 920-4343

Rotary Square & Market Splash Pad

Photo via Rotary Square & Market

Open space in downtown areas provides a place for recreation, encourages economic development and enhances the surrounding community. Rotary Square & Market, located in the heart of Historic Downtown Concord, is envisioned as such a destination.

Designed to dovetail into Concord's popular Greenway Loop, Rotary Square & Market will feature gardens, plaza area, market stalls and a splash-pad in an open, green setting.

Visit their website to learn more! 

Rotary Square
111 Union St S
Concord, NC 28025
(704) 425-5559

What's your favorite place to beat the heat during the summer? Let us know in the comments!

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