There’s no other way to say it, it’s HOT in North Carolina this week! Spring and summer bring heat to Rowan County, but don’t let that stop you from exploring our vibrant communities. We’ve outlined 9 family friendly activities that will keep you cool as things heat up in Rowan County.


Lazy 5 Ranch: Meet the animals of Lazy 5 Ranch from the comfort of your air-conditioned vehicle! Lazy 5 is a privately owned exotic animal drive through park that offers a three and a half mile safari tour through gently sloping pasture lands. You’ll be able to see 750 animals from six continents.  For more information, click here.


Trolley Tour: Hop aboard our fully air conditioned historic trolley for a history tour around Downtown Salisbury. You’ll see historic sites, such as the original Cheerwine building; film locations from popular shows and movies; and maybe hear a ghost story or two! Following the tour, you can explore shopping, restaurants, theaters and public art. For more information, click here.


Gem Theatre: The Gem Theatre in Kannapolis is one of the oldest single-screen movie theatre in continuous operation today. It originally opened on December 31, 1936. It is one of only a few movie theatres that offers balcony seating. They have daily showings of popular movies. For more information, click here.


Dan Nicholas Aquarium & Nature Center: Dan Nicholas park is full of family fun activities, but their Cheerwine Aquarium and Nature Center are indoor attractions that will keep the whole family occupied. Explore many varieties of fish shown in beautifully simulated habitats, as well as many species of snakes, lizards and alligators. For more information, click here.


Rowan Museum: The Rowan Museum is housed in the historic 1854 Courthouse that survived General Stoneman’s raid in the American Civil War. Inside the museum you’ll find grand old rooms, a beautiful second floor court and countless interpretive displays and exhibits throughout. For more information, click here.


Rowan Public Library: The Rowan Public Library offers hundreds of books of every genre for book lovers of all ages, plus they have an entire line up of programming to keep children of all ages entertained. For more information, click here.


South Main Book Company: South Main Book Company is an independent book store located in Historic Downtown Salisbury. They offer an assortment of genres, but what’s especially fun is their kids reading nook. Complete with a dragon and reading spaces, grab your books and gather round. For more information, click here.


The Chill: While you’re in Downtown Salisbury, stop in to the chill for a natural shaved ice with no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. They also have Doggie Chills for your four-legged friends. The Chill is serving shaved ice inside Fuller’s Market on Main Street. For more information, click here.


Waterworks Visual Arts Center: Waterworks Visual Arts Center is a non-profit art museum providing a unique blend of education, inspiration, creativity and fun. Waterworks serves as the anchor organization for Salisbury’s East Square Cultural Arts District. They offer a variety of exhibits, summer camps, workshops and more. For more information, click here.


Keep cool this summer in Rowan County. If you’re looking to cool down with water activities, check out our blog 4 Water Attractions to Beat the Heat in Rowan County.