The Best Things to do in Cornelius NC

Cornelius NC
Cornelius NC is the perfect weekend trip

Want to enjoy the best Cornelius NC has to offer? We’ve got you covered, year-round.

On the shores of Lake Norman, Cornelius is full of beautiful lakeside homes, stunning views and easy access to the water. It’s a quiet refuge from the city, but still only a 20 minute drive from Uptown.

Cornelius has ten public parks, a champion golf course, and a cute, walkable downtown area known as Old Town Cornelius. There, you’ll find thriving neighborhood businesses, the arts, live music, craft brews, quaint boutiques, and fresh eats.

Cornelius NC
Cornelius NC

Parks in Cornelius

One of our favorite things about Cornelius is visiting its beautiful parks. These three provide water views and lots of family-friendly fun.

Jetton Park: Jetton, located at 19000 Jetton Rd, offers lake views, walking trails, a playground, picnic and event areas, and a scenic sandy beach.

Ramsey Creek Park: Ramsey Creek, located at 18441 Nantz Rd, has a boat launch and lake access, a dog park, picnic and event areas, and paths for biking and walking.

Bailey Road Park: With 66 acres, this park at 11536 Bailey Rd, provides a variety of recreational opportunities and site amenities including a brand new playground and three picnic areas.

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Activities to Enjoy

Wondering what to do in Cornelius? There’s usually quite a bit going on: Old Town Cornelius area is continuously partnering with local businesses to host events to engage the community; Beer and Yoga Tuesdays at D9 Brewing Company combines stretching and brews for a laid-back evening.


Or, every other Monday night, the Old Town Public House hosts Monday Night Jam, a time for local artists to perform in the welcoming atmosphere of a friendly pub. Additionally, locals and visitors alike take advantage of the surrounding beauty of Lake Norman.

You can go boating, take a swim in the lake, or go kayaking, paddle boarding, or even take a paddle board yoga class with My Aloha.

What to Eat & Drink

Looking for the best restaurants in Cornelius, or where to grab a drink lakeside? We’ve got you covered with some of this small town’s top offerings.

If you’re looking for some casual food, grab a coffee and a bite at Waterbean or stroll the Old Town Cornelius area promises food truck offerings the second Friday of each month, with vendors like Food Freaks of NC.

For some exploring and shopping alongside your street food, stop by the Oak Street Mill for over 11,000 square feet of antiques and vintage finds. Alton’s, Brooklyn South, and 131 Main make for popular local eateries, as well.

If you’re looking to enjoy some seafood and eat or drink waterfront, drive up or pull your boat into Port City ClubHello, Sailor or North Harbor Club.

Whether lounging by the lake, enjoying live music with a brew in hand, or exploring the wares of resident artists and shops, Cornelius promises the warmth, history and hospitality of a true Carolina town.

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