Experience Lake Norman with a two-night stay at a Lake Norman area hotel, four admission tickets to the Carolina Renaissance Festival, a gift card to Lake Norman waterfront restaurant Port City Club, four admission tickets to the Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze, and an Oakley travel backpack.

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Nestled on the banks of beautiful Lake Norman are the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville. These charming communities provide adventures of all shapes and sizes, including living history, upscale shopping, and, of course, plenty of water play! Located only 20 miles from uptown Charlotte, Lake Norman is the Queen City’s go-to getaway — and Visit Lake Norman is your ultimate guide to it!

Arts and culture enthusiasts and great-outdoor lovers alike will appreciate Lake Norman’s small-town Southern feel. With a number of great attractions and activities available, the Lake Norman area isn’t a pit stop — it’s a waterfront destination! Check out visitlakenorman.org to start planning your next adventure.

Celebrating 25 years in Huntersville, the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 14-stage theater, a 25-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tourney, and a feast — all rolled into one nonstop, day-long adventure. The festival is held Saturdays and Sundays from September 29, 2018, to November 18, 2018. Festival visitors will experience their best day out in history as they enjoy the unique mix of arts and crafts, food and drink, music and comedy, jousting knights, swimming mermaids, and hundreds of costumed characters. For more details, visit carolina.renfestinfo.com.

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