Charlotte Motor Speedway. NASCAR races, such as May's Coca-Cola 600, draw huge crowds to this well-known speedway. 5555 Concord Pkwy. S, northeast of Charlotte, Concord, NC, 28027. 704/455-3200 or 800/455-3267.

North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. Inlets on Lake Norman are ideal for canoeing. You can rent canoes and paddleboats for $5 for the first hour and $3 for each additional hour from the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. Charlotte, NC. 704/528-6350.

Catawba Queen. On Lake Norman, the Catawba Queen paddle wheeler gives lunch and dinner cruises and tours. The Lady of the Lake, a 90-foot yacht, offers dinner cruises. 1459 River Hwy., Mooresville, NC, 28117. 704/663–2628.

This 90-foot yacht offers dinner cruises.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. You can find good fishing in Charlotte's neighboring lakes and streams. A license can be bought at local bait-and-tackle shops or over the phone from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. A 10-day, out-of-state license is $10, or $20 if you want to fish for mountain trout. Game fish in Lake Norman waters include crappie, bluegill, and yellow perch, as well as striped, largemouth, and white bass. 888/248-6834.

Carolina Panthers. Charlotte's National Football League team plays from August through December—and hopefully into the postseason playoffs, too—in the 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium. 800 S. Mint St., Uptown, Charlotte, NC, 28202. 704/358–7800.

Larkhaven Golf Club. The oldest public course in Charlotte, Larkhaven opened in 1958. Mature trees have narrowed the fairways, and there's a 60-foot elevation drop on Hole 9, a par 3. 4801 Camp Stewart Rd., Charlotte, NC, 28215. 704/545–4653. 18 holes. 6328 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $32–$46. Facilities:Putting green, pitching area, rental clubs, golf carts, pro shop, restaurant, bar.

Paradise Valley Golf Center. This short course is perfect for players without much time: a round takes under two hours. But don't let that fool you: the course can challenge the best of them. Unique elements include two island tees. There's also a miniature golf course called the Lost Duffer set in a 19th-century mining town. 110 Barton Creek Dr., Charlotte, NC, 28262. 704/548–1808. 18 holes. 1264 yds. Par 54. Green Fee: $9–$13. Facilities:Putting green, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop.

Woodbridge Golf Links. This semiprivate course is lovely to look at and challenging to play. You have to be careful with the water hazards; there are water features on 13 holes. 7101 Highland Creek Pkwy., Charlotte, NC, 28269. 704/875–9000. 18 holes. 7043 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $49–$69. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.