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At the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park surrounds a 5-acre lake with a constellation of camping stations and activity centers. The Garcia family graciously plays host to guests who careen down the twists and turns of the park's 300-foot waterslide, play mini golf, or cast lines into the lake to catch waiting fish. Along with opportunities to connect with nature and name every tree after their fathers, the Garcias furnish visitors with space to set up tents, pop-ups, and RVs, or stay in the ground's own rough-hewn cabins. They also provide showers and laundry facilities to help campers maintain ties with civilization. The family becomes especially excited when pointing guests in the direction of North Carolina's Chimney Rock or Grandfather Mountain for hikes and breathless sightseeing adventures.

1210 Deacon Dr
Marion,
NC
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Ray's Splash Planet is unlike anything in the Carolinas. The facility includes a one-of-a-kind water park with fun-filled features. The Planet is home to a fitness center with aerobic & dance room, cardiovascular theater, free weights and resistance equipment. Ray's Splash Planet also contains party rooms available for re

329 N Irwin Ave
Charlotte,
NC
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When patrons exit RiverGirl Fishing Co.'s historic train depot for their aquatic kayak and tubing lessons, they're placed in the charge of the outfit's founder, Kelly McCoy. During tours of the New River, which runs north through Todd, she educates guests about the area's natural landscape.

During the winter she heads to Florida, where she leads groups out onto the calm, peaceful waters of the Choctawatchee River from access points such as the Port Washington boat ramp near Eden Garden State Park, the scenic 30-acre gulf coast, or the black creek, and then guides the flotilla into the region's untamed natural beauty. As a fisheries biologist, Kelly's passion helps visitors and locals enjoy the surrounding landscape with conservation-conscious activities.

4041 Todd Railroad Grade Rd
Todd,
NC
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Lake Norman Scuba earned its five-star instructor development center certification from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors through its commitment to training student divers in the basics and finer points of scuba using proven techniques and ultra-reliable equipment. Scubie newbies can get a taste of the life aquatic with the Discover Scuba class. Students will learn what it's like to breathe underwater using an oxygen tank and to move around in the water with basic scuba gear: mask, snorkel, fins, a buoyancy-compensating jacket and oxygen tank, scuba regulator, and a computer that monitors depth and air supply, ensuring divers' bloodstreams maintain the proper level of early-1980s soft rock.

482 River Hwy
Mooresville,
NC
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My Aloha Paddle & Surf, Inc. helps customers navigate the calm shores of Lake Norman with standup paddleboards. A team of certified WPA and PaddleFit instructors teach everything from safety to basic board maneuvers. Their real calling, though, is fitness: this same team challenges clients to build on their basic paddling skills with group fitness classes, personal-training sessions, and even paddle-centric boot camps. Meanwhile, two showroom locations display high-end boards by Amundsen, NSP, and SupLove, and others?all of which are available for purchase.

584 Brawley School Rd
Mooresville,
NC
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Brent Clevenger founded Sink or Swim Scuba in 2006 to provide regular open-water dive experiences to fledging and senior divers alike. He trains neophytes in his full-sized pool, letting them control their buoyancy to drop to the full twelve-foot depth after they master underwater breathing fundamentals in the shallow end. He also oversees scuba certification training during group dives at the Piedmont Dive Rescue Association Lake Norman Quarry. The former dig site provides plenty of underwater excitement with schools of fish and sunken objects to explore, such as the quarry manager's shed which used to house instructions on how not to flood the quarry.

4310 Wilkinson Blvd
Gastonia,
NC
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