CANAAN ZIPLINE CANOPY TOUR—
You can spend a half-day on this tour, with the opportunity to ride nine ziplines through the trees on a network of cables and skybridges. Not only will you climb towers to access the ziplines, but you’ll also enjoy hiking along nature trails to get to the different posts. The scenic tour offers great views of the forest, wildlife and the Catawba River. “Night zips” are also available. $89 for full canopy tour (nine ziplines, suspension bridge and two nature trails, 3.5 hrs); $65 bootleg tour (five lines and a nature hike, 1.5 hrs). www. canaanzipline.com. 3111 Sand Island Road, 803.327.6932.
NASCAR team owner Richard Childress not only is a star on the track but in Yadkin Valley wine country, too. These vineyards produce 12 European-style varietals and 30 wines. Tours, which lead visitors through a fermentation room, a barrel room, a bottling room and a tasting room, are offered at noon and 3 pm M-F and on the hour from noon to 4 pm Sa-Su. An on-site bistro serves lunch daily. Vineyard hours: M-Sa 10 am-5 p, Su noon-5 pm. www.childressvineyards.com. 1000 Childress Vineyards Road, Lexington, 336.236.9463.
This Revolutionary War living history site contains more than 30 historic structures that chronicle the Carolina Piedmont from the 1750s to about 1840. Other perks include the restored house museums, rare breeds of livestock and the Walt Schrader Trails, an 8.5 mile network of back country nature paths. See website for seasonal festivals. chmuseums.org/ brattonsville. 1444 Brattonsville Rd., 803.628.6553. $5-$6. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
PRESIDENT JAMES K. POLK STATE HISTORIC SITE—
Less than a half hour’s distance from Charlotte by car, this historic site honors late President James K. Polk. The 11th President’s parents once owned this land that commemorates significant events during his term in office, including the Mexican-American War and California’s annexation. Open Tu-Sa 9 am-5 pm. 12031 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville,, 704.889.7145.