Summer is the perfect time to explore Charlotte, with outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy, and after your LASIK surgery, you'll be able to experience them like never before, free of glasses and contact lenses. Here are our top-10 things to do around town with your new-and-improved vision after LASIK!

1. Go Swimming at Lake Norman or Carrigan Farms

Two weeks after your LASIK surgery, your eyes will be healed enough to go swimming in the pool, lake or river! Drive up to Lake Norman for a day on the docks, or head to Mooresville and take a dip in the refreshing, natural quarry at Carrigan Farms.

2. Take A Hike at Kings Mountain or Crowders Mountain

The good news about LASIK – you don’t have to take too long of a break from your favorite outdoor activities! Two days after LASIK, you can head up to Crowders Mountain or Kings Mountain for a cool morning hike – or if you’re up for it, take the 16-mile loop and visit both! For wooded hikes, wearing eye protection is recommended.

3. Take the Family to Charlotte Motor Speedway

With outdoor movie nights, monster truck rallies and NASCAR races, Charlotte Motor Speedway has something for the whole family to love this summer. Your eyes should be perfectly fine after LASIK – but make sure you wear headphones to protect your hearing!

4. Go to a Knights Game

Baseball, hot dogs and skyline views – what could be better? Catch a Charlotte Knights game in Uptown and enjoy the sights and sounds of America’s game. Whether you like sitting behind the plate, on the lawn or in the outfield, your new-and-improved vision after LASIK will help you catch every minute of the action!

5. Rent an Electric Bike or Scooter and Enjoy a Ride

Experience the scenery you love at a different pace with an eBike or scooter ride around your favorite Charlotte neighborhoods! With electric scooters scattered around town and eBike stations from Montford to Camp North End, you can ride down the Rail Trail and the Greenway and take in your favorite sights – make sure you wear your sunglasses, though!

6. Practice Your Swing at TopGolf

With your improved vision after your LASIK surgery, tee shots will never be easier! Reserve a bay at either of Charlotte’s two TopGolf locations with some friends and show off your new eyes – no more glasses or contacts needed.

7. Stop and Smell the Roses at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Summer is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden! You’ll get to experience a variety of beautiful spaces with tropical plants, flowers and butterflies galore – and maybe get inspired to plant your own garden at home.

8. Check Out the Free Public Art Around Town

Charlotte is home to some amazing works of art not found in any museum, but on the street! From the “Firebird” sculpture in front of the Betchler Museum to the Heart Wall in South End and all the murals and sculptures in between, your new-and-improved vision will help you appreciate the beauty that is all around us in Charlotte!

9. Spend the Day at Carowinds

Trips to Carowinds are a summer staple for Charlotte-area families, and two weeks after your LASIK surgery, you and your family will be ready to enjoy the park has to offer! Our suggestion? Ride the Ferris wheel – you’ll be amazed how much further you can see on the horizon! Just be sure to bring protective eyewear and eye drops to protect your eyes.

10. See a Movie at a Drive-In Theater

Nothing says summer like a drive-in movie theater! Take a road trip to one of the drive-in theaters in the Charlotte area – Belmont Drive-In in Belmont or Badin Road Drive-In Theater in Albemarle – and enjoy your movie-watching experience without squinting in the dark. Don’t forget your popcorn and Milk Duds!

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