Note: The Meck Pass is among the best deals in town when it comes to family recreation. Mecklenburg County residents can get a monthly membership for $65, which includes the passholder, spouse and up to five legal dependents and grants access to all Meck County Park & Rec facilities, including Ray's Splash Planet. Otherwise, it's $8 for youth and senior residents ($10 nonresidents) and $10 for adult residents ($15 nonresidents). (Here are all the fees and schedules.) If you're looking for a gym membership and/or easy entertainment for the family, you can't beat it.
How to get there:
Northern Regional Recreation Center is located at 18121 Old Statesville Rd., Cornelius, NC, 28031.