Summer activities to do in Chatham County


Summer is one of the most anticipated times of the year; coveted enough that Disney made a show about what to do over the 104 days of summer vacation. 

The News & Record has compiled a list of fun, summer-centic activities happening across the county to keep both you and your children entertained this summer. 

Jordan Lake State Park 

Located in northern Chatham County, Jordan Lake State Park provides a wide array of recreational activities, from hiking trails and campsites to boat docks and swimming areas. There are more than 1,000 campsites at Jordan Lake, each of them accessible by one of five different entrances. 

Activities available at Jordan Lake include:

  • Hiking (15 miles)
  • Paddling
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking

Jordan Lake also has a wide array of amenities, including:

  • Boat ramps
  • Amphitheater
  • Auditorium and classroom
  • Picnic shelters
  • Visitor center and exhibits
  • Beach accesses (lake)
  • Bathhouses

You can find more information about campsite reservations and hours of operation at the Jordan Lake website at

1870 Farm Camp

The summer camp located at the 1870 Farm in northern Chatham County is set on 17 acres and features a wide array of activities for children. The camp serves children ages 3 to 13 and offers a counselor in training (CIT) program for children 14 and older. 

Activities offered at the camp include:

  • animal care
  • Fishing
  • capture the flag
  • nature exploration
  • Crafts
  • An Apothecary workshop
  • Games
  • An entrepreneur club

The camp runs from June 12 through Aug. 11. You can find more information about registration at

Art Adventures at the Ackland Art Museum

Ackland Art Museum may be located in Chapel Hill, but it’s close proximity to Chatham County provides Chathamites the opportunity to check out its summer programming. 

Art Adventures gives children ages six to nine a guided tour of the museum’s various exhibits, as well as create “take-home treasures” in the museums neighboring art studio. 

There are two more dates this summer for Art Adventures: July 8 and Aug. 12. You can find out more at

Carolina Tiger Rescue

Carolina Tiger Rescue is also holding summer camps for school-aged children this summer. The camps focus on learning “in-depth information regarding the animals while getting to observe them and play games to learn about specific adaptations of the cats, complete art projects and make enriching toys for the animals.”

Campers will also have the chance to see keepers feed the big cats, as well as learn about vet services and what it takes to care for all of the cats in the rescue. 

You can find more information on the Carolina Tiger Rescue website at

Siler City Downtown Music Series

Every third Friday evening every month, the NC Arts Incubator and the Chatham Rabbit team up to provide a free concert as a part of its Summer Downtown Music Series. The concert highlights local musicians from a wide array of genres, giving listeners a chance to hear some of their favorite tunes or maybe hear something new. 

The remaining dates and performers are as follows:

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