Farewell, Fortnite. Get the kids moving this summer with outdoor activities in Beech Mountain, North Carolina.

OH, THE HUMIDITY. Charlotte summers are no joke when it comes to moisture in the air—extreme humidity is nobody's friend. Why not escape the balmy weather for something a bit cooler this season? Just two-and-a-half hours away from the city is a place where the elevation reaches 5,506 feet and the humidity stays (mostly) at bay, even in the summertime. What's this magical land, you wonder? None other than North Carolina's own Beech Mountain. Summer temperatures in this mountainous locale are typically in the low-to-mid 70s all season long—so those outdoor adventures you've always envisioned will actually be enjoyable.

Do yourself and your children a favor, and get rid of the screens during summer vacation. The couch can wait, but family fun month at Beech Mountain cannot. Happening this June, the place where kids can learn to snow ski will turn into a summer wonderland, with heart-pumping activities fit for the entire family. Surely, you want the kids to ditch the digital devices and work in some exercise while they're off from school? We already know that all of us, especially kids, could use a break from social media. So, let's trade in Fortnite for a mountain bike for a few days.

Look no further for everything you need to know about planning an active vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains this summer. There are even hotels offering discounts this June, so make sure you snag the best deal for those PTO days.

Beech Mountain Outdoor Activities June 2018

Wondering what kind of adventure awaits? There's plenty to look forward to—no matter your family's interests or preferences. Since the entire month of June is deliberately stuffed with fun things to do, it's best to take a look at the calendar to see which days are hosting the types of activities your family is interested in. However, if you're just curious about your options, below are many of the outdoor adventures and games you and the kids can try while on vacation.

  • Kiddo Fishing Derby (free)
  • Canoe/paddle boat rentals (free)
  • Mountain biking lessons ($45-$150, includes rental)
  • Mountain bike guided rides ($10/hour, bike not included)
  • Hiking in the Emerald Outback
  • Disc golfing (free with own disc)
  • Rhododendron Ramble hikes at Grandfather Mountain(free with park admission)
  • Family Zumba fitness class
  • Guided trout fishing ($25/hour)
  • Pickleball open play ($3 per person)

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Disc golf is one of the many activities offered this summer in Beech Mountain suitable for various ages.

Adult-Approved Leisure Activities During Family Fun Month

We understand that vacations aren't only about the kids—parents need their recharge time, too! In between the physical activities, Beech Mountain was smart enough to pepper in leisure activities during family fun month. See what other kinds of fun you can get into—the below are some of the scheduled leisure/entertainment activities available.

  • Kids Saturday Theater ($6)
  • Great American Backyard Cookout
  • Friday Field Days with bounce house (free)
  • Self-guided tours of History Museum of Beech Mountain (free)
  • Discount tickets to Grandfather Mountain available (call 828.387.9283)
  • Saturday music at 5506' Skybar (free; $1 for shuttle)
  • All-ages street dance in front of Town Hall (free)
  • Movie Under the Stars on outdoor screen (free)
  • Friday concerts (free)
  • Mini-golf special (buy one, get one free)

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The Sky Bar at the top of the mountain will host Saturday music this June. 

Where to Stay in Beech Mountain This Summer

Because Beech is a ski resort town when there's snow on the ground, visitors have the pleasure of choosing from unique summer stays such as lodges, chalets, and inns. Spending summer vacation in Beech is truly a treat! Plus, with the aforementioned lodging specials all June long, it's hard to say no. There are 10 hotels and rentals participating in the following three discounts: 20 percent off two or more nights; buy two nights, get the third night free; and 25 percent off five or more nights.

Here are the participating lodging options offering these great rates:

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Pickleball or Instagram? The choice is yours (though we think Pickleball looks like a lot more fun).

Of course, as with any organized event or string of events such as Beech Mountain's family fun month, it's best to call for specific details about discount availability and activities offered. Beech's Visitor Center can be reached at (800) 468-5506, or you can visit the website for more information.

Once you get your travel plans figured out, prepare yourself for the unconventional and active family vacation you never knew you needed. Your kids will thank you later.