Carrigan Farms: Go for a swim, stay for the sunflowers

Carrigan Farms: Go for a swim, stay for the sunflowers

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — The summer heat is on, and one of the best ways to cool down is to take a dip.

Carrigan Farms in Mooresville is home to a natural, spring-fed oasis. It’s a quarry filled with blue water surrounded by gray granite cliffs and a white-sand beach. Luckily, the farm hosts open swim dates throughout the summer.

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It cost $15 per person to swim, and the farm accepts cash or checks at the gate.

This year, to help limit the number of visitors and provide more room for social distancing, advance reservations are required. To make a reservation, a $5 deposit per person is required. On the day of your visit, you’ll receive a $5 voucher to use at the Quarry Kitchen for food or drinks in return.

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On open swim days, lifeguards are on duty; however, all swimmers must wear a life jacket unless they have passed the farm’s swim test. You must be 12 or older to take the swim test.

Children age 11 and younger are required to wear a life jacket.

The farm provides life jackets, or you may bring your own.

For more information on open swim days at the quarry, click here.

Beginning Wednesday, the farm’s sunflower field will be open to visitors. Blooms last for about two weeks, and reservations are required to visit.

Do-it-yourself photo sessions cost $15 for the first person and $12 for each additional person. The DIY shoot includes five sunflowers per person and one parking pass per group.

Private, 45-minute sessions with a photographer are also available for $124.95. The price includes up to six people, although additional guests can be added for $15 per person. The session includes 10 edited photos, plus 35 additional images. A bouquet of six sunflowers is also included.

For more information on sunflower photo shoots, click here.