The wonderful city of Charlotte in North Carolina is one of the most populated as well as popular cities in the US. The city has a number of attractions for locals as well as international visitors - from family-friendly attractions like Carowinds Theme Park and Discovery Place Science to sporting attractions like the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the U.S National Whitewater Centre. There are also fantastic museums like the Levine Museum of the New South and The Mint Museum as well as several nature centers and reserves that protect wildlife. Charlotte has all the trappings of a perfect vacation destination. With so much to see and do, let’s take a look at our recommendations of the things to do in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Located in uptown Charlotte, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is one of the most popular attractions in Charlotte. A must-visit destination not just for NASCAR racing fans but other visitors who can also learn a lot about this quintessentially American auto racing sport. With unique exhibits, artifacts, video interactives, a state-of-the-art theatre and of course, the Hall of Honor, where all NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees are honored and celebrated, this is one Charlotte destination that you just cannot miss! Experience this legendary museum like never before on this unique small-group golf cart tour.
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
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On your trip to Charlotte, try a different type of food tour - on a Segway! On this Segway food tour, you get to visit some historic areas like Uptown and South End and enjoy food breaks at impressive locally operated restaurants that serve up awesome Southern fare. The classic Southern fried chicken from Price’s Chicken Coop, the best pulled-pork sandwich from Mac’s Speedshop and an authentic Southern-style meal at Mert’s Heart and Soul are just some of the delicious meals you’ll get to try on this tour. Don’t know how to ride a Segway? No need to worry; your friendly guide will conduct a training session before the start of the tour to ensure that you have a safe and comfortable ride on your Segway.
Taste of Charlotte Segway Tour
3. Visit the inspirational Billy Graham Library
This unique Charlotte landmark is a testament to the dedication and work of Christian evangelist, Billy Graham. Designed in the shape of a barn and dairy farm that Graham grew up in, The Billy Graham Library has many displays and exhibits related to the life and works of Billy Graham. Graham’s beautifully restored childhood home can also be visited in the library complex grounds. Visitors can take a one and a half hour long ‘Journey of Faith’ tour or just browse through the books on sale at Ruth’s Attic Bookstore while grabbing a bite at The Graham Brothers Dairy Bar or spend a quiet time at The Memorial Garden.
Billy Graham Library
Address: 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217
Website: Billy Graham Library
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9:30am - 5pm (closed on Sun)
What better way to spend the afternoon other than enjoying craft beer tastings while learning about the beer-making process? On this three-and-a-half-hour beer tour, you’ll be doing just that! This special small-group beer tour takes you to three local breweries where you can try up to 12 to15 types of beers. At one of the breweries, a special beer guide shows you the complete beer-brewing process – from grain to glass! Your friendly tour guide will also give you some fantastic insights about the Charlotte beer scene on the way.
Public Brews Cruise of Charlotte
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5. Spend some quality family time at Discovery Place Science
Since its founding in 1946, Discovery Place Science has become a must-visit attraction of Charlotte. There are distinct sections in the museum, each with unique interactive exhibits like ‘Think It Up’ or ‘Bug Lab’. There is also an IMAX theatre, one of the first ones in the Carolinas, where you can get an immersive educational movie experience. Visitors can enjoy daily live shows, events and other demonstrations on a variety of informative topics. Hands-on experimental labs are something that the whole family can enjoy. Discovery Place Science also has a café and gift shop on the museum premises.
Discovery Place Science
Address: 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Website: Discovery Place Science
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 4pm; Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm
Price: 5 - 24 USD
6. Grab your friends and go clubbing at Prohibition Bar
Step back in time to the Prohibition Era in this nostalgia-inducing watering hole in one of the most happening areas of Charlotte. Made from reclaimed wood and tin of local North Carolina barns, Prohibition Bar offers a massive patio, superb bar and a large dance floor that is filled with people partying the night away. The bar offers live DJs and entertainment, alongside cold beers, awesome cocktails, and even Moonshine! So gather your friends, put on your clubbing attire and have a fantastic night out at Prohibition Bar.
Address: 200 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Website: Prohibition Bar
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 4pm - 2am (closed on Mon)
7. Catch a live performance at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is a nonprofit organization that is popular as Charlotte’s most favored venue for performing arts. The Center has three venues under its roof - Belk Theater, Booth Playhouse, and Stage Door Theater. It is most notable for its long Broadway season of almost 18 weeks. Along with Broadway shows, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center also has a vast array of other genres of shows including dance, family, music, comedy, concerts, special events and also features talks from famous personalities. This venue is also home to the Charlotte Jazz Festival, children’s Blumey Awards, and many more fantastic events.
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Address: 130 North Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Website: Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 6pm
Price: Variable [check individual show listings]
Have a fun day out with your family and friends at this 400-acre (162-hectare) amusement park that has over 60 rides to choose from, including Fury 325 - the world’s tallest giga-rollercoaster! There are 13 thrilling roller coasters at the Carowinds amusement park, including Intimidator and Vortex. Take a break from all the rides and catch a live performance of the entertainers, dancers, and acrobats parading the streets of the park. Your ticket also entitles you to admission to the Carolina Harbor Waterpark, where wave pools, gigantic water slides, and a three-acre kids’ area await you. So, go on and enjoy some family-time at Carowinds Amusement Park.
Carowinds General Admission Ticket
Head on to the Levine Museum of the New South for a dose of post-Civil War history! The museum has a vast number of temporary and permanent exhibits on a range of Southern-related topics and it also conducts regular programs to educate the general public about the history and culture of Charlotte and Piedmont region after the end of the American Civil War. Take a peek into the past of the historical city of Charlotte on this small-group tour where a local guide will give you all the inside details about this unique museum.
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
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10. Treat yourself to a day of pampering at the The Spa At Ballantyne
After all the sightseeing, touring and clubbing, you deserve a day at the spa just relaxing and pampering yourself. The Spa At Ballantyne offers you just that and so much more! This luxurious spa has a relaxing lounge, 18 treatment rooms, whirlpools, steam room, saunas, and a spa dining option too. The Spa At Ballantyne offers massage therapies, skin care therapies, spa body therapies as well as premium Salon services in a calming atmosphere. All the treatments at this spa use the best-quality healthy products and traditional methods to provide an optimum soothing treatment experience. You can even indulge in their day or overnight spa packages, couples massages, fitness experiences, and many more custom experiences.
The Spa At Ballantyne
Address: 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte, North Carolina 28277
Website: The Spa At Ballantyne
Opening hours: 8am - 8pm
Price: From 35 USD
Endless explorations in Charlotte, North Carolina
From beer tours to food tours, from NASCAR Hall of Fame to Discovery Science Place, from bars to amusement parks – the wonderful city of Charlotte will leave you spellbound by its many attractions. All you have to do is grab a flight and head on over to the mesmerizing city of Charlotte in North Carolina.
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