Fun Stuff to do in Charlotte NC
Not only is Charlotte the largest city out of the entire state, but it is also the county seat of Mecklenburg and the home of 842K+ people. In fact, Charlotte is the 17th largest city in the entire country based on population alone. Many businesses call Charlotte their home, such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo. For those who love sports, Charlotte is also the home of the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte Independence, two NASCAR Sprint Cup races, the Wells Fargo Championship, NASCAR All-Star Race and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. What more could you possibly ask for?
While Charlotte is the home of many major teams and large businesses, there is much more to offer in this amazing city. Check out some of the other attractions that make this one of the hottest places to call your home today.
Conveniently located by I-77, Carowinds spans an impressive 398-acres. It originally opened back in March of 1973 for a cost of $70M. The park was inspired by a trip to Disneyland in 1956 with the dream of being able to bring North Carolina and South Carolina closer together. If you want to beat the heat, you will love the 20-acre waterpark that is included with your admission to the main park. Thrill seekers of all ages will love the assortment of rides, as well as the fabulous food offerings inside. Make sure to check out the different events the park hosts throughout the year for an even more amazing time.
Museums in Charlotte
Depending on what type of things you like, there are an assortment of different museums in the area.
Carolinas Aviation Museum – Founded in 1992, you will love taking a look at the 50+ static aircraft and many of the smaller historic items found at the Carolinas Aviation Museum. A large portion of the collection hails from Cold War military aircraft, but there are also pieces from the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point and the station in New River, as well as the Florence Air & Missile Museum that closed down in South Carolina.
NASCAR Hall of Fame – Sports buffs will love talking a walk through the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It honors drivers that have exceptional racing skills, amazing owners, all-star crew chiefs, and other contributors to the competition. The $160M facility officially opened their doors in May of 2010 with the first class being inducted that following Sprint All-Star Race.
Discovery Place – Enjoy learning all about technology and science at the Discovery Place. Children will love watching science come to life through any number of different hands-on exhibits, experiments, and the thrilling activities. The IMAX Theatre is something you don’t want to miss out on while you are here. Originally opened back in 1981, the museum underwent a major renovation in 2010 that took the museum to a whole new level that you have to see to believe.
Billy Graham Library – The Billy Graham Library spans 40,000-square-feet and was opened on June 5, 2007. It offers presentations, music, artifacts, pictures, and voices from Mr. Graham’s ministry. Children will love the mechanical talking cow that reflects Billy’s upbringing on a farm. Make sure to check out the café and amazing bookstore while here.
Anyone interested in the arts will love the abundance of different theatres and exhibits available throughout the area. Some of the top places to check out are listed below:
Charlotte Ballet – As the oldest ballet company in the entire state, the Charlotte Ballet has 22 dancers. Whether watching a production of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, the Nutcracker or any number of other shows, you are sure to be amazed at the sheer level of style and sophistication brought on by these dancers.
Opera Carolina – Opera Carolina has three main stage productions that feature the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Opera Carolina Chorus and their team of talented professionals. Their annual concert is one that you have to see to believe. The season runs from October through the middle of April and combines art, poetry, music and more.
Carolina Renaissance Festival – Take a step back in time with the Carolina Renaissance Festival. Held every year on Saturdays and Sundays throughout October and November, the festival is one of the largest in the entire country. On average, around 200,000 individuals come out and partake in this 12-stage festival each year.
While on your adventure through Charlotte, you are going to need something scrumptious to eat to keep you going. If you aren’t sure where to go, check out some of these top picks below:
The Fig Tree – For those looking for an upscale restaurant, The Fig Tree is right up your alley. Since opening their doors back in 2005, this restaurant offers an exceptional dining experience complete with an award-winning wine list and an Italian and French inspired menu that will leave you coming back for more time and time again.
Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers – Nestled in beautiful Charlotte, Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers is fine dining at its best. With 28+ years of experience catering to businesses and weddings, you can trust that the food offered here is going to be amazing. Stop in and see them during their Appy Hour for half price appetizers of enjoy 1/3 off your cocktail on Tuesdays. The selection is amazing and worth the trip.
The King’s Kitchen – If you want classic southern cooking, you will love The King’s Kitchen. This not-for-profit eatery has an adjoining breakfast café and bakery featuring locally grown ingredients and foods. When you dine here, you are helping provide meals to those in need throughout the community. All profits go toward helping others, so you can do something good for someone else and get a delicious meal at the same time.
Regardless of whether you live in Charlotte or you are coming here for a visit, make sure you take the time to check out a few of the different places the area has to offer you.
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