As one of the fastest growing major cities in the US; Charlotte, North Carolina always has a plethora of events and activities to participate in. Regardless of age or interests, you would be hard pressed to be bored in a city like Charlotte.
- Discovery Place
Discovery Place, founded in 1946 as the first science education center in the Southeast is now a group of three museum brands: Discovery Place Science, Discover Place Nature, and Discovery Place Kids. Discovery Place Science brings science to life with hands on activities and exhibits, Discovery Place Nature immerses you with all things nature, including a butterfly pavilion, and Discovery Place Kids has kid focused science activities and experiments. All three museums are a perfect place to learn while having a blast!
- US National Whitewater Center
The US National Whitewater Center is the perfect way to escape the city and explore your adventurous side. With activities ranging from whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, rocking climbing, mountain biking, and hiking there is something here that everyone could enjoy. As the official Olympic Training Center for whitewater slalom racing, you could even end up kayaking next to an Olympic contender!
- Sporting Events
Charlotte is home to two major professional sports teams: The Carolina Panthers of the NFL and the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA. Regardless of if you put on a Panthers Jersey and head to the Bank of America Stadium to watch a great game of football or head over to the Spectrum Center to cheer on your hometown Hornets, you are bound to have a great time.
When you are seeking a thrill, Carowinds is the place for you! Carowinds includes multiple rollercoaster and countless other rides, meaning this amusement park has something for everyone. If it’s a hot day don’t forget to cool off at the Carolina Harbor waterpark. Around the holidays be on the lookout for special events like SCarowinds around Halloween!
- NASCAR Hall of Fame
This museum and hall of fame is interesting and exciting for both the diehard NASCAR fan and someone who has never heard of NASCAR. With exhibits including a film introducing the history of NASCAR, countless cars and memorabilia on display, and even a practice pit stop to test your skills, there is something here everyone can enjoy.
- Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Walk through the doors of this beautiful museum and be welcomed by works of art created by famous modern artists, including the familiar names of Picasso and Warhol. Spend an afternoon to walk the galleries, stop by the café for a quick bite, and enjoy the many pieces of remarkable art on display.
- 7th Street Public Market
The 7th Street Market has a simple mission of celebrating local food culture and promoting local farmers, chefs, and entrepreneurs. Set up as an indoor market and food court, you can find everything from hazelnut crepes, a wine shop, fresh baked breads, and handmade pizzas. Stop in for a coffee or stay for lunch, and regardless of what you decide to get, you will not be disappointed!
- Mint Museum
The Mint Museum resides in the building that once housed the Charlotte Mint and was the first art museum in North Carolina. The museum features pieces of art spanning 4,500 years from all over the world. A second Mint Museum, the Uptown location, opened in 2010 which houses the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, which honors the regions rich craft heritage with a collection of creations made from glass, metal, wood, and more. Both Mint Museums are worth a visit for all ages!
- Carolina Raptor Center
When you feel like getting a breath of fresh air, with a side of birds of prey, head to the Carolina Raptor Center and take a walk on the Raptor Trail. This 3/4 mile trail includes over 30 species of raptors and birds of prey. With multiple exhibits along the trail and plenty of opportunities to learn and see these magnificent birds, this is a great activity for all ages.
- Levine Museum of the New South
The Levine Museum of the New South is an interactive history museum that focuses on the diverse history of the South since the Civil War. The permanent exhibit of “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers” walks you through the growth of Charlotte and North Carolina from where it was after the Civil War to where it is today and includes a recreated one-room farm house, a cotton mill, an early Belk department story, and a civil-rights era lunch counter. This is a wonderful museum to learn more about the growth of Charlotte and fall even more in love with the city.