Top 5 Attractions in Charlotte, NC

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Charlotte, nicknamed the Queen City, is the largest metropolitan area in North Carolina and seat of Mecklenburg County — all monikers the city owes to Britain’s Queen Charlotte. Known as a financial hub, Charlotte also offers a variety of entertainment and cultural venues for visitors to explore.

Get Thrilled at Carowinds

Billing itself as the “Thrill Capital of the Southeast,” Carowinds is a 398-acre amusement park offering family fun for all ages. The main attraction is The Intimidator, one of the region’s tallest, longest and fastest roller coasters. The park operates with its regular attractions from late March through October.  Insider tip: parents traveling with young children can rent strollers just inside the south gate entrance or next to guest services at the north gate entrance. Make sure to bring a valid form of identification, like a driver’s license, to secure your stroller rental. Beginning in November 2017, Carowinds plans to bring back its WinterFest tradition. With holiday décor, live shows and even Santa’s reindeer, this two-month event promises to transform the park into a winter wonderland.

Carowinds At day or dusk, find amusement, thrills and fun at Carowinds.

Explore Nature and Science at Discovery Place

Discovery Place is Charlotte’s science and technology museum, featuring educational events, IMAX films, live animals and entertainment. Located in downtown Charlotte, also referred to as Uptown, Discovery Place has been inspiring the residents of Charlotte and its visitors since 1946. Check out a behind-the-scenes aquarium tour at Discovery Place Science. In Discovery Place Nature, walk with your kids alongside free-flying butterflies in the butterfly pavilion, or search for planets and constellations as you stare up in awe at the night’s sky in the newly-opened planetarium.

Discovery Place Learn about glowing creatures under the sea at Discovery Place.

Learn About the Region at Levine Museum of the New South

After the American Civil War, Charlotte served as a model city representing the “New South.” The Levine Museum of the New South documents that historical period through its award-winning temporary and permanent exhibits showcasing life during and after the Civil War on the North Carolina Piedmont, which is the center of the state between the coastal plains and the mountains. The museum also hosts new and rotating exhibits reflecting on regional culture, arts and history. 

Levine Museum of the New South Take a trip back in time and learn about Charlotte’s unique history at the Levine Museum of the New South. Photo courtesy of James Willamor, Wikimedia Commons.

Drive Into the NASCAR Hall of Fame

The Southeast, and Charlotte in particular, is a popular area for motorsports and NASCAR. The NASCAR Hall of Fame honors race car drivers and their support crews who have demonstrated exceptional skills on the NASCAR circuit. The 150,000-square-foot facility is home to multiple interactive exhibits designed to educate and entertain families and visitors about auto racing. NASCAR legend Richard Petty helped unveil the first artifact at the Hall of Fame: a 1967 Plymouth Belvedere that he drove to 27 wins in the 1966-1967 racing season.

Nascar Hall of Fame The NASCAR Hall of Fame showcases and pays tribute to some of the greatest moments, players and cars in auto racing. Photo courtesy of Nick Ledford, Flickr.

Shop, Dine and Enjoy the Entertaining EpiCentre

Head into the EpiCentre — a popular shopping, dining and nightlife destination just blocks from Spectrum Center and Bank of America Stadium, where the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and the NFL’s Carolina Panthers play. Choose from nearly 40 venues in this Uptown hub and find 10 outdoor patios, 200 television screens, a five-screen cinema and a bowling alley, plus events and live concerts throughout the year.

EpiCentre Grab a snack, bowl a strike or catch a flick while exploring Charlotte’s EpiCentre. Photo courtesy of the EpiCenter.



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