Things To Do In Charlotte On Your Next Visit
The sprawling city of Charlotte, North Carolina is a hub of activity all year-round. This bustling and vibrant place is affably known as Queen City and is home to more than two million people. In 2016, Charlotte welcomed over 27 million visitors for everything from their vibrant arts and culture scene to popular attractions such as the famous NASCAR Hall Of Fame Let’s see what’s on offer in this ultimate guide to Charlotte.
Your Guide To Fun Things To Do In Charlotte
Charlotte has so much on offer for visitors to enjoy. Some of the most popular and fun things to do in Charlotte include the NASCAR Hall Of Fame, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and of course, Carowinds.
The NASCAR Hall Of Fame is the place where visitors come to learn all about this exhilarating sport. The home of all things NASCAR is open from 10 am till 6 pm daily and is located at 400 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd in Charlotte. Check out their simulator ride. This is no video game people, you can actually see what it’s like to drive a real NASCAR just like the pros. In fact, some famous NASCAR drivers have been known to use some of the fifteen simulators as practice! Talk about thrilling, even if you aren’t a NASCAR fan! Tickets cost as little as $5 for a ride, depending on the package.
Thrill-Seekers Unite At Carowinds Amusement Park
The 400-acre amusement park Carowinds is the place to strap yourself in for fun! All-day passes start from $48 online and kids from three to five years can register online to get a free Pre-K Pass. Pre-K passes allow the little ones to come as many times all season for FREE! Carowinds has something for everyone. So thrill-seekers can test their nerves on the Fury 325 giga-coaster, while chill-seekers can laze away the day at the Carolina Harbor Waterpark. Incidentally, the Fury 325 is the world’s fastest roller coaster with a 95 mph max speed.
Charlotte’s Music & Arts Scene
The ever-popular Summer Pop Series featuring the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is a major drawcard for Charlotte. Since 1983 the Summer Pop Series has been reveling listeners with their take on fan favorites from movies like Back To The Future. You don’t have to know your way around an orchestra to enjoy the show either. Tickets sell out fast and attendees are advised to come prepared. You can bring your own food and drink, beer and wine included. Don’t forget your lawn chair or comfy picnic blanket so you can relax and enjoy the show.
Art appreciators looking for a MoMA experience unlike any other should spend an evening at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. The museum hosts their Bechtler By Night gatherings every Friday. The sole purpose of the evenings is to allow their impressive artwork exhibits to be enjoyed by the whole community. With interactive activities and live music under the stars, there’s no better way to see this amazing place. Guided tours are also available by the day.
Guide On Where To Eat/Drink In Charlotte
Charlotte has a great scene for foodies and beer lovers alike. Some local favorites include Hello, Sailor and Merchant & Trade. Hello, Sailor has a laid-back vibe and serves a southern style menu. Locals love Merchant & Trade for its trendy atmosphere. They serve craft cocktails and sophisticated takes on your bar food faves.
For beer lovers, Charlotte has a lot on tap to drink in. Visit the Old Mecklenburg Brewery and linger in their eight-acre beer garden. The Old Mecklenburg Brewery are sticklers for freshness. They pride themselves on being a homegrown brew and it shows in the quality of their brews. Another tried and true Charlotte favorite is Sycamore Brewing who specialize in small-batch beer. Both of these icons are a ‘must-stop, and sample’ part of beer lovers visit Charlotte.
Your Guide On Where To Stay In Charlotte
Charlotte has many neighborhoods to explore, but if you want to stay at the heart of things, stay in Uptown. For accommodation that’s comfortable, convenient, and reasonably priced, visitors like to stay at Courtyard Charlotte City Center. The Courtyard Charlotte is within walking distance to the city center as well as the NASCAR Hall Of Fame.
If you are visiting Carowinds, and want to stay close to the park, stay at the Best Western Carowinds. This hotel is only a twenty-minute drive from the main airport (Charlotte Douglas International) and across the street from Carowinds. It’s popular with families and other travelers due to it’s proximity to the park, affordability, and quiet atmosphere.
The ever-growing popularity of Charlotte is a testimony to their visitor numbers, which are rising every year. This colorful and friendly place attracts tourists from all over the world for a good reason. With so much in the way of art, food, and fun, why not make Charlotte your next place to vacay or ‘staycay’!