Places to Visit in Charlotte
Travel Bucket List for Those Who Wish to Visit Charlotte
Tucked in the Piedmont region’s rolling hills, Charlotte is a bustling metropolis which explodes with burgeoning sports and growing businesses. It is largest city in North Carolina and biggest US banking center after New York. It is the third-fastest growing major city in the United States. The city’s modern center is known as Uptown where visitors will find various major museums, dining options and shopping options as well. With celebrating the New South in its cultural scene and lively streets, Charlotte reflects its rich history in attractions such as Rosedale Plantation and Charlotte Museum of History. Below given is list of places to visit in Charlotte:
One of the favorite local amusement parks of North Carolina, Carowinds is thrill capital of the Southeast which provides plenty of things to do. With roller-coasters, family diversions, stage shows and water rides, this park is spread in 20-acre, including 34,000 square foot pool, 11 water slides and 1,000 foot long lazy river. The park also has its own water park – Boomerang Bay. Additionally, the park also have pet kennel for all those who travel with four-legged friends. The park is open from early April through October, and operating hours vary by day and by season.
- Carolinas Aviation Museum
Carolinas Aviation Museum is a place where both techno-geeks and history buffs can get their fill with exhibits about technology, history and evolution of air travel. The museum has many aircrafts on display, including replica of Wright Flyer. Additionally, there are various military crafts as well ranging from Sopwith Camel biplane to modern Grumman F-14D Super Tomcat and Douglas A-4A Skyhawk. In addition to this, Vietnam-era CH-46D Sea Knight copter and QH-50 Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter (DASH) are also on display.
- Mint Museum Uptown
Opened in 1936, Mint Museum of Art is home to wide variety of European and American art. This first art museum in North Carolina has grown into an internationally-renowned institution that features new exhibits. This is second Mint Museum location, first-Mint Museum Randolph has original branch of United States Mint. The building in Uptown has many contemporary exhibits, including traveler-approved collection of textiles and costumes. The art throughout the history are on display which includes textiles, paintings, fashion, modern art, decorative arts and crafts.
- Discovery Place
Discovery Place is Charlotte’s science museum with exhibit on scientific concepts which involves hands-on participation and best spot to visit with children. Visitors can design and conduct lab experiments, study different ecosystems and build mock structures. It also has largest IMAX screen in Carolinas which features ever-changing program of educational films. Project Build looks at properties of physics while Explore More Life Lab explores biodiversity with opportunity to participate in experiments. The KidScience section is childhood area featuring water table, soft building blocks and sound wall, plus a section designed just for toddlers.
- U.S. National Whitewater Center
U.S. National Whitewater Center is 500 acre facility which has 24 different land and water activities. It is world’s largest man-made whitewater river which offers variety of activities, including stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and whitewater rafting. The land activities include rock climbing, mountain biking and zip lining, with plenty of running trails. Visitors of age 10 and older have to pay $54; children of 9 years old or younger costs $44. Visitors can also purchase CoolSport package that includes land and flatwater activities.
- NASCAR Hall of Fame
NASCAR Hall of Fame is 150,000 square foot site which features high-tech exhibits, a 278-seat theater and racing simulators. Visitors can see historic race cars like a 1967 Chevelle, 1952 Hudson Hornet and 2008 Chevy Impala SS. Meanwhile, the exhibit provides visitors interactive view into how NASCAR team prepares for race day. Tickets for adults will cost $19.95; children (ages 5 to 12) ticket cost is $12.95. Visitors can choose to buy High Octane Combo Pack, which include everything from unlimited simulator rides to NASCAR Hall of Fame lanyard.
- Freedom Park
Boasting 100 acres, Freedom Park is refreshing escape from hustle-bustle of the city. The park has plenty of activities, including 12 tennis, volleyball and basketball courts. It is popular year-round destination; thanks to its various biking and walking paths. The park hosts various events, formal and informal concerts and performances, including Kings Drive Art Walk every April and Festival in the Park in September.