Charlotte is quickly growing into one of the top destinations for travelers across the country. With its many attractions and vibrant, diverse population, it’s no wonder that so many people are visiting and living in uptown Charlotte. If you are planning to visit Charlotte in the near future, here are the top “must do” things that need to be on your list.
1. U.S. National Whitewater Center
Going whitewater rafting in the middle of the city may seem impossible, but not in Charlotte. The U.S. National Whitewater Center is a 500-acre facility located in Charlotte that offers the chance to participate in a number of water-based sports, including paddle boarding, whitewater rating and kayaking. You can also go zip lining, rock climbing or biking through the many courses and trails throughout the facility.
2. Discovery Place
Families with children ages 9 and under will love discovering the many hands-on exhibits at Charlotte’s Discovery Place. While playing, children will be learning about science and history. However, you may have to remind them that they’re learning, because to most kids it simply feels like a day of play.
3. Mint Museum Uptown
If you love art, the Mint Museum in Charlotte’s Uptown district is not to be missed. Here you’ll see American and European art on display in one of Charlotte’s most trendy up-and-coming neighborhoods.
If you are looking for a place to have drinks while you visit, go to Fahrenheit. This rooftop bar gives you expansive views of Charlotte from a 21-story height, and you will love the signature drinks they serve.
5. Visit Charlotte Motor Speedway
See a NASCAR race or visit the Hall of Fame at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. You will be caught up in the energy of the race events. See what makes NASCAR part of the heritage and culture of the people of Charlotte.
6. Visit Carowinds Amusement Park
If you have adventure seekers in your group, you’ll want to spend a day at Carowinds Amusement Park. The 81-degree angle drop and 95-mile-per-hour speeds of Fury 325 are the top thrills here, but you’ll find something for just about everyone at this family-friendly location.
7. Tour the Carolina Raptor Center
Finally, if you want to see the natural side of Charlotte, head to the Carolina Raptor Center, located 14 miles northwest of the city in nearby Huntersville. This location rehabilitates some of the area’s most beautiful birds, and you can tour the outdoor nature trail to see many of them on display. Consider visiting on the weekend for a live bird presentation or educational event.
As you can see, Charlotte has something for everyone. You won’t be disappointed on your visit, so start making your plans for what you will do today!