Things to Do – Yes, there is more than football!
A blend of Southern charm and cosmopolitan amenities, Charlotte offers endless possibilities. A variety of activities from cultural treasures to thrill-seeking adventure are at your fingertips. Top speeds of 160 mph in a NASCAR stock car at Charlotte Motor Speedway, taste culinary creations from the city’s best chefs, or make a splash at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. The sky’s the limit in Charlotte.
Ideas for First Timers:
- The Billy Graham Library
- Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
- Mint Museum of Art
- US National Whitewater Center
- Discovery Place
- Hendrick Motorsports Complex
- Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary
Ideas for Repeat Visitors:
- Freedom Park
- Dana Rader Golf School
- NASCAR Hall of Fame
- Levine Museum of the New South
- McDowell Nature Center and Preserve
- ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
NASCAR Hall of Fame: The 150,000 sq. ft. NASCAR Hall of Fame is the Southeast’s newest and most exciting attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain visitors no matter their age or interest level, includes a state-of-the-art High Octane Theatre, Hall of Honor, artifact displays and over 50 interactive exhibits. Race car simulators and other interactive pit-stops are a core aspect of the attraction. One-of-a-kind memorabilia include everything from Junior Johnson’s moonshine still to Bobby Allison’s band uniform to Richard Petty’s Medal of Freedom.
Levine Center for the Arts: An $880 million investment into Charlotte’s arts scene, the Levine Center for the Arts is an exciting addition to the cultural landscape and cityscape of Charlotte. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the Knight Theater, and Mint Museum Uptown are all drawing well-deserved attention for their unique collections.
U.S. National Whitewater Center: The USNWC is the world’s premier outdoor recreation and environmental education center. Alongside mountain-biking and running trails, a climbing center, an 1,100 ft Mega Zip line, flat water kayaking, eco trekking and a challenge courses, the facility’s unique feature is a multiple-channel whitewater river with class III-IV rapids for rafting and kayak enthusiasts of all abilities. The river is the largest of its kind in the world. New additions to the center include two multiple-platform canopy tour activities involving zip lines and aerial challenges.
Levine Museum of the New South: The Levine Museum of the New South documents the rich history of our region through the award-winning permanent exhibit “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers.” Visitors can relive a civil rights era sit-in at a lunch counter and try on a hat in an early Belk department store. Changing and traveling exhibits offer a real and poignant view of the American South from the end of the Civil War to today. People of all ages will find the hands-on, interactive history educational and entertaining. It is the only museum in the country concentrating exclusively on New South history.
Discovery Place: Having recently completed a $31.6 million renovation, Discovery Place, the South’s premiere hands-on science and technology center, has unveiled a bevy of new exhibits, the first of which is Cool Stuff, exploring the beauty and strangeness of physics. Launch objects into the air with electromagnetic forces, lie on a bed of nails, or crush a garbage can to get physical with physics. KidScience focuses on children under 5, and an expanded aquarium featuring a jellyfish tank will entice visitors to linger in awe.