Whether you’re a Charlotte visitor or a Queen City native putting together your hometown bucket list, make experiencing the best of Charlotte your priority. After all, Charlotte has much to offer, from family friendly activities to arts and culture excursions to some of the southeast’s best restaurants and more.
Put these Charlotte NC attractions at the top of your must see list.
Arts, Culture, & Science
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Get up close and personal with some of the twentieth century’s most influential art pieces at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Drink in masterpieces from artists like Picasso, Warhol, Miro, and others.
Explore the five stories of Mint Museum Uptown. Drink in one-of-a-kind architecture and peruse the museum’s nationally renown craft and design exhibitions.
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture is your destination to celebrate and learn about African and African-American contributions to American culture. Time your visit to coincide with one of the Center’s near-constant programs and events.
Levine Museum of the New South
Explore the South’s economic and cultural transformation since the Civil War at the Levine Museum of the New South.
Interactive exhibits, lab spaces, and live shows make Discovery Place a top activity to do with kids. It’s a top attraction for families, especially those with curious kids.
Sports and Recreation
You don’t have to be a NASCAR fan to have a good time at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Watching racecars zip passed at breakneck speed is an heart-pumping experience unlike any other.
But, if you are a NASCAR fan, then a visit to the Nascar Hall of Fame in uptown is a must-do.
Are you a football fan? Then catch a Carolina Panthers football game. Find this Super Bowl-winning team at Bank of America Stadium, at the edge of the city’s skyscrapers.
If the Panthers aren’t in season, then it’s likely minor league baseball team the Charlotte Knights are in season. Enjoy a summertime game in the newly built BB&T Ballpark right in the heart of Charlotte.
United States National Whitewater Center
Carve out a day to spend at the United States National Whitewater Center. Used as a training ground for Olympians, the USNWC is state of the art. However, it’s also family-friendly and designed to give visitors of all ages and experience levels the best pseudo-outdoor adventures one day can hold, including rock climbing, whitewater rafting, ziplining, and more.
Take a picnic to Freedom Park, one of Charlotte’s many parks, for a low cost date night or family outing. Nestled among Charlotte’s most beautiful neighborhoods, Freedom Park offers almost 100 acres of nature trails, playgrounds, lawns, and athletic fields centered around a peaceful pond. Plus, this activity is dog-friendly and outdoors!
Food and Beverage
See Charlotte’s stunning skyline from one of the city’s snazzy rooftop bars. You can’t go wrong with Fahrenheit, Merchant & Trade, or City Lights Rooftop.
Charlotte rivals Asheville in the number and quality of its craft breweries. Hop aboard the Charlotte Brews Cruise bus for a legendary brewery tour to sip, laugh, and learn.
Walking food tours
Join one of FEAST Charlotte’s walking food tours to sample some of the tastes, history, and culture of this emerging foodie destination. FEAST has a number of tours to choose from, varying by neighborhood and flavors.