10 Fun Things You Should Do in Charlotte
Heading to North Carolina anytime soon? Here are some things that a Charlotte visitor’s bureau ad suggested you do while you’re in town.
1 » Billy Graham Library
The Billy Graham Library is a public museum and library documenting the life and ministry of Christian evangelist Billy Graham. It is located on the grounds of the international headquarters of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
2 » SCarowinds
SCarowinds is the Halloween attraction featured at Carowinds, a 407-acre amusement park that includes a 27-acre water park called Carolina Harbor. It is presented on select nights in September and October, as well as the first weekend in November. In addition to SCarowinds, Carowinds also features a winter special, WinterFest, a seasonal holiday event that features the park decorated for the Christmas season, a tree lighting, Christmas carolers, homemade crafts, and select rides.
3 » Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture
Formerly known as the Afro-American Cultural Center, the Harvey Gantt Center is named for Charlotte’s first African-American mayor and the first African-American student at Clemson University. The museum and cultural center was designed by Freelon Group Architects and is now part of the Levine Center for the Arts.
4 » Charlotte Motor Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway is the motorsports complex with quad oval track that hosts the Coca-Cola 600, the NASCAR All-Star Race, and the Bank of America Roval 400. Formerly Lowe’s Motor Speedway, the complex is considered the home track for NASCAR.
5 » Discovery Place
Discovery Place Science is a science and technology museum that provides STEM education for visitors of all ages. It features interactive exhibitions, a larger-than-life IMAX Dome Theatre and educational programs, and offers summer camps and birthday parties.
6 » Belk Theater
The Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts is a contemporary theater hosting operas, musicals, classical concerts & dance performances. Designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the center features a contemporary European horseshoe arrangement for an intimate atmosphere, a dazzling fiber optic network with multi-color capabilities, and world-class acoustics.
7 » Carolina Renaissance Festival
Plan your trip now for the Carolina Renaissance Festival, a Renaissance fair held annually on Saturdays and Sundays in October and November. The 16th-century European style art and entertainment festival combines outdoor theater, circus entertainment, arts & crafts marketplace, a jousting tournament, a feast fit for royalty, and more.
8 » U.S. National Whitewater Center
U.S. National Whitewater Center is an outdoor recreation and athletic training facility for whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking. Opened to the public on November 2006, the world’s premier outdoor facility of its type.
9 » Yadkin Valley Wines Tours
Yadkin Valley Wines Tours is the largest and most comprehensive wine tour company in North Carolina. They provide a wide variety of tours for wine enthusiasts, including featured public tours and custom tours through the Yadkin Valley.
10 » The Fillmore
Housed in a historic textile mill and themed in the tradition of the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco, the Fillmore Charlotte is the city’s largest music venue. It features the iconic music venue’s trademark decor, including red oak hardwood floors, red painted interior, and vintage posters of performances.