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From adrenaline-filled roller coasters to historic botanical gardens, the Queen City’s got something for everyone.

Top 15 attractions in Charlotte

Fourth Ward

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Victorian mansions line the shady streets of Charlotte’s historic Fourth Ward, among the city’s most prosperous neighborhoods during the mid-19th century. Today, it remains one of the most charming, with shopping boutiques and restaurants filling out many of the lovingly restored homes.More

Bank of America Stadium

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Located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, the Bank of America Stadium is home to the Carolina Panthers football team. Opened in 1996, the open-air, natural grass stadium was designed specifically for football. In addition to football games, the stadium also hosts concerts and other big events year-round.More

Mint Museum of Art

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The Mint Museum is the oldest art museum in North Carolina, and houses one of the largest collections in the Southeast, with more than 35,000 objects. Explore its permanent collection spanning Ancient American, Native American, American, European, and Contemporary art at its two branches: Mint Museum Randolph and Mint Museum Uptown.More

Old Settlers’ Cemetery

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Located in Charlotte’s Fourth Ward neighborhood, Old Settlers’ Cemetery is where many of the area’s first settlers are buried. It was the first cemetery owned and operated by the City of Charlotte, and its gravestones and monuments carry dates from 1776 (the year the Declaration of Independence was signed) to 1884. It’s a great American site in Charlotte for visiting history buffs.More

Discovery Place Science

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Located in Uptown Charlotte, Discovery Place Science is one of the most popular hands-on science centers in the region. The museum brings science, technology, math, and nature to life through fun and educational interactive exhibits, activities, and programs. It also features the largest IMAX screen in the Carolinas.More

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture

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Celebrate African and African-American culture at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture. In addition to a permanent collection of inspiring works by notable African-American artists, the center also offers a diverse cultural program of music, dance, and theater performances, film screenings, lecures, and workshops.More

The Green

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Spanning just 1.5 acres (0.6 hectares, the Green is a pocket-sized, literary-themed park in Uptown Charlotte. A lovely little oasis in the heart of the Second Ward, the Green features lush landscaping, grassy areas, shady paths, benches, fountains, and whimsical sculptures. It is popular with locals and visitors alike.More

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

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Located in Uptown Charlotte, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is part of the Levine Center for the Arts. The museum is small, but houses an impressive collection of more than 1,400 pieces by some of the most influential artists of the mid-20th century. See works by artists such as Picasso, Calder, Miró, Giacometti, and Warhol.More
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Carowinds

Carowinds

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Enjoy a day of thrilling rides and fun at Carowinds, the only amusement park to straddle two states. Sitting across the border in both North and South Carolina, Carowinds features more than 60 rides and attractions, including the largest water park in the region, making it an ideal destination for families and thrill seekers alike.More

SEA LIFE® – Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

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Take a fascinating, underwater journey from the rivers of North Carolina to the depths of the ocean at SEA LIFE® Charlotte-Concord Aquarium. Located inside the Concord Mills Mall, the aquarium features more than 5,000 resident sea creatures. Visitors can learn about marine life through feedings, talks, interactive experiences, and more.More

Levine Center for the Arts

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Charlotte’s Levine Center for the Arts is actually comprised of four unique locations, including the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the John S. and James L. Knight Theater and the Mint Museum Uptown. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art boasts a collection of more than 1,400 works by 20th-century modern artists.The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture highlights the contributions of Africans and African-Americans to American culture. It is also home to the John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, one of the country’s most comprehensive collections.The 1,150-seat James L. Knight Theater hosts touring Broadway productions, concert artists and symphony and opera productions, while the Mint Museum Uptown features collections of American, European and contemporary art along with the Mint Museum of Craft + Design.More
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Historic Rosedale Plantation

Historic Rosedale Plantation

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Built in 1815 by Archibald Frew, and located just minutes away from Uptown Charlotte, the Historic Rosedale Plantation is considered one of North Carolina’s finest examples of federal-style architecture. Explore the fully restored house and expansive grounds and gardens, and learn about life on an antebellum plantation.More
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Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary

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A nature-filled respite just a mile from Uptown Charlotte lies the quiet Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary. Designed and cared for by a married couple with a passion for ornithology, Elizabeth and Edwin O. Clarkson transformed their home and backyard into a lush and always-verdant bird sanctuary.More
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Freedom Park

Freedom Park

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Located between the historic Dilworth and Myers Park neighborhoods, Freedom Park is considered the Central Park of Charlotte. Spanning 98 acres (40 hectares), this popular park includes a 7-acre (3-hectare) lake, green spaces, walking and biking trails, sporting fields and courts, a demonstration garden, bandshell, and concessions.More
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Carolinas Aviation Museum

Carolinas Aviation Museum

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Set on the grounds of Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CDI), this may be the only attraction in Charlotte you can visit within a few minutes of retrieving your luggage. Dedicated to the history of aviation in North and South Carolina, the 50-craft collection set in a 40,000-square-foot hangar includes several military and passenger planes.You’ll also find a reproduction of the Wright Brothers original 1903 Wright Flyer, which was flown in nearby Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. You can also explore a detailed exhibit dedicated to airline captain Sully Sullenberger’s miraculous Hudson River landing of US Airways’ Flight 1549; this flight was bound for CDI when it struck a flock of geese.While here, don’t miss an opportunity to climb into the cockpit of a fighter jet or to see the S.56B, one of only two single-engine biplane flying boats in the world.Please note The Carolinas Aviation Museum is currently closed for relocation. The reopening is scheduled for 2022.More

Top activities in Charlotte

Charlotte Beyond the Grave Haunted History Walking Ghost Tour
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Trolley Pub Tour of Charlotte

Trolley Pub Tour of Charlotte

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Recent reviews from experiences in Charlotte

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Good tour for an overview of city
Tonya_W, Oct 2022
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
My husband and I took this tour to learn more about Charlotte, because we will be relocating here next Summer.
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Great tour of Uptown Charlotte
Marco_Q, Jul 2022
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Brenda, our tour guide, was phenomenal, very knowledgeable and provided good advise for places to visit especially restaurants.
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Would do it again
Allison_H, Jul 2022
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
Fun ride around Charlotte to see sites I wouldn’t have known to go.
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Great Activity
kimberleyharris68, Jul 2022
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
Only visited for the weekend but I enjoyed my time there and will be back to visit.
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Fantastic!!!
DARLENE_O, Apr 2022
Charlotte Beyond the Grave Haunted History Walking Ghost Tour
We would recommend this tour to visitors and every one in Charlotte
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John is a great...
Brook_M, Mar 2022
Queen City Ghosts of Charlotte Chilling Haunted Dark History Ghost Tour
A fun way to see Charlotte.
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So much interesting history!
Annette_N, Nov 2022
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
It really made me fall in love with this city!
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Elizabeth did a great job...
Jeanine_M, Aug 2021
Charlotte Beyond the Grave Haunted History Walking Ghost Tour
We learned so much about Charlotte and got great ideas of places to visit on our next trip!
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Plan to share the experience with others.
Catherine_M, Apr 2022
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Plan to visit some of the original restaurants.
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Great tour of Charlotte
Cheryl_M, Apr 2022
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Great experience and if you’re new to Charlotte it’s a good way to see the uptown/downtown area.
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So much fun, great way to...
vesna_p, Mar 2022
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
So much fun, great way to see charlotte.
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Tour that wasn't boring at all.
Sandra_L, Mar 2022
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Got to see Charlotte's downtown area in places we ourselves wouldn't have gone to.
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Great Intro to Charlotte
Anonymous, Mar 2022
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Interesting historical tidbits and recommendations for other places to visit or eat.
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Super Fun
Eva_K, Aug 2021
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
Was sorry to see your end.
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A must when you visit Charlotte!!
Julie_H, Dec 2021
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Great way to see the sights of Charlotte!
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Great History Tour as well as a Ghost Tour
Gina_G, May 2021
Charlotte Beyond the Grave Haunted History Walking Ghost Tour
I recommend this tour to visitors and residents alike!
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Great tour
Dave_S, Nov 2021
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Guide very informative and knowledgeable and it was a nice way to see Charlotte.
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Would do it again!
Jennifer_W, Jun 2021
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, the Segway was enjoyable, and it was an easy way to see the beautiful city of Charlotte.
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Fabulous Uptown Tour!
Leni_C, Aug 2021
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
It honestly was shocking to see how CLEAN Uptown is, way to go Charlotte!!
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It was a little chilly but the...
Cherry W, Jan 2017
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
It was a little chilly but the Segway were fun to ride and getting to see around the Uptown Charlotte area was perfect!
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All about Charlotte

When to visit

Summer reigns in Charlotte, always popular with active types for the US National Whitewater Center, a rec facility dedicated to outdoor sports, live music, and brews. The season starts with the Taste of Charlotte—the city’s biggest food festival—and comes out in full swing during mid-August for Charlotte Pride. Motorsport season runs from April to November at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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