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Things to do in Charlotte

Things to do in  Charlotte

Welcome to Charlotte

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

Top 15 attractions in Charlotte

Fourth Ward

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

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

Old Settlers’ Cemetery

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

Mint Museum of Art

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

Discovery Place Science

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

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

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

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

SEA LIFE® – Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

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


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

Levine Center for the Arts

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
Historic Rosedale Plantation

Historic Rosedale Plantation

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
Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary

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
Freedom Park

Freedom Park

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
Carolinas Aviation Museum

Carolinas Aviation Museum

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
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Recent reviews from experiences in Charlotte

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.
What a great way to see...
Catherine_A, Feb 2023
Charlotte's Ultimate Southern Charm Historical City Cart Tour
What a great way to see the city of Shhhhh-Charlotte.
Fantastic Tour!
Peggy_M, Jan 2023
Charlotte's Ultimate Southern Charm Historical City Cart Tour
We were a group of 5 women who were in Charlotte for a winter convention.
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!
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.
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.
DARLENE_O, Apr 2022
Carolina History and Haunts Charlotte Historical Ghost Walking Tour
We would recommend this tour to visitors and every one in Charlotte
John is a great...
Brook_M, Mar 2022
Queen City Ghosts Charlotte Most Haunted Tour
A fun way to see Charlotte.
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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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What is Charlotte known for?

Charlotte is the most populous city in North Carolina and is known for NASCAR, sports teams, museums, and a vibrant financial center. Though large, Charlotte has the relaxed charm of a sprawling town, with tree-lined boulevards, beautiful historic buildings, abundant green space, and an energetic uptown.

Is there anything to do in Charlotte, NC?

Yes. Charlotte has an abundance of art museums, sports venues, concert venues, performing arts centers, bars, and eclectic restaurants. As a bustling center for the finance industry and a college town, the city offers plenty of activities for people of all ages and interests.

How do I spend a day in Charlotte, NC?

Take time to explore Charlotte’s historic Fourth Ward, a 19th-century neighborhood with restored Victorian-era mansions and boutiques. This neighborhood contains the Old Settlers’ Cemetery, where many of Charlotte’s early settlers are buried. Visit the expansive Freedom Park, located between the Dilworth and Myers Park neighborhoods, and spend some time uptown at Charlotte’s notable museums.

What is the number one tourist attraction in North Carolina?

One of Charlotte’s most popular tourist attractions is the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Other top attractions include the Billy Graham Library, historic Fourth Ward neighborhood, Mint Museum of Art, Freedom Park, and Bank of America Stadium, which is the home of the Carolina Panthers football team.

Is downtown Charlotte worth visiting?

Yes. Known locally as Uptown, Charlotte’s downtown boasts world-class museums like the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Mint Museum of Art, and Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. Uptown has many restaurants and cafes, and its compact size makes it easy to navigate.

What activities are popular in Charlotte, NC?

Popular activities include going to a football game or a NASCAR race, visiting a museum, going on a pub crawl, stopping by the aquarium, exploring historic neighborhoods, and enjoying the many biking and walking paths in Freedom Park.


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