Things to do in Charlotte

Things to do in  Charlotte

Top 15 attractions in Charlotte

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 next to the First Presbyterian Church, the Old Settlers’ Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Charlotte and one of the oldest in North Carolina. The cemetery operated between 1774 and 1878 and is the final burial place of many of Charlotte’s early settlers and prominent families.More

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

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

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

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
US National Whitewater Center

US National Whitewater Center

Located in Charlotte, the US National Whitewater Center is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream playground. In addition to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river, the outdoor recreation mega-complex offers hiking and biking trails, a rock climbing wall, ropes course, ziplining, and more. It’s also a popular spot for outdoor festivals.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


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

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
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
Levine Center for the Arts

Levine Center for the Arts

Located in the heart of Uptown, the Levine Center for the Arts is the premier arts and culture destination in Charlotte. The center comprises three museums and a performing arts center: the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture, Mint Museum Uptown, and Knight Theater.More
Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR)

Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR)

Satisfy your need for speed at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, “America’s Home for Racing.” Located just outside of Charlotte, the speedway is home to some of NASCAR’s biggest races, along with a full schedule of other races and events. The speedway also offers behind-the-scenes tours and racing experiences for fans.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

Top activities in Charlotte

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All about Charlotte

When to visit

Summer may be the most popular time to visit Charlotte, North Carolina, but high temperatures and humidity, along with big crowds and lines, makes it difficult to take full advantage of its many things to do. Spring and fall are actually better times to visit, offering more pleasant temperatures, plenty of festivals and outdoor activities, and better prices. In spring, you’ll see beautiful wildflowers, while fall offers views of colorful foliage in the nearby mountains and towns.

Getting around

Charlotte has a public transportation network that spans CAT buses and light rail. The LYNX light rail works especially well for exploring Uptown and its surrounding neighborhoods and includes a free streetcar near the historic West End neighborhood. Bike shares are plentiful and ideal for traveling shorter distances. Taxis and rideshares also are available. To explore further afield, renting a car may be the best option.

Traveler tips

Visitors with an interest in art and culture should pay a visit to the Levine Center for the Arts. Located in the heart of Uptown, it includes the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture, and Mint Museum Uptown. Offering a great value, the Levine Center for the Arts Pass grants access to all three museums (and the Randolph branch of the Mint Museum) for two days.

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People Also Ask

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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