The Queen City
One thing that is particularly unique about the city is its racing culture. Check out the Charlotte Motor Speedway when NASCAR is hosting an event, or you can stop in for a tour on off-days. To learn more about racing, you can also visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Curb Motorsports Museum. If you’re after a thrill yourself, you can visit Carowinds, the local theme park, and a ride a few roller coasters.
Culture and history are important to keep in mind as you tour the city, and there is plenty to see in this category. Museums worth visiting include the Museum of History, the Carolinas Aviation Museum, the Culture and Heritage Museum, and the Nature Museum, among many others.
Visual arts are prevalent throughout the city as well. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the McColl Center for Art and Innovation, and the Mint Museums offer rotating arts exhibits, and there are dozens of small art galleries throughout the city where you can view local artwork as well as purchase a high-end souvenir.
Other fun attractions hosted in the city include the Carolina Raptor Center, the Lazy 5 Ranch, and the North Carolina Zoo.
Sports and Outdoors
In addition to several local sports teams such as the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Hornets, the Queen City offers plenty of opportunity for its visitors to get out and be active themselves.
Golf is an extremely popular sport here, and there are over two dozen different courses to choose from. If you like sailing and fishing, several yacht charters and boat rentals will help you to get out on the water. There is also numerous local parks and playgrounds, and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, the McDowell Nature Center and Preserve. If you’re one who is extra adventurous, the US National Whitewater Center is located here.
The Queen City has quite a few annual events posted to its calendar, which means no matter the season you’re visiting, you can likely find one festival or another to attend. In addition to this, there are always new happenings popping up, be it a gallery opening or a last minute open mic night. Some visitors plan their entire vacation around an event, such as the Heroes Convention, which is the largest comic book convention in the United States, and is held in June of each year.
If you’re visiting in the winter, the Southern Christmas Show and EclecFest (a cultural festival and flea market) are very popular. In the spring there are dozens upon dozens of events, but the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show and the Art and Soul of South End Festival are at the heart of it all. Over the summer months, everything takes place outdoors, like Charlotte Pride and the Taste of Charlotte. Finally, in the fall, you’ll be able to experience a unique Halloween event called Scarowinds as well as the Carolina Renaissance Festival.
Performing arts are an important part of Charlotte’s local culture, and sitting in on a performance is a great way to spend an evening on the town. Options include the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra, the Ballet, the Booth Playhouse, and the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.
When you just want to let loose, the local club scene promotes regional musicians and DJs for you to experience, you can catch a movie or go bowling, or you can just enjoy the local restaurant and bar scene.
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