Welcome to Charlotte NC! The “Queen City” is constantly evolving and catering to many tastes. Charlotte wears many hats! Thriving Business Center? Check. Cutting edge restaurants and tasteful, contemporary shopping center? Check. Lots to do and see no matter the age? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Charlotte is all that and more!. Appreciation for History, living in the Present with an eye to the future! That’s what Charlotte is all about!
Nothing worse than going on vacation and the kids never look up from their iPhones! One thing about Charlotte is that it is family friendly! Whether it’s educational or thrills and chills, Charlotte has lots to keep the kids interested and busy! Local favorites include the interactive science museum Discovery Palace which comes complete with a way-cool IMAX Theatre. The Joe & Joan Martin Center is kind of part library, part theater and all fun. Feeding the animals never goes out of style at the Lazy 5 Ranch! Kids can enjoy the outdoors and their own private safari as well. And if the kids are in search of something a little more high-speed, then look no further that the US National Whitewater Center where future Olympic champions train.
Charlotte's Art and Culture scene reads like a menu! Visitors can experience opera, ballet, theater, fine art, architecture, cultural festivals and more. From marquees touting the latest Broadway smash hit at NC’s Blumenthal Performing Arts Center to the sounds of jazz drifting out of the corner martini bar, variety is key to the city's sophistication
There’s a triad of locations to check out for art, history and more. The Mint Museum Uptown, Bechtel Museum of Modern Art and the Mint Museum Randolph will not only guide you through ever-changing exhibits but also feature some of the world's finest collections. And don’t forget the Levine Museum of the New South which showcases fascinating collections of post-Civil War Southern history.
Shop Til You Drop
The shopping hub of Charlotte offers up some of the best designer labels this side of Manhattan. Shop at high-end boutiques peppered with designer labels to numerous to mention or check out local shopping destinations that offer unique finds for fashion, home décor and more. Charlotte has a variety of shops devoted to antiques, jewelry, accessories, art, gifts and a range of specialty stores. Some shopping areas such as Blakeney and Morrison have open-air, Main Street-style layouts.
When the Sun Goes Down
Things heat up after the sun goes down because there’s plenty of Charlotte nightlife to go around. Hit up Center City's nightlife scene at the NC Music Factory, where you can check out bars, restaurants, pubs, clubs and live music along a signature stroll district set amid historic mill buildings. Then swing by the EpiCentre, where you can sing along to your favorite covers, sample global cuisine and cocktails, and even roll a strike at one of the most stylish bowling lounges you've ever seen. In the eclectic NoDa neighborhood, mellow out to mood music or bring your four-legged friend to a pet-friendly bar designed with dogs in mind. Meanwhile if punk, reggae, hip-hop is more to your liking, the area's variety of venues attract musical talent with satisfying sounds.
Eat and Drink
Spend a few days dining around town and you'll see that the Queen City has more than its fair share of culinary treasures. There are so many restaurants and cuisines and styles to choose from that it's literally a feast for the senses: hole-in-the-wall joints with fried pickles you'll never forget, French-inspired fine dining with panoramic views of the city below, serious soul food that redefines tender and juicy, global cuisine that brings the world to your plate and “farm-to-fork” fare that's fresher than you can imagine. In short, there's a whole lot to savor.
And Who Can Forget NASCAR
You’ll find the roar of the crowd and the roar of fast cars at Charlotte motor Speedway, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race, Coca-Cola 600 and Bank of America 500. Speed-seeking race fans can sign up for the NASACAR racing Experience, where you can go 160 mph in race cars that have been driven by NASCAR greats like Dale Jr. and Jeff Gordon. Kids can get a rush of adrenaline at Victory Lane Karting, which has an indoor track where you can reach 45 mph.