The Queen City has a lot to offer if you want to get away on a quick trip. It’s a historic city where you can experience Carolina charm and learn what it’s like to live in the South. From festivals to unique restaurants, the culture abounds. If you’re planning a weekend trip to Charlotte, be sure to include these five things on your to-do list.
Visit a Museum
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The Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte is dedicated to American and European art, and you can participate in wine tasting tours, art classes, and more. Some of the museum’s exhibits include costumes and textiles and some collections for the kids, too. You can spend all afternoon in this unique museum. The Discovery Place is another cool museum that includes a 3D Imax movie and other interactive exhibits.
Watch a NASCAR Race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway
There’s nothing quite like watching racecars zoom around a track and listening to the thunderous roar of their engines. The Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of the best places to experience this kind of action. The speedway sees 134,000 fans each race weekend, but Memorial Day’s Coca-Cola 600 is the most packed. If there isn’t a race happening during your trip, be sure to check out the NASCAR Hall of Fame in nearby Mooresville. There’s plenty of hotels in the vicinity of the raceway for your convenience.
Take a Whitewater Rafting Course at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
If your family likes outdoor adventures, Charlotte has plenty of parks and recreation to offer. One of the most popular spots is the U.S. National Whitewater Center. You could spend all day exploring the trails by foot or bike. There’s also an impressive zipline you can ride and a whitewater class in a 12 million gallon fast-flowing simulation. You can experience class II, III, and IV rapids.
Cheer on Your Favorite Team
Charlotte has become a sports mecca. Several professional teams call this city home. If you love the NBA, get tickets to a Hornets’ game. The team is owned by Michael Jordan himself. The rowdy crowd makes sure you’ll have fun. If football is more of your thing, the Carolina Panthers have a stadium in Charlotte. College sports are also alive and thriving in this city.
Have Fun at Carowinds Amusement Park
Carowinds is “the thrill capital of the Southeast.” It’s a 105-acre amusement park that will please any adrenaline junkie. One of the most famous rides is the Fury 325. You ascend 325 feet in the air and then drop at 95 miles per hour. It’s a long track and you’ll feel like you’re flying in a jet.
We hope these ideas will help you enjoy every second of your trip to Charlotte. If you’re spending more than a weekend in Charlotte or you have some extra time, you could also stop by the Historic Rosedale Plantation or walk around Southpark Mall. Charlotte is a fun place to visit with plenty of activities to keep you busy.