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How to Spend 1 Day in Charlotte

How to Spend 1 Day in Charlotte

With world-class museums, a rich history, and myriad green spaces, Charlotte offers plenty of things to do and see, even in 24 hours. Here’s how to make the most of your time in the Queen City if you have just one day.

 

Morning: City Highlights

Get your bearings on a tour that takes in the top highlights of Charlotte. Step on a Segway or hop on a bike and cruise past historic Fourth Ward, Old Settlers' Cemetery, and central Uptown district, home to the Mint Museum Uptown, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and NASCAR Hall of Fame. To leave the driving to someone else, opt for an open-top bus, trolley, or golf-cart tour, some of which include comedic commentary or allow for BYOB adult beverages.

 

Afternoon: Charlotte Outdoors

See why Charlotte is also known as a city of trees. Explore the centrally located Romare Bearden Park or The Green; smell the flowers at the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens; look for wildlife at McDowell Nature Center and Preserve; or explore Freedom Park, with trails, a lake, demonstrations gardens, and the family-friendly Discovery Place Nature (formerly Charlotte Nature Museum). For a look at the past, take a tour of Historic Rosedale Plantation or Historic Latta Plantation. More active visitors gravitate to the US National Whitewater Center, which offers more than 30 land- and water-based activities.

 

Night: Live Events for All Tastes

Catch a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway or a ball game at BB&T Ballpark or Spectrum Center. If the arts are more your style, take an art gallery crawl or book tickets for a show at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center or Neighborhood Theatre. Music fans can discover up-and-coming artists in the NoDa neighborhood or see concerts by more established artists at AvidXchange Music Factory (formerly NC Music Factory) and Bojangles' Coliseum. Or join a food tour and sample North Carolina’s vinegar-based barbecue sauce, or opt for a brewery or distillery tour. For a spooky alternative, join a haunted history tour.

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Charlotte's Historical City Tour
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Charlotte's Historical City Tour

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Explore Charlotte aboard a 7-person golf cart, on this small-group tour of the area. With a local guide at the wheel, visit popular landmarks like the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Discovery Place, the Mint Museum, the Imaginon and Levine Museum of the New South, and more. Visit all of Charlotte's historical sites, as well some of the more modern, popular areas in the city. The tour concludes at a local restaurant where you can sample a popular dish (included with your tour).
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Charlotte Beyond the Grave Haunted History Walking Ghost Tour
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Charlotte Beyond the Grave Haunted History Walking Ghost Tour

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See Charlotte’s most historic and haunted places with a 1.5-hour walking tour through the Fourth Ward. Follow your experienced guide to the city’s most infamous landmarks, where locals have spotted ghosts for centuries. Hear about Charlotte’s ancient Indian trading path and revolutionary battles, and learn the secrets behind uptown’s spookiest mansions. Watch for theatrical ghosts, medical ghosts, famous ghosts and unknown ghosts as you explore Charlotte’s best preserved historical neighborhood.
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Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
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Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte

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A Segway tour of Charlotte is fun, safe and informative! Follow your knowledgeable local guide as you glide through the upbeat Uptown neighborhood. Sights on this tour include the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Mint Museum, and the Gantt Center. Choose a 1.5-hour ride, or add an extra 30 minutes to see a couple of additional sights: two historic cemeteries and the stadium home of the Carolina Panthers.
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  • 2 hours
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Charlotte City Scavenger Hunt Excursion by Operation City Quest

Charlotte City Scavenger Hunt Excursion by Operation City Quest

Operation City Quest of Charlotte allows your team to discover the city in a fun and different way. The game instructs you to find a variety of items that can be found in the downtown area. For every item you find, you'll get points. You'll also participate in exciting challenges for points as well. See how your points stack up to others on our app rankings. All our Scavenger hunts have a live remote host to help along the way. Come out and explore with us in Charlotte.
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Haunted Charlotte Ghost and Pub Walking Tour

Haunted Charlotte Ghost and Pub Walking Tour

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Combine the mystery of a haunted tour with fun of a pub crawl for a great night out. A guide will lead the group on a 2.5-hour walking tour through historic Charlotte. Stop at several bars along the way, each housed in historic buildings with their own unique ghosts and stories. Guests will have time to enjoy a delicious libation as the guide tells them all about the fascinating history of Charlotte and some of its most famous and creepy haunted stories! *Please note that due to COVID, we cannot guarantee bars will be available. All stories remain the same and we have added haunted landmarks.
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Sea Life Charlotte Concord Aquarium Admission Ticket

Sea Life Charlotte Concord Aquarium Admission Ticket

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Slip beneath the surface with tickets to the Sea Life Charlotte–Concord Aquarium, and meet the thousands of mammals, bright fish and seahorses that thrive in dozens of exhibits that recreate the ecosystems that surround North Carolina. Get a fish eye’s-view of the marine landscape as you walk through an underwater ocean tunnel. Spot all eight legs on the Giant Pacific Octopus, see a feeding frenzy and explore the slippery world of jellyfish in soaring cylindrical tanks.
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