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Welcome to Charlotte

From adrenaline-filled roller coasters to historic botanical gardens, the Queen City’s got something for everyone.

Top 10 attractions in Charlotte

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Mint Museum of Art

Mint Museum of Art

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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
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Bank of America Stadium

Bank of America Stadium

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Opened in 1996, Bank of America Stadium is home to the Carolina Panthers football team. The stadium is located in uptown Charlotte and was specially designed for football. The open-air, natural grass stadium has 73,778 seats. During a 2014 renovation, high-definition video boards were added above each end zone, along with a high-efficiency, high-octave sound system.In addition to the actual playing field, Bank of America Stadium is also home to the Carolina Panthers’ headquarters, training facilities, practice fields and administrative offices.More
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SEA LIFE® – Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

SEA LIFE® – Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

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Located inside the Concord Mills Mall, theSEA LIFE®– Charlotte-Concord Aquarium features over 5,000 underwater creatures, including clown fish, jellyfish, green moray eels, sea horses, octopus, triggerfish, southern stingrays, and a variety of different sharks.The sea creatures at SEA LIFE – Charlotte-Concord Aquarium are divided into over 20 themed exhibits reflecting the natural surroundings in North Carolina. There is an interactive quiz trail you can follow, and a 180-degree ocean tunnel where you can walk by fish and sharks swimming overhead. If you’re traveling with young ones, they’ll enjoy the children’s soft play area. Kids can also check out the interactive touch pool with sea urchins, sea anemones, and horseshoe crabs.Don’t miss the interactive demonstrations and feedings that take place throughout the day. You’ll also learn more about the aquarium’s conservation efforts, including breeding programs for endangered animals.More
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Discovery Place Science

Discovery Place Science

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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
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Fourth Ward

Fourth Ward

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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
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Carowinds

Carowinds

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Straddling the border between North and South Carolina the Carowinds theme park south of Charlotte fuses southern charm and fast-paced thrill rides. The nearly 400-acre lot houses more than 60 rides and is divided into eight Carolina-themed sections including the (new for 2016) Carolina Harbor, one of the largest waterparks in the region with a wave pool, a lazy river that crosses the state line that bisects the park, kiddie pools and numerous slides and water rides.A looped path takes visitors past Planet Snoopy’s little kids’ rides, the massive Intimidator coaster inspired by southern race car drivers, the Dinosaurs Alive park – a forest filled with more than 30 animatronic ancient beasts – a 3D theater that hosts regular battles between zombies and plants, traditional fair rides, the inverting stand-up coaster called the Vortex and other thrill rides including the new Fury 325 coaster. The Fury 325 coaster soars 325 feet off the ground before dropping down at speeds of 95 miles per hour; it was the tallest giga-coaster in the world when it was unveiled in 2015.Under the Cedar Fair umbrella that also owns Cedar Point, Carowinds is a well-oiled machine that shares many features with the other parks in its brand. Expect the sounds of carnival music, shrieking children and southern summer heat while waiting your turn in the regularly long lines.More
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Historic Rosedale Plantation

Historic Rosedale Plantation

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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
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The Green

The Green

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This one-and-a-half acre park is a well-known landmark in Uptown Charlotte. The Green has an artsy flair, with colorful sculptures and fountains, and there are numerous options alongside the park to grab a bite to eat, while the park itself has all the makings for a nice picnic. It’s a frequent lunch spot for employees who work nearby and plays host to the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival every summer.More
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Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

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The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is one of four distinct components of Charlotte’s Levine Center for the Arts. The Bechtler collection includes more than 1,400 works by 20th-century modern artists including Picasso, Calder and Warhol. Visitors should set aside an afternoon to enjoy the Museum in its entirety. A free audio guide and museum map can be picked up at the visitor services desk. The Bechtler also has special materials available for visiting families.More
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Levine Center for the Arts

Levine Center for the Arts

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Charlotte’s Levine Center for the Arts is actually comprised of four unique locations, including the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the John S. and James L. Knight Theater and the Mint Museum Uptown. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art boasts a collection of more than 1,400 works by 20th-century modern artists.The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture highlights the contributions of Africans and African-Americans to American culture. It is also home to the John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, one of the country’s most comprehensive collections.The 1,150-seat James L. Knight Theater hosts touring Broadway productions, concert artists and symphony and opera productions, while the Mint Museum Uptown features collections of American, European and contemporary art along with the Mint Museum of Craft + Design.More

Top activities in Charlotte

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Recent reviews from experiences in Charlotte

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A must when you visit Charlotte!!
Julie_H, Dec 2021
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Great way to see the sights of Charlotte!
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Great tour
Dave_S, Nov 2021
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Guide very informative and knowledgeable and it was a nice way to see Charlotte.
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Elizabeth did a great job...
Jeanine_M, Aug 2021
Charlotte Beyond the Grave Haunted History Walking Ghost Tour
We learned so much about Charlotte and got great ideas of places to visit on our next trip!
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Super Fun
Eva_K, Aug 2021
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
Was sorry to see your end.
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Would do it again!
Jennifer_W, Jun 2021
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, the Segway was enjoyable, and it was an easy way to see the beautiful city of Charlotte.
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Fabulous Uptown Tour!
Leni_C, Aug 2021
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
It honestly was shocking to see how CLEAN Uptown is, way to go Charlotte!!
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Great History Tour as well as a Ghost Tour
Gina_G, May 2021
Charlotte Beyond the Grave Haunted History Walking Ghost Tour
I recommend this tour to visitors and residents alike!
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A great experience
Anne_C, Jul 2021
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Great way to see Charlotte
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It was a little chilly but the...
Cherry W, Jan 2017
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
It was a little chilly but the Segway were fun to ride and getting to see around the Uptown Charlotte area was perfect!
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24 hrs in Charlotte
stacy176, Aug 2019
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Great way to see Charlotte.
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This is an awesome way to explore...
Fredricka V, Aug 2016
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
I've recommended this outing to people I know that plan to visit Charlotte, as well as people who live there already.
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First Time Visiting Charlotte!
Amy_M, Jul 2019
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Very Personable, Knowledgeable, and fun way for us to learn what we wanted to see and do during our brief 1 day visit to Charlotte.
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Fun way to see downtown Charlotte...
Maureen P, Aug 2016
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
Fun way to see downtown Charlotte and learn about both the history of the city and it's neighborhoods, and what is being planned for the city.
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Best Tour and Time Possible
Robert_L, Apr 2019
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
What a great and personal way to see and learn about Charlotte!
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A very good way to see and get...
Robert Diamond, Oct 2015
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
A very good way to see and get familiar with the Downtown Charlotte area.
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This tour was a great way to see the...
Alicia C, Mar 2015
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
This tour was a great way to see the city of Charlotte.
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This is the best way to see the...
Eric B, Apr 2015
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
This is the best way to see the beautiful city of Charlotte.
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Great Tour
Adrienne_B, Jun 2021
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
He gave us great recommendations for food and things to do!
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Fun Segway tour of Charlotte! No experience with a Segway required!
Marcia_M, Jul 2021
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
Best way to see Charlotte and learn something as well!!
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Wonderful way to see Charlotte! Fun...
Sandra R B, Oct 2017
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Wonderful way to see Charlotte!

All about Charlotte

When to visit

Summer reigns in Charlotte, always popular with active types for the US National Whitewater Center, a rec facility dedicated to outdoor sports, live music, and brews. The season starts with the Taste of Charlotte—the city’s biggest food festival—and comes out in full swing during mid-August for Charlotte Pride. Motorsport season runs from April to November at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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