YOUR Family Guide to Charlotte, North Carolina! Hundreds of THE Coolest Things to See, Do, Eat, and Drink in the Queen City!

CHARLOTTE QUIKLIST

ATTRACTIONS

GREAT FOR KIDS!

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

Discovery Place Science

Discovery Place Kids (Huntersville, NC)

NATIONAL PARKS

STATE PARKS

President James K. Polk State Historic Site (Pineville, NC)

AMUSEMENT PARKS

Carowinds (Fort Mill, SC)

Camp Snoopy at Carowinds (Fort Mill, SC)

Funtasticks Charlotte

The Speedpark at Concord Mills

Ray’s Splash Planet

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Discovery Place Science

MUSEUMS, LIBRARIES, AND HISTORIC HOMES

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

Discovery Place Science

Discovery Place Kids (Huntersville, NC)

The Charlotte Museum of History

NASCAR Hall of Fame

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

Levine Museum of the New South

Wells Fargo Museum

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Mint Museum UPTOWN

Mint Museum Randolph

Historic Rosedale Plantation

Historic Latta Plantation (Huntersville, NC)

Historic Rural Hill (Huntersville, NC)

Billy Graham Library

Mustang Owner’s Museum (Concord, NC)

HISTORIC LANDMARKS AND BUILDINGS

Seven Wonders of Charlotte Art

Truist Center / Hearst Tower

Charlotte Trail of History

PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, GREENSPACES, AND BEACHES

North Region

South Region

Central Region

The Green

Symphony Park

SPORTING VENUES AND EVENTS

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center

MiLB: Charlotte Knights at Truist Field

AHL Charlotte Checkers at Bojangle’s Coliseum

USL Championship: Charlotte Independence at Matthews Sportsplex

USL League Two: Charlotte Eagles at Matthews Sportsplex

NLL: Charlotte Hounds Field Lacrosse at American Legion Memorial Stadium (2021)

Sports Connection

Extreme Ice Center

NASCAR Hall of Fame

Charlotte Motor Speedway (Concord, NC)

NASCAR Racing Experience (Concord, NC)

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND ADVENTURES

Nature Preserves with Public Amenities

Mountain Biking Parks

www.charlotte​mtnbike.com (local races)

www.dirtdivas.net (women’s mountain bike club)

www.tarheeltrailblazers.com (club)​

www.usnwc.org (US National Whitewater Center, over 20 miles of trail)​

Hornet’s Nest BMX Park

Fishing

Paddling

Canoeing, Kayaking, and SUP’ing

Horseback Riding

Geocaching & Letterboxing

Lake Norman Community Sailing (Huntersville, NC)

Mecklenburg County Greenways

Mountain Island Lake

Lake Wylie

U.S. National Whitewater Center

Copperhead Island

Canaan Zip Line Canopy Tours (Rock Hill, SC)

Seven Oaks Preserve Trail (Belmont, NC)

Rocky River Golf Club at Concord (Concord, NC)

ZOOS AND ANIMAL EXPERIENCES

Lazy 5 Ranch (Mooresville, NC)

Carolina Raptor Center (Huntersville, NC)

SEA LIFE Centre Charlotte (Concord, NC)

BOTANICAL GARDENS AND NATURE CENTERS

Discovery Place Nature

Wing Haven

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

Mecklenburg County Wildlife Checklists

Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve

Latta Nature Center and Preserve

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

Stevens Creek Nature Center and Preserve

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens (Belmont, NC)

PERFORMING ARTS

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

Mint Museum UPTOWN

Charlotte Symphony

Bank of America Stadium

Spectrum Center

Truist Field

Bojangles Entertainment Complex

CREATIVE AND CONTEMPORARY ARTS

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCES

University of North Carolina Charlotte

UNC Charlotte 49’ers Athletics

FACTORY TOURS, PRODUCT EXPERIENCES, AND TASTINGS

The NASCAR Experience

AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCES

Reedy Creek Community Garden

SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS

Concord Mills

INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT

Sports Connection

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Big Air Trampoline Park

Kate’s Skating Rink

RELIGIOUS SITES, SHRINES, AND MONUMENTS

Billy Graham Library

Hindu Center of Charlotte

Elevation Church (Matthews, NC)

St. Peter Catholic Church

HISTORIC MEMORIALS AND CEMETERIES

GROWN UP FUN!

Latta Nature Preserve Segway Adventures

Ritual Coffee, Tea & Oddities

SPECIAL EVENTS!

Festival of India

Charlotte Motor Speedway – Speedway Christmas

Cars and Coffee Concord at Charlotte Motor Speedway

OTHER GREAT IDEAS!

CharlottesGotaLot.com

CLT Airport Overlook

Cities in Mecklenburg County

McDowell Nature Preserve Campground

Central Carolinas Biodiversity Trail

Greenways & Trails in Cornelius, NC

Greenways & Trails in Davidson, NC

Greenways & Trails in Huntersville, NC

Greenways & Trails in Matthews, NC


SHOPPING

Butteroni’s Emporium and Fairy Forest

Rhino Market

Reid’s for Fine Foods

7th Street Public Market

Earl’s Grocery Urban Provisions


DINING

(More Ideas Coming Soon!)

LOCAL FLAVOR

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OTHER GREAT IDEAS

Banh Mi and Tea Company

Sizzlewich

Crunch Bistro *

Roots Cafe

Toucan Louie’s Cafe *

Deli St Bakery & Cafe *

Rhino Market

The Suffolk Punch

Stable Hand

Pret

Lincoln’s Haberdashery

Green Leaf’s (Concord, NC)

FRUITS, JUICES, BOWLS, & SHAKES

Spoons **

Rico’s Acai

Clean Juice

Green Brothers Juice

The Lights Juicery & Cafe

JuiceBox Charlotte **

Juice Bar

Grabbagreen

Nekter Juice Bar

The Smooth Monkey

Frutta Bowls

Living Kitchen

Juicin’ at Harris Teeter

Jamba Juice

Planet Smoothie

Maui Acai (Fort Mill, SC)

VEGAN & VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY

Bean Vegan Cuisine

Living Kitchen **

Oh My Soul

Veltree Vegan Soul

Undercurrent

EastSide Local Ethical Vegan Cuisine

COFFEE SHOPS

Oh My Soul **

HEX Coffee

Parliament Espresso & Coffee Bar

Queen City Grounds

Enderly Coffee Company

The Hobbyist **

Moka Cafe Espresso and Brewed Coffee Bar **

Undercurrent Coffee *

Barista Craft *

Amelie’s A French Bakery & Cafe *

Coco and the Director

Waterbean Coffee

CupLux Coffee

Crema Espresso Bar and Café

Smelly Cat Coffee Roasters

Mugs of Charlotte

Mugshots

RUSH by Rush Espresso

Julia’s Cafe & Books

Coffee Cone Cafe

Not Just Coffee

Cynthia’s Coffee Cup

Calvine’s Gourmet Coffee

Queens Coffee Bar

Toucan Louie’s Cafe & Roastery

Mac Tabby Cat Cafe

The Suffolk Punch

Pure Intentions Coffee

Caribou Coffee

The Grounds Cafe & Bookstore

The Giddy Goat Coffee Roasters

Mister Chang’s Coffee House

Ritual Coffee, Tea & Oddities **

Nespresso Cafe

Nordstrom E Bar

The Percantile & Creamery (Concord, NC)

GoodCup Coffee Co (Matthews, NC) **

Brakeman’s Coffee & Supply (Matthews, NC)

Dilworth Coffee at Plantation Market (Matthews, NC)

Unwind Tea & Coffee (Pineville, NC)

Catwaba Coffee Co (Mount Holly, NC)

Java’s Brewing, Bakery & Cafe (Waxhaw, NC)

The Coffeehouse @ Mint Hill Roasting Company (Mint Hill, NC)

Rocky River Coffee Co (Harrisburg, NC)

Floyd & Blackie’s (Cramerton, NC)

Boco Coffee Roasters (Fort Mill, SC)

BUBBLE TEA

Milk Cha Cha **

Binki Cafe **

Tea Fusion Cafe **

QC Tea Bar **

Quickly Bubble Tea *

Banh Mi and Tea Company *

Sharetea

Kung Fu Tea

Around the World Cafe

Gong Cha

Central Tea House

MiGuo Bubble Tea

SWEET TREATS

Amelie’s A French Bakery & Cafe *

Suárez Bakery *

Bar Cocoa **

Cast Iron Waffles **

Nova’s Bakery & Coffee Shop

Cosmic Cookie Bakery

Sunflour Baking Company

Nestle Toll House Cafe

Duck Donuts

Java’s Brewing, Bakery & Cafe (Waxhaw, NC)

Baked Well (Matthews, NC)

Bananas (Concord, NC)

The Percantile & Creamery (Concord, NC)


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