Charlotte Attractions

Mint Museum of Art

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Named for its former status as a branch of the U.S. Mint, the Mint Museum was, when it originally opened in 1936, the first art museum in North Carolina. Having outgrown its original Federal-style ...  Read more

Carolinas Aviation Museum

Set on the grounds of Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CDI), this may be the only attraction in Charlotte you can visit within a few minutes of retrieving your luggage. Dedicated to the ...  Read more

Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR)

Built in 1959, this 2,000-acre motor racing complex features the Superspeedway, a 1 ½-mile quad track that hosts some of NASCAR’s biggest annual events; an approximately half-mile dirt track; and ...  Read more

Discovery Place

Families with small children will appreciate the interactive science and technology exhibits at Discovery Place, which includes the largest IMAX theater in the Carolinas. In a single visit, your ...  Read more

Freedom Park

About 10 minutes south of Uptown, Charlotte’s version of Central Park, the 98-acre Freedom Park, is found between two of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods, Dilworth and Myers Park. Within the ...  Read more

Historic Rosedale Plantation

Once part of a 919-acre plantation, this Dilworth neighborhood landmark was built in 1815 by Archibald Frews, a multi-tasking merchant, postmaster and tax collector. Visitors can wander the ...  Read more

The Green

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

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 ...  Read more

US National Whitewater Center

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Rating

To get your pulse racing, head 20 minutes west of Uptown to the U.S. National Whitewater Center, which offers 24 activities along the world’s largest manmade whitewater river, a series of forest ...  Read more

Charlotte Nature Museum

Set adjacent to Dilworth’s 98-acre Freedom Park, this interactive museum is owned and operated by Discovery Place.  Focusing on the plants, animals and insects of the surrounding area, the museum ...  Read more

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture

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What is now Uptown, Charlotte’s main business district, was historically known as Brooklyn, the center of the city’s black community. One of Uptown’s main attractions is now the Harvey B. Gantt ...  Read more

Independence Square

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Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Independence Square sits at the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets providing a place to take in public art, admire local architecture and people watch. ...  Read more

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

The oldest nature preserve in Mecklenburg County, the year-round McDowell Preserve offers 1,107-acres of almost entirely undeveloped forest adjacent to Lake Wylie. This local treasure preserves the ...  Read more

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

On the east campus of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, these expansive, year-round gardens consist of the McMillan Greenhouse, the Van Landingham Glen, and the Susie Harwood Garden. The ...  Read more

Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary

In the affluent Myers Park neighborhood, about one mile south of Uptown, this three-acre combination of woodland and formal gardens was opened in 1970 as a haven for birds. Hemmed in by tall brick ...  Read more

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