Activities - Charlotte

The list of attractions and things to do in Charlotte is almost endless, so we’ve picked a few of our favorites to share with you here. To see more, go to


U.S. National Whitewater Center

The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is the world’s premier outdoor recreation and environmental education center. Alongside mountain-biking and running trails, a climbing center, and challenge course, the park’s unique feature is a multiple-channel, customized whitewater river for rafting and canoe/kayak enthusiasts of all abilities.

Billy Graham Library

The Billy Graham Library is an innovative, family friendly facility where visitors can experience state-of-the-art exhibits, multimedia displays and films, all designed to appeal to casual visitors, spiritual seeks, researchers, historians and schoolchildren. The complex includes the Graham family home place, a bookstore and dairy bar.

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

Experience the best of Broadway musicals with the NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s Stanford Broadway Lights Series. Among recent productions are Doubt, Sweet Charity and Disney’s The Lion King.

Mint Museum of Art

Once the location of the first branch of the United States Mint, the Mint Museum of Art is a rich and diverse resource with noted collections of American and pre-Columbian art, American and European ceramics and contemporary art and photography.

Discovery Place

Join the half-million people from all over the United States who visit Discovery Place. Walk through the world’s largest eyeball. Go deep into the heart of a tropical rain forest. Discovery place is an ever-changing, ever-growing, cutting edge science center.

NFL Carolina Panthers

Catch the Carolina Panthers as they compete at Bank of America Stadium against teams such as the Dallas Cowboys and the Indianapolis Colts.

NBA Charlotte Hornets

Don’t miss the excitement of the Charlotte Hornets as they host the NBA’s brightest stars.

Charlotte Knights

Enjoy America’s favorite pastime at BB&T Ballpark in the center of Uptown Charlotte, as the Knights compete with the best teams of AAA minor-league baseball.

Lowe’s Motor Speedway

Experience a behind-the-scenes look at NASCAR with Lowe’s Motor Speedway’s Over the Wall Tour at the home of races including the Coca-Cola 600, the Bank of America 500, and the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge.

Carolina Raptor Center

The center is dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey through public education and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors. Tour the Carolina Raptor Center’s bird hospital and get a sneak peak at what happens behind the scenes from the patients’ initial exam to strengthening their wings in outdoor flight cages.

Lazy 5 Ranch

The Lazy 5 Ranch is a privately owned exotic animal drive through park that offers a 3.5- mile safari through the gently sloping pasturelands of Piedmont, North Carolina. While visiting, you will have the opportunity to view more than 750 animals from six continents.

Queen’s Landing

Board the Catawba Queen, a replica of a Mississippi River paddle wheeler or the Lady of the Lake at Queen’s Landing to watch a romantic sunset or enjoy a dinner cruise on Lake Norman. Got a boat of your own? Tie up at the floating dock and cool off with an ice-cold beverage.


On more than 108 acres, Carowinds offers guests the most hair-raising rides, the wettest water park, the most sizzling stage shows and tons of other cool entertainment for the entire family. Ride, spin, twirl and hug the day away with your favorite characters from Nickelodeon TV shows.

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