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Things to do in Charlotte

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Rafting
“This is a must-see here in Charlotte if you love adventure and outdoor activities. A short 30 min drive you can buy a day pass and enjoy all they have to offer. Activities to enjoy are white water rafting, white water, and flatwater kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and zip lines. There are also special events and restaurants on the premises. ”
  • 163 locals recommend
Hotel
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“ If you're looking for the night life scene in the city, The Epicentre is a great place to start. With clubs, bars, and places to eat when you're tired of all the dancing!”
  • 138 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“Home of the Carolina Panthers, this stadium host the premier football team, if you are able to catch a game this is a can't miss”
  • 90 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Kids, and teens will have a blast. Part of Cedar Fair, so if you have a season pass to their other parks, you may get in for free;)”
  • 96 locals recommend
Museum
“The NASCAR Hall of Fame, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, honors drivers who have shown exceptional skill at NASCAR driving, all-time great crew chiefs and owners, broadcasters and other major contributors to competition within the sanctioning body.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Park
“Something that doesn't cost any money. Play soccer, volleyball, cycling, picnic, jog, walk or throw the baseball, football or frisbee. ”
  • 85 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“Craft and design (including glass, wood art and jewelry) and contemporary art (from paintings to sculptures to video) shine at this beautiful museum. It’s close enough to other Uptown arts venues to create a day of cultural exploration. (Purchase the $20 Levine Center for the Arts Pass, which grants you access to four of them for 48 hours.)”
  • 59 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Huge Mall with lots of shopping. This area is pretty upscale with its food and drink options.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Great place for the family to enjoy. An excellent hands on interactive museum for kids and family to enjoy. The museum has regularly rotating exhibits. ”
  • 73 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Great french pasteries...caramel chocolate brownie is a favorite! Great sandwiches, soips, & salads as well.”
  • 96 locals recommend
Basketball Stadium
“Home to the Charlotte Hornets, if you are a NBA fan, you will love the atmosphere that the city shows for there hometown team”
  • 74 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“One of my favorite restaurants in all of Charlotte, this tapas and cocktail style restaurant has incredible dining and drinking options. Try the seasonal cocktails and the pork belly/watermelon cocktails The wait time is usually long so download the No Wait App”
  • 82 locals recommend
Yoga Studio
“NoDa (short for North Davidson) is Charlotte's arts and entertainment district. There are also lots of cute bars and restaurants in the area”
  • 76 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a 36,500-square-foot museum space dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. The modern art museum is part of the new Levine Center for the Arts in Uptown. The museum building was designed by architect Mario Botta”
  • 41 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Charlotte Premium Outlets is North Carolina's newest upscale outlet center and features an impressive collection of fashion designers, luxury brands and name brand manufacturers. The 398,421 square-foot center offers 100 notable upscale outlet stores including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet, Kate Spade New York, Lucky Brand, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at savings of 25 to 65 percent every day. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“With a regular season of excellent shows you eyes will be feasted with shows that are of top quality. There are many options including the Charlotte symphony. ”
  • 41 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Rafting
“This is a must-see here in Charlotte if you love adventure and outdoor activities. A short 30 min drive you can buy a day pass and enjoy all they have to offer. Activities to enjoy are white water rafting, white water, and flatwater kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and zip lines. There are also special events and restaurants on the premises. ”
  • 163 locals recommend
Bakery
“Great french pasteries...caramel chocolate brownie is a favorite! Great sandwiches, soips, & salads as well.”
  • 96 locals recommend
Gastropub
“One of my favorite restaurants in all of Charlotte, this tapas and cocktail style restaurant has incredible dining and drinking options. Try the seasonal cocktails and the pork belly/watermelon cocktails The wait time is usually long so download the No Wait App”
  • 82 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“Best BBQ - I recommend the WellFed plate, w/ 4 meats, and the midwood chopped salad. Can't go wrong here tho. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Taco Place
“Very popular local casual, eclectic Baja Mexican Cantina for Southern Californian-style tacos, burritos & margaritas. This is their flagship store that is still true to the original funky vibe of old school NoDa.”
  • 45 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“As seen on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. Must try the pimento cheese sandwich! Yum”
  • 48 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Uptown - Huge Indoor Market with lots of dining options, a bar, a coffee shop, and more! It is right next to a light rail stop so you can hop on the train to get around easy. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“The views! Food is good too! Reservations are recommended- sometimes hard to get a table. Charlotte’s go-to restaurant for special occasions. ”
  • 47 locals recommend

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