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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.
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“Located in Uptown Charlotte, EPICENTRE is the Southeast’s hub for dining, entertainment, recreation, nightlife and hospitality. ”
  • 136 locals recommend
Rafting
“Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice Airstream serving hot and cold beverages.”
  • 152 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“74,000-seat football stadium, home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers & host of college teams.”
  • 85 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Carowinds is an amusement park that straddles the North Carolina-South Carolina state line, just off I-77, south of Charlotte. It's about an hour from The Lake House, and great family fun.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Museum
“Shrine to stock-car drivers past & present plus a museum with interactive exhibits & a theater.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“work up an appetitive shopping in all the high end stores of SP Mall then choose amongst several great eateries including Cheesecake Factory, Legion Brewery, Del Frisco’s, Cowfish, Bravo’s and many more!”
  • 66 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Open 24hrs. Great food and pastries, plus excellent coffee locally roasted. Best time to arrive is 5-6pm. Place becomes extremely packed at night due to proximity to UNC Campus. ”
  • 92 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“The Mint Museum Uptown houses outstanding collections of American, contemporary, and European art. The five-story, 145,000-square-foot facility combines inspiring architecture with groundbreaking exhibitions to provide visitors with unparalleled educational and cultural experiences.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Great place to spend a day for hands-on fun with kids. Just 10 minutes away!”
  • 69 locals recommend
Park
“Something that doesn't cost any money. Play soccer, volleyball, cycling, picnic, jog, walk or throw the baseball, football or frisbee. ”
  • 87 locals recommend
Basketball Stadium
“Concert venue & home of the NBA's Bobcats & the AHL's Checkers, with art exhibits & food galleries.”
  • 70 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”
  • 81 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“Best BBQ - I recommend the WellFed plate, w/ 4 meats, and the midwood chopped salad. Can't go wrong here tho. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This is Charlotte's biggest outlet mall (all outdoors). It's a great place to shop, walk around and spend some time. I highly recommend it!”
  • 33 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“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.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Entertainment
“If you’re into professional racing, the Charlotte Motor Speedway is less than a 20 min drive away. ”
  • 39 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Rafting
“Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice Airstream serving hot and cold beverages.”
  • 152 locals recommend
Bakery
“Open 24hrs. Great food and pastries, plus excellent coffee locally roasted. Best time to arrive is 5-6pm. Place becomes extremely packed at night due to proximity to UNC Campus. ”
  • 92 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”
  • 81 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. ”
  • 47 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.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Indoor public marketplace full of exciting foods, work space, and local access to downtown attractions. ”
  • 43 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. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Eclectic, local American chain serving sandwiches, hot dogs, tacos & cocktails in a casual, offbeat space. ”
  • 48 locals recommend

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