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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
“Play, Relax, & Learn at the U.S. National Whitewater Center! Whitewater rafting, zippiness, flatware kayaking & paddle boarding, rock climbing, ropes course, mountain bike trail rides, yoga, film series on the green. There's is always something to do for all ages here!”
  • 158 locals recommend
Hotel
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“Lots of restaurant options: - Blackfinn Ameripub - Studio Movie Grill - World of Beer - Whisky River (Dale Earnhardt Jr's bar) - Howl at the Moon (Piano Bar)”
  • 134 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“Are you a Panthers fan? Bank of America Stadium is a quick 30 minute drive.”
  • 88 locals recommend
Theme Park
“A mecca of family fun, this 105-acre theme/water park features rides that thrill and live entertainment.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Museum
“The NASCAR Hall of Fame is where legends live on. Where fun lives on. Where the race lives on. Enjoy amazing artifacts, interactive exhibits, simulator rides and special events at the High Octane Theater.”
  • 77 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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“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.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Charlotte’s premier shopping destination with 150+ stores and 20+ eateries. Some of the shops include: - Louis Vuitton - Tiffany & Co - Nordstrom - Lulu Lemon - Burberry - Belk - Old Navy - Sephora - American Eagle This goes on!”
  • 64 locals recommend
Science Museum
“This hands-on science Museum in Uptown Charlotte features exciting interactive exhibitions, a larger-than-life IMAX Dome Theatre and educational programs. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Bakery
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“All the sweet treats your heart desires with great coffee drinks. Get the salted caramel brownie that made them famous!”
  • 96 locals recommend
Basketball Stadium
“Attend a concert or watch the Charlotte Hornets Basketball team! Its all within walking distance!”
  • 73 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
“A visit to Charlotte isn't complete without some time at NoDa, the Queen City's historic arts and entertainment District. NoDa has everything, from artists and musicians to craft beers, delightful arrays of food and local art. Don't miss it!”
  • 69 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Beautiful collection of 20th century masterpieces, including works by Warhol, Miro, and Picasso. The current collection is "Framing It." ”
  • 38 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
“State of the art theater with wonderful plays and musicals in beautiful uptown Charlotte.”
  • 40 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Rafting
“Play, Relax, & Learn at the U.S. National Whitewater Center! Whitewater rafting, zippiness, flatware kayaking & paddle boarding, rock climbing, ropes course, mountain bike trail rides, yoga, film series on the green. There's is always something to do for all ages here!”
  • 158 locals recommend
Bakery
“All the sweet treats your heart desires with great coffee drinks. Get the salted caramel brownie that made them famous!”
  • 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. ”
  • 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.”
  • 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
“Unique spot right in uptown! Grab a bite or a beer or shop local arts and crafts!”
  • 45 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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