1. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is ground zero for Charlotte, NC comprising of the Belk Theater, Booth Playhouse, and Stage Door Theater, there's loads of culture here. From performing arts including dance, classical musical, live theater, and comedy, there's something to see here from everyone. You'll see internationally recognized shows like Riverdance and big-name performers like Mandy Moore—in one week. Plus, the schedule is loaded with family-friendly entertainment, from acrobatic Le Cirque-style shows to Frozen and Spongebob.
2. Little Sugar Creek Greenway
Up for some fun in the sun? Little Sugar Green Greenway is a network of trails, paved paths, parks, and streams. The greenbelt consists of four downstream sections in and around Charlotte, NC extending over 19 miles long and goes all the way down to the South Carolina state line. It runs from Cordelia Park to just north of Uptown, and it's a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. (As is Crowders Mountain State Park, further down this list.) This greenway is designed for walkers, runners, bikers, and stroller-pushing parents, but there are benches for those who want to sit and take in the view—and people-watch.
3. NASCAR Hall of Fame
NASCAR's most famous racetrack might be in Daytona, but its home is Charlotte; after all, many of the classic racers hailed from the hills surrounding the city. Attached to the Charlotte Convention Center, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is a 86,500-square-foot, bold swoop of a building that recalls the shape of a racetrack. Considered more than a museum, this entertainment facility is a high-tech venue that's impressive even for non-NASCAR fans. Everything, just like the sport, is oversized and fast, from an interactive card that creates a driver identity for you, to the "Glory Road" parade of displayed cars from famous drivers, to the gift shop, which has more square footage than many of the downtown restaurants within walking distance of this museum.
4. U.S. National Whitewater Center
The largest man-made river in the entire world is what you get here in Charlotte. The U.S. National Whitewater Center consists of a 1,300-acre playground for the entire family, an Olympic training site, rock climbing, mountain biking, and over 50 miles of trails. The complex feels like an Outside magazine spread—right outside Charlotte. What you do here depends on your interests. If you're a river rat, you'll love the whitewater rapids; if heights are your thing, try the zip lines and rock climbing.
5. Charlotte Brews Cruise: Charlotte Brewery Tours
The Charlotte Brews Cruise is run by people who truly love beer, and—luckily for them, and for you—Charlotte's beer scene is booming. The public tours max out at 15 people (private tours are also available for larger groups) and vans provide transportation between the breweries. Tour guides are knowledgeable about beer: along with the staff at the various breweries, they'll talk about the brewing process and walk you through tasting notes.
6. Bank of America Stadium
The crown jewel of Charlotte sports arenas, Bank of America Stadium is unlike any of its peers. The stadium was specifically built for NFL football (The Carolina Panthers to be specific) and the natural grass field and 75,000-plus seats are a big draw every season. Panthers fans are a loyal bunch, but they aren't typically raunchy or rowdy. You'll see plenty of kids tagging along with their parents.
7. Lake Norman
Lake Norman, just 20 miles north of Uptown, feels a million nautical miles away from Charlotte's hustle and bustle. This is the largest man-made lake in the Carolinas, which means there's plenty of space for boating, fishing, watersports, and just chilling out. You'll see all types here, from beer-toting and bikini-clad singles to adventurous, fun-seeking families. Whether you fancy pontoon boats or paddle boards, kayaks or wakeboards, remember that Lake Norman is all about being on the water—not just looking at it from the shoreline.
8. Freedom Park
Freedom park is where you come to play as a kid, feed the ducks, mess around on swings on the playgrounds, and continue to visit into adulthood. This 98-acre park consists of a seven-acre lake and has plenty do for from tennis, soccer, volleyball, basketball and more. This is also an ideal spot to throw down the blanket and catch some rays!
9. 7th Street Public Market
Your Sunday in Charlotte is taken care of at the 7th Street Public Market. From crepes to local brews, bustling people, and authentic coffee, come out with a friend or swing by before a night out! The 7th Street Public Market is made for tasting, so come hungry and pick your way through. Start with breakfast at Uptown Yolk, followed by an acai bowl at Rico's. Later in the day, nibble on cheese at Orrman's, where there are more than 100 different types.
10. Crowders Mountain State Park
Crowders Mountain State Park is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. There are 11 trails, canoe rentals available, a nine-acre lake prime for fishing, the option to backcountry camp, and the possibility of rock climbing and bouldering with a permit. The view from the top is spectacular. On clear days, you can see for miles and may even spot Charlotte's skyline. Don't let its name fool you. Crowders Mountain State Park is a great place to escape crowds.
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