11 Fun Things to Do in Charlotte

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A couple of weeks ago I was in Charlotte for FinCon. I’ve been to the city a few times, but I never really had the chance to be a tourist and see what the city has to offer. Charlotte is a pretty nice city. Today’s post goes over 5 fun things to do in Charlotte, NC. Hopefully, I get a chance to do a few of them during my next visit.

EpiCentre

This is the one place on the list that I’ve actually been to. The hotel that I stayed at during FinCon was located there. The EpiCentre has a collection of restaurants, clubs, bars, retail shops, a bowling alley, and a movie theater. I enjoyed that area a lot. Some of the restaurants to choose from are Wild Wing Cafe, Moe’s and Librettos Pizzeria. The EpiCentre is in walking distance to many places in Uptown Charlotte such as The Spectrum Center and the Charlotte Convention Center.

Bank of America Stadium

If you are a football fan you have to check out Bank of America Stadium. That’s the home of the Carolina Panthers. They play in the NFC South. Besides NFL games, Bank of America Stadium also hosts a few college football games including the “Belk Bowl.” For information about tickets to games, visit StubHub.

NASCAR Hall of Fame

Do you like fast cars? If so, this one is for you. The third item on this list is the NASCAR Hall of Fame. I’m not the biggest NASCAR fan, but the Hall of Fame looks legit. A quick search on their website showed that tickets are only $20 for adults. The NASCAR HOF is also open 7 days a week. There are exhibits for all types of fans. If you like NASCAR, add this to your list of things to do when you’re in Charlotte.

BB&T Park

If you’re a fan of baseball you should try to attend a game at BB&T Ballpark. The stadium is the home of the Charlotte Knights which is a Triple-A minor league baseball team. They are an affiliate for the Chicago White Sox.  I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures of the ballpark, but it is very nice. The first game took place at the stadium in April 2014. Their season takes place from April – August.


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Carowinds Theme Park

Carowinds is a theme park that is located on the borders of Charlotte, NC, and Fort Mill, SC. The park has been open since 1973. It has a total of 64 rides. 13 of them are roller coasters. Carowinds is broken up into 8 themed areas. The themed areas are Carowinds Plaza, Planet Snoopy, County Fair, Carolina Boardwalk, Thrill Zone, Boomerang Bay, Carolina RFD, and Carolina Showcase. If you like theme parks, you should schedule some time to visit Carowinds.

Codescape

If you love cracking codes and solving puzzles, don’t forget to check out Codescape, another crime scene adventure for the family. It brings you some amazing real-life adventure game experiences including Shipwrecked, here your team has to retrieve treasure before everybody else. DeepSpace is another game where you are sent on a mission and the security of your spaceship is breached and you need to find out the real alien life. You will also enjoy another puzzle called Residents and Lucidity. The level of detail, the difficulty, the whole experience is wonderful. A great entertainment zone for the whole family or a group of friends. Help is always at hand if you find yourself stuck at any stage.

Discovery Place

Located in the Uptown area of Charlotte, Discovery Place, is a fun place for visitors of all ages. Here you can witness science being brought to life via thrilling interactive exhibits and experiments. An IMAX Dome Theatre to experience films like never before. Launch objects into the air, see the human body’s life cycle, crush a garbage can or even lie on a bed of nails! Also, don’t forget World’s Alive, it teaches you all about the amazing lives of many diverse species, access to hands-on labs, and dramatic photography. Both Children and adults will enjoy this fascinating world of physical phenomena. There is a lovely restaurant too but fairly pricey.

Ray’s Splash Planet

For a wonderful time, be sure to visit Ray’s Splash Planet, which is the largest water park in Charlotte. The facility has over 29,000 sq ft and 117,000 gallons of water to play around with. Features 4 slides, inner tube rides, and a whirlpool area. Also, includes a fitness center and an aerobics and dance studio on the second floor, enough to keep the whole family entertained. From the toddler-friendly shallow pool to deeper swimming areas that feature water basketball, there are plenty of options for all kids, regardless of their swimming level. Entrance fees are very reasonable.

Defy Charlotte

A perfect place to hang out with your kids and have a great time. DefyGravity Trampoline Sports Park is a 26,000 sq ft cutting edge facility, features wall to wall steel frame trampolines which include the famous Angled Wall Trampolines. It also houses a sprawling Olympic Foam Pit and one of the largest Trampoline Dodgeball cages in North America. This is one of the city’s very popular venues and acts as a sports gym and also as an entertainment site. Watch your kids bounce around and have great fun! The staff are extremely attentive and ensure no harm is caused to the kids.


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Hendrick Motorsports Complex

This is an impressive and fun place to visit for all motor enthusiasts. Lot of heritage and history to explore in this facility. Hendrick Motorsports has an excellent record of winning 13 constructors and drivers championships in NASCAR’s premier division, the Sprint Cup Series. The friendly staff is happy to answer your questions, you can see where they create, repair, and store their race cars. You can see all the titles awarded, and also visit the museum. There’s also a great on-site gift shop as well as original car body parts for sale from the various drivers and races they’ve entered! The museum and store are very impressive and really organized. You can easily spend days looking through all the history. The complex is free to enter for the visitors, which is really cool.

Bonus – Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets are back! If you’re an NBA fan you can check out one of their games if they’re in town. The Hornets play in the Eastern Conference. Micheal Jordan is their owner. They play their games at the Spectrum Center.

As you can see, there are a few fun things to do in Charlotte, NC. It’s a growing city in the Southeast that’s only getting better.

Check out these travel-related resources to help you plan your trip.

Airbnb

If you want another option for lodging, try Airbnb. Many cities have hundreds of homes or rooms for rent on Airbnb. I’ve used the service a couple of times and haven’t had a problem. Get $40 off your first booking when you use this exclusive link.

Priceline

You can book your rental car and hotel rooms with Priceline. They have some great deals. I booked a couple of the rooms that I stayed at using the Name Your Own Price deal. Click this link for more details about Priceline.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Reward Credit Card

I’ve been able to use airline points for many of my flights this year. I applied for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card earlier this year. I was able to get 50,000 airline points by spending a certain amount within 90 days. To be honest, I haven’t even used all of those points yet. If you fly with Southwest and want to get the awards card, visit this link for more details.

Have you ever been to Charlotte? What are some more fun things to do in Charlotte?

 

 

16 Comments

  1. The EpiCentre was great! I visited there almost every day I was in Charlotte.

  2. Interesting that you mentioned the NASCAR Hall of Fame. I was never interested in the sport UNTIL I got dragged to that museum by a friend. Turns out, I found it fascinating! Been interested in the sport ever since! Nice city Charlotte.

  3. I had never been to Charlotte before FinCon and I was pleasantly surprised! I really wish I would have looked into the Panthers’ schedule before going because I would have loved to catch a game. I love football and their stadium looks so nice and their fans seem really fun. I did check out the EpiCenter numerous times, including some bowling! It seemed like a pretty hot spot for people to watch some college games too.

  4. This brings back some good memories of the two years I spent living in Charlotte. Eating at the Cajun Queen is simply a must! The Whitewater Rafting center is outside of town and is worth a visit as well. I also liked the murals in the Bank of American Building’s lobby. Charlotte is a fast growing city and many of the residents are from out-of-town. It’s New South all the way.

  5. Haven’t been to Charlotte in eons. You mention some really great things to check out. It’s a beautiful city.

    1. I’ve heard that Charlotte used to be the Mecca for Pro Wrestling. Ric Flair still lives in the Charlotte area if I’m not mistaken.

  6. Been ages since I visited Charlotte, which means it should pop up on my radar again. I didn’t know about the Epicenter and that looks appealing; Nascar not so much.

  7. The only times I’ve been in Charlotte it was downtown at trade shows and I realty didn’t get around. Since I’m a sports fan I would probably follow your suggestions if I had the time.

  8. I have not been to Charlotte, but would like to visit one day. I would likely spend time exploring its historical sites. I hope you enjoyed Fincon.

    1. Fincon was the best conference that I’ve ever been to.

  9. Pamela Chollet says:

    I went to graduate school in Chapel Hill and I love North Carolina. I miss it especially during the fall and the spring. But I’ve never been to Charlotte. I’m sure it’s boomed over the last 20 years. I know a lot of young professionals relocated to Charlotte in the late 90’s. Kind of like Austin, I think. It sounds great.

    1. Charlotte is turning into a major city in Southeast. It seems to get better everytime I visit.

  10. Thanks for this, Jason! My husband’s grandchildren (and their parents!) live in Charlotte now and so this piece will be helpful in planning our trips there!

    1. No problem. I hope it helps!

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