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