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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
“ Enjoy whitewater rafting and kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, deep water solo, rock climbing, ziplines, ropes courses, and mountain biking on 50+ mile trail system. River jam live music festivals and beer gardens during summer months. A great time to be had just a short 25min drive south.”
  • 172 locals recommend
Hotel
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“Looking for a night out on the town in Charlotte? Call your UBER and enjoy an experience that is memorable, fun and exciting. You’ll find outdoor patios, over 200 TV screens, a captivating rooftop venue, a five-screen state of the art cinema and an amazing bowling alley at the Epicentre. Cafés, restaurants and fine dining can easily take you from breakfast to late night dining; with over 25 venues featuring nightlife, restaurants and eateries. The Epicentre is the perfect spot, day or night! Centrally located on College, between Trade and Fourth Streets in the hub of The Queen City, the Epicentre is just minutes away from some of Charlotte’s biggest attractions including Spectrum Arena, Bank of America Stadium and the Charlotte Convention Center, the Epicentre is the perfect location to start or end your day with nonstop fun.”
  • 141 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“Home of the Carolina Panthers, this stadium host the premier football team, if you are able to catch a game this is a can't miss”
  • 91 locals recommend
Theme Park
“COPPERHEAD STRIKE Experience the Carolinas' first double-launch coaster. Rides Roller Coasters Thrill Rides Family Rides Kids Rides Scheduled Ride Closures Splash Carolina Harbor Slides & Attractions Cabanas Harbor House Experience Shows Special Events Drinks & Dining”
  • 100 locals recommend
Museum
“Race City USA! See what this great place offers- for race fans young and old! Theres something for everyone.”
  • 83 locals recommend
Park
“Something that doesn't cost any money. Play soccer, volleyball, cycling, picnic, jog, walk or throw the baseball, football or frisbee. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“Craft and design (including glass, wood art and jewelry) and contemporary art (from paintings to sculptures to video) shine at this beautiful museum. It’s close enough to other Uptown arts venues to create a day of cultural exploration. (Purchase the $20 Levine Center for the Arts Pass, which grants you access to four of them for 48 hours.)”
  • 59 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The South Park Mall offers a mix of well known brands and luxury retailers. Get ready for a luxurious shopping experience.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Great place for the family to enjoy. An excellent hands on interactive museum for kids and family to enjoy. The museum has regularly rotating exhibits. ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Bakery
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“This hip, 24/7 French bakery & cafe draws a crowd for pastries, light fare & coffee drinks. ”
  • 97 locals recommend
Basketball Stadium
“Home to the Charlotte Hornets, if you are a NBA fan, you will love the atmosphere that the city shows for there hometown team”
  • 74 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“My favorite place in CLT. Fantastic atmosphere, music, delish food and and cocktails”
  • 83 locals recommend
Yoga Studio
“Eclectic and unique vibe. Enjoy lunch or a coffee at Smelly Cat Cafe! Local breweries abound as well. ”
  • 81 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a 36,500-square-foot museum space dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. The modern art museum is part of the new Levine Center for the Arts in Uptown. The museum building was designed by architect Mario Botta”
  • 41 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“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
“With a regular season of excellent shows you eyes will be feasted with shows that are of top quality. There are many options including the Charlotte symphony. ”
  • 41 locals recommend

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Rafting
“ Enjoy whitewater rafting and kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, deep water solo, rock climbing, ziplines, ropes courses, and mountain biking on 50+ mile trail system. River jam live music festivals and beer gardens during summer months. A great time to be had just a short 25min drive south.”
  • 172 locals recommend
Bakery
“This hip, 24/7 French bakery & cafe draws a crowd for pastries, light fare & coffee drinks. ”
  • 97 locals recommend
Gastropub
“My favorite place in CLT. Fantastic atmosphere, music, delish food and and cocktails”
  • 83 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“Best BBQ - I recommend the WellFed plate, w/ 4 meats, and the midwood chopped salad. Can't go wrong here tho. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Taco Place
“Casual, hipster-friendly Mexican stop for Southern California-style tacos, burritos & margaritas. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Drive ins, diners, and dives famous. Everything on the menu is good. Casual atmosphere.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Great place to eat and shop in Charlotte. Located right uptown and easily accessible via the lite rail.”
  • 47 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Rooftop views at this fancy restaurant. Pricey but the views are worth it. Firepits on the patio make for a nice nightcap”
  • 50 locals recommend

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