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Best Things To Do in Charlotte

You don't need to be a NASCAR aficionado to enjoy Charlotte's top to-dos; the Queen City is much more than its reputation for high-octane racing may let on. The Uptown district plays host to some of the city's most popular museums, including Discovery Place and the Mint Museum Uptown, along with some of the area's best restaurants. When you're ready to blow through some dough, follow fellow shoppers to the SouthPark's mall district or take a spin through NoDa's (North Davidson) art displays. Sports fans have a crop of newly minted frachises to root for, including the NFL's Panthers, the NBA's Hornets and the AHL's Checkers. For some, a Charlotte visit feels incomplete without experiencing the fervor of NASCAR at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. If you can't make it to Concord, North Carolina, for a race, stick around town and make a pit stop at the NASCAR Hall of Fame instead.

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#1
Freedom Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Boasting nearly 100 acres, Freedom Park is a refreshing (free) escape from the Uptown hustle and bustle. Situated on the ... read more»

#2
Mint Museum Uptown
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: One of the many museums representing Charlotte's exploding art scene, the Mint Museum Uptown is home to a wide ... read more»

#3
Discovery Place
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Discovery Place is Charlotte's science museum. Past visitors say this kid-friendly playtopia is a great place to spend a ... read more»

#4
U.S. National Whitewater Center
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Take your pick between 24 different land and water activities at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, a 500 acre ... read more»

#5
7th Street Public Market Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: For a taste of Charlotte's home-grown produce, head to 7th Street Public Market, located about half a mile west ... read more»

#6
Levine Museum of the New South
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Another newly renovated space, the Levine Museum is one of the most comprehensive post-Civil War history museums in the country ... read more»

#7
Charlotte Motor Speedway
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're hungry for a taste of NASCAR culture at its finest, take the 16-mile drive northeast of downtown ... read more»

#8
Carolina Raptor Center
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Situated about 14 miles northwest of Charlotte in Huntersville, the Carolina Raptor Center operates largely as a rehabilitation center for ... read more»

#9
NASCAR Hall of Fame
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: If you think the NASCAR Hall of Fame is just a museum full of plaques dedicated to drivers gone by ... read more»

#10
Carowinds
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Carowinds is one of North Carolina's favorite local amusement parks. You'll have your pick of family and thrill ... read more»

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