- Museums, Sports Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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If you think the NASCAR Hall of Fame is just a museum full of plaques dedicated to drivers gone by, think again. This 150,000-square-foot site keeps things buzzing with high-tech exhibits, racing simulators and a 278-seat theater, among other features. Travelers say visitors new to the high-octane sport will appreciate the Heritage Speedway exhibit, which details NASCAR's six-decade history using authentic artifacts and educational films. Meanwhile, the Race Week exhibit provides visitors a more intimate and interactive view into how a NASCAR team preps for race day. Here, visitors can practice a pit stop, walk through a full-size NASCAR Sprint Cup hauler, call a race and get behind the wheel of one of eight racing simulators.
If you don't consider yourself much of a car aficionado, you shouldn't be deterred from making a pit stop here. "Although I am not a b[i]g NASCAR fan, I found the museum fascinating, especially the way in which it traced the development of NASCAR racing," one TripAdvisor reviewer offered. However, casual fans could be discouraged by the admission price: Tickets for adults costs $19.95; children (ages 5 to 12) get in for $12.95. Pricing for the High Octane Combo Packages — which can include everything from unlimited simulator rides to a NASCAR Hall of Fame lanyard — vary, so check the museum's website for more details. You'll find the NASCAR Hall of Fame a little more than half a mile south of downtown Charlotte. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; last admission is at 5 p.m.
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