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Discovery Place

This science museum gets young minds working with activities that range from designing an architectural wonder to watching a 3-D movie.

Hands-on learning laboratories and multimedia experiences make Discovery Place an exciting learning experience for kids and their families. It’s located right in the heart of uptown Charlotte, near Freedom Park, and is perfect entertainment for a rainy day.

Get a scientific glimpse into diverse ecosystems in World Alive, which is inhabited by sharks, stingrays, reptiles and birds. Take some field notes on the swing bridge or in the researchers hut at this exotic explorers’ outpost. Visit the Explore More Life Lab to test, observe and interact with animals in their habitats.

The Think It Up lab provides fun opportunities to experiment with different materials in creative ways. Make your own footwear, craft stop-motion animations, and create music with the movements of your body in a motion-sensor room. Sculptures made from paper float through the Air Tubes before being shot out at the top to float back to earth.

Project Build encourages budding architects to create floor plans and buildings using computer programs. Try your hand at building the Eiffel Tower using Build It blocks, or construct a shelter out of pipes and netting.

Once you’re done inventing, lie back and enjoy the immersive experience of the IMAX cinema. The latest 3-D movies feel close enough to reach out and touch them.
Exhibits change regularly at this museum. There’s easily enough activities to fill half a day. Whether testing materials, building, lying on a bed of nails, or investigating forces, Discovery Place teaches kids about their world through experimentation and play.

Discovery Place is open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Paid parking is available in the lot behind the museum. There is light rail stop two blocks from the museum. The museum’s entry fee doesn’t include the IMAX movie experience.


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$129
Omni Charlotte Hotel

Omni Charlotte Hotel

132 E Trade St, Charlotte
4.1
of 5, from 1,528 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

The hotel is connected to the Epicentre Entertainment District and is 1 block from the Spectrum Arena and the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center; it is 6 blocks from the Bank of America Stadium.

$112
Hilton Charlotte Center City

Hilton Charlotte Center City

222 E 3rd St, Charlotte
4.3
of 5, from 1,573 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

The hotel is across from the Charlotte Convention Center, 1 block from EpiCentre Entertainment Complex, and within 2 blocks of Spectrum Center.

$179
The Ivey's Hotel

The Ivey's Hotel

127 North Tryon Street, Charlotte
4.8
of 5, from 80 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Fourth Ward, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and Spectrum Center. Bank of America Stadium is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.

$121
The Dunhill Hotel

The Dunhill Hotel

237 N Tryon St, Charlotte
4.5
of 5, from 709 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Occupying a landmark historic building, this hotel is across from Discovery Place, 0.2 mile from Charlotte Hornets Arena, and about 0.5 mile from both the Mint Museum Uptown and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Train station nearby.

$110
Aloft Charlotte Uptown at the EpiCentre

Aloft Charlotte Uptown at the EpiCentre

210 E Trade Street, Charlotte
4.1
of 5, from 1,066 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Second Ward, this hotel is steps from EpiCentre and Spectrum Center. Bank of America Stadium is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

$129
HYATT house Charlotte/Center City

HYATT house Charlotte/Center City

435 E Trade Street, Charlotte
4.6
of 5, from 1,714 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Second Ward, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of EpiCentre, Spectrum Center, and Bank of America Stadium. Bank of America Corporate Center and Children's Theatre of Charlotte are also within 10 minutes.

$143
Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel

Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel

303 South Church Street, Charlotte
4.7
of 5, from 17 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Third Ward, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Romare Bearden Park and Duke Energy Headquarters. BB and T Park and Bank of America Corporate Center are also within 10 minutes.

$109
Holiday Inn Charlotte Center City

Holiday Inn Charlotte Center City

230 N College St, Charlotte
4.1
of 5, from 589 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in First Ward, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Light Factory and Spectrum Center. Bank of America Stadium is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.