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What to Do in Charlotte: Must See Attractions

Charlotte Attractions

Charlotte, North Carolina, known to many as the Gem of the South, is the perfect destination for your next vacation. The city is packed with things to do like Charlotte excursions to one of the area's many famed historic sites and trips to the city's well-known churches. The sheer number of churches and religious sites have garnered the city another nickname: City of Churches. There are also many Charlotte activities perfect for families visiting the area with children.

One of the best places in Charlotte, or The QC, for history lovers is the Historic Rosedale Plantation. A trip to this plantation gives tourist a look at Charlotte's illustrious past. Another of the must see spots for those looking to experience Charlotte's history up close and personal is the Fourth Ward. The Fourth Ward, which can also be experienced on Charlotte tours or by picking up a map, is a residential district filled with beautiful old homes.

The Carolinas Aviation Museum is an additional place to visit which is filled with relevant pieces that appeal to both local and out of state visitors alike. While traveling through the various churches to be found in Charlotte, you'll also want to visit The Billy Graham Library and learn more about this famous individual and his church.

Some of the top attractions in Charlotte are perfect for families traveling with children. One of the most famous of these attractions is Carowinds, the famed amusement park. Two other interesting attractions for children, Discovery Place and ImaginOn and The Joe & Joan Martin Center, help children learn about subjects in a fun way. The animal fans in your family have a number of sites to enjoy in Charlotte, too. Head to the Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary to see their favorite animals or go to the McDowell Nature Center and Preserve to learn more about the fragile ecosystem of the area.

From walks through Little Sugar Creek Greenway to fishing and boating on Lake Norman, there are numerous things to keep you busy on your next trip to Charlotte, NC. Let Expedia be your guide when you travel.

Things to Do in Charlotte with Kids

You'll find plenty of fun things to do with the kids in and near Charlotte. Keep the gang happy with our family friendly experiences.

Free Things to Do in Charlotte

They say the best things in life are free. Check out the following around Charlotte:

Wells Fargo Museum - Chat to the staff or curator and learn about the unique collections exhibited here.

Abbott Park - Make this among your first stops for a bit of fun during your time away.

Queens University of Charlotte - Stop at this modern landmark and marvel at its unique design.

Old Settlers' Cemetery - Drop by this historic site and learn a few things about the region's cultural heritage.

Foundation For The Carolinas - If you're eager to check out some of the more important or unique places in the community, this is a good place to start.

Fourth Ward Park - Organize a picnic and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the beautiful plants.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Charlotte

Charlotte Center City

Abundant dining options, interesting museums and live music are just a few top things to explore in Charlotte Center City. A visit to EpiCentre or Spectrum Center might round out your trip, and you can jump aboard the metro at Charlotte Transportation Center Station or 3rd St - Convention Center Station to get around town.



A noteworthy feature of SouthPark is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out SouthPark Mall and Phillips Place.

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Ballantyne is popular for its abundant dining options, and you can check out Reclining Bulls Statue, a top attraction in the neighborhood.


University Place

Known for its ample dining options and great live music, there's plenty to explore in University Place. You can visit top attractions like UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens and Shoppes at University Place, and jump on the metro at JW Clay Boulevard /UNC Charlotte Station or UNC Charlotte - Main Station to see more of the city.


Fourth Ward

Fourth Ward is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Fillmore Charlotte or North Carolina Music Factory.

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Steele Creek

While visiting Steele Creek, you might make a stop by sights like Lake Wylie and McDowell Nature Center and Preserve.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I not miss in Charlotte?

You just can't go home without ticking off the following list of unmissable sights:

  • Spectrum Center
  • Bank of America Stadium
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Carowinds Theme Park

What can you do in Charlotte for free?

Your vacation in Charlotte needn't send you broke with free attractions like these to enjoy:

  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Lake Norman
  • Concord Mills
  • EpiCentre