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Welcome to Charlotte

From adrenaline-filled roller coasters to historic botanical gardens, the Queen City’s got something for everyone.

Top 10 attractions in Charlotte

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Fourth Ward

Fourth Ward

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Victorian mansions line the shady streets of Charlotte’s historic Fourth Ward, among the city’s most prosperous neighborhoods during the mid-19th century. Today, it remains one of the most charming, with shopping boutiques and restaurants filling out many of the lovingly restored homes.More
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Bank of America Stadium

Bank of America Stadium

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Opened in 1996, Bank of America Stadium is home to the Carolina Panthers football team. The stadium is located in uptown Charlotte and was specially designed for football. The open-air, natural grass stadium has 73,778 seats. During a 2014 renovation, high-definition video boards were added above each end zone, along with a high-efficiency, high-octave sound system.In addition to the actual playing field, Bank of America Stadium is also home to the Carolina Panthers’ headquarters, training facilities, practice fields and administrative offices.More
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Mint Museum of Art

Mint Museum of Art

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The Mint Museum is the oldest art museum in North Carolina, and houses one of the largest collections in the Southeast, with more than 35,000 objects. Explore its permanent collection spanning Ancient American, Native American, American, European, and Contemporary art at its two branches: Mint Museum Randolph and Mint Museum Uptown.More
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Discovery Place Science

Discovery Place Science

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Located in Uptown Charlotte, Discovery Place Science is one of the most popular hands-on science centers in the region. The museum brings science, technology, math, and nature to life through fun and educational interactive exhibits, activities, and programs. It also features the largest IMAX screen in the Carolinas.More
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Old Settlers’ Cemetery

Old Settlers’ Cemetery

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Located in Charlotte’s Fourth Ward neighborhood, Old Settlers’ Cemetery is where many of the area’s first settlers are buried. It was the first cemetery owned and operated by the City of Charlotte, and its gravestones and monuments carry dates from 1776 (the year the Declaration of Independence was signed) to 1884. It’s a great American site in Charlotte for visiting history buffs.More
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Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

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The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is one of four distinct components of Charlotte’s Levine Center for the Arts. The Bechtler collection includes more than 1,400 works by 20th-century modern artists including Picasso, Calder and Warhol. Visitors should set aside an afternoon to enjoy the Museum in its entirety. A free audio guide and museum map can be picked up at the visitor services desk. The Bechtler also has special materials available for visiting families.More
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Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture

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Celebrate African and African-American culture at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture. In addition to a permanent collection of inspiring works by notable African-American artists, the center also offers a diverse cultural program of music, dance, and theater performances, film screenings, lecures, and workshops.More
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The Green

The Green

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This one-and-a-half acre park is a well-known landmark in Uptown Charlotte. The Green has an artsy flair, with colorful sculptures and fountains, and there are numerous options alongside the park to grab a bite to eat, while the park itself has all the makings for a nice picnic. It’s a frequent lunch spot for employees who work nearby and plays host to the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival every summer.More
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SEA LIFE® – Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

SEA LIFE® – Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

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Located inside the Concord Mills Mall, theSEA LIFE®– Charlotte-Concord Aquarium features over 5,000 underwater creatures, including clown fish, jellyfish, green moray eels, sea horses, octopus, triggerfish, southern stingrays, and a variety of different sharks.The sea creatures at SEA LIFE – Charlotte-Concord Aquarium are divided into over 20 themed exhibits reflecting the natural surroundings in North Carolina. There is an interactive quiz trail you can follow, and a 180-degree ocean tunnel where you can walk by fish and sharks swimming overhead. If you’re traveling with young ones, they’ll enjoy the children’s soft play area. Kids can also check out the interactive touch pool with sea urchins, sea anemones, and horseshoe crabs.Don’t miss the interactive demonstrations and feedings that take place throughout the day. You’ll also learn more about the aquarium’s conservation efforts, including breeding programs for endangered animals.More
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Levine Center for the Arts

Levine Center for the Arts

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Charlotte’s Levine Center for the Arts is actually comprised of four unique locations, including the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the John S. and James L. Knight Theater and the Mint Museum Uptown. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art boasts a collection of more than 1,400 works by 20th-century modern artists.The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture highlights the contributions of Africans and African-Americans to American culture. It is also home to the John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, one of the country’s most comprehensive collections.The 1,150-seat James L. Knight Theater hosts touring Broadway productions, concert artists and symphony and opera productions, while the Mint Museum Uptown features collections of American, European and contemporary art along with the Mint Museum of Craft + Design.More

Top activities in Charlotte

Charlotte's Historical City Tour
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Charlotte Beyond the Grave Haunted History Walking Ghost Tour
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Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
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Haunted Charlotte Ghost and Pub Walking Tour
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Charlotte Brewery Crawl Tour

Charlotte Brewery Crawl Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Charlotte

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A great experience
Anne_C, Jul 2021
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Great way to see Charlotte
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Would do it again!
Jennifer_W, Jun 2021
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, the Segway was enjoyable, and it was an easy way to see the beautiful city of Charlotte.
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Fun Segway tour of Charlotte! No experience with a Segway required!
Marcia_M, Jul 2021
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
Best way to see Charlotte and learn something as well!!
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Great Tour
Adrienne_B, Jun 2021
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
He gave us great recommendations for food and things to do!
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Great History Tour as well as a Ghost Tour
Gina_G, May 2021
Charlotte Beyond the Grave Haunted History Walking Ghost Tour
I recommend this tour to visitors and residents alike!
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stacy176, Aug 2019
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Great way to see Charlotte.
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First Time Visiting Charlotte!
Amy_M, Jul 2019
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Very Personable, Knowledgeable, and fun way for us to learn what we wanted to see and do during our brief 1 day visit to Charlotte.
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It was a little chilly but the...
Cherry W, Jan 2017
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
It was a little chilly but the Segway were fun to ride and getting to see around the Uptown Charlotte area was perfect!
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Best Tour and Time Possible
Robert_L, Apr 2019
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
What a great and personal way to see and learn about Charlotte!
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Fun way to see downtown Charlotte...
Maureen P, Aug 2016
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
Fun way to see downtown Charlotte and learn about both the history of the city and it's neighborhoods, and what is being planned for the city.
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This is an awesome way to explore...
Fredricka V, Aug 2016
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
I've recommended this outing to people I know that plan to visit Charlotte, as well as people who live there already.
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This is the best way to see the...
Eric B, Apr 2015
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
This is the best way to see the beautiful city of Charlotte.
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Wonderful way to see Charlotte! Fun...
Sandra R B, Oct 2017
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Wonderful way to see Charlotte!
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This tour was a great way to see the...
Alicia C, Mar 2015
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
This tour was a great way to see the city of Charlotte.
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A very good way to see and get...
Robert Diamond, Oct 2015
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
A very good way to see and get familiar with the Downtown Charlotte area.
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We had a great time on the segway...
Elisa M, Jul 2017
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
We got to see and learn about Charlotte in a way that would not have been possible otherwise.
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This was the first time my daughter...
Darcy L, Dec 2015
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
We took the Segway Tour on our first day to see the sites and learn a little about Charlotte.
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The tour guides were fantastic...
Paul M, Jun 2015
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
There was plenty to see and everyone in the city seemed to be acclimated to the Segway tours so they were very friendly.

All about Charlotte

When to visit

Summer reigns in Charlotte, always popular with active types for the US National Whitewater Center, a rec facility dedicated to outdoor sports, live music, and brews. The season starts with the Taste of Charlotte—the city’s biggest food festival—and comes out in full swing during mid-August for Charlotte Pride. Motorsport season runs from April to November at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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