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When looking for a place to visit, not to many people would think of taking a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, but I’m here to tell you why Charlotte might just be the perfect destination for your next trip.
Charlotte is located in the South Central part of North Carolina. The city limit takes you down to the border of South Carolina in many places. It is one of Americas fastest growing cities with nearly 60% growth in the last decade.
One thing you will see no matter where you go in Charlotte is lush green trees. Even with the huge expansion of homes and business’ the city keeps enough greenery to make you feel you are a part of nature.
Now to the fun things to do while in Charlotte:
Whether you are visiting Charlotte or live here you have many options for activities on all scales.
1: The U.S. National Whitewater Center-
Located just one exit north of CLT Airport on I-485 you will find the U.S. National Whitewater Center. It is where the United States Olympic Whitewater team trains but it also open to the public.
The USWNC has much more than just whitewater raft rides on the largest man-made whitewater river, they are located on over 1,300 acres of Woodlands and have dozens of bike trails, zip lines, rope courses, kayaking, pattleboarding, and more. Plus, they have 2 great restaurants and offer free live music during the summer on Thursday and Friday nights.
Price for a day pass is $49 for 9 and under and $59 for everyone else.
A season pass (which is a great deal) runs at $169 for youth 9 and under and $199 for adults.
Parking is $6 or a onetime $50 season parking pass.
2: Carowinds Amusement Park-
Carowinds is the Disney of the Carolinas situated in the South part of Charlotte, the theme park offers a unique multi state experience since the park is half located in South Carolina and half in North Carolina.
It has 56 rides spanning the 400-acre property. The amusement park also includes dozens of restaurants, a kid zone, a water park, and 13 rollercoasters. They’re famous for the Fury 325 one of the fastest and tallest roller coasters in the world.
They are open from March-December and have special events such as ice skating or live music all the time. Be on the lookout for that.
Tickets cost $48 a day, or you can purchase a season pass.
Season Pass options:
Silver Pass: $102- Unlimited visits (does not include free parking)
Gold Pass: $125- Unlimited visits, free parking, discounts for friends, and a free meal each visit.
Platinum Pass: $220- All of the Silver and Gold Privileges + exclusive offers and experiences.
3: The Epicentre Uptown -
The Epicentre is located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte.
It features a multi-level inside and outdoor are that has 22 different dining options, 11 bar/nightclubs, a movie theater with reclining seats and a dine as you watch food service, plus 15 shops.
It is definitely the most “booming” place in Charlotte, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.
4: The NASCAR Hall of Fame-
Charlotte is home to many corporations, one of them being NASCAR.
You can visit the Hall of Fame located on East M.L.K. BLVD in uptown Charlotte.
It offers a unique experience that all automotive fans should enjoy!
5: Discovery Place Science
Discovery Place is a museum type place that offers educational fun to all ages but is primarily heard to the younger audience. It includes an aquarium, nature area, and of course A LOT of science activities! Plus, a full IMAX theater.
Various events are held for different age groups so be on the lookout.
The Museum cost $13 for children and $17 for adults.
The IMAX theater cost $9 for children and $10 for adults
For both it is $18 for children and $22 for adults
6: Lake Norman-
Lake Norman is located to the Northwest of Charlotte and is a popular boating and fishing destination for the Charlotte, Huntersville, Denver, and Cornelius area.
Many places offer boat and kayak rentals.
7: Lake Wylie-
Lake Wylie is located in Southern Charlotte in the Steele Creek and Gaston area. The lake is located on both the North and South Carolina so be away of your exact location if fishing as both states require separate fishing licenses.
Also, many places have boat and kayak rentals as well.
8: Hiking Trails
The Charlotte area offer hundreds if not thousands of hiking trails so be on the lookout for those.
Overall the Charlotte area has many different activity options. It is a great place to not only live but to visit as well.
When planning your next trip consider Charlotte in your travel itinerary!
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