The clean, new, and contemporary feel of the city of Charlotte belies its storied history. This beautiful city is decidedly modern, but its Southern roots run deep. Charlotte was founded at the intersection of two Indian trails and incorporated as the village of Charlotte Towne in 1768, eight years before the Declaration of Independence was signed. North Carolina was still a British colony, and the village was named for King George’s wife Charlotte.
Since its inception, Charlotte has evolved to become one of North Carolina’s largest and most prosperous cities and a true center of business and commerce: It’s home to ten Fortune 1000 companies.
Charlotte’s beautifully landscaped suburbs and access to city life make it a great place to live, but it’s also a fun place to visit. Charlotte is a well-known cultural center, with many attractions related to art, dance and theater. It also features historic sites, parks and unique attractions that are fun for the whole family.
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This innovative and dynamic museum is dedicated to science and technology, and is fun for all ages. The museum is interactive, featuring engaging hands-on exhibits and experiments, as well as an IMAX theater and live animal exhibits. This is a perfect way for the whole family to spend the day.
Hendrick Motorsports Complex
This is a must-see for racing fans. Hendrick Motorsports is famous for designing, building and testing for racecars, and it has opened up its space to the public. Spanning a hundred acres, this complex features a showcase of NASCAR memorabilia and prized racecars. It also contains a 15,000 square-foot museum that educates visitors on the history of NASCAR and offers interactive NASCAR exhibits.
Situated on a small lake, this serene park features a beautiful green landscape, paved trails for running and jogging, sports pavilions and a playground for kids. The park is located in the Historic District, with beautiful views of historic Victorian and Craftsman homes.
Levine Museum of the New South
This unique museum is dedicated to the history of the Southern Piedmont area after the Civil War, and Charlotte’s reinvention into a thriving cosmopolitan city. Permanent exhibits include a cotton mill, an African-American hospital and a civil-rights era lunch counter.
This enormous amusement park sits on the border between North and South Carolina. You’ll find some rides thrilling enough for any adventurer, and some suited to even the youngest family members. It also features Boomerang Bay—a water park with exciting water slides, a lazy river and a wave pool. Dinosaur fans will enjoy Dinosaurs Alive, an interactive park with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs. Young visitors will find plenty to do in Planet Snoopy, a Peanuts-themed park with trains, carousels and other rides designed for children.
Perhaps most indicative of Charlotte’s modern, forward-thinking aesthetic, this giant metal head sculpture graces the city’s landscape and delights passers-by. It’s located in a business park with no other attractions, but visitors have found that seeing it in person is worth the extra trip. The sculpture is crafted from stainless steel plates that shift horizontally at random times to form and reform the face. Meanwhile, an infinity pool at the sculpture’s base offers a perfect place for splashing.