12 Best Things To Do In Charlotte, North Carolina

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12 Best Things To Do In Charlotte, North Carolina


Nestled right on the North and South Carolina borders, Charlotte is an incredible city to visit. Not only is there a heap of the best things to do in Charlotte that are dotted all across the city, but it’s also within easy reach of some totally stunning spots. All just outside the city boundaries and well worth visiting for a day trip.

Not only that, Charlotte is a great port-of-call on a wider USA road trip. A perfect spot to include alongside; Knoxville, Nashville and onwards towards Memphis (in Tennessee), it’s a totally great drive (around 10-hours) which is amazing to explore over a few weeks.

So, to help you plan your trip (and get the most outta your time on the ground), I wanted to share some treasures you have to see in Charlotte. This way, you can really hunker down, chill with the planning and just enjoy the best places in the city.

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Take a look, below, at the best things to do in Charlotte, North Carolina. Have an epic trip! 

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It’s properly chilled and quite easy to forget you’re in the city itself. 

Oh, and if you’re heading across with family, head over to Discovery Place Nature that’s totally interactive and fun for the kids. 

Afterwards, pop into Rocksalt for the yummiest oysters and shellfish. So good. 

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Around a 30-minute drive from the city, exploring Lake Norman is one of the best things to do in Charlotte if you fancy a break for the city itself. 

Here, you’ll be able to explore the lake whilst you jet ski (I’m terrible at this) or follow the hiking trails around the lake itself. It’s totally peaceful and a beautiful spot at sunset. 

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Plus, don’t forget, they offer free admissions on a Wednesday evening. 

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After a morning at Mint Museum, be sure to visit the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts that’s a few minutes away.

Here, you’ll be able to take in the incredible exhibitions and learn more about the rich cultural histories that are celebrated here. We loved it! 

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After spending a good few hours within the Mint Museum, be sure to explore the wider Uptown area of Charlotte.

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If it’s that ravenous hunger that brings you to Uptown, head over to Fahrenheit Charlotte for their tasty Asian-fusion dishes. Their bao buns are so yummy. 

Alternatively, for a totally cool speakeasy, pop into The Cellar at Duckworth’s for their butter-basted scallops and campfire smores for pudding! So good. 

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They also host a heap of live shows from everything since and animal-related which are great for kids (and big kids, too).

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Afterwards, stop by the McGlohon Theater that hosts some incredible plays in the most gorgeous theatre in Charlotte. Just be sure to book tickets before you arrive, they can sell out fast. 

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Not too far from the airport, the Billy Graham Library is well worth a little visit if you’re driving towards Lake Wylie, which is also great for a visit. 

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Afterwards, head across the Billy Graham Parkway and head into Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. Literally, this point sells every kind of food and treat you can imagine and is great to visit when hunger beckons. 

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For a night on the town, head over to the South End neighbourhood of Charlotte. With heaps of funky bars and cool dining spots, it’s a totally great place to go on a weekend. 

Be sure to stop by Superica for the tastiest fish tacos. Alternatively, grab a table at 300 East for their seared ahi tuna – it’s so delicious and the venue is so cosy and lovely. 

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That being said, if you couldn’t care less about planes and their history, you might find this place a bit of a bore. If that’s you, steer well clear and stay within downtown Charlotte itself. 

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