Charlotte General Attractions
In this fast growing city of the New South, the roster of Charlotte general attractions is impressive, but still forming. Levine Museum of the New South, Alive At Five at the Epicenter, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Lowes Motor Speedway, various gardens and golf courses punctuate the landscape of this international banking center.
Levine Museum of the New South
DESCRIPTION: An interactive museum housing the nation’s most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War Southern history. It tells stories of men, women and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers who have reinvented the South since the Civil War. The award-winning permanent exhibit called “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers” presents many aspects relevant to African-American history in the South. Covering 8,000 square feet, the exhibit features a case study illustrating the profound changes in the South since the Civil War. Visitors step inside a one-room tenant farmers house and run a hand through a pile of seed cotton, play checkers on the front porch of a mill house and sit in Good Samaritans Hospital Chapel, one of the first African-American hospitals in the South. Or, sit at a lunch counter and hear personal accounts from local sit-in leaders.
ADMISSION: modest fee
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 200 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC MAP
PARKING: 90 minutes Free parking at Seventh Street Station and all day on weekends
Alive After Five
DESCRIPTION: Every Thursday at the EPICENTRE, Alive After Five kick-starts the weekend with a happy hour and solid entertainment. The weekly celebration provides a destination for friends and workers to unwind, and network while enjoying live music, beverages and a fun casual atmosphere.
DAYS & HOURS: Thursdays 5pm-until
ADDRESS: 210 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC
NASCAR Hall of Fame
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 2010, the 150,000-square-foot venue is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the heritage of NASCAR; includes artifacts, interactive exhibits, 275-person state-of-the-art theater, broadcast studio and Hall of Honor. Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and Sports Avenue retail outlet complete the offerings. Attached to the Charlotte Convention Center, the average stay at this venue is 4 hours.
ADMISSION: Adults $20, Military and Seniors $20, Kids $13
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-7p, Sun Noon-6p
ADDRESS: MLK at South Caldwell Blvd, Charlotte, NC MAP
PARKING: parking garage on premises
Queen’s Cup Steeplechase Races
DESCRIPTION: Live thoroughbred horse racing, tailgate parties
DAYS & HOURS: gates open 10a-7p
ADDRESS: 815 Wood Ridge Center Drive, Charlotte, NC MAP
PARKING: on premises
McGill Rose Garden
Old-fashioned rose garden featuring 1,000 roses with 230 varieties. Begun in the 1950’s on the site of a fuel and ice company, this 1-acre setting has been designated an All-American Rose Selections Public Garden.
DAYS & HOURS: Nov 1-April 30: Tue-Fri 9a-1p; May 1-Oct 31: Tue-Fri 9a-3p, Sun 2p-5p
ADDRESS: 940 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC MAP
Revolution Park Golf Course
Charlotte’s best 9-hole course, features breathtaking views of the city. Its an enjoyable challenge for low and high handicappers.
ADDRESS: 2661 Barringer Drive, Charlotte, NC MAP
Charlotte Golf Links
A Par 71 public championship course. Designed by Tom Doaks, the course features a very challenging layout.
ADDRESS: 11500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC MAP
Latta Plantation Park Nature Preserve
Over 1,300 acres of park space to fish, enjoy a horseback ride on wooded trails, picnic and more. The Interpretive Center is on Mountain Island Lake. It includes a full-service Equestrian Center plus 10 miles of hiking trails.
ADDRESS: 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC
Lowes Motor Speedway
DESCRIPTION: Though NASCAR has a long history of great race car drivers with token people of color, such as Wendell Scott and Charlie Scott, things are changing. Today you can find Bill Lester and others competing at this dream 1.5-mile oval speedway. This incredible venue presents two of the nation’s largest car shows and swap meets each year. Opened in 1960, the facility has been upgraded many times and seating capacity is a staggering 167,000. On NASCAR race days, area hotels are completely booked.
ADDRESS: 5555 Concord Parkway, South Concord, NC MAP
PARKING: on premises
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
DESCRIPTION: A 19,000-seat venue with good acoustics for the largest Classical, Hip-Hop, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, and R&B concerts in the region. It is also a exceptional place to take in a show when the weather is nice.
ADDRESS: 707 Pavilion Blvd, South Concord, NC MAP
PARKING: on premises