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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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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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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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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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Bank of America Stadium

Bank of America Stadium

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Located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, the Bank of America Stadium is home to the Carolina Panthers football team. Opened in 1996, the open-air, natural grass stadium was designed specifically for football. In addition to football games, the stadium also hosts concerts and other big events year-round.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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Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

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Located in Uptown Charlotte, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is part of the Levine Center for the Arts. The museum is small, but houses an impressive collection of more than 1,400 pieces by some of the most influential artists of the mid-20th century. See works by artists such as Picasso, Calder, Miró, Giacometti, and Warhol.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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Spanning just 1.5 acres (0.6 hectares, the Green is a pocket-sized, literary-themed park in Uptown Charlotte. A lovely little oasis in the heart of the Second Ward, the Green features lush landscaping, grassy areas, shady paths, benches, fountains, and whimsical sculptures. It is popular with locals and visitors alike.More
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SEA LIFE® – Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

SEA LIFE® – Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

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Take a fascinating, underwater journey from the rivers of North Carolina to the depths of the ocean at SEA LIFE® Charlotte-Concord Aquarium. Located inside the Concord Mills Mall, the aquarium features more than 5,000 resident sea creatures. Visitors can learn about marine life through feedings, talks, interactive experiences, and more.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

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Charlotte Ghost Walking Tour

Charlotte Ghost Walking Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Charlotte

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Plan to share the experience with others.
Catherine_M, Apr 2022
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Plan to visit some of the original restaurants.
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Fantastic!!!
DARLENE_O, Apr 2022
Charlotte Beyond the Grave Haunted History Walking Ghost Tour
We would recommend this tour to visitors and every one in Charlotte
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Great tour of Charlotte
Cheryl_M, Apr 2022
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Great experience and if you’re new to Charlotte it’s a good way to see the uptown/downtown area.
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John is a great...
Brook_M, Mar 2022
Charlotte Ghost Walking Tour
A fun way to see Charlotte.
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So much fun, great way to...
vesna_p, Mar 2022
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
So much fun, great way to see charlotte.
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Elizabeth did a great job...
Jeanine_M, Aug 2021
Charlotte Beyond the Grave Haunted History Walking Ghost Tour
We learned so much about Charlotte and got great ideas of places to visit on our next trip!
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Super Fun
Eva_K, Aug 2021
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte
Was sorry to see your end.
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Tour that wasn't boring at all.
Sandra_L, Mar 2022
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Got to see Charlotte's downtown area in places we ourselves wouldn't have gone to.
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Great Intro to Charlotte
Anonymous, Mar 2022
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Interesting historical tidbits and recommendations for other places to visit or eat.
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A must when you visit Charlotte!!
Julie_H, Dec 2021
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Great way to see the sights of 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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Great tour
Dave_S, Nov 2021
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Guide very informative and knowledgeable and it was a nice way to see Charlotte.
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Great tour option to get to know the Uptown area
Lyrad_V, Mar 2022
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
There are limited tour options in the Charlotte area, so we booked the golf cart tour to get a brief history of the city and to see different areas of Uptown to make it easier to walk around later and know where things are during our stay.
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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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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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Fabulous Uptown Tour!
Leni_C, Aug 2021
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
It honestly was shocking to see how CLEAN Uptown is, way to go 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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A great experience
Anne_C, Jul 2021
Charlotte's Historical City Tour
Great way to see 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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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.

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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