Best Charlotte, NC Attractions

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    9. Carowinds

    F-U-N! The 100-acre park offers all the usual amusement park adventures, including Ferris wheels, roller coasters, special effects shows, and a water park. The Afterburn roller coaster gives riders the impression of...

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    8. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

    Several thematic gardens arranged in a succession of outdoor rooms makes this complex a plant-lover's paradise. The Cottage Garden has many hard-to-find heirloom plants, the Four Seasons Garden highlights form and...

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    7. Richard Petty Driving Experience

    Put the throttle down and let 'er rip! At this informative, hands-on experience, you'll learn the ins-and-outs of professional race car driving as you get tips and instruction from real drivers and pit crews. And...

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    6. Discovery Place

    Discovery Place is a great way to spend a day, whether you're by yourself or with a group, young or old. Indeed, it's a safe bet that everybody will walk away from a day at Discovery Place knowing a few things they...

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    5. UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens

    If plants, flowers and gardens are your forte, you are in for an amazing treat. There are exceptional varieties of horticulture represented at the gardens. Visitors will find a great many rare species, as well. Don't...

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    3. McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

    One of the first parks owned by Mecklenburg County, McDowell Park hasn't been around for long (it first opened in the mid-70s), but during its short existence it has grown from a 136-acre lake-side park to emerge as...

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    2. Mint Museum UPTOWN

    The Mint Museum Uptown houses the internationally-renowned Mint Museum of Craft + Design, as well as outstanding collections of American, contemporary, and European art. Conveniently located in uptown Charlotte's...

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    1. Carolina Raptor Center

    The Carolina Raptor Center, located just north of Charlotte, has been home to 11,000 rescued hawks, eagles, vultures, and owls. One of the largest raptor treatment facilities in the country, the center cares for some...

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About Charlotte, NC Attractions

Whether it's a quiet day at a museum or a fun-filled activity for the kids, there's no shortage of things to do in the Queen City. Several museums, old and new, give Charlotte an edge in the world of art and culture. The Mint Museum of Art showcases American and European fine art, furniture, silver and ceramics collections, while the family-friendly Discovery Place delights visitors with interactive exhibits and IMAX theater. And of course, you can't talk about Charlotte without talking about racing – stockcar racing, that is. Unique to the area are the nostalgic North Carolina Racing Hall of Fame and the exhilarating Richard Petty Driving Experience, where visitors embark on their own racecar adventures.

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