Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Charlotte to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.



Situated in uptown Charlotte, the NASCAR Hall of Fame offers 150,000 square feet of interactive entertainment that everyone is sure to love, whether you're fan, car enthusiast or just a visitor. The museum features room after room of interesting...  Read More



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 actually flying a fighter...  Read More

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 foliage for year-round appeal,...  Read More

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 there's certain to be fun and...  Read More

Discovery Place
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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 hadn't known before. The...  Read More

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 miss the two-story rain...  Read More



This completely restored home is a perfect example of a Federal style home. Built in 1815 when austerity was the norm, the bright yellow trim and bright white paint were the talk of the town. Today, the imported French wallpaper is still intact,...  Read More

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 one of Charlotte's most...  Read More

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 Levine Center for the Arts, this...  Read More

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 6,000 creatures each year....  Read More