The Huffington Post claims that Charlotte is a city that’s only good for young professionals and anyone in banking. However, this isn’t true. Charlotte is loaded with places that will tell visitors about North Carolina’s history and world facts. The city also offers a variety of cultural activities, sporting events, and excellent dining, nightlife and shopping venues. Take a look at our list of the top things to do and see in Charlotte.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
NASCAR Hall of Fame is a 150,000 square feet building dedicated to honoring NASCAR’s (The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) history and heritage. The museum educates and entertains fans with artifacts, interactive exhibits, and a state-of-the-art theatre. There is a grand ballroom for banquets and performances. Visitors can get some food and buy NASCAR gear at Buffalo Wild Wings and the Gear Shop. The shop pays homage to icons, drivers, crew members, and team owners. NASCAR has a Facebook page for the fans that allows them to interact with each other, share knowledge about events and sport, and ask questions about the organization.
400 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Charlotte, NC, USA +1 704 654 4400
Grady Cole Center
Grady Cole Center is a small civic center near Central Piedmont Community College. Before receiving its current name, it was known as Charlotte Armory Arena and Park Center. The name changed happened when Grady Cole, a morning radio personality, passed in 1987. Grady Cole Center can hold 3,000 attendees at a time and is home to a variety of events throughout the year, Jim Crockett Promotions, the Charlotte Hornets, concerts, UFC matches and women’s volleyball tournaments have been held in the center. During the late 90s and early 2000s, the center held events that only Charlotte locals were able to attend. Currently, Grady Cole Center is home to international celebrations.
310 N Kings Dr, Charlotte, NC, USA +1 704 336 2884
On November 14, 2002, the Hearst Tower opened its doors to Charlotte. The famous building has forty-six floors with a height of 201 meters and contains 970,002 square feet of rental space. Charlotte’s fourth tallest building hosts stores, law offices, major corporations, restaurants, and banks. Bank of America operates offices in the building and will be doing so until 2022. The Hearst Tower’s architecture blends bands of glass with piers of stone and concrete. The reverse floorplate design gives the tower a distinctive flared out appearance towards the top.
214 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC, USA +1 704 887 1200
TPC at Piper Glen
TPC (Tournament Players Club) at Piper Glen offers golf, tennis, fitness, and swimming facilities ideal for those who love being physically active. The golf course is used for golf tournaments and was designed by Arnold Palmer, a retired professional golfer. The PGA Tour often holds tournaments on the course, which contributes to its fame. In 2007, the course was sold to the Heritage Golf Group but retained the TPC license. Although TPC at Piper Glen is a professional golf course, it welcomes Charlotte’s neighbors and visitors. Throughout the year, the facility holds social events and activities for the community.
4300 Piper Glen Dr, Charlotte, NC, USA +1 704 846 1212
Tremont Music Hall
Tremont Music Hall opened in 1995 and continues to be a local favorite entertainment venue. Aside from hosting concerts, the venue features a full-service bar. Tremont Music Hall has a Main Hall located on the North Side of the building used for large touring acts. There are PA/monitors and light systems, full sized dressing rooms, height loading docks, and floors for the audience. Music lovers will be able to come here to enjoy national and international acts, with music genres that range from hip-hop to heavy metal. Famous singers and bands such as Iggy Pop and Green Day have played here.
400 W Tremont Ave, Charlotte, NC, USA +1 704 343 9494
The Billy Graham Library
On June 5, 2007, the Billy Graham Library was created to commemorate the life of evangelist, Billy Graham. Built a few miles from Graham’s childhood home, the 40,000 square foot building is styled in the form of a dairy barn similar to the one in which Graham was raised. There is a mechanical talking cow that tells the wonders of his life. Visitors to the library can view the presentations, pictures, music and artifacts from the time of Graham’s ministry. There is a special gallery dedicated to his wife, Ruth Bell Graham, who passed away in 2007. Her resting place is the Prayer Garden outside the library.
4330 Westmont Dr, Charlotte, NC, USA +1 704 401 3200
Ray’s Splash Planet
Ray’s Splash Planet is one of the largest indoor water parks in the Carolinas. The park has 29,000 square feet of space and 117,000 gallons of water. The water is cleaned and sanitized regularly. Families can enjoy many attractions such as Blue Comet, Orbiter, Saturation Station, Vortex, Meteor Showers, Moon Beach, and Sea of Tranquility. For those who don’t like getting drenched, there is a fitness center and gymnasium. The center has two floors. On the first level, there is a pool area, locker room, classroom, and concession stand. The second floor has an aerobics and dance studio. Ray’s Splash Planet has activities for everyone.
215 N Sycamore St, Charlotte, NC, USA +1 704 432 4729
By Shay Lee
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