Within the next month schools all across the country will be out for the summer. As a parent of school age children I’ve found there is nothing more exciting or daunting than the first few days of summer. On one hand, we turn off the Continue reading 20 Things To Do In Charlotte This SummerShare This Post
In light of the upcoming Super Bowl (Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, CA), I want to feature two of my favorite cities- Charlotte, North Carolina and Denver, Colorado. Also known as the home cities of the Panthers and the Broncos.
If your family is visiting Charlotte, North Carolina here are 5 things you’ll want to do:
- Sporting Event: Of course I had to start with this since the Panthers are currently one of the best teams in football! Although beautiful Bank of America Stadium is located downtown, no one from Charlotte will tell you that! When referring to downtown Charlotte, you must call it “Uptown!” BB&T Stadium is also located in the heart of Uptown and it is home to the minor league baseball team, The Knights. Time Warner Cable Arena hosts both a professional basketball team- The Charlotte Hornets and a professional hockey team- The Checkers. Although Charlotte is currently making it’s mark in football, the city is probably best known as the home of NASCAR. The Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts several races each season.
- NASCAR Hall of Fame: Since I’ve already mentioned NASCAR, I should go ahead and highlight the museum located Uptown. A true NASCAR fan will appreciate the depth of the memorabilia, history and facts contained throughout the museum. Yet the museum contains so many cool exhibits and experiences that you don’t have to love NASCAR to have fun. There is a pit stop challenge where our family was able to race a simulated pit stop. We had to work together to change tires, add gas, etc. There are also simulator games where you can drive a real car on a computer game.
- Discovery Place: Also located Uptown, Discovery Place is a hands on science museum for kids (and adults!) It features many different education exhibits including an animal habitat, a physics area, a science lab, and a building section. Discovery Place also has an IMAX dome theatre that features the largest screen in the Carolinas.
- U.S. National Whitewater Center: This might be the greatest place in the world. It’s basically a giant grown up playground (where kids can play too!) The NWC was built based on the whitewater stadium designed for the 2000 Olympics. Besides rafting and kayaking in the whitewater, the center offers paddle boarding, biking trails, rock climbing, aerial obstacle courses, and zip lines. Additionally, the center hosts lots of concerts and offers awesome food and drinks (even a bar overlooking the whitewater.)
- Billy Graham Library: The Billy Graham Library is an incredible place to experience. The 20-acre property is just miles away from where Bill Graham grew up and you’ll find all sorts of wonderful things to explore. You can do a self guided tour, walk the grounds, browse the gift shop, see the house where Billy Graham lived for much of his childhood, and also enjoy a wonderful meal at The Dairy Bar.
- Lazy 5 Ranch
- Charlotte Nature Museum
- Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
- Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Good luck in the Super Bowl Panthers!
(Look for “Visit Denver” tomorrow)Share This Post
I big heart fuzzy LOVE New Year’s Resolutions. Yes, I’m one of those people. And while I’ve broken many, I have actually kept a lot over the years.
As I sit down to write my 2016 Resolutions, I want to include A LOT of travel resolutions. One of my travel categories- and yes, I have categories on my Resolution list- is “North Carolina Travel.” Having recently moved to NC, there are so many parts of our new state I’ve yet to visit and explore.
Here are a few destinations I’m considering (with links) and I will probably “resolve” to visit at least 3 of these in 2016:
- Outer Banks: Top 10 Things To Do (Trip Adviser), 10 Awesome Things To Do With Kids In The Outer Banks, Outer Banks Info, Bodie Island Lighthouse
- Biltmore Estate
- Chimney Rock: State Park, and Hickory Nut Falls
- NC Transportation Museum
- Mount Airy: The “Real” Mayberry, Mayberry Days Festival
- Blue Ridge Parkway: I would like to not only drive parts of the parkway, but also do a few short do-able hikes with the kids. Here are a few I found that are recommended for kids: Hikes Near Asheville, List of Blue Ridge Parkway Trails.
- Raleigh: Pullen Park, State Capitol, Marbles Kids Museum, Mordecai House, Clemmons State Forest
- Tweetsie Railroad
- Charlotte: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Discovery Place, Nascar Hall of Fame, Carowinds, US National Whitewater Center
- Wright Brothers National Memorial
- Wilmington: USS North Carolina Battleship, Cape Fear Museum, NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
- Greensboro Science Center
I am really looking forward to exploring our state in 2016!
What other destinations in North Carolina would you add to this list?Share This Post