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NASCAR Hall of Fame- Charlotte, NC

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In a city known for a variety of things, there is one undeniable superstar. NASCAR, the largest spectator sport in the United States, has a presence in Charlotte, North Carolina like no other industry.

Aside from actually attending a race, visiting the NASCAR Hall of Fame is one of the best ways to enjoy everything the sport has to offer. Located “Uptown”, The Hall of Fame highlights the best of NASCAR history, drivers, equipment, races, and the fans.

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Your experience at The NASCAR Hall of Fame begins the moment you walk into the beautiful 150,000 square foot building. The space is packed with memorabilia and interactive displays.

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Whether you’re a NASCAR fan or not, you will quickly find that The Hall of Fame is one of the best places to spend a day. Children (and adults too!) will LOVE all the hands-on opportunities.

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Watching the movie about the history of NASCAR in the “High Octane Theater” is a great place to start your visit. Our family instantly felt more knowledgable and connected to the sport after our viewing.

We all really enjoyed standing out on a replica of a NASCAR track. Having watched races on television, we would never have imagined how steep the banks really are and how it must feel to be driving top speeds at that angle.

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Unquestionably, the pit experience was one of the major highlights of the museum. Our family got to race to jack a car, change the tire and add gas. My children thought this was the greatest experience and loved racing to complete the task. Time and again, we raced each other and the clock. Without a doubt, it’s harder than the real pit crew make it look!

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The NASCAR Hall of Fame designed several areas just for kids to enjoy. My kids loved designing a car on the massive iPad coloring tablet, and playing all of the interactive games.

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Another part of the museum we really enjoyed was the simulated driving experience. Although we all practiced ahead of time in the Qualifying Area, we weren’t quite prepared for the “real thing.” It definitely gave us a whole new respect for the drivers!

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The Hall of Fame contains hundreds of displays with facts and documented history. We loved educating ourselves through hands-on exhibits and well designed showcases.

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If you are planning a trip to Charlotte, The NASCAR Hall of Fame absolutely needs to be on your to-do list! There truly is something for everyone at this museum. It is open Monday through Sunday, 10AM to 6PM (10AM to 5PM during the winter months.)

To purchase tickets and plan your visit, visit their website.  We are already looking forward to our next time there!

*The NASCAR Hall of Fame hosted our family.*

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Visit Charlotte

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.

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 If your family is visiting Charlotte, North Carolina here are 5 things you’ll want to do:

  1. 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!” Charlotte4BB&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.
  2. 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. Charlotte6
  3. 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.                                                                                   Charlotte9 Charlotte10
  4. 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.) Charlotte3 Charlotte11
  5. 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.charlotte12

Honorable Mentions:

  1. Carowinds
  2. Lazy 5 Ranch
  3. Charlotte Nature Museum
  4. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
  5. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Good luck in the Super Bowl Panthers!

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(Look for “Visit Denver” tomorrow)

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