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Charlotte Motor SpeedwayHome to many NASCAR races throughout the year, along with other car shows and events. Also home to The Speedway Club Restaurant and Bar. PNC Music PavilionPNC Music Pavilion is where people go when they want to see all the hit bands, musicians and singers live. Everyone from Rascal Flatts to Van Halen plays here, so there’s almost always something going on.NC Music FactoryOffering something for everyone with a sizzling variety of art, music, entertainment and dining options….the NC Music Factory….where reality exceeds your imagination!!Time Warner Cable ArenaThis is where the Hornets basketball team and Charlotte Checkers Hockey Teams play, as well as the location for many concerts throughout the year.Bank of America StadiumCheer on the Carolina Panthers here on Sundays during football season! Also home to many other sporting events including the College Belk Bowl and various soccer games throughout the year.BB&T BallparkCheer on the Charlotte Knights, Charlotte’s own MiLB team during baseball season! Also home to many events and concerts throughout the year.


Cabarrus County School DistrictCabarrus County School District has been educating students for nearly 100 years. They offer students a broad range of educational opportunities and experiences. Everything from a time-tested, traditional education to STEM, International Baccalaureate, and career and technical education options to world languages, early college, fine arts, and gifted education to athletics, exceptional children, global studies, and language immersion is available for students.Discovery Place KIDSDiscovery Place KIDS aspires to maximize the whole child by providing extraordinary and rich play experiences that value imagination, fun and learning.Discovery PlaceThe Discovery Place is a world of wonder, where science astonishes, educates and entertains. There’s fun for everyone in the family, including hands-on learning labs, an aquarium and rainforest, IMAX and 3D theatre and a lot more. The Discovery Place is one of the top science museums in the nation.Lazy 5 RanchLazy 5 Ranch is a unique educational experience for people of all ages. You can experience domestic and exotic animals from six continents including giraffe, zebra, buffalo, cattle, sheep and lots more.Mint MuseumThe Mint Museum is a leading, innovative museum of international art and design committed to engaging and inspiring all members of our global community. Through their two locations, Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph, they hope to stimulate the senses, ignite inner passion and compel visitors to share the things that inspire them with the world. Carolina Raptor CenterCarolina Raptor Center is a 57-acre living museum and avian medical facility displaying over 25 species of raptors in a zoo-like setting. Located in Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, our 3/4 mile Raptor Trail features eagles, owls, falcons, hawks, vultures and other raptor species. Weekend programming includes year round live bird presentations and other educational tours by docents and a summer flight show. Group experiences include seasonal Eagle Research Observatory tours, Behind the Scenes Tours, and private educational programs.

Parks & Recreation

Charlotte Sports FoundationThe Charlotte Sports Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, founded and formed by Charlotte's civic leaders after the very successful 1994 NCAA Men's Final Four. The Sports Foundation's mission is to impact the region through sports. We do this by creating, recruiting and supporting sporting events and organizations as well as encouraging community participation. In addition, we provide unique events and sports business opportunities around professional, collegiate, amateur and youth sports. These efforts are intended to result in a positive economic impact on the region and to improve its quality of life.White Water CenterThe U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is dedicated to the promotion of the active, outdoor lifestyle. Since 2006, the USNWC has been promoting access to the outdoors for all levels of participants through its all-day pass programs, instruction, leadership school as well as festivals, races and other outdoor events. Whether you visit the Center’s 700 acres on the Catawba River or participate in the offsite programs featured throughout the United States, the USNWC wants you to play, relax and learn outside.Sky ZoneSky Zone is the world's first indoor trampoline park. We're the inventors of "fun fitness" and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. We give you one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. We've been voted the number one "out of the box" workout and the "best party ever." Experience WOW – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes.Strikers Soccer CenterSTRIKERS Soccer Center offers a unique, winning combination of high-quality fields and facilities teamed with a friendly staff of knowledgeable soccer professionals. Eight floodlit fields with quality Turf surfaces afford players top conditions throughout the year. Rebound boards and high netting surround each field, allowing the ball to remain in constant play. Strikers Soccer Center also has a snack bar and changing facilities, making it convenient to stop in for a game. No matter the age, more touches increases ability to play the beautiful game.Bechtler Museum of Modern ArtLocated in Charlotte's Center City, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art brims with works by Miró, Giacometti, Calder, Warhol and a wealth of other 20th century notables. The previously private collection of the Bechtler family of Zurich, Switzerland was, until now, mostly unseen by an American audience. Accumulated over 70 years, the collection features mid-20th-century modernism along with books, photographs and letters that illustrate the personal relationships the Bechtler family maintained with some of the artists in the collection. The museum's terra-cotta-tiled building is one of Charlotte's most inspired and inspiring spaces. Designed by eminent architect Mario Botta, the museum's architecture displays a sculptural power that connects to the dynamic art inside it. The Bechtler juxtaposes whimsy with work of significant intellectual depth and historical significance. Cosmopolitan in nature yet intimate in scale, the museum provides an experience that is inspiring and approachable. Great Wolf LodgeGreat Wolf Lodge – The Carolinas is a great place to enjoy a fun staycation. They have a massive indoor water with plenty of slides and zero-depth entry playgrounds. Test your skills and challenge your friends with thir live-action adventure games. Let your kids have fun at the ice-cream themed spa for kids. There’s something for everyone here.Reedy CreekReedy Creek is a nature preserve that protects 737 acres of natural, forested habitat. There are over ten miles of hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts, allowing visitors to explore a variety of terrains – scenic lakes, small forests, fields, streams, and wildlife. It is also home to Reedy Creek Nature Center and the Dr. James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies.Carowinds Amusement and Water ParkCarowinds is the premier entertainment destination of the Carolinas. For more than 40 years, we've been helping families build traditions and make memories. From the moment you enter, you'll be surrounded by southern hospitality, authentic Carolina cuisine and family-friendly entertainment. From our world-class rides to our mesmerizing entertainment, our goal is to provide you with the best day ever! Special ticket packages available.NASCAR Hall of FameThe NASCAR Hall of Fame has more than 50 interactive attractions, nearly 1,000 artifacts, four floors and 150,000 square feet of fun. Try to win the Pit Crew Challenge, or work on figuring out their engine puzzle. There’s plenty for everyone to do here, even if you aren’t a fan of NASCAR.McColl Center for Art + InnovationMcColl Center for Art + Innovation is a nationally acclaimed contemporary art center dedicated to connecting art and artists with the community. Located in a historic, neo-Gothic church in Uptown Charlotte, the Center houses nine artist studios and over 5,000 square feet of gallery space. We welcome the public to explore our exhibitions and connect with artists through various programs including open studios, community outreaches, workshops and more.


Carolina MallLocated in Concord, North Carolina, the Carolina Mall offers 550,00 square feet of fully-enclosed retail shopping and dining. Anchored by Belk, JCPenney, Sears and Staples, the mall has a strong base of national retailers including Aeropostale, American Eagle, The Children's Place, Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works. The mall underwent a major interior and exterior renovation in 1999 and additional renovation work was completed in 2010.Northlake MallNorthlake Mall is the premier retail destination for the thriving affluent communities in the North Charlotte metropolitan area. Dillard's, Macy's, Belk, Dick's Sporting Goods, AMC's 14-screen cinema, plus 150 stores and restaurants make Northlake Mall a popular lifestyle destination. The friendly and comfortable environment also features a Looney Tunes Play Area, a Coffee Court, and free Wi-Fi.Concord Mills MallConcord Mills® is North Carolina’s largest outlet and value retail shopping destination with more than 200 stores. The center features name-brand outlets and value retailers at knockout prices plus great dining and entertainment options. Enjoy two full-service restaurants, a large food court and several entertainment venues. Concord Mills® is located 10 miles north of Uptown Charlotte at exit 49 off Interstate 85.Birkdale VillageOpen-air, one stop shopping center located just down Highway 73. Over 60 retail shops, a movie theatre and plenty of dining, Birkdale is the place to be for anyone of any age.
Last Updated: 7/2/2016