Travel Guide: The Best Things to do in Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, nicknamed the Queen City, is known for its great people who love and embrace the city. It’s the 17th largest city in the United States and the second-largest banking city behind New York City. (It also happens to be home to one of Baggallini’s flagship stores in the Charlotte airport.)

We know Charlotte is special, but felt many travel guides just don’t do it justice. That’s why we decided we want to hear what makes Charlotte so great from the people who have chosen to live there. We asked local Charlotte resident, Jordan from The 2 Seasons, to be our advisor and help us create the ultimate guide to this friendly city.

Why should you visit Charlotte?

Charlotte has so many things that make this city amazing.


From the beautiful weather year-round to its large green spaces to its professional sports teams, Charlotte has SO MUCH to offer. Here are just a few reasons Jordan has chosen to make roots in Charlotte:

  • The large international airport gives residents easy access to the rest of the world.
  • Everyone has a sense of community and cares about the city. People want to do what they can to make the city a great place to call home.
  • While it is a large urban city, there are still have a lot of green spaces. Charlotte has excellent greenways for biking, walking, and running that they continue to expand.

What are the best things to do in Charlotte?

If you’re looking for a long weekend getaway, Charlotte is a great option! There are so many things to do for all ages and interests.

Museums in Charlotte

When I am with my children, we love visiting the museums… We have a sweet nature museum and a wonderful science museum.


If you love museums of all kinds, Charlotte has a lot to offer you. From art to history to science, you’ll find a number of places that will peak your interests.

Here are just a few museums in Charlotte we recommend visiting:

  • Perfect for kids (and adults) learn about science and nature at the Discovery Place.
  • Interested in art? The Mint is the oldest art museum in North Carolina and has so many exhibits you could spend an entire day there.
  • If history is more up your alley, then head to the Levine Museum of the New South. The Levine Museum focuses on history from the Civil War to today.

Parks in Charlotte

Charlotte is undoubtedly a green city with greenway systems that are perfect for hikers, cyclists, and general outdoor lovers. Here are a few of our favorite parks in Charlotte:

  • Freedom Park is centered on a 7 acre lake. This massive green space is home to paved trails, tennis court, playgrounds, and more.
  • If you love gardens, head to the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. This botanical garden hosts 3 garden sites with 16 collections.
  • History meets beautiful gardens at the Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary. This garden is a respite for birds and other wildlife and a welcoming place to discover a small piece of Charlotte’s history.

Sports in Charlotte

If you’re a sports enthusiast, you’ll have plenty to do in Charlotte. Charlotte has both major and minor sports teams, and is home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

If you’re planning a trip around sporting events, check out this list of Charlotte’s sports and links to their schedules:

What are some of the best restaurants in Charlotte?

Of course, Charlotte is also a great place to visit for foodies and beer lovers.

Best restaurants in Charlotte

Best Breweries in Charlotte

  • One of the top-rated breweries in Charlotte is Wooden Robot. Wooden Robot describes itself as an urban farmhouse brewery that draws inspiration from Belgian farmhouse breweries.
  • Looking for a picturesque setting to drink your beer? Head to Olde Meck Brewery‘s beer garden. You won’t find a better atmosphere to drink a beer.
  • If Belgian ales are your thing – look no further than Sugar Creek Brewing. This brewery is dedicated to creating Belgian-inspired ales.