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This intimate music venue is like your favourite dive bar with better acoustics. The music widely varies from one night to the next, and always make for a fun atmosphere. There is a nominal one-time membership fee, but don’t let that one dollar stop you from a show.
Charlotte is home to an ever-expanding craft brewery industry, and there is no better way to be introduced to the beer scene than on a brew tour. Knowledgable guides introduce guests to so much more than the different takes on craft beer by answering questions about the city as well as giving some of the best local recommendations.
This is a recreational center unlike any other. The U.S. National Whitewater Center provides the opportunity for climbing, yoga, live music, hiking and cycling in addition to water sports like rafting, paddle boarding and kayaking that guests can partake in. Take a change of dry clothes and plan on spending an entire day here.
Named for Charlotte’s first African American mayor and Clemson University student, this culture and arts center is a vibrant display of local and regional work. The center features interactive classes and workshops as well as tours and cultural events.
From the fountain that holds modern art piece Metalmorphosis by David Cerny to The Green, a park that holds a number of sculptures and other public art pieces, Charlotte is home to quite a range of free-access art. Take a walk throughout the city to spot some of the most notable pieces.
The Carolina Raptor Center is a massive facility used to rehabilitate injured or orphaned birds of prey. Part of the center’s focus on environmental stewardship includes educational programs and opportunities for the public to get up close and personal with the animals.
Charlotte is home to some of NASCAR’s biggest names such as Richard Petty and Dale Earnhart Jr. The huge museum features highly interactive exhibits that make the visit fun for visitors of all ages.