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If you're looking for a destination with activities and attractions to keep everyone happy, Charlotte is the place. Carowinds theme park provides families with an exciting day of water sliding and roller coaster riding, while Discovery Place offers more fun, but with education thrown in while the kids aren't looking. Anyone with a need for speed can head to the Charlotte Motor Speedway to watch NASCAR racing, while history buffs will enjoy the city's historical museums. Quiet days can also be had picnicking at a park or window shopping along downtown streets.

All things to do » Things to do

The Billy Graham Library
The Billy Graham Library
Owner description: Journey through history with one of the most influential voices of the 20th century. Learn more about Billy Graham and his message of God’s love. Through multimedia exhibits... more Owner description: Journey through history with one of the most influential voices of the 20th century. Learn more about Billy Graham and his message of God’s love. Through multimedia exhibits, films, and memorabilia, you'll relive the historic moments of his life. Tour the restored Graham family home, shop in Ruth’s Attic, and enjoy lunch in the Dairy Bar. The Billy Graham Library will leave you inspired by this amazing man and his message of hope. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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U.S. National Whitewater Center
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Owner description: The 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... more Owner description: The 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. less
Attraction type: River Rafting & Tubing; Points of Interest & Landmarks; Kayaking & Canoeing
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NASCAR Hall of Fame
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Owner description: The NASCAR Hall of Fame is where legends live on. Where fun lives on. Where the race lives on. Enjoy amazing artifacts, interactive exhibits, simulator rides and special events... more Owner description: The NASCAR Hall of Fame is where legends live on. Where fun lives on. Where the race lives on. Enjoy amazing artifacts, interactive exhibits, simulator rides and special events at the High Octane Theater. Plus, you can grab a bite to eat in the NASCAR Hall of Fame Café or at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. You also can take home a souvenir at the gift shop to help you remember it all. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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BB&T Ballpark
BB&T Ballpark
The Charlotte Knights are the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The Knights play their home games in Uptown Charlotte, NC at BB&T Ballpark.
Attraction type: Arenas & Stadiums
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Discovery Place
Discovery Place
Owner description: Step inside an amazing world of science and spend a day at Discovery Place, one of Charlotte’s most popular attractions. Featuring hands-on fun for everyone, guests can walk the... more Owner description: Step inside an amazing world of science and spend a day at Discovery Place, one of Charlotte’s most popular attractions. Featuring hands-on fun for everyone, guests can walk the rainforest, enjoy jaw-dropping experiments or wonder at the underwater world in the new aquarium. Become immersed in larger-than-life IMAX adventures or the eye-popping 3D Theatre where science and nature spring to life. Plus, experience daily programming that stimulates the senses and imagination. It’s scientifically proven fun! less
Attraction type: Science Museums; Specialty Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers
Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers
Ranked #1 of 2,230 Restaurants in Charlotte
Price: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, International, Gluten Free
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille
Ranked #2 of 2,230 Restaurants in Charlotte
Cuisines: Steakhouse, American, Gluten Free
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Fig Tree Restaurant
Fig Tree Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 2,230 Restaurants in Charlotte
Price: $24 - $50
Cuisines: American, European, French, International, Gluten Free
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Midwood Smokehouse
Midwood Smokehouse
Ranked #4 of 2,230 Restaurants in Charlotte
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
Ranked #5 of 2,230 Restaurants in Charlotte
Price: $14 - $30
Cuisines: Japanese, American, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free, Seafood
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Charlotte/Northlake
2.0 of 5
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Charlotte/Northlake
$61 - $95
Ranked #78 of 175 Hotels in Charlotte
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Sleep Inn North Lake
2.5 of 5
Sleep Inn North Lake
$72 - $146
Ranked #79 of 175 Hotels in Charlotte
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Rodeway Inn
2.0 of 5
Rodeway Inn
$61 - $80
Ranked #102 of 175 Hotels in Charlotte
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlotte Ballantyne Area
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlotte Ballantyne Area
$124 - $310
Ranked #1 of 175 Hotels in Charlotte
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Homewood Suites Charlotte/Ayrsley
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites Charlotte/Ayrsley
$110 - $217
Ranked #2 of 175 Hotels in Charlotte
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Holiday Inn Charlotte-University Place
3.0 of 5
Holiday Inn Charlotte-University Place
$120 - $178
Ranked #3 of 175 Hotels in Charlotte
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge
4.0 of 5
The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge
$200 - $404
Ranked #6 of 175 Hotels in Charlotte
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Duke Mansion Bed and Breakfast
4.0 of 5
Duke Mansion Bed and Breakfast
$225 - $295
Ranked #1 of 10 Charlotte B&B and Inns
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The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
5.0 of 5
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
$343 - $735
Ranked #21 of 175 Hotels in Charlotte
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