From museums and theme parks to performing arts and breweries, Charlotte, NC is home to a variety of one-of-a-kind attractions and activities worth exploring. To help you begin your vacation plans, the local experts at the Courtyard Charlotte Airport/Billy Graham Parkway have created a helpful guide that highlights some of the best things to do in Charlotte during your stay. After a fun day taking in the sights, our inviting guest rooms and the delicious dining options at The Bistro will be waiting to welcome you back.
Carowinds Theme Park
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC | Carowinds Website
Carowinds Theme Park is known as the “Thrill Capital of the Southeast” and features a variety of exhilarating rides, entertainment, and even its own waterpark. From special events, like Dine-In Movies, WinterFest, Live shows, and even premium cabanas (so parents can unwind while the kids play), Carowinds truly offers something fun for everyone.
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 North Tyron St., Charlotte, NC | Bluementhal PAC Website
The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center includes the Belk Theater, Booth Playhouse, and Stage Door Theater, each an incredible venue that regularly showcases traveling Broadway productions as well as comedy shows, dance performances, family-friendly programs, films and more. Be sure to check out their event calendar to see what performances coincide with your stay.
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB)
4150 Yancy Rd., Charlotte, NC | OMB Brewery Website
When The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery first opened its doors in 2009, it was Charlotte’s only local brewery. Years later, this local institution has won fans from near and far for its authentic German-style beer, and is now the largest locally owned craft brewhouse in North Carolina. Sample the handcrafted brews in the 8-acre Biergarten, grab some soft German pretzels and Currywurst at the Brauhaus. Don’t forget to sign up for a free brewery tour (held Saturdays & Sundays at 2, 3, and 4 PM).
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217 | Billy Graham Library Website
This 40,000 square foot museum and library documents the life and ministry of evangelist Billy Graham. It also includes a bookstore, dairy bar, and memorial prayer garden. The museum/library is open Monday – Saturday, all year-round.
301 N Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC | Discovery Place Website
Families staying at our CTL Airport hotel will love visiting Discovery Place. This unique, family-friendly attraction seeks to inspire an interest in science, nature, and technology. It has many fun, hands-on activities, intriguing exhibitions such as, The Charlotte Observer IMAX® Dome Theatre. Discovery Place also regularly hosts live shows featuring animal encounters, science experiments, and more.
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC | Charlotte Museum of History Website
Included on the National Register of Historic Places, the Charlotte Museum of History is the steward of the 1774 Hezekiah Alexander Home Site - the oldest surviving house in Mecklenburg Country. The museum also features a log kitchen that was reconstructed on the foundations of the home’s original kitchen as well as a reconstruction of the 1774 Springhouse. Inside the museum itself, visitors can explore exhibitions the detail the neighborhoods, culture, and citizens of Charlotte from its time as an early settlement through the modern era.
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