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Things to do in Charlotte

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Rafting
“We love this place even if you do not want to participate in activities. IN the warmer months they have live music on Thursdays and Saturdays. ”
  • 169 locals recommend
Route
“Whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and zip-lining. If you go on Thursdays they have an event called River Jam where you can listen to live music and drink beer.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Museum
“Aviation enthusiasts can get behind the controls of flight simulators and see historic aircraft up close, including the “Miracle on the Hudson” passenger jet that crash-landed on the Hudson River in 2009.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Nature
“Look for Groupon, I personally enjoy seeing the birds and spending time outdoors.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Rafting
“Hiking trails, live music, white water rafting, zip-lining and something for all ages. Check out the website for calendar of events. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Route
“Test your adventure skills at white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding. Live music on Thursday and Saturday nights during the summer.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Museum
“They have a variety of hiking trails that wind around Lake Norman. Hiking, Horse Back Riding, Kayaking and Canoeing are free if you bring your own equipment. Equipment rental is available on a reserved and first come first served basis. This lake is very picturesque and romantic. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Airport
“Located 30 minutes south of Kannapolis on I-85. Charlotte Douglas International Airport offers non-stop service with 600 daily flights to 130 destinations worldwide.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Creative farm-to-table cuisine with a global spin is served in a rustic-chic space with plank walls.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Latta Plantation Nature Center is the county’s largest nature preserve, offering access to outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking and even horseback riding. It’s free to enter the nature preserve and trails but each activity center located on the property has its own visitor fees. Carolina Raptor Center is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students and free for children under 4. Latta Plantation is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and free for children under 5. The Equestrian Center offers 45-minute guided trail rides ($30), 30-minute arena rides ($20) and pony rides for kids ($8).”
  • 5 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“Apparently on Sundays there are food trucks and such but otherwise, this is a nice quiet place to go see the planes leave and land and our city skyline.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“Nice and new riverfront park with children’s playground, walking paths, and boat landing. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“everything is a quick uber ride away from shopping the airport, downtown and more!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Route
“Only a ten minute drive away from the property the White Water center has something for all age groups. Whether you want to participate in one of the many outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing etc or sit and listen to live music. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Rafting
“We love this place even if you do not want to participate in activities. IN the warmer months they have live music on Thursdays and Saturdays. ”
  • 169 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Creative farm-to-table cuisine with a global spin is served in a rustic-chic space with plank walls.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“They gave wonderful seafood and land lovers meals. They servers and bartenders are great, as well as the owner. The view of the river is very nice.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
American Restaurant
“Homey chain restaurant serving American comfort food, with an on-site general store.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
American Restaurant
“Showmars has great food and offers a large selection of items. It's friendly and family oriented. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

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