Charlotte is known as a modern city full of businesses and attractions to keep visitors and residents entertained and informed. Whether you want to visit museums of fine arts, catch a game, or learn about history, you can do it all in Charlotte.
There are several museums in the city. The Levine Museum of the New South features post-Civil War history of the region with interactive exhibits. Exhibits currently include “Latinos and the New South” and a gallery of photographs depicting Hispanic immigrants in small-town North Carolina.
If you are an aviation buff, then you will enjoy touring the Carolinas Aviation Museum. The museum displays the full-size airplanes you can sit in and other exhibits. Spend a few hours learning about commercial and military aviation, helicopters, and civil aircraft.
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is a small gallery with art pieces and post-World War II furniture. The Charlotte Museum of History provides exhibits detailing the city’s history. The “Charlotte’s Road to Revolution” exhibit features paintings depicting the city’s role in the country’s independence from North Carolina artist Dan Nance.
The UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens is located on the UNC campus. You can walk through the McMillan Greenhouse, Susie Harwood Garden, Van Landingham Glen, or Titan Arum. You can also attend “At Home in the Garden” workshops such as Healthy Houseplants, Pressed Flower Art, The Art and Technique of Pruning Japanese Maples, or Holiday Décor Using the Bounty of Nature.
Bird lovers will enjoy the Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary with its two public gardens started by two women that loved to garden in the Ridgewood Avenue neighborhood. Plan to spend the day touring the gardens and bird watching with other enthusiasts.
Catch a ballgame with the Charlotte Knights during your visit to the BB&T Ballpark. NASCAR fans will want to make a trip to Second Ward to the NASCAR Hall of Fame to learn the history and see the interactive exhibits dedicated to the past and present NASCAR stars.
There are close to three dozen tours in Charlotte you can take including city tours, walking tours, brewery tours, food tours, bus tours, historical tours, and more. Queen City Tours in the Sheffield Park neighborhood can pick you up for a historical tour of the city that lasts over two hours. You will visit the historic district of Uptown and two Southern suburbs.
If you like hearing about local ghost stories, Charlotte’s Local History and Ghost Tours and Carolina History and Haunts Ghost Tour both blend elements of history with legend. The tours operate all year, not just Halloween. With Carolina History and Haunts Ghost Tour, you will tour uptown Charlotte with a guided lantern light to enhance the atmosphere.
There is so much to do in Charlotte that enjoying your retirement years or special time with your friends and family is an exciting time. Take the time to learn more about the attractions in Charlotte and spend your days having fun.
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