Named after a queen, Charlotte has its share of regal delights, from sports to amusement parks, museums to nature preserves. If you’re heading to the biggest city in North Carolina for a daycation, check out our handy guide for some suggestions on what to do.
Your Charlotte Day Stay Suggestions
Food – There’s plenty to whet your appetite in Charlotte, with culinary styles and restaurants galore. Amongst the pick of the bunch are Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Rooster’s Wood-fired Kitchen, the highly rated yet not-for-profit The King’s Kitchen, and K.O. Sushi.
Sports – Charlotte is home to two top sports teams, the Panthers of the NFL and the Hornets of the NBA, with the Checkers and the Knights representing the city in hockey and baseball. Kick back and relax watching the professionals go at it, or take advantage of the city’s facilities and indulge yourself in golf, bowling, rock climbing and more.
Family Fun – Carowinds is a family-friendly amusement park with a range of attractions, including high speed roller coasters, water slides, and live performances. Discovery Place Science is a science and technology museum for children, featuring interactive exhibits, an aquarium, and an IMAX theater.
Nature Preserve – Reedy Creek Nature Center & Nature Preserve covers an enormous area, and is a great place to enjoy hiking or fishing, as well as being dog-friendly.
Seven Fun Facts About Charlotte
The city was named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of King George III.
Because of this, the city is nicknamed The Queen City.
Charlotte was first settled in 1755, becoming a city in 1768.
North Carolina was one of the hearts of the Gold Rush, and some people still pan for gold in streams.
In the last century, Charlotte was hit by Hurricane Hugo, despite being 200 miles (320km) away from the coast.
Charlotte has the largest Jewish population in the state.
The city is home to many festivals including Moo and Brew Fest, the largest annual craft beer and burger festival in North Carolina (held every April). Charlotte Pride is the largest LGBT festival in the state, held every August.