440 Griffith Road
Charlotte, NC 28217
Phone: (704) 525-0747
Fax: (704) 522-0968
The Billy Graham Library pays tribute to late American Christian evangelist Billy Graham. The library features a number of artifacts from different facets of Graham's life, from his humble beginnings on a farm to his career as a prominent minister. Many find the library to be a site of inspiration, regardless of religious connotations.
Formerly known as the American Business and Fashion Institute, The Art Institute of Charlotte was established back in 1973. It is part of Art Institutes International Inc., which has 31 such educational establishments nationwide. You can avail of programs focussed on fashion, media art, designing, culinary training, and so on. Enrolled students can exhibit their art in the online galleries of the institute. Call +1 800 872 4417 (Toll-free).
This museum is tailor made to teach kids about the natural world. They'll see live animals, such as baby chicks, owls, and snakes. Take a stroll through the Butterfly Pavilion or the Paw Paw Nature Trail to learn more about local wildlife. Kids can run and play at Fort Wild or Our Big Backyard, or listen and learn during one of several workshops and events organized here.
If you happen to be visiting the city, do make a trip to Charlotte's fascinating Historic South End. The South End was established in 1850 to maintain the vibrancy and promote economic development of the area. The neighborhood is home to many an establishment—restaurants, shops and galleries have made this a crucial part of the city's attractions. Several events, like the Main Street Rag Poetry Forum and the Hayes George Gallery's "Vignettes" are also held here.
The Mint Museum Uptown is located in a historic downtown building that was recently renovated to celebrate the rich legacy of Charlotte's artistic tradition. The permanent collection holds a wide range of items made from ceramic, jewelry, glass, fibers, metal, and wood. Their special glass commissions alone make it worth the visit! For those who enjoy an interactive experience, the museum offers many workshops, lectures, artist demonstrations, and travel guides to enhance the trip. Also, it is located within the heart of the business district and nearby many shopping centers and restaurants. Make sure to also take a look at the Mint Museum Randolph, full of fine and contemporary art.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is one of the important and well known venues of Charlotte. Spread across an area of 150,000-square-feet, this completely renovated and refurbished facility boasts ultra modern equipment and sophisticated amenities. As the name suggests, it is dedicated to NASCAR, and is a perfect starting point for all those who are unaware about auto racing. The Hall of Fame has a special exhibition hall that displays artifacts that give you detailed information on car racing. It also has specialized simulator rides and interactive displays that further add to the experience. Apart from that, the on-site venues like Belk High Octane Theater, Great Hall and Legends Room can be hired for private functions.
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is a fresh injection of art and culture into the city's nerves. Located in the Uptown district in the heart of downtown Charlotte, the Bechtler is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The free audio guide and gallery brochures at the visitor desk and information center keep visitors informed on the modern art lining the walls and hallways. The museum is a fun experience for visitors of all ages, especially since the Bechtler provides children with materials to make their visit to the museum interactive and enjoyable.
Romare Bearden Park is a community facility great for some recreation and relaxation. Named after the renowned Charlotte resident and artist, this 5.4-acre (2.19-hectare) park is located a short distance from the Mint Museum. It is replete with gardens, courtyards, children's playgrounds and picnic spots. The manicured lawns feature waterfalls and over 10,000 varieties of flora that are inspired by Bearden's work. The gazebo is used to host an array of cultural programs like workshops, exhibitions, the RomareFest, Party in the Park and Music Box Lunch Series.
Ever since its construction in 1982, Charlotte Plaza has been a focal point for business and entertainment. The impressive facade has attracted visitors for years, and the variety of businesses tempt them to stay for an afternoon of shopping or fine dining. Some of the amenities include Bentley's on 27, Rainbow Cafe, and Uptown Retreat Salon & Spa. In addition, the building is attached to Charlotte's impressive Overstreet Mall System, and its large parking deck provides easy access for shoppers and visitors.
Come by this aviation museum, located at the Airport, to check out civil and military aircraft. Take a look at the military airplanes featured here, including a Grumman F-14D Super TomCat, which served in Iraq, and a Grumman OVD-1D Mohawk. See the civilian craft like the Piedmont Airlines Douglas DC-3. Restoration work on aircraft takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so schedule a visit to see the whole process. For further information on the exhibits, volunteer opportunities and history of the planes, check the website.
Owned and operated by the same organization that runs the NBA Bobcats, the Charlotte Sting are another beloved institution of the Queen City. They were one of the first teams in a fledgling WNBA, and they made the playoffs in each of their first three seasons. The team thrills crowds all summer long at Charlotte Bobcats Arena, and tickets start as low as USD7 per seat. See website for season tickets and package deals. Call +1 800 495 2295 (Toll Free).
Charlotte Memorial Stadium is a mammoth sports venue with a seating capacity of 24,000 spectators inside it. It indeed is a good choice to spend a sunny holiday watching soccer teams in action, sitting there in the open-air with your friends. And its not just sports alone that make this venue a real hit in the city—concerts and other shows also make Charlotte Memorial Stadium come alive every year on the Independence Day.