Quality Inn & Suites Airport
3100 Queen City Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
Phone: (704) 393-5306
Fax: (704) 394-0550
Though they are officially known as the "Carolina" Panthers, they play in uptown Charlotte, and it is the citizens of Charlotte in the stands cheering for them. Since their inception in 1995, the Panthers have clinched their division championship three times. They even made it to Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2003, where the New England Patriots defeated them by a slim three-point margin thanks to Adam Vinatieri's infamous, last-second, 41-yard field goal. See the Panthers go for the glory at their home, Bank of America Stadium. See website for ticketing information.
Contact Southern Breezes for a charming tour of Charlotte city. Enjoy the famed Southern hospitality as you travel around the area in enchanting horse drawn carriages. Visitors can have a look at churches, galleries, cafes, hotels and other attractions at their own pace. With a pick up from anywhere you choose, these tours cannot be more convenient or more fun! Check the website for details.
In the heart of Charlotte's historic Fourth Ward lies an epic monument to the rich history of the neighborhood, and the city as a whole. Thomas Polk, Charlotte founding father and kin to President James K. Polk, is buried here. A number of headstones date back to 1776. Still more mark the graves of heroic Civil War veterans. Within walking distance of other historic sites like Alex Mike's restaurant and the Fire Museum
Latta Park began as a real estate developer's ploy to lure the people of Charlotte out of the crowded city center and into the suburbs. Today, the South End is far from suburban, and Latta Park remains a thing of beauty. Long, narrow and green, the 31-acre park is home to a basketball court, a multi-purpose field, two softball fields, six tennis courts, a volleyball court, a six-table sheltered picnic area, a recreation center, a playground, a sprayground, and miles of trails. See website for park map and reservable facilities information. Open daily.
Beech Spring Mountain Bike Park is not for the faint of heart. This looping trail is well-maintained and perfect for those looking to get a nice bike ride in their day, but riders must be prepared for a rigorous workout. This trail is for advanced bikers, and runs alongside stunningly diverse scenery.
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).
The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County and the Children's Theatre of Charlotte have come together to create this awesome complex that houses the McColl Family Theatre, the Spangler Library, the Wachovia Playhouse, a Scene and Paint Shop, several studios, rehearsal rooms and a costume shop. A veritable entertainment center, this is the hub of family amusement activities in the area. A comprehensive collection of books and videos fills the library, while a number of educational programs for kids takes place at regular intervals.
Part gallery, part studio space, the McColl Center is dedicated to two noble goals: providing local artists with a healthy and inspiring environment in which to work, and encouraging the surrounding community to become more aware of the art world. To these ends, the McColl Center functions as a traditional gallery as well as sponsoring community-building events such as “Open Studio Saturdays” where artists' workspaces are open to the public. Artists-in-residence ply their trades throughout the facility, working with everything from pencils and paints to clay and cements, neon light, heavy metals, and much more. Housed in a renovated 1920s-era church, the Center itself is quite striking. See website for calendar of events and exhibitions.
Amid the hustle and bustle of Charlotte lies Marshall Park, a nicely landscaped area with green grass and trees, a pond and a fountain in the middle. Occasionally, events and festivals take place here.
If you are all thumbs when it comes to holding a club, don't worry too much. Hone your skills at this facility, which includes a top notch practice center, eight target greens and artificial tees that can be played in all kinds of weather. Classes are held on a regular basis and can go on for as long as six months to a year; find a schedule that suits you best. If your kids show some potential in the sport, bring them along too—special classes are also conducted for those between five and 17 years of age. Check the website for more details.
Little Sugar Creek Greenway provides trails that run through both urban and nature settings. There are works of public art positioned throughout the trail, including a mirrored sphere and a terrace that couples occasionally use for weddings. The Greenway connects to a number of parks, offering places for you to stop, rest, and relax along your journey.
Affiliated with some of the top organizations in the country, this garden offers educational and vocational programs to the neighborhood residents. With this, it aims at educating the people of all age groups about the importance of greenery in our surroundings. Several schools send their students to participate in these workshops. For those who have a keen interest in this field, there are internship programs offered in collaboration with the Central Piedmont Community College. And for those who are looking for a hands-on lesson on roses, enroll for the course that takes place each February. For membership and further information, check the website.