Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the most exciting cities in the state thanks to the numerous things there are to do and see. As the summer months begin to bring many tourists to Charlotte, you may want to steer clear of well-known hotspots, including the Levine Museum of the New South, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and Discovery Palace. Instead, break away from the busy crowds and check out these 8 Unique Things To Do In Charlotte This Summer.
Only a short drive away, Lake Norman is the greatest place to feel like you’re on a vacation while also being close to home. Spend the summer checking out the Outdoor Cinema Series, the Rural Hill Summer Food Festival, and many other unique activities you can enjoy under the sun or the stars.
Indulge your artsy side and check out David Černy’s awe-inducing work of art, Metalmorphosis. Located in the Whitehall Technology Park, the sculpture rotates and spits water into a pool below. Set up a picnic and stare in wonder at this man-made creation, we guarantee you’ll have a hard time looking away.
Ranging between $30 to $40 depending on location, the Harper’s Restaurant Group’s Get Cookin’ classes will teach you the necessary skills and knowledge to become the best at-home chef you can be. Not only are these classes educational, they’re also fun and very delicious.
Located next to Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium is always putting on a new show. Whether you’re into music, are a comedy fan, or a theatre geek, the daily entertainment is as vast as it is fun. Check out the auditorium’s website for a full list of their upcoming events and buy your tickets for a show today!
A historical site a short trip away, Reed Gold Mine is great for people of all ages who want to learn more about North Carolina’s rich history. Being the first documented gold discovery site in the United States, people travel from all around the world to explore the restored mine tunnels at Reed.
Very few places offer a view of the Charlotte skyline quite like Rooftop 210 at the EpiCentre, a spacious venue that hosts concerts, festivals, and fashions shows. Be sure to check out all of the events happening at Rooftop 210 this summer and enjoy the breathtaking views.
Charlotte’s South End boasts numerous art galleries to be explored, which is why there’s the Gallery Crawl, designed for you to leisurely explore everything artsy South End has to offer. It’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of galleries and exhibits you probably haven’t visited before, and you can stop for food and drinks throughout the crawl.
The USNWC is renowned for their endorsement of physical activity and the great outdoors. With 1100 acres, there’s plenty or room to rock climb, zip line, mountain bike, kayak, paddle board, or to just take it easy and relax under the trees. You’ll never run out of things to do at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
If you call the Blue Ridge Mountains home and you’re proud of it, then this list will probably strike a chord with you. From your favorite food to your favorite team, your favorite song to your favorite place, here is 8 Signs You’re Definitely from Raleigh.
8. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
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Krispy Kreme got their start in North Carolina, which you use as an excuse to stop in for a glazed donut any chance you get. With their headquarters still located in the state, you know there’s nothing wrong with supporting a local company.
7. Wagon Wheel
You know all the lyrics to the song ‘Wagon Wheel’ by Old Crow Medicine Show, and they hold a special place in your heart. If you’re anywhere else and you hear the song begin to play, you’re instantly reminded of home.
6. The Raleigh Educational System
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If you went to grade school in Raleigh, you have probably been to the beautiful Biltmore Estate, built in the late 1800s, on a school field trip and you most likely had to memorize the names of all the lighthouses in North Carolina.
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If your family doesn’t get their moonshine from close friends that make it, then they definitely make it themselves. They probably even sell it. You’ll never buy it at the store because we all know there’s nothing better than homemade moonshine.
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Raleigh takes NASCAR so seriously, the film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, starring Will Ferrell, was even filmed here. Everyone has his or her favorite driver, and you were raised knowing that a day at the track is a day well spent.
3. UNC Pride
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How many times have you heard these chants? “Duke is puke! Wake if fake! But NC State is the one we hate!” and “You can’t get to heaven in a red canoe ‘cause God’s favourite color is Carolina blue!” Even if you weren’t a sports fan you knew every word.
2. Barbecue and Breweries
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North Carolina cannot legally have an official happy hour but that doesn’t stop Raleigh’s passion for pints. There are many breweries around the city, rivalled only by the top-notch barbeque joints that have won over the hearts, and stomachs, of Raleigh locals.
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If you’re from here, you’ve been to the swimming hole Sliding Rock. Your most memorable summer days were probably spent slipping and sliding down the natural mountain waterfall. It’s a favorite hangout spot for so many in Raleigh.
If you’re thirsty and in North Carolina, you’re in luck, because we’ve put together a list of the best bars across the state with their corresponding cities for you to check out this weekend. So if you’re looking for an award-winning pint or a cocktail made with locally sourced ingredients, head to one of these ten North Carolina watering holes.
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Thirsty Monk in Asheville is recognized as being one of the best spots for a beer in the world. No wonder, given their long list of brews and an event calendar to keep you entertained every day of the week. Thirsty Monk has two locations downtown, in addition to their locations in Woodfin and Baltimore Park.
Take a short trip back in time at The Crunkleton in Chapel Hill, a bar that focuses on classic cocktails served in an intimate setting. ‘The Bumble Bee’ is made with bourbon whiskey, honey, lemon, lime, egg white, cream, and citrus bitters. Their ‘Blood and Sand’ cocktail contains blended scotch, bitters, cherry heering, sweet vermouth, and orange.
The Raleigh Times Bar is more of an institution than a bar, set up in a century-old building with vintage newspaper clippings proudly displayed on the walls. Their extensive beer list ranges from ciders to IPAs, imported from Belgium and many other top-notch breweries all over the United States.
Zambra, located in Asheville, is named after a gypsy celebration dance if that’s any indication of the fun, party-like atmosphere that this bar offers. Their wine list is incomparable, and their martinis are all made with fresh ingredients. The ‘Kask Away’ is made with rum, grapefruit, ginger beer, and nutmeg.
The drinks at Foundation, in Raleigh, are handcrafted with the highest quality ingredients. Their ‘Made in the Carolinas’ cocktail even contains green tea infused gin! You’ll love heading underground to this hotspot in order to enjoy a drink or two with your favorite friends.
Can’t decide between something sweet or an after-dinner drink? Crave Dessert Bar in Charlotte focuses on both, serving up decadent dishes and crazy cocktails that will please any sweet tooth. It’s no wonder Crave is constantly winning awards and accolades for their delicious food and drinks.
Fullsteam Brewery, located in Durham, often utilizes locally sourced ingredients in their brews. They believe in supporting the agriculture of North Carolina, and you can taste that love for the South in every pint. Fullsteam is being recognized time and time again for their beer, even boasting the honor of a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist.
Celtic pub Jack of the Wood has been open in Asheville for the past twenty years. Aside from a long list of ales, Jack of the Wood also features a wine list and a vast selection of whiskeys, bourbons, and single malts. And that’s not all. There are local musicians that play nightly, and the menu features some of the best fish and chips in town.
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Charlotte’s beloved bar and restaurant Dandelion Market is one of the most charming places in North Carolina. They really concentrate on the idea of nostalgia for the past in all of their dishes and cocktails. Dandelion Market is a cozy spot to bring your loved ones if you’re hitting the town in Charlotte.
Lantern, in Chapel Hill, puts a lot of care and attention in their cocktails, sourcing most of their ingredients from local farms. Their ‘Junebug’ cocktail is made with Pimm’s, fresh ginger-lemon soda, and cucumber. ‘Girl Who Wears Glasses’ contains gin, lychee, Lillet blanc, and rose. It’s the perfect date spot if you’re out to impress.
The summer is quickly approaching and the only way to make sure you have fun this summer with the whole family is to plan ahead. We have some great summer activities you and the family can take part in, the best part of all the activities is that you don’t need to leave the state. These are 6 Summer Family Activities In North Carolina.
6. See Wild horses along the coast
Who doesn’t love seeing animals roam freely?! The coast of North Carolina is the home of various groups of wild horses. All it takes is a drive to the coast and you can see these guys gallop along the beach all day long. You can learn more about the different types of wild horses before your family trip by visiting here.
5. Visit the Sliding Rock
The summer will surely have days where a cold glass of sweet tea won’t be enough to beat the heat. Take the family to sliding rock to cool off for the afternoon. Fun is the main objective here, but safety is more important, so lifeguards are on duty for a majority of the summer.
4. Gold Rush
In 1799, North Carolina provided the US with its first gold rush. You can visit this significant historical site for little to nothing, take the family and learn more about our truly “golden” state.
3. Visit the Swinging Bridge
Warning, if you or your family members are scared of heights, you might want to stay away from this destination. The bridge hangs about 80 feet above the ground and is over 5,000 feet above sea level. It’s scary just thinking about it, but you get a great view of the state and it’s also a great chance to see some wildlife.
2. Ride The Locomotive
Everyone loves trains and what better way to ride the train then on a classic steam engine. This is a great adventure for anyone of any age and there are many great things to do in the area after your train ride.
1. Visit Chimney Rock
If you’re looking for a great physical challenge for your family this just might be it. Make the trip to Chimney Rock and make the 26 storey climb up the 500 million-year-old rock. If you’re looking to get up to the top without the extra work, there is an elevator that will get you up there.
Let us know some of your favorite destinations to travel to in North Carolina.
Spring is in the air ladies and gentlemen, which means it’s finally time to get back outside and loving our beautiful state. Get ready for a picnic in your backyard, North Carolina has plenty of great places to eat and watch the sunset, these are the 5 North Carolina Sunsets You Need To See.
If you’re looking for one of the best walking trails in North Carolina, Sam Knob is definitely on top of that list and the beautiful sunset you get to witness just adds to the greatness of the best trails North Carolina has to offer.
Wayah Bald Lookout
Take the day off and head out to Wayah Bald Lookout, you won’t regret it. You’ll get some of the best views the state has to offer and when the sun is going to sleep the view only gets better.
Of course, you can expect the largest house in America to have one of the best views in America. Have a glass of the estate’s fine wine and watch the gorgeous sunsets.
The largest body of water that North Carolina has to offer also offers one of the greatest views North Carolina has to offer as well. The sunrise is equally as beautiful as the sunset, so get yourself a boat to enjoy both if you can.
Charlotte as one of the most beautiful skylines in the world and it is only more illuminated when the sunset hits it. You have plenty of great angles to experience this skyline, enjoy it.
What is your favorite sunset in North Carolina? Let us know in the comments!
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If you’re looking for something adventurous to do in Charlotte this weekend, then this list is for you. Whether it’s whitewater rafting, jumping as high as possible or lighting up a friend in paintball, these three activities will be a ton of fun.
Nothing says, “best friends,” quite like paintball. Head over to Mighty Sports Center this weekend and bring your friends with you. It’s a great spot for a bachelor/bachelorette party or a birthday party.