There are so many historical stories to be told and the Queen City is full of museums to tell them.
Enjoy Charlotte’s rich and diverse culture by purchasing a Levine Center for the Arts pass. For $20, you’ll get 48-hours of general admission entry into the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and both locations of the Mint Museum.
For all you race fans, immerse yourself in the excitement, passion and history of NASCAR through ever-evolving exhibits and interactive experiences at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Stand in awe as you explore the Hall of Honor, the sacred space that is the heart and soul of NASCAR Hall of Fame, where NASCAR legends are enshrined, celebrated and honored over the years.
Already have your daytime itinerary booked? Then take advantage of one of the many free evening events offered by the museums.
Traveling with little ones?
ImaginOn The Joe and Joan Martin Center hosts an array of free programs to enrich the imaginations of your little ones at the Center’s Studio i and Messy Makerspace. And, if you’ve got a couple of hours to spare, purchase tickets to a play at the Children’s Theatre.
The Discovery Place is the place to play and explore how things work. Walk the rain forest, participate in jaw-dropping experiments or wonder at the aquatic world. Exhibits in the science museum include 3D laser printers, a vacuum-powered Air Chair and a bed of nails. One exhibition explores the science behind Ripley’s Believe It or Not, including a calf with two faces, optical illusions and micro-sculptures so small they fit into the eye of a needle. Live shows explain chemistry, nature, fire and other concepts in an entertaining atmosphere.
Before you embark on a day full of fun and adventure, indulge in an unforgettable meal at any one of my favorite eateries.
From delectable red velvet waffles to traditional Cajun-spiced shrimp and grits, Stewart Penick’s Terrace has something for everyone. All their dishes are made from scratch and feature the best in Southern cuisine with a twist. I especially love their biscuits and gravy. Looking for something healthier? Try their Oatmeal with maple-rum sauce, toasted pecans, and bananas. So good!
Tupelo Honey welcomes four-time James Beard Award semifinalist Chef Eric Gabrynowicz to the family. Chef Gabrynowicz’s use of responsibly sourced ingredients and fresh local seasonal produce up the quality in taste to all his dishes. It’s no wonder the restaurant receives such rave reviews. I absolute love their Honey Dusted Fried Chicken. Simply to die for! HOWEVER, their Southern Shakshuka (baked eggs, scratch-made creole sauce, sliced avocado, served over goat cheese grits) is an unforgettable contender. But be forewarned, their menu changes frequently, so your favorite dish may be here today, gone tomorrow.
When I’m in a new city, my preferred mode of transportation is walking. Mainly to experience the vibe of the city, but also to discover something new that I might miss while driving. Famous Toastery is one such place. I found this place by accident when I got lost going back to my hotel. I know. How can one get lost in a city whose streets use a grid system? Ha! I don’t know, but I did. Anyway, it’s a good thing, because the food there is amazing. It made the list of my top three favorite eateries. I love their breakfast menu. Come hungry because you get a lot of food.
7th Street Public Market is a great place to satisfy your foodie within. From gourmet cheeses at Orrman’s Cheese Shop, to the scrumptious desserts at Zia Pia. Their raspberry cheesecake is heavenly! Assorted Table is a fully-stocked wine distributor that not only has a countertop bar to enjoy wine by the glass, but will also provide you with the wine glasses needed to enjoy your newly purchased bottles of wine(s) while people watching at the Market.
I don’t want to go into too much detail, because I am dedicating a full article to the 7th Street Public Market. Oh, the stories these vendors have to tell. And the food! Ha! You’ll soon find out why I have to dedicate an entire story on it. I can’t wait to share the story about Cherie Berry, a craft beer I was introduced to at Tank’s Tap. Classic!
Bars & Pubs
The pulse of the city’s centre begins at the intersections of Trade and Tryon – once a Native American trade route – and extends outward into the subdivided four wards. By day, professionals shuttle to and from skyscrapers towering the city’s cosmopolitan hub. But once the daily grind comes to a halt, sprawling rooftop bars and culinary artisans await the arrival of Charlotteans in need of post-work enjoyment.
From nearby NoDa’s breweries, to the EpiCentre’s rooftop bars, Uptown Charlotte is anything but short on providing a space for Charlotteans to drink and socialize.