1. Sip on the Many Craft Beers of Charlotte
You can’t experience Charlotte without sipping on some of the many craft beers the city has to offer. Each brewery has a different specialty and style and you won’t want to miss experiencing each one. To make sure you get a full day of craft beer tasting in, try a brewery tour with Charlotte Brews Cruise. But if brew hoppin’ is more your thing, then plan out your beer conquest with our guide to Charlotte’s craft beer scene!
2. Spend the Day on the Water
Charlotte may not be near a beach but that’s doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of fun to be had on the water. The U.S. Whitewater Center is a local favorite for water and outdoor sports. From whitewater rafting to kayaking and paddleboarding, the USNWC is the perfect place to check out for some of the water fun. And if water sports aren’t your thing, don’t worry, they’ve got everything from ziplining to rock climbing on dry land.
3. Something Sweet at Pop Bar
If you’re visiting Charlotte in the summer then you know how unbearably hot it can be and nothing beats the heat better than a popsicle from Popbar. Choose between popGelato, popWhich and popSorbetto, and then top with sweet treats, like dark chocolate and coconut. Last but not least, make sure to get a snap for Instagram in front of their purple building before it melts!
4. Feel the Wind in Your Face at Carowinds
For a day of family fun or if you just want to let your inner kid out, head south to Carowinds. It may technically be in South Carolina, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a Charlotte staple. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie and love the slides and rides, or funny shows and performances are more your speed, you’ll always find something that matches your definition of fun.
5. Eat Like a Local at Food Truck Fridays
The best way to experience Charlotte like a local is through their food or better yet, their food trucks. Food Truck Friday’s at Sycamore Brewing are the perfect way try out some local brews and snag some food from some of Charlotte’s best food trucks. You can’t go wrong with a Countryside IPA, a Papi Queso grilled cheese and night of fun on their patio.
6. Step into Local History at the Levine Museum
Experiencing the Queen City like a local, means learning about Charlotte’s diverse history. At the Levine Museum of the New South you will walk through the past and learn how it shaped what the city is today. Their Cotton Field to Skyscrapers exhibit features more than 1,000 artifacts, images, video clips, music and oral histories that examine the changes in the South since the Civil War.
7. See the Skyline at Fahrenheit
Your visit to Charlotte is not complete without a trip to the rooftop patio at Fahrenheit. This is the go to spot to get one of the best views of the Charlotte skyline and makes for the perfect Queen City photo op. Grab a spot on their patio and enjoy a meal while gazing up at one of the most beautiful sites in the city.
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