Area Information and Attractions
Charlotte, North Carolina, ideally located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a community filled with cultural diversity and civic pride. It is surrounded by such must-see attractions as the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Mint Museum of Art, the Biltmore Estate and Backing Up Classics Motorsports Museum, just to name a few. You could even spend the day at Charlotte Motor Speedway to see your favorite NASCAR drivers in action, or enjoy a day at Carowinds with family and friends. And make sure to complete your trip to Charlotte with a visit to the North Carolina Zoo. In the hotel lobby, you’ll find maps, brochures, schedules and anything else you may need to explore Charlotte and the surrounding area.
Enjoy your stay!
The following pages list a number of the most popular Charlotte area attractions, as well as some lesser-known local favorites. There are many more things to see and do than could be listed here – be sure to ask our Front Desk Staff for more information. For your convenience, we have also listed contact information. We do, however, recommend that you call ahead since hours and prices are subject to change. You can also visit our local visitor guide websites visitcabarrus.com or visitcharlotte.com.
As the official hotel of Charlotte Motor Speedway we are proud to be your gateway to …Where Racing Lives, The speedway complex is the premier destination for motorsports entertainment including the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway, four-tenths-mile dirt track and now a state-of-the-art drag racing facility. Charlotte Motor Speedway also hosts a number of companies that conduct year-round driving schools at the speedway including the Richard Petty Driving Experience, to feel the thrill of driving or riding at speeds of more than 160 mph call 1.800.BE.PETTY.
Bank of America Stadium
800 S Mint Street, Charlotte
Located in uptown Charlotte, Bank of America Stadium as been specifically designed for football and is home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College Street, Charlotte
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
707 Pavilion Blvd, Charlotte
A Live Nation Venue, with everything from rock, alternative, pop, country, jazz, and rhythm and blues along with special events and festivals of all kinds, Charlotte’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre can do it all! Music lives here!
Time Warner Cable Arena
333 East Trade Street, Charlotte
Located in uptown Charlotte, Time Warner Cable Arena is home of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats, the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers and is the premier destination for top-rated concerts and events.
Please visit movies.com, our zip code is 28027.
Gem Theatre | gem-theatre.com
111 W 1st St, Kannapolis | 704.932.5111
The Gem is the oldest single-screen movie theatre in operation today. The Gem is also one of only a few movie theatres that offers balcony seating. The Gem continues to be recognized as a historical landmark and as a “Gem of a Showplace” in Kannapolis, North Carolina.
AMC Concord Mills 24
Concord Parkway @ Concord Mills Mall
Regal Starlight Stadium 14
11240 US Highway 29, Concord
Parks and Recreation
U.S. National Whitewater Center | usnwc.org
820 Hawfield Rd, Charlotte
A half hour south of Cabarrus County is the new U.S. National Whitewater Center, the world’s premier outdoor recreation and environmental education center. The park’s centerpiece feature is a multiple channel, customized whitewater river for rafting and canoe/kayak enthusiasts of all abilities. Additional features are mountain biking and running trails, a climbing center, and challenge course on over 300 acres of woodlands along the scenic Catawba River. Programs include guided private rafting, kayaking instruction and solo kayaking, climbing programs and combo climbing/rafting and climbing/kayaking. Olympic caliber athletes, weekend warriors, and casual observers share this world-class sports and training center. The Center is home to USA Canoe and Kayak, hosts World Cup competitions and Olympic Trials, and serves as the home of international Olympic athletes.
Please visit co.cabarrus.nc.us/Parks/ for hours and additional information for the following parks as well as information on additional parks in Cabarrus County.
Camp Spencer Park
3155 Rimer Road, Concord
704.920.2700 or 704.795.4492
Three fishing lakes, paddleboats, picnic shelters, four cabins, tent sites, campground bathhouse, playground, walking trails, volleyball, and horseshoe courts. Two refurbished buildings can be rented for meetings or family reunions. Helms Dining Hall has a full kitchen and opens to a deck lined with rocking chairs.
Frank Liske Park & Soccer Complec
4001 Stough Road, Concord
230 acres of open space, including a 10-acre lake for fishing and paddleboats, miniature golf, plenty of playgrounds, picnic shelters, amphitheater, fitness trail, and walking trails. Also included are a barn suitable for meetings, family reunions, and more; an 11-field soccer complex, lighted softball fields; lighted tennis courts; horseshoe pits and volleyball courts.
North Cabarrus Park
760 Orphanage Road, Concord
A great family destination. This 90-acre park offers a relaxing place to get away while enjoying the nature beauty of the park. Currently, the park features two brand new playgrounds, picnic shelters, nature trails, a disc golf course, a boardwalk around the back of the pond, a volleyball court, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, a 1.2 mile walking trail, view of horses from an adjacent farm, tennis courts, mountain bike trails, and a restroom/vending building.
Please visit concordparksandrec.org for hours and additional information for the following parks as well as information on additional parks in Concord.
Harold McEachern Greenway
338 Lawndale Avenue, Concord
This 10 ft. wide paved asphalt trail extends almost one mile alongside Branchview Drive from Les Myers Park on Lawndale Avenue up to Mickey McGee Park on Corban Avenue. A pedestrian tunnel currently being built will allow access from Les Myers Park to McGee Park. This is the first phase of the city’s first greenway system which will eventually connect downtown Concord to the Northeaster Medical Center area.
Les Meyers Park
228 Lawndale Avenue , Concord
This 21-acre park has a softball field, basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds, amphitheater, horseshoe pit and concrete skating pad, as well as 3 picnic shelters and one community building with kitchen facilities available for rent.
Please visit ci.kannapolis.nc.us/parks_0.asp for hours and additional information for the following parks as well as information on additional parks in Kannapolis.
Bakers Creek Park
1275 West A Street, Kannapolis
Picnic areas with grills, group picnic shelters, lighted softball field and tennis courts, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, playground, nature trail and 18-hole miniature golf courses. Concessions and restroom facilities. Three large picnic shelters equipped with electricity and grills.
1275 West A Street, Kannapolis
Village Park is Kannapolis’ premiere park attraction, featuring an amphitheater, playground, walking trail and open space. Summer features include Concerts in the Park and Movies in the Parks. The 16-acre park is also offers a playground and a greenway that connects to Bakers Creek Park, as well as a SplashPad, an aquatic recreation feature that provides endless combinations of interactive play in water that is sprayed, gushed, dumped and poured from play products. There is no standing water, only jets, geysers, water cannons and sprinkler-type amenities designed to get everyone wet.
Points of Interest
Please visit websites or call for hours, admission and additional information for the following points of interest.
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte
Journey through history with one of the most influential voices of the 20th century…… Experience state-of-the-art exhibits, multimedia displays and rare film footage. While at the Library, enjoy lunch at the Graham Bros. Dairy Bar and browse for that perfect gift in Ruth’s Attic Bookstore. Adjacent to the Library, your journey will continue through the Graham family home place.
Reed Gold Mine
9621 Reed Mine Road, Midland
12-year-old Conrad Reed made the nation’s first gold discovery at Reed Gold Mine in 1799. The 17-pound nugget was used as a doorstop for three years before his father sold it for $3.50. Tour the Visitors Center, restored underground tunnels and reconstructed stamp mill. Hike and explore the Talking Rocks Trail. See gold mining exhibits. Try your luck panning for gold (panning seasonal May-Oct). National Historic Landmark.
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road, Huntersville
Historic Latta Plantation, once a successful cotton plantation, is now an historic farm. Costumed interpreters, historic displays and hands-on activities allow visitors to experience what life was like for the planters, yeoman farmers, and enslaved African- Americans of the North Carolina backcountry in the early 19th century. Historic Latta Plantation features the home of James Latta, built ca. 1800, as well as original and replica outbuildings and historically appropriate farming practices and livestock.
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road, Huntersville
(Located at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve)
Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental education and the conservation of birds of prey through public education, the rehabilitation of injured, and orphaned raptors and research
Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 North Tryon Street, Charlotte
Nicknamed “Frew’s Folly,” Rosedale was the home to tax collector Archibald Frew and his wife, Ann Cowan. It features gardens, perfect for guided tours, and trails for walking while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. Rosedale Plantation is also well-known for its artwork, with several watercolor paintings and decorative art pieces located throughout the house.
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road, Mooresville
Safari adventure is yours to experience at this exotic animal site. More than 750 creatures roam free as you drive your car through the winding terrain. Llamas, emus, ostriches, zebras, deer, antelope, elk, camels and water buffalos are among the residents along the 3 1/2 mile trail, ready to be fed or petted. Horse-drawn wagon tours can be arranged in advance. Other attractions include a petting zoo, playground, blacksmith shop and picnic area.
North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 North Tryon Street, Charlotte
Home to the North Carolina Dance Theater and the Charlotte Symphony, the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is the cultural arts mecca of Charlotte and the surrounding area. Each year, the center hosts touring productions of Broadway plays as well as many local plays. Past featured performances include The Scarlet
Pimpernel, Godspell and Fosse.
I-77 & 14523 Carowinds Boulevard, Charlotte
1.800.888.4386 or 704.588.2600
112 action-packed acres featuring more than 50 world class rides, shows and attractions. Boomerang Bay water park, a 16-acre, Australian-themed Outback oasis of wet fun featuring more than 25 water activities Nickelodeon™ Central, loaded with more than 20 attractions that kids and parents can enjoy together. Concerts in the Paladium Amphitheatre.
Please visit websites or call for hours, admission and additional information for the following regional attractions.
One North Pack Square, Asheville
Best known as the “Vanderbilt Mansion”, Biltmore Estate is beautifully lined with lovely old oak and maple trees, with the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains as its backdrop. Its main house, gardens and landscaping have been restored to their original grandeur. A definite must-see here is the Festival of Flowers, the estate’s annual first bloom spring event. End you’re visit with a stop by the Biltmore Estate Winery to enjoy a glass of one of Biltmore’s fine wines.
North Carolina Zoological Park
4401 Zoo Parkway, Ashboro
Hundreds of animals, including the elusive roadrunner, call this zoo home. Exotic flora and fauna create natural habitats. Venture into the Forest Aviary gallery, where wide-open displays allow you a “bird’s-eye” view of free-flight birds from the Amazon rainforest. Take the shuttle to Africa and North America for an overview of the zoo, the largest walk-through natural habitat zoo in the United States.
Please visit websites or call for hours, admission and additional information for the following museums.
Backing Up Classics Auto Museum
4545 Concord Parkway South (next to Charlotte Motor Speedway), Concord
Backing Up Classics has more than 50 vehicles on display. Featuring classics, antiques, 50s, 60s, muscle cars and a gift shop fully stocked with NASCAR merchandise and automotive collectibles.
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte
The Museum of History provides a trip in time to learn about Charlotte’s past and present. The 18th Century gallery takes you back to the frontier beginnings of the Queen City. It also features the 20th Century gallery, which tells the story of Charlotte’s social, economic and religious freedoms. A definite must-see here is The American Freedom Bell, a symbol of the patriotic heritage of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, which rings to welcome each tour to the museum.
301 South Tryon Street, Charlotte
Touch a real human heart or walk through the world’s largest eyeball in the Life Center gallery.
Or experience the ocean touch-pool and wave tank in the Aquarium. The Charlotte Observer IMAX® Dome Theatre showcases the in discovery films as well as full-length features. A definite first-stop here, the Challenger Learning Center is an educational science center inspired by NASA’s space shuttle Challenger crew.
Mint Museum of Art
2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte
Since its opening in 1936 as North Carolina’s first art museum, the Mint Museum of Art and its permanent collection have grown in response to the interest and support of area collectors and donors. Today it is a rich and diverse resource with noted collections of American art, pre-Columbian art, American and European ceramics, American decorative arts, historic costumes and accessories, African art, Asian art, historic maps, contemporary art and photography. The Mint Museum of Art’s collection numbers over 27,000 items and is a rich asset for the museum’s audience as it establishes its place among its peers in the region and within the nation.
Mint Museum of Craft & Design
220 North Tyron Street, Charlotte
Since its inception in 1999, the Mint Museum of Craft & Design has earned international recognition for the exceptional quality, range and distinction of its growing collections. The museum celebrates artists who conceive and fabricate original and unique objects, as well as designers of objects ranging from those for everyday use to high design. The collection focuses on ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, metalwork and wood that delineate historical, technical and stylistic innovation, and are created by emerging and established artists and designers. Also of note is 20th and 21st century international studio craft and design, from the traditional to the contemporary and the functional to fanciful.
North Carolina Transportation Museum
441 S. Salisbury Avenue, Spencer
1.877.NCTM.FUN or 704.636.2889
The North Carolina Transportation Museum is located on the site of what was once Southern Railway Company’s largest steam locomotive repair facility. Begun in 1896 at a point halfway between Washington and Atlanta, Spencer Shops and the town of Spencer were both named for Samuel Spencer, the first President of Southern Railway. The site contains an authentic train depot, antique automobiles, and a 37 stall roundhouse that includes 25 locomotives and other exhibit areas. The museum offers seasonal train rides, guided tours, and special events scheduled throughout the year.
Please visit our local visitor guide websites visitcabarrus.com or visitcharlotte.com.
For those who want to shop, Cabarrus County is home to Concord Mills, the number one shopping destination of the Carolinas. Here, shoppers find over 200 stores including outlets, off-price retailers and specialty stores. Anchoring one end of Concord Mills is Bass Pro Shops – a mega-store the size of four football fields that features the best selection of fishing, hunting, camping, boating and golf equipment anywhere.
For specialty shopping, the Racing Side of Charlotte offers unique stores in Colonial-style Cannon Village, historic Downtown Concord and family oriented Carolina Mall.
Please visit websites or call for hours and additional information for the following shopping area.
8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord
1.877.NC.MILLS or 704.979.3000
The #1 shopping entertainment destination of the Carolinas and North Carolina’s #1 visitor attraction, Concord Mills features over 200 stores including manufacturer and retail outlets, off-price retailers, and unique specialty stores. A festive food court, theme restaurants, a 24-screen, state-of-the-art AMC Theatre and interactive retailers are also part of the shopping adventure. The center is further enhanced by an oval racetrack layout, giant video screens and dynamic architecture reflective of the Carolinas.
South Park Mall
4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte
As the Carolinas’ premier shopping destination, SouthPark offers an experience like no other. SouthPark is home to one of two Nordstroms in the Carolinas, and is now home to the first Neiman Marcus in the region and the first full-line Crate & Barrel store! BCBG MaxAzria, Billy Reid, Hermes, Juicy Couture and Ralph Lauren are now open in the Neiman Marcus wing. The Village at SouthPark has recently welcomed Paul Simon, Design Within Reach and Bag’n Baggage to the mix. SouthPark offers several other exclusive stores, including Apple, Bob Ellis Shoes, Burberry, Cole Haan, Frontgate, Kate Spade, Janie and Jack, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Lindt Chocolate, Louis Vuitton, MontBlanc, Sigrid Olsen, St. John, Sur La Table, Tiffany & Co., Tommy Bahama and Tumi.
100 North Tryon Street, Charlotte
(Bank of America Corporate Center)
Founders Hall isn’t your average mall. This retail center has an indoor six-story winter floral garden as its centerpiece. It also features WBTV’s Center City Studios, complete with a gallery area for visitors to watch a live newscast. Enjoy concerts and fashion shows throughout the year. Stores include Jos. A. Bank
Clothiers, The Bookmark and Bank of America Heritage Center & Company Store.
National Football League
Bank of America Stadium
800 S Mint Street, Charlotte
The NFL Carolina Panthers were contenders in Super Bowl XXXVIII. But these cats aren’t resting on any laurels as each season continues to offer plenty of excitement and drama. The team calls Bank of America Stadium home — a 72,500 seat, open-air, natural grass stadium. Panther home games are definitely one of the hottest tickets in town!
National Basketball Association
Time Warner Cable Arena
333 East Trade Street, Charlotte
Basketball is back in Basketball Country!
AA Hockey League
Time Warner Cable Arena
333 East Trade Street, Charlotte
Charlotte is known as the birthplace of professional hockey in the South, and the Charlotte Checkers are proud to be part of that history. The Checkers, a member of the ECHL, are the affiliate of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League and the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.
(Affiliate of Chicago White Sox)
2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, SC
Minor League Baseball has deep roots in the state of North Carolina. Professional Baseball in Charlotte dates back to 1901. But to catch you up to speed, the Charlotte Knights are our AAA Chicago White Sox affiliated team. Knights Stadium is a 10,000 seat facility located 12 miles south of Charlotte’s Center City and minutes north of Rock Hill.
Class A Baseball
(Affiliate of Chicago White Sox)
Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium
2888 Moose Road, Kannapolis
Affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Member of the South Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, Northern Division. Play 70 home games from April-September at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium. Most affordable form of family entertainment.
Charlotte Trolley Inc.
2104 South Boulevard, Charlotte
Take a relaxing guided tour of Charlotte, past and present, aboard Streetcar 85 – an electric streetcar built in the Queen City in 1927 and the last to operate when the streetcar system was retired in 1938. Hear about Charlotte’s rise as an industrial and financial center and note the many historic landmarks along the route. Hop off to enjoy antique shopping and fine dining.
Queen City Tours
3125 Eastway Dr., Charlotte
The Charlotte City Tour covers over fifty sites including the historic district in uptown and two old south suburbs that feature tree-lined streets, beautiful blossoming trees and flowers April-September, fall foliage October-November and beautiful and grand old south homes that boast designs to include Tudor, Colonial, Revival, Bungalow, Georgian, and Spanish styles.
Historic Charlotte – City Center Walking Tour
Historic Charlotte, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization established in 1991 as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Preservation Foundation. Historic Charlotte has developed a Historic Walking Tour for Center City Charlotte, this is a free self-guided tour. Maps and information are located online.
FIRST GOLD DISCOVERY
A must-see for visitors to the area is Reed Gold Mine – the site of our nation’s first gold discovery in 1799 – fully 50 years before the 49ers Gold Rush in California. Visitors to Reed tour the museum, walk through underground tunnels and see an ore-crushing stamp mill in action. They even try their luck panning for gold!
Another popular historic site, Bost Grist Mill, is completely restored with original milling equipment that grinds corn into cornmeal and grits. The Memorial Garden in Historic Downtown Concord, dates back to 1804 and is worth visiting any time of year. The Cabarrus County Courthouse – also in Downtown Concord and home to the Cabarrus Arts Council’s art gallery and theater – is one of North Carolina’s finest late 19th century public buildings. Nearby picturesque residential neighborhoods line North and South Union Streets, and both neighborhoods qualify as Historic Districts on the National Register.
So, welcome to Cabarrus County, where speed mixes with recreation, history and southern hospitality. This winning combination means “Full Throttle Fun” for the whole family any time of year.
1000 Childress Vineyards Road, Lexington
Richard Childress has created North Carolina’s signature winery, Childress Vineyards. Nestled at the gateway of the Yadkin Valley, the winery at Childress Vineyards has a comfortable, inviting Old World feel with a rustic, aged look reminiscent of a Tuscan villa. The Bistro and banquet room offer a variety of options for group dining. After enjoying a fine meal, get an up-close look at winemaking in the state-of-the-art wine production center and visit the Wine Tasting Room and Gift Shop. Discover Childress Vineyards, located in one of America’s most exciting grape-growing regions, come and taste for yourself.
Rocky River Vineyards
11685 Reed Mine Road, Midland
704.781.5035 or 704.860.4997
A winery featuring sweet Muscadine wines, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet sauvignon. Offers a Gift Shop and wine tastings.
Old Stone Vineyard & Winery
6245 Hwy 52, Salisbury
A vineyard and winery offering wine tastings and tours. Wines include sweet muscadines, traditional varietals like Chardonnay, Cabernet and Riesling; fruit wines like blackberry Adan peach, and others.