Play in Charlotte

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Indoor Activities
Pool Halls, Bowling, Movie Theater, Skating, Museums

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Kids Activities
Dance School, Martial Arts, Equestrian, Art Class, Music Class, Sports Programs

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Comedy Club, Dance Club, Live Music, Piano Bar, Wine Bar, Adult Club

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Outdoor Activities
Golf, Zoo, Parks, Equestrian

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Sports Teams
Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Bobcats, Nascar...

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Explore the Carolinas
Charlotte is ideally positioned between the coast and the mountains. Several popular destinations in the mountains can be reached within a two or three-hour drive, and the beaches near Charleston, S.C., can be reached in a little more than three hours. Below are some resources to help you plan a delightful trip.

* N.C. Division of Tourism  |  800.VISITNC
S.C. Division of Tourism  |  866.244.9339

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Must-See Cities

* Asheville, N.C.  |  828.258.6101
Charleston, S.C.  |  843.853.8000
Myrtle Beach, S.C.  |  800.356.3016
Pinehurst, N.C.  |  800.346.5362

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Arts & Culture
Art and culture lie at the heart of world-class cities, and in Charlotte, that heart is very much alive and vibrant. Charlotteans heavily support arts and culture in the belief that its benefits overflow into business, education and the economy. The Charlotte cultural community produces 65,000 events annually, generating $158 million to the local economy and supporting more than 4,700 jobs.

A major champion for the cultural community is the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (ASC). The ASC is a nonprofit organization that offers the community many services, including grants, events and programs. The success of the organization is evident through the $14 million awarded annually to arts education, cultural organizations and neighborhood cultural projects.

The ASC provides a comprehensive, online directory of performances, ongoing events, attractions and venues at

* Arts & Science Council  |  704-333-2ASC

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Water Recreation
The Catawba River and its system of manmade lakes provide many activities for water lovers. Located just 30 minutes north of the city, Lake Norman has 520 miles of shoreline and is the state’s largest man-made lake. Mountain Island Lake and Lake Wylie lie south of Lake Norman on the Catawba. Sailing, wind surfing, power boating and fishing are just a few of the activities to be enjoyed on this water system. The Catawba River system is managed by Duke Energy.

Duke Energy Lake Management

The river is also home to the U.S. National Whitewater Center, which serves as training grounds for Olympic athletes as well as a busy recreation center for the public.

U.S. National Whitewater Center  |  704.391.3900

Additional lake and river activities are available through the local and state park system.