Play in Charlotte

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

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

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

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.

Annual Events & Attractions

Afro-American Cultural Center 401 North Myers Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 374-1565

Alexandriana 9921 Old Statesville Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 896-9808

Ass Clown Brewing Company 10620 Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 995-7767

The Billy Graham Library 4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 401-3251

Birkdale Village 8712 Lindholm Drive, Suite 206
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 895-8744

Blue Planet Water Environment Center 7980 Babe Stillwell Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 621-0854

Bradford Store and Farm 15915 Davidson Concord Road (HWY 73)
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 439-4303

Carolina Raptor Center 6000 Sample Road, PO Box 16443
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 875-6521

Carolina Renaissance Festival 16445 Poplar Tent Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 896-5544

Catawba Queen - Queens Landing 1459 River Highway
Mooresville, NC 28117
(704) 663-2628

Cornelius Arts Center 19725 Oak Street
Cornelius, NC 28031

Davidson Beverage Company 442 South Main Street
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 255-6232

Davidson Chocolate Company 610 Jetton Street, Suite 150
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 896-7245

Davidson College Box 7158
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 894-2374

Davidson Farmer’s Market 442 South Main Street
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 892-2118

Discovery Place 301 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 372-6261

Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville 105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 372-6261

Duffy Electric Boats of Lake Norman 200-B North Harbor Place
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 826-5401

Duke Energy's Energy Explorium 13339 Hagers Ferry Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 875-5600

Ghost Walk of Davidson 104 South Main Street
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 928-5452

Historic Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 875-2312

House of Jazz 19501 West Catawba Avenue
Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 895-5545

Hugh Torance House and Store 8231 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 875-6479

Huntersville Market Corner of Main & Maxwell
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 766-2220

Joe Gibbs Racing 13415 Reese Boulevard West
Huntersville, NC 28078

Jon Hair Studio of Fine Art LLC 11138 Treynorth Drive, Suite A
Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 892-7203

Lake Norman Miniature Golf 18639 Statesville Road
Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 892-9800

Lake Norman Monster Cruises 18665 Harborside Drive
Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 905-1495

Lake Norman Women Sailors 18529 Vineyard Point Lane
Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 577-0600

Latta Equestrian Center 6201 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 992-1550

Lazy 5 Ranch 15100 Highway 150 E
Mooresville, NC 28115
(704) 663-5100 LKN FUN On-line
Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 620-2005

Metrolina Greenhouses 16400 Huntersville-Concord Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 875-1371

Michael Waltrip Racing 20310 Chartwell Center Drive
Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 897-5555

Movies at Birkdale/Eastern Federal 16950 Birkdale Commons Parkway
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 895-7997

North Harbor's Davidson Landing 100 North Harbor Place
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 896-5559

Oak Street Mill 19725 Oak Street
Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 895-2653

Old Store Produce 14720 Brown Mill Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 992-6106

Our Town Cinemas 227 Griffith Street
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 237-3235

Paramount's Carowinds 14523 Carowinds Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28273
(800) 888-4386

Planet Ballroom 19824 West Catawba Avenue
Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 299-4003

Queens Landing 1459 River Highway
Mooresville, NC 28117
(704) 663-2628

Rural Hill 4431 Neck Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 875-3113

Tour de Food Locations Vary
Davidson, NC 28036
(336) 406-6294

US National Whitewater Center 820 Hawfield Road
Charlotte, NC 28214
(704) 391-3900

Zootastic Park of Lake Norman 448 Pilch Road
Troutman, NC 28166
(704) 245-6446


There are no significant events held in Charlotte during January.


There are no significant events held in Charlotte during February.


1.) St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival - mid-March, a parade accompanied by Irish music and dancers.


1.) Springfest - late April, held in Uptown Charlotte over three days and featuring live music, street vendors, food stalls and other live entertainment.
2.) Loch Norman Highland Games - celebrating Scottish culture and heritage at Huntersville and featuring plenty of food and live entertainment.


1.) Cityfest Live - early May, an annual concert featuring some the country's most popular performers.
2.) Coca-Cola 600 - late May, Charlotte Motor Speedway comes alive for this popular NASCAR race that includes parades, concerts and loads of other entertainment.
3.) Food Lion Speed Street - Food Lion Speed Street transforms the streets of Uptown Charlotte into a showcase of motor sports with non-stop entertainment


1.) WorldFeast - early June, a celebration of different cultures from around the world and featuring plenty of music and arts and craft.


1.) Family Cultural Appreciation Weekend - late July, featuring family orientated live entertainment and activities and held at the Afro-American Cultural Center.
2.) Harrisburg July 4th Celebration


1.) Fastgrass Bluegrass Festival - early August, a popular bluegrass festival featuring numerous acts spread over three days.
2.) Liquid Steel Big 50 Bike Show - late August, a huge national event attracting the country's best custom bike builders and including live music and more than 130 vendors.


1.) Festival in the Park - mid-September, a celebration of local and regional arts and crafts.
2.) YIASOU Greek Festival - mid-September, one of the city's biggest cultural events, featuring Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek food, live entertainment, art and plenty of shopping.
3.) Time Warner Cable BBQ and Blues - held in early September in Uptown Charlotte, a barbecue event with teams competing for trophies and prizes with the additional attraction of a blues fest.
4.) The Matthews Alive! Festival is a Labor Day weekend celebration dedicated to the support of local non-profit organizations through music, arts and community involvement.


1.) Charlotte OktoberFest Beer Festival - early October, an annual event featuring hundreds of craft-brewed beers, food and loads of live entertainment.
2.) Carolina Renaissance Festival - October and early/mid-November, running on weekends throughout October and the first half of November, this popular family event features a medieval amusement park, nine-stage theater, circus, arts and crafts fair and a jousting tournament.
3.) Latin American Festival - early October, held at the Mint Museum of Art and offering a great family day out with kid's activities, music and authentic Latin American food.
4.) Great Grapes! Wine, Arts & Food Festival - enjoy a day on the lawn at Symphony Park listening to some of your favorite tunes while you enjoy tasting hundreds of your favorite wines from North Carolina.
5.) Autumn Treasures & the Grill'n BBQ Cook-Off - Events include an arts and crafts festival, a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned BBQ cook-off and public tasting, car show, kids zone with inflatables, moon bounce, vortex slide, pony rides, petting zoo, and children's entertainment stage.
6.) Time Warner Cable BBQ & Blues - Southeast’s largest MBN sanctioned BBQ festival!
7.) Pineville Fall Fest


1.) Le Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Tasting Festival - mid-November, one of just 13 cities in the country given the honor of hosting an official uncorking and celebration of the annual Beaujolais Nouveau harvest.
2.) Harvest Day - mid-November, an interesting celebration that examines how different cultures from around the world mark the end of the growing season.
3.) Waxhaw Twelve Days of Christmas - Holiday Lights Ceremony, GingerSnap 5K run, Photos and Snack with Santa, Senior Citizens Christmas Party, Christmas Parade and more.


1.) Celtic Traditions Festival - mid-December, featuring traditional Irish and Scottish dancing, Celtic music and traditional jewelry and clothing.
2.) First Night Charlotte - New Year's Eve alcohol-free celebrations, with a wide range of activities and events including a late afternoon / early evening music and dance function for children, as well as a variety of evening performances before the count down to midnight.
3.) ChristmasVille - Historic Downtown Rock Hill, SC transformed into a whimsical holiday village.

Sports Classes

Athletic associations for children and adults organize team sports including football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, swimming, tennis and rugby. To find athletic organizations, check Mecklenburg Neighbors in the Sunday edition of The Charlotte Observer. You can also use the rinks below.

Sports Organizations

1. CoulOak Athletic Association (Baseball)
2. Dilworth Youth Athletic Association (Baseball)
3. Indian Trail Athletic Association (Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Cheerleading)
4. Mallard Creek Youth Association (Baseball, Basketball)
5. Matthews Athletic Recreation Association (Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Football, Lacrosse)
6. Mint Hill Athletic Association (Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Cheerleading, Football)
7. Myers Park Trinity Athletic Association (Baseball)
8. Olde Providence Athletic Association (Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Cheerleading, Football)
9. Park Sharon Athletic Association (Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Cheerleading)
10. Pineville-Ballantyne Community Athletic Association (Baseball)
11. Porter Ridge Athletic Association (Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Football)
12. Sardis Dixie Youth Baseball (Baseball)
13. Steele Creek Athletic Association (Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Cheerleading, Football)
14. South Park Youth Association (Baseball, Basketball, Football)
15. Stewards of the Game (Baseball, Basketball)
16. Wesley Chapel Weddington Athletic Association (Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Cheerleading, Football, Lacrosse)

Baseball Training Facilities

1. Showcase Baseball Academy
(704) 882-7629 2. Carolinas Baseball Center
(704) 499-9040 3. Grand Slam USA Baseball
(704) 847-5333 4. HQ4 Baseball
(704) 423-0030 5. The Fungo
(704) 895-5009

Basketball Camps & Clubs

1. Bobcats Youth Basketball Network
(704) 688-8874 2. Bryan Adrian Youth Basketball Camp
(704) 377-6387 3. Carolina Courts
(704) 882-1115 4. Charlotte Sports Center
(704) 597-7311 5. QCAA Basketball
(704) 488-9878 6. Yes I Can Basketball
(704) 442-1238 7. YMCA
(704) 716-6200

Cheerleading Camps

1. Charlotte Allstar Cheerleading
(704) 841-8407 2. Indian Trail Athletic Association
3. Matthews Athletic Recreation Association
4. Mint Hill Athletic Association
5. Olde Providence Athletic Association
6. Park Sharon Athletic Association
7. Porter Ridge Athletic Association
8. Steele Creek Athletic Association
9. Wesley Chapel Weddington Athletic Association

Soccer Clubs & Organizations

1. Charlotte Soccer Club
2. Charlotte Junior Soccer
3. Charlotte United Futbol Club
4. Charlotte Soccer Academy
5. Indian Trail Athletic Association
6. Mint Hill Athletic Association
7. Olde Providence Athletic Association
8. Park Sharon Athletic Association
9. Steele Creek Athletic Association
10. Wesley Chapel Weddington Athletic Association
11. YMCA

Sport Organizations, Camps & Training

Figure Skating
1. Extreme Ice Center
2. The Pineville Ice House
1. Carolinas Golf Association
(910) 673-1000
1. Extreme Ice Center
2. The Pineville Ice House


1. Matthews Athletic Recreation Association
2. Next Level Lacrosse
3. Stick With Us
4. Wesley Chapel Weddington Athletic Association


1. Grayson Skate Park
704-365-1265 2. Methodist Home Skate Park
704-568-3363 3. Cinder Skate Park
704-288-1660 4. Waxhaw's SK8 Skate Park


1. Charlotte Swim Academy
2. Swim MAC Carolina


1. Carolina Courts
(704) 882-1115


NASCAR Hall of Fame
The Hall is fueled with more than 50 interactive experiences like tire-changing stations, realistic race simulators, a broadcast booth and even a Kids Zone where children can be wide open. We guarantee to get your adrenaline racing.
400 East Martin Luther King JR Blvd, Charlotte NC
(704) 654-4400

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina is a 36,500 sq. ft. museum space dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte NC
(704) 353-9200

The Light Factory
The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film is one of only four museums for photography and film in the United States.
345 North College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 333-9755 ‎

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
The center was established in 1974 and offers exhibits, educational programs, fascinating facts, music, theatre, dance and more.
551 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
(704) 374-1565 ‎

Museum of the Waxhaws
8215 Waxhaw Highway, Waxhaw, NC
(704) 843-1832 ‎

Discovery Place KIDS
105 Gilead Road, Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 372-6261

Discovery Place
Attracting wonder and amazement uptown since 1981, there is an exhibit for everyone at this interactive science museum.
301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 372-6261

The Charlotte Nature Museum
An urban nature center, the Nature Museum is filled with numerous exhibits that showcase the plants and animals of the Piedmont.
1658 Sterling Road | Charlotte, NC
(704) 372-6261

The Charlotte Museum of History
The Charlotte Museum of History showcases the history of the Charlotte area. Permanent exhibits at the museum include the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, the American Freedom Bell and other exhibits from the 18th through 20th centuries.
3500 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215
(704) 568-1774

Levine Museum of the New South
The Levine Museum of the New South displays exhibits on the post-Civil War South.
200 E Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 333-1887

Carolinas Aviation Museum
The Carolinas Aviation Museum exhibits numerous items relating to flight in America. Exhibits at the museum include numerous flying and static aircraft (such as a replica of the Wright Brother's #3 Glider), rockets and missiles. Restoration projects are open for public viewing.
4108 Airport Dr | Charlotte, NC | 28028
(704) 359-8442

Billy Graham Library The Billy Graham Library invites visitors to encounter highlights of Billy Graham's extraordinary life, a journey from the pastures and dirt roads of North Carolina to platforms and arenas in the world's greatest cities.
4330 Westmont Dr, Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 401-3200

Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum
Charlotte Trolley is dedicated to educating its visitors about the role of trolleys in shaping Charlotte's past and future, preserving its history, and providing the public with a unique entertainment experience.
1507 Camden Road, Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 375-0850

Mint Museum of Art
Exhibits at the Mint Museum of Art include African art, American art, arts of ancient America, costumes, decorative arts and Spanish colonial art.
2730 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC
(704) 337-2000

Mint Museum of Craft and Design
This museum has a large collection of ceramics, fiber, glass, metal and wood. The items featured include arts and crafts.

220 N Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 337-2000

Pool Halls

Irish Cue
19501 Nc 73 Hwy, Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 892-6904

Smokin' Cue
10901 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28213
(704) 548-0882

Paradise Billiards
8943 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28273
(704) 900-7525

Elizabeth Billiards
1400 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 342-2663

150 N Out Billiards And Darts
539 E Plaza Dr, Mooresville, NC 28115
(704) 660-5363

Dilworth Billiards
300 E Tremont Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 333-3021

Bailey’s Charlotte
8500 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 541-0794

Dave & Buster's - Restaurant & Arcade
8361 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, NC 28027
(704) 979-1700

Badfish Bar & Billiards
343 W John St, Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 246-8373

The Rock House Tavern and Billiards
2699 Aberdeen Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 852-4445

West End Billiards
2805 W Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28052
(704) 862-6848

Rack'em Pub & Billiards
1898 Windsor Square Dr, Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 847-7665

Sharky's Bar & Billiards
8400 Fairview Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226
(704) 573-2155

Break Room Billiards
6427 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28212
(704) 535-7529

Appalachian Billiards
5904 McGregor Dr, Charlotte, NC 28227
(980) 233-8927

The American Billiard Co
1426 E 4th St, Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 333-0041

Charlotte Skating

Starlight Roller Rink
8830 E Wt Harris Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 568-5700

Kate's Skating Rink
14500 Independence Blvd, Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 821-7465

Skateland USA
311 Brookdale St, Kannapolis, NC 28083
(704) 938-3013

Kate's Skating Rink
4114 E Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28056
(704) 824-2552

Kate's Skating Rink
1530 Celanese Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732
(803) 329-5283

Frye's Roller Rink
2800 Poplar Tent Rd, Concord, NC 28027
(704) 782-5513

Extreme Ice
4705 Indian Trail Fairview Rd, Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 882-1830

Pineville Ice House
400 Towne Centre Blvd, Pineville, NC 28134
(704) 889-9000


Park Lanes George Pappas'
1700 Montford Dr, Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 523-7633

AMF Centennial Lanes
4501 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 527-0333

Strikecitye Bowl Charlotte
210 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 716-9300

AMF University Lanes – NC
5900 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28213
(704) 596-4736

Lucky Strike
6701 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28213
(704) 596-3337

Amf Bowling Centers
2201 E Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 867-7243

Frye's Lake Lanes
2800 Poplar Tent Rd, Concord, NC 28027
(704) 782-5952

Textile Lanes Inc.
680 Park St, Belmont, NC 28012
(704) 825-5661

Sports Connection
11611 Ardrey Kell Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 583-1444

AMF Carolina Lanes
11210 Brigman Rd., Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 841-7606

Dave & Busters
8361 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord, NC 28027
(704) 522-6500

Lake Wylie Bowl & Bounce
4034 Charlotte Hwy, Clover, SC 29710
(803) 831-2553

Northcross Lanes At The Lake
16317 Statesville Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 765-0512

George Pappas' Liberty Lanes
2501 S York Rd, Gastonia, NC 28052
(704) 868-2695

Charlotte Movie Theater

Regal Philips Place Stadium 10
6911 Phillips Place Ct., Charlotte, NC 28210
(704) 643-3456

AMC Theatres Carolina Pavilion 22
9541 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28273
(888) 262-4386

Regal Park Terrace 6
4289 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 523-9771

Ayrsley Grand 14
9110 Kings Parade Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28273
(980) 297-7539

Regal Cinemas Manor Twin
609 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 334-2727

Regal Cinemas Stonecrest 22
7824 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC 28277
(800) 326-3264

Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5
14815 John J Delany Dr., Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 541-9611

Regal Arboretum Stadium 12
8008 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 643-3456

Carolina Cinemas Crownpoint Stadium 12
9630 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28270
(704) 847-2024

Epicentre Theater 5
210 E. Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 688-2400

Omnimax Theatre at Discovery Place
301 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
(800) 935-0553

Cinemark Movies 10 -Matthews
9508 Northwest Court, Matthews, NC 28105
(800) 326-3264

AMC Theatres Northlake 14
7325 Northlake Mall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216
(888) 262-4386

Stone Theatres - Sun Valley 14
6449 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 234-5373

Carmike Cinemas Cinema Seven
2150 Cherry Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732
(803) 366-1414

Regal Union Square 8
1911 Dickerson Blvd., Monroe, NC 28110
(704) 643-3456

Regal Cinemas Manchester Stadium 14
1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29730
(803) 980-8184

Regal Cinemas Franklin Sq. Stadium 14
3778 East Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 824-9556

The Sylvia Theatre
27 N. Congress St., York, SC 29745
(803) 684-5590

Regal Cinemas Starlight Stadium 14 - Charlotte
11240 North U.S. Highway 29, Charlotte, NC 28262
(704) 503-0070

Belmont Drive In
314 Mcadenville Road, Belmont, NC 28012
(704) 825-6044

AMC Theatres Concord Mills 24
8241 Concord Mills Boulevard, Concord, NC 28027
(888) 262-4386

Regal Cinemas Birkdale Stadium 16
16950 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 895-7997

Regal Cinemas Franklin Sq. Stadium 14
3778 East Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 824-9556

Bessemer City Kings Mountain Drive-In
1365 Bessemer City Rd., Bessemer City, NC 28016
(704) 739-2150

SouthEast Cinemas - Carolina Mall
120 Country Club Drive, Concord, NC 28025
(704) 788-1111

Our Town Cinemas
227 Griffith Street, Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 237-3235

Gem Theatre
111 West 1st Street, Kannapolis, NC 28081
(704) 932-5111

AmStar Stadium 14 - Lake Norman
206 Norman Station Boulevard, Mooresville, NC 28117

Carmike Cinemas Cinema 8
1700 North Aspen Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092
(704) 735-2797

Charlotte Sport Teams

Carolina Panthers
Charlotte’s Pro NFL Team

Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte’s Pro NBA Team

Charlotte Nascar
Charlotte is the racing capitol

Charlotte Knights
The Charlotte Knights are a minor league baseball team representing Charlotte, North Carolina. The team, which plays in the International League, is the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox of the American League.

Charlotte Eagles
Charlotte Eagles is an American professional soccer team based in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. Founded in 1991, the team plays in the American Division of the new USL Professional Division, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

Charlotte Lady Eagles
Charlotte Lady Eagles is an American women’s soccer team, founded in 2003. The team is a member of the United Soccer Leagues W-League, the second tier of women’s soccer in the United States and Canada.

Charlotte Checkers
The Charlotte Checkers are a minor-league professional ice hockey team based in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. They are members of the South Division of the AHL.

Charlotte Roller Girls
The Charlotte Roller Girls are an all-female flat track roller derby league in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States.

Carolina Speed
The Carolina Speed is a professional indoor football team that plays in the Southern Indoor Football League. The Carolina Speed began in the American Indoor Football Association.

Park System

Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation department maintains an extensive public park system and operates numerous indoor facilities, including Ray’s Splash Planet (a family-oriented water park), the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center (MAC) in uptown Charlotte, several fitness centers, and several recreation centers with indoor gymnasiums.

  • Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation | 311

The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation operates the Lake Norman State Park and Crowders Mountain State Park in the Charlotte area, as well as a host of other parks within easy driving distance.

  • N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation | 919.733.4181
  • National Park Service

Our state is home to several nationally administered parks and forests, including the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, the Wright Brothers National Memorial and more. More information on public access and activities is available from the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

  • U.S. Forest Service | 800.832.1355

Arequipa Park
This small, downtown park marks the entrance to Charlotte’s award-winning library. The key landmark is the large and decorative fountain and large, mature trees.

First Ward Linear Park
This Linear park is located within the First Ward neighborhood. This lovely green space is nestled between residential properties and boasts luscious landscape.

Fourth Ward Park
Fourth Ward Park is located in the historic Fourth Ward neighborhood which artfully blends restored 100-plus-year-old Victorian homes, with luxury condominiums, urban apartments, parks and businesses.

Frazier Park
Frazier Park is 11.9 acres between the Third Ward Neighborhood and I-77 featuring greenway trails, sports fields, playgrounds, a community garden and Our Children’s Memorial Walkway.

Independence Park
Independence Park is the oldest of Charlotte’s original city parks, having opened in 1904. The park’s 24 acres features athletic fields, picnic shelters and a playground.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway
When complete, the greenway will feature over 19 miles of trails, fountains, sculptures and land connectors, from Cordelia Park just north of uptown to the South Carolina state line.

Marshall Park
Marshall Park has grassy and shaded spaces, plus a small amphitheater that can be reserved for community events. This Park is named for James B. Marshall who was City Manager 1935-1940.

Ninth Street Park
The Ninth Street Park opened recently in response to a growing number of families in Charlotte’s Fourth Ward. The quarter-acre park has a swing set, two play units, benches and a gazebo.

Pearle Street Park
The City of Charlotte purchased the 6-acre site of Pearl Street Park for $2,500 in 1942 from the Thompson Orphanage, an Episcopal institution. The city opened the park in 1943.

Pinewood/Elmwood Cemetery
The Elmwood/Pinewood cemetery complex was the center of a civil rights controversy in the late 1960s, when Fred Alexander led the campaign to bring down the fence between all-white Elmwood from all-black Pinewood.

Polk Park
Polk Park is situated at The Square, the intersection of Trade & Tryon Streets. Featuring a magnificent signature fountain, mature trees and tables. The entire park is wrapped in lights for the holidays.

Settler’s Cemetery
Charlotte’s first burial ground, the oldest known grave is that of Joel Baldwin who died October 21, 1776. Many prominent citizens are buried here as well as slaves. The cemetery closed in 1867.

The Green
The Green Uptown is location adjacent to Three Wells Fargo Center on S. Tryon St. The 3-tier park features a literary theme, whimsical sculptures and lush landscape. Restaurants and shops line both sides.