Charlotte City Guide

2018

Charlotte, NC Official Visitors Guide

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charlottesgotalot.com 57 A t Charlotte's museums, learning is a hands-on activity. Discovery Place's three museum locations in Charlotte (Discovery Place Science, Discovery Place Nature and Discovery Place Kids–Huntersville) inspire a lifetime of learning. e Carolinas Aviation Museum encourages future pilots to take flight in the Cockpit Experience tour, while junior Picassos can create masterpieces at the Mint Museum Uptown's monthly Sunday Fun Day. At ImaginOn: e Joe & Joan Martin Center, families participate in storytime, and the Children's eatre of Charlotte brings vibrant tales to life. e Charlotte Symphony's kid- friendly Lollipops Series sparks a love of music. Little ones with interest in the outdoors can come face-to-face with falcons, eagles, hawks and vultures at the Carolina Raptor Center or explore safari-style at Lazy 5 Ranch, where kangaroos, giraffes and other exotic animals roam free. And below sea level, make friends with sharks, jellyfish and seahorses at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium. During the summer months, kids cool down at the Fish Fountains at e Green in Uptown; the popular splash zone is designed to look like a fantasy literary world with quotes and whimsical signs scattered throughout the green space. At Carrigan Farms, fearless swimmers jump from rocks into the 25-foot-deep quarry while water- winged waders stick to the zero-entry beach. If you want high-octane family fun, look no further than the city's interactive sports scene. Buckle up for the NASCAR Hall of Fame's racing simulators and its kid-friendly educational programming and events, which explore different aspects of the sport. At the U.S. National Whitewater Center, adventurers brave whitewater raing, zip lining, kayaking and more. And at BB&T Ballpark, the minor league Charlotte Knights invite kids to the field to run a victory lap around the bases aer each Sunday home game. Save time for a visit to Carowinds, too. Known as the "thrill capital of the Southeast," thrill seekers can sit front row on Fury 325, the world's tallest and fastest giga coaster, or explore Camp Snoopy, a section of the theme park just for young ones that added six new attractions this year. ALL AGES AND ALL STAGES GET THE ROYAL TREATMENT HERE. By Allison Hancin PHOTO 1 COURTESY OF MOORESVILLE CVB; PHOTO 2 BY KYO H NAM; PHOTO 3 BY LOWELL WARNER, COURTESY OF THE CAROLINAS AVIATION MUSEUM 1 Lazy 5 Ranch 2 Fish Fountains on The Green 3 Carolinas Aviation Museum WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM Two Scoops Creamery playful flavors, plentiful fillings and twice the fun Mr. K's Soft Ice Cream a throwback mom and pop diner that has been dishing desserts for 50 years Elizabeth Creamery a family-owned favorite with classic scoops and creative flavors, too Golden Cow Creamery buy a flight of small-batch flavors to enjoy something for everyone Ninety's Ice Cream & Sandwiches famous for creative dishes like Yum-ee Buns (ice cream-stuffed sweet bread) Bonus: Mom and Dad will want to dip into The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte's Bar Cocoa for housemade gelato. KIDDING AROUND 1 2 3

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