Must-see attractions in Charlotte

  • Rendering of the new Carolina Aviation Museum, set to open in 2023.

    Sullenberger Aviation Museum


    The Sullenberger Aviation Museum, honoring Captain Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III, is located at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

  • Charlotte, NC, USA-30 May 2021: College St. side view of the Levine Museum of the New South building.

    Levine Museum of the New South


    Tracing the story of the ‘New South’ that emerged from the ashes of the Civil War, this committed museum explores the years of Reconstruction, Jim Crow…

  • The Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Opening in 1936, it was the first art museum in North Carolina, USA
Pictured is the Mint Museum Uptown location.

    Mint Museum Randolph


    The US Mint opened its first-ever outpost in Uptown Charlotte in 1837, using gold mined from the mountains nearby. Transported 3 miles southeast a century…

  • NASCAR Hall of Fame

    NASCAR Hall of Fame


    The race-car simulator ($5) at this rip-roaring Uptown museum hurtles you onto the track and into a 15-car race that feels surprisingly real. Elsewhere,…

  • Contemporary architecture juxtaposed in Charlotte, North Carolina

    Mint Museum Uptown


    A stunning modernist edifice tucked between mighty skyscrapers, the Uptown portion of Charlotte’s Mint Museum consists of two distinct halves. One makes a…

  • Latta Plantation, Huntersville, North Carolina
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    Historic Latta Plantation


    This 19th-century cotton plantation occupies a small corner of a scenic nature preserve, a dozen miles north of Uptown Charlotte. Exhibits in the visitor…

  • CHARLOTTE, NC, USA - APRIL 15: Discovery Place on April 15, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Discovery Place Science

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    Discovery Place Science


    Illustrating simple scientific principles with eye-catching displays, Discovery Place is targeted largely at kids. It centers on a steamy rainforest that…

  • Bechtler Museum of Modern Art


    An Uptown landmark, thanks to sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle’s huge mirror-tiled Firebird out front, this showcase for 20th-century art was donated to the…

  • Carolina Raptor Center


    A pleasant woodland stroll within the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve leads past aviaries holding predatory birds that have suffered injuries – you may…

  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - January 15, 2020: The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, a museum and library documenting the life and ministry of Christian evangelist Billy Graham.

    Billy Graham Library


    This multimedia 'library' celebrates superstar evangelist and 'pastor to the presidents' Billy Graham, who was born in Charlotte in 1918 and died just…

  • Charlotte Museum of History


    There’s a lot to read at Charlotte’s history museum, in a restored mansion 6 miles east of the center. Wordy displays explain the city’s origins, and its…

  • Romare Bearden Park


    This small park celebrates the African American artist and writer Romare Bearden, born in Charlotte in 1911. A pretty spot to admire the Uptown skyline or…

  • Harvey B Gantt Center


    This thriving Uptown art museum was named in honor of former city mayor and civil rights champion Harvey Gannt. Its three small galleries host changing…