Thursday, April 9, 2009

Last year, Visit Charlotte, the sales and marketing component of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, kicked off a brilliant marketing campaign called "Charlotte's Got a Lot." You've probably seen the advertisements and billboards around town. And to exemplify all there is to experience here, the group has selected "25 Fun Things to Do in Charlotte," just in time for you to get out and enjoy them during this warm weather. Below are the top ten.

1. Home to Michael Waltrip and David Reutimann, Raceworld USA provides unlimited behind the scenes access to race fans. Feel the rush and join in the timed pit crew challenges or sit in a driver’s seat and watch cars come to life on the fabrication floor.

2. Experience the best of Broadway musicals with the NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s Broadway Lights Series.

3. Check out the nation’s most comprehensive collection of contemporary studio craft with furniture, jewelry, woodworking, glass, and more at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, located in Center City.

4. The Mint Museum of Art is a rich and diverse resource with noted collections of American and pre-Columbian art, American and European masterpieces, and contemporary works.

5. Join the half-million people from all over the U.S. who visit Discovery Place each year, one of the top hands-on science centers in the nation and home to The Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theatre.

6. Catch the excitement as motorsports history is written at over 180 mph each year as Lowe’s Motor Speedway hosts the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500.

7. The Quail Hollow Championship, hosted at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club each May, is recognized by the national and international golf community as one of the top events on the PGA Tour.

8. Carowinds offers groups more than 108 action-packed acres featuring over 60 world-class rides, shows, adrenaline-pumping roller coasters, a Boomerang Bay water park, and Nickelodeon Central kids zone.

9. Experience the world's most unique outdoor recreation center with class III-IV manmade whitewater rapids at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

10. Visit Levine Museum of the New South, an interactive history museum, and experience the most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War Southern society.

Visit for the complete list of Charlotte activities as well as other details about attractions, nightlife, shopping, and dining in the Queen City.


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