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Have you been to South Park? It's the premier location for the shopping in Charlotte. It's a great place to be seen and people watch while shopping in fabulous stores and eating in some yummy restaurants - from quick bites to upscale restaurants. Here's a map to help you out
Are you a bargain hunter? We have two outlet malls in the area: Concord Mills in Cabarrus County has a variety of stores and restaurants and an AMC movie theater.
Charlotte Premium Outlets are located on the other side of Charlotte close to the airport. Another great shopping opportunity!
For a more traditional shopping mall, Carolina Place Mall is located in Pineville right off of I485. Beside it is Furniture Row with many furniture stores along with places to shop for tile and other home renovation products.
Another traditional mall is Northlake Mall on the northern side of Charlotte. It also features a movie theater with plenty of restaurants surrounding it and has easy access to I485 and I77N.
☀️🌳For my Outdoor Lovers🌲☀️
The US National White Water Center is one of my favorite places. It's all things outdoors from mountain biking to yoga, kayaking/paddle boarding to rock wall climbing, high ropes courses to zip lines and don't forget the white water rafting. You can even enjoy outside live music with a craft beer while watching other people go crazy on the rapids. During the winter, they offer ice skating and holiday trails.
If you like the outdoors, you may enjoy the hiking trails that are close to Charlotte. Morrow Mountain State Park and Crowders Mountain State Park are within an hour drive from Charlotte and you have many trail options. Morrow Mountain also has boating and fishing available. Here's a link to the NC State Parks. My next big hike will be Mount Mitchell - the highest point east of the Mississippi.
We have two large lakes in the area along with multiple smaller ones. Lake Norman and Lake Wylie are the go to's for boating, water skiing, tubing, all kinds of water adventures. Cane Creek Park in Union County boasts a lake, camp sites, swimming, fishing and multiple activities for all ages.
If the ⛱beach ☀️🏖is more your speed, we have too many to count within a four hour drive. Some of the perennial favorites are Myrtle Beach, SC, Kiawah Island, SC, Hilton Head, SC, Wilmington, NC, Ocean Isle, NC, and Oak Island, NC to name only a few. If you're willing to drive a little further, you can explore the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which are chock full of history (think the Wright Brothers, Blackbeard, The Lost Colony), not a lot of people, but a lot of beach and maybe some wild horses.
Options for the younger kids (and young at heart)
Don't miss Discovery Place Science, Discovery Place Nature and Discovery Place Kids! These museums have been open since the 1940's and are a part of growing up for most of the youth in the area. Lots of adult options, too, with National Geographic documentaries in the IMAX Dome Theater. Learning while having fun is always a win in my book!
For less learning and more adventure, Carowinds will fit the bill. Size appropriate rides for the younger set are grouped together in one part of the park while the more courageous will find their fun in the rides that rival the amusement parks up and down the East coast. When you need a break, try a show or a ride that doesn't go faster than you walk. Hot outside? The water park is a hit with plenty of options from a lazy river, water slides, wave pools or just relaxing. They also have Scarowinds (Halloween) and Winterfest (Christmas) for fun that's almost year round.
Have you heard about the Billy Graham Library? It's a hidden gem in Charlotte and a must see. This beautiful site is a library, shop, and small cafe, but it's also a journey through the leader's life. Fascinating to say the least and plan on spending several hours here. During Christmas, there's caroling, a petting zoo, manger scenes - a great place to get in the Christmas spirit.
Speaking of the Christmas Spirit - Charlotte is the site of one of the largest Operation Christmas Child warehouses. Volunteer here and help get the boxes ready to go out into the world, all over the world. Doesn't sound like fun, you say? Grab a couple or ten of your friends and spend several hours laughing and talking and catching up. Take my word for it, you won't regret it.
Going Uptown? (Heads up, we changed the verbiage from downtown Charlotte to uptown Charlotte several years ago 🤔🙄) Here's a map. You'll need it! Tons of fun things to do there!