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Charlotte Tourist Attractions

Charlotte (pop. 400,000), North Carolina's largest city, lies in the south-west of the state. It is named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg, wife of King George II: hence also the name of Mecklenburg County, in which it is situated. Charlotte/Douglas Airport is one of the most important inland airports in the eastern United States. Features of interest in Charlotte are the Mint Museum of Art (European, African and American art), housed in the former Mint; the Discovery Place, a science museum with the largest planetarium in the United States; and the Charlotte Museum of History, in the Hezekiah Alexander House (1774), the oldest house in Mecklenburg County. For motor sports enthusiasts there is the Charlotte Motor Speedway, for those in quest of entertainment the Carolwinds theme park (10 mi. south on I 77), which has no fewer than five roller coasters.

Charlotte Museum of History

The Charlotte Museum of History in the city of the same name is a great resource for locals and visitors alike. Inside you will find a plethora of information on Charlotte and the surrounding area. Costumed interpreters provide amusing and informative tours of each of the wonderfully restored buildings. The Charlotte Museum of History has five permanent exhibits and frequently hosts national and international traveling exhibits.
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Address: 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215-3214, United States

Levine Museum of the New South

The Levine Museum of the New South, located in Charlotte, has an excellent collection of Post-Civil war southern history. The museum has a permanent collection of items and one stands above the rest called "Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers". The Levine Museum of the New South also hosts many fine traveling exhibits from around the world in its gallery spaces. The museum is easily accessible of Interstate 77 at exit 9B.
Address: 200 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28202-2114, United States

Mint Museum of Art

The Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte has been in existence since 1936 and includes everything from paintings to textiles and decorative arts, from the classics to contemporary. Some of the areas include American art, pre-Columbian art, American and European ceramics, American decorative arts, African and Asian Art, Spanish Colonial Art. Visitors will see coins, costumes, photography and more at the Mint Museum of Art.
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Address: 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28207-2031, United States

Discovery Place

If you are looking for a great family outing when in Charlotte, look no further than Discovery Place. This wonderful facility that contains Discovery Hall, an IMAX Theatre, the Charlotte Nature Museum, and the Discovery Place Kids for children. There is always something new and exciting happening at Discovery Place to entertain people of all ages.
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Address: 301 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202-2179, United States

Hendrick Motorsports Museum

If you are a fan of racing, then the Hendrick Motorsports Museum should be on your must-see list. Conveniently located near Lowe's Racetrack in Charlotte. In the 15,000 square foot museum, visitors are treated to a history of Hendrick Motorsports. Also on display is a racecar and its various components, such as a roll cage, front and rear sections, and an oil pan.
Address: 4400 Papa Joe Hendrick Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28262, United States

Mint Museum of Craft + Design

The Mint Museum of Craft + Design displays the works of artists and designers and designers who specialize in a range of areas. Some of the collections include pieces of ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, metalwork and wood. The works can include traditional or contemporary pieces.
In addition to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design's permanent collections, the center also features temporary exhibits.
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Address: 500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202-1175, United States

Paramount's Carowinds

Looking for some thrills and chills? Look no further than Paramount's Carowinds amusement park. Here you will find entertainment to suit all ages. Roller coasters, water rides, and fun stage shows provide hours of entertainment. Paramount's Carowinds also has a water park called Boomerang Bay with all kinds of splish splashing fun - be sure to bring your bathing suit if the weather's fine!
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Address: Box 410289, Charlotte, NC 28273, United States

Charlotte Nature Museum

While visiting Charlotte, why not stop in at the Charlotte Nature Museum? Here you will find a dazzling array of interesting exhibits on the natural world. The museum has an interesting permanent collection with exhibits ranging from Einstein's Corner to the Machine Shop. The Charlotte Nature Museum is part of Discovery Place.
Address: 1658 Sterling Road, United States


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