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Best Museums For Dates In Charlotte

May 26, 2014 8:00 AM

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(credit: mintmuseum.org)

(credit: mintmuseum.org)

Inside of a museum, you find gorgeous images, quiet settings and rooms designed to showcase things of beauty. In other words, it’s the perfect place for a romantic date. Even if that’s not your scene, the Queen City had other museums to frame a perfect date, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Carolina Aviation Museum.
Mint Museum Uptown

500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 337-2000
www.mintmuseum.org

The Mint Museum Uptown is a beautiful space, with a lovely outdoor rooftop area as well as a fine collection of art. The five-story building has special exhibits along with a permanent collection of American, contemporary and European art. It’s a great place to impress your date. Even better, the Uptown Mint also houses a fabulous restaurant, perfect for the highpoint of your date – a post-exhibit dinner.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 353-9200
www.bechtler.org

The Bechtler Museum is a great spot for an Uptown date in a spot filled with culture, but the real secret to the Bechtler date is to make it on the first Friday of the month, when the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents Jazz evenings performed by the Ziad Jazz Quartet. Book your tickets ahead of time, as they do sell out. There are two shows: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. or 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. The concerts are performed in the museum lobby. Appetizers from Emeril Lagasse’s e2 restaurant are available before and during the concert, along with a cash bar. All of the elements for a fabulous date night are at your fingertips.

NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 654-4400
www.nascarhall.com

If the thought of a traditional museum gives you hives, Charlotte offers a perfect alternative spot. The NASCAR Hall of Fame offers up 40,000 square feet of exhibit space that includes interactive exhibits, artifacts and hands-on opportunities. Share your knowledge of NASCAR with your date about the evolution of race cars as you walk through the Great Hall. Hold hands as you watch the 50 greatest finishes in NASCAR history in the theater. It’s a great, unexpected place for a museum date.

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Carolinas Aviation Museum
4672 1st Flight Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 359-8442
www.carolinasaviation.org

Aviation buffs can take their dates to the Carolinas Aviation Museum. This new museum is located next to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The exhibits include the “Miracle on the Hudson” plane and the last DC-9 ever made. When you are done checking out the exhibits, you and your date can watch planes taking off and landing at CLT while you plan your next trip.

Charlotte Nature Museum
1658 Sterling Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 372-6261
www.charlottenaturemuseum.org

Looking for a great outdoor spot where you can show off your love of nature with a new main squeeze? Try out the Charlotte Nature Museum. This small but fun spot allows you to appreciate local animals and the surrounding environment. Resident animals include a Barred owl and Queen Charlotte the groundhog. There are both indoor and outdoor exhibits. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Charlotte with your new beauty.

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Lauren J. Walter is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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