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Five Reasons To Visit Charlotte For Spring Break

March 8, 2014 8:00 AM

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Spring in Charlotte is a beautiful time of year – the weather warms, the sun shines and the humidity is at a low. Spring break is a great time to spend in Charlotte. There are outdoor activities, indoor activities and a brand new aquarium. Make it a point to book some time in Charlotte during your spring break and see the sights.
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214
(704) 391-3900
www.usnwc.com

Charlotte is fortunate to be the home of the U.S. National Whitewater Center, a premiere venue where Olympic athletes train. But Olympians aren’t the only users of the site. The Center boasts of hiking trails, zip lines, climbing walls, kayaking and, of course, whitewater rafting. Not all of the water activities are open during the spring, you’ll need to check with the Center for the schedule. It’s a fabulous facility and well worth the price.

Bechtler Museum
420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 353-9200
www.bechtler.com

The Bechtler Museum is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience. The setting is both intimate and grand, set in a gorgeous space designed by architect Mario Botta. The artwork comes from the private collection of the Bechtler family and includes work from the masters of the 20th century. Picasso, Calder, Tinguely and Miro are all on display. It’s especially fascinating when you consider all of the work was collected by one family. Outside of the museum is one of Charlotte’s best known icons, Niki de Saint Phalle’s mirrored sculpture, “Firebird.” Visit Charlotte’s funkiest museum, it’s worth the trip.

Sea Life Charlotte/Concord
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC 28027
(866) 229-1573
www.visitsealife.com

Charlotte/Concord’s newest attraction is this 30,000-square-foot, $10 million aquarium that offers a glimpse into the underwater world. Stingrays, octopi, sharks and starfish are among the 5,000 sea creatures calling the Sea Life Charlotte home. There are over 20 display tanks, an interactive touch pool, an amazing 180-degree undersea tunnel and a children’s soft play area.

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Great Wolf Lodge
10175 Weddington Road N.W.
Concord, NC 28027
(704) 549-8206
www.greatwolf.com

When looking for a place in Charlotte where you can stay and vacation with your kids, Great Wolf Lodge is a fantastic option. In addition to the fabulous rooms, the Lodge has a full on waterpark, suitable for kids of all ages. There’s a four-story, interactive tree fort complete with soaking spray stations, suspension bridges, slides and nets. If that isn’t your cup of tea, the Howling Tornado will drop you into the eye of a funnel and let you swirl up the sides before dropping you into 83-degree water. It’s the perfect spot for a staycation.

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

Opened just a few years ago, Charlotte’s incredible NASCAR Hall of Fame pays tribute to a great sport. The unique building is a landmark unto itself. Inside, circling the Great Hall, is Glory Road, a signature exhibit at the Hall featuring 18 iconic cars demonstrating six generations of premier series race cars. There’s a 64-foot-wide projection screen theater where your visit will start – High Octane Theater. There you’ll watch the evolution of NASCAR, from the original beach races on up. There are interactive exhibits and fabulous dining options.

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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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