400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Honoring the history of NASCAR and all of its glory, this venue is only a couple of years old and still exciting even to the natives of Charlotte. Although we are used to the NASCAR life here, it’s exciting to have something dedicated to it other than just the racetrack. It is not only an exciting experience, but an educational one as well for new race fans who don’t know how far NASCAR has come in all of its years. Located in the heart of uptown, it allows you access to all sites of Charlotte as well.
210 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
What’s better than having restaurants, retail, nightlife, cafes and more together in one area? The Epicentre provides nearly 40 venues consisting of all of these, and it is minutes away from other big attractions downtown, like Time Warner Cable Arena or Bank of America Stadium. There’s always something fun going on at The Epicentre for family and friends.
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, NC 28115
At the Lazy 5 Ranch, you’re able to see over 750 animals from six different continents from a horse-drawn wagon or from your own car along a 3.5-mile safari ride. The owner/operator has been raising exotic animals and rescuing endangered species for many years, and decided to open this park back in 1993, after so many people would come to see all of his animals. It’s always a hit for the whole family, adults and kids alike. Very entertaining and educational, people tend to go back quite often because he likes changing up the types of animals people get to see and experience while there.
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC 28012
Nearly 400 acres is how much these gardens take up, but they are magical and beautiful. Since 1991, it has been a huge hit in Belmont, NC, and now offers memberships, classes, walks and other volunteer work. It is also looking to expand, and it will surely be around for a long time, continuing to attract people from all over. These gardens also host many events, such as weddings and other corporate events as well. Be sure to check out everything the botanical gardens have to offer you for your visit.
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214
The White Water Center has many activities for all ages, so it is a perfect outdoor playground for friends and family to visit. You might even get lucky enough to be there when other events are going on like concerts. The WWC also offers camps and leadership programs as well. Something fun is always going on at the WWC, it just depends on what mood you’re in: to play, relax or learn.
Lee Griffin, 27, resides in Charlotte, NC. After graduating from UNC Charlotte, Lee has been working full-time as an Administrative Assistant, and writing part-time for The Examiner. Lee also loves to discover new music. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.