Welcome to Charlotte!
The Hospitality Committee would like to welcome
you to Charlotte. There is so much to see and do
here, so do not hesitate to bring your families along
with you. We have created a list of activities and
things to do. If you need further help or would like
more information you can contact Varvara Pasiali
firstname.lastname@example.org or Sara Grant
For additional information about Charlotte please refer to the following web links:
Charlotte’s Visitors Website at http://www.charlottesgotalot.com
2012 Visitors Magazine
Map of conference hotel area http://mapq.st/wmdShH
101 Things to do in Charlotte
U.S. National Whitewater Center (Open Year round)
The U.S. National Whitewater Center has over 400 acres of
woodlands dedicated to healthy outdoor fun. It has the world’s
largest man-made whitewater river with opportunities to do:
whitewater rafting/kayaking, flatwater kayaking, stand-up paddle
boarding, and war canoes. If water is not desired try mountain
biking, rock climbing, zip lines, a canopy tour, or rope courses.
Crowders Mountain State Park
This beautiful state park is full of flowing streams, luscious green
foothills, towering peaks with 150 feet vertical drops, and an
abundance of trails. Crowders Mountain has the second highest
spot in Gaston County with a view stretching over 25 miles. While
visiting Crowders Mountain State Park some activities that may be
considered are: hiking, camping, rock climbing, picnicking,
canoeing, and fishing.
Kings Mountain National Military Park
If American history sparks an interest, visit the battlefield that
became the turning point in the Revolutionary War. Kings
Mountain National Military Park is one of the two Revolutionary
War National Parks, and is almost 4,000 acres. While visiting Kings
Mountain, visitors get a tour and learn why and how the battle
occurred. Also special events include: revolutionary war
demonstration groups, weapons, blacksmithing, and more.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden covers 380 acres on the banks of
Lake Wylie. When visiting Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, a nature
walk will allow visitors to see magnificent themed gardens and
beautiful fountains. Another breathtaking site to see is the
Carolinas’ only glass house dedicated to spectating orchids and
tropical plants, The Orchid Conservatory.
Historical Sites, Museums, Cultural Arts
Charlotte’s Historic Arts District: NODA
NODA is Charlotte’s top place to go for art galleries and
performance venues. There is also a variety of delicious
restaurants, including: southwest cuisine, Cajun, creative pizzerias,
and more. On the first and third Fridays’, there is a Gallery Crawl, a
display of many different arts on the street.
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture
The Gantt Center is located at Levine
Center for the Arts and supported by
the John S. and James L. Knight
Foundation, the North Carolina Arts
Council and the Arts & Science
The Latta Plantation is a 1800 cotton plantation and living history
farm on the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Visit this great
historical landmark by touring the house and the land. More
activities are available such as horseback riding, fishing, hiking, and
Historic Rosedale Plantation
It is unknown when this house became known as Rosedale, but it
was built in 1815 and occupied in the 1830s by Dr. Cadwell and
his family; as well as his medical practice and two slave families.
Go tour the Rosedale Plantation and discover the historical
grounds, gardens, and house.
The Mint Museum is located in Uptown, Charlotte. It is hard to
miss from its modern design. It has collections of American,
contemporary, and European art. It is 145,000 square feet of
amazing architecture and inspiring exhibits.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
The Bechtler Museum is located in Uptown, Charlotte. It has a
very modern design with an amazing statue in the front that
represents what is waiting to be discovered inside. Experience
the amazing modern art exhibits.
The Charlotte Museum of History
The Charlotte Museum of History is a growing collection of
exhibits that portray Charlotte’s past, present, and future. Visit
this interesting museum and learn about the Civil War, apron
chronicles, Charlotte’s treasures, Settlement in the Backcountry,
Levine Museum of the New South
The Levine Museum of the New South exhibits a time from
1865, to the Civil War, to the present. It shows the new ways of
thinking economically, politically, and culturally in the South. Go
enjoy and learn of the South’s history through the exhibits,
collections, and historical context.
Charlotte City Tours
Embark on a tour of Charlotte, and visit all the parts of Queen City.
Visit the popular restaurants, sports arenas, entertainment,
museums, galleries, and shopping places. Then take a trip through
historic buildings, Victorian and nineteenth century houses.
Visit Charlotte’s Community Theatre! From March
16th-April 1st “Around The World in Eighty Days” will
be showing. It’s a comedy and adventure play about
an adventurer, Phileas Fogg and his manservant take
a dangerous bet to circle the globe in 80 days.
Scheduled Performance: Around the world in 80 days
The Evening Muse is a small size performance venue
that features music of local artists and independent
Scheduled Performance: March 29: Eric Taylor Performance
Scheduled Performance: March 30: Dehlia Low
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square seats 700 and
has become a showplace for live performances. It
features stained glass windows and a Byzantine
Scheduled Performance: March 30: Mavis Staple
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
Knight Theater seats 1,191 within its orchestra,
grand tier and mezzanine levels. A variety of dance
and music shows are hosted here. It is the home
theater for North Carolina Dance Theatre. The
venue is physically connected and shares lobby
space with the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.
Scheduled Performance: March 31: An Evening with Martin Short
Discovery Place Downtown
Visit the Discovery Place where a science museum becomes
hands on, things in movies pop right out in the IMAX Theater,
and the whole family can have fun. For a limited time only visit
the Mummies exhibit where you can come face to face with
the largest collection of mummies dating as far back as 6,500
IMAX Dome Theater – Tornado Alley, Storm Chasers Series
Mummies of the World Exhibition
Discovery Place Natural History Museum
Discovery Place Kids
The Kids part of the Discovery Place features
experiences that support imagination, learning,
and confidence. All the hands on activities allow
kids to try new things and learn in a fun way.
Main Library is located on Tryon Street in Uptown,
Charlotte. Founded in 1903, it still to this day
provides free services for the citizens of Charlotte
with a collection of books that fit everyone’s
Billy Graham Library
Named after the famous preacher, Billy Graham and
located off the Billy Graham Parkway. This library is
centered around one thing, the gospel of Jesus Christ.
It is also located next to his restored childhood home.
It is not a memorial, or a museum, it is a ministry. Go
tour this historical Library, and learn about the great
things Billy Graham is known for.
Partnered with the Children’s Theatre and the public
library, ImaginOn was created for the young minds, to
spark imaginations, challenge thoughts, and inspire the
March 30th 12:00 pm Musical Petting Zoo
March 31st 2:00 pm Newspaper Movie- The Paper
Carowinds has something for the whole family. It is
located on the North Carolina and South Carolina State
line. Go explore this fun family theme park, with
thrilling rollercoasters, entertaining shows, arcade
games, and a day of fun.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame
Visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame, with more than 50
interactive experiences for the whole family. Be a pit
crew member at the changing tire station, or feel like
the driver in the race simulators, or be the broadcaster
in the broadcast booth. There is also a Kid Zone, Pit
Stop Café, and NASCAR Hall of Fame Gift Shop.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
If racing is your thing then this is the place for you. Charlotte
Motor Speedway holds racing of Nascar, Drag racers, car
shows, and more.
March 31st – Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration 2012
Come show support for our military members and their
families and friends.
March 30th & March 31st
Classics 8- All Tchaikovsky
Selections from Swan Lake, variations on a Rococo Theme,
and Symphony No.4
Come see Christopher Warren-Green conduct the Charlotte
Symphony with soloist Joshua Roman on the cello.
March 30 & 31. All Tchaikovsky.
North Carolina Music Factory
Comedy Zone (Part of the NC Music Factory)
Come see Rory Scovel’s standup comedy.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater is one of the most
popular venues in Charlotte. It holds large concerts of some
of the most popular artists.
March 30th-April 1st
Sesame Street Live! Elmo’s Super Heroes
A fun and enjoyable performance fun for the whole family!
Ovens Auditorium opened in 1955 and holds up to 2,404
visitors. It has held many performances from top artists
and speakers. It has held orchestra performances, dance
recitals, Broadway Shows, opera, and symphony
NBA: Bobcats vs. Denver Nuggets March 30th
Shopping (Additional Information Coming Soon!!!)
Carolina Place Mall
Restaurants (Additional Information Coming Soon!!!)
Sara Lee Bakery Group
3037 Scott Futrell Dr, Charlotte, NC 28208
3310 Mulberry Church Road, Charlotte, NC 28208
Wendy’s and Mc Donald’s
2820 Boyer Street, Charlotte, NC 28208
2834 Boyer Stree, Charlotte, NC 28208
The nearest grocery (that also has a pharmacy) is Bi-Lo.
1620 Ashley Road, Charlotte, NC 28208