Sports and entertainment
Go see the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium, take in a Charlotte Hornets or Charlotte Checkers game at Time Warner Cable Arena, or root for our Triple-A baseball team, the Charlotte Knights. And don't forget NASCAR at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Music and theater
The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is home to many of Charlotte's professional arts groups. The Neighborhood Theatre in the North Davidson arts district (or NODA) hosts an eclectic assortment of bands throughout the year. Clubs around the city will get you moving to the sounds of salsa, techno, country-western, swing... you name it.
Arts, sciences and history
Visit the Levine Museum of the New South or celebrate the spirit of the African-American experience at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture. Step into Charlotte's past and explore the Charlotte Museum of History or the Historic Latta Plantation, or enjoy an interactive experience at Discovery Place, one of the nation's top hands-on science museums with a Planetarium and Omnimax Theatre. See the latest exhibits at the Mint Museums of Art, then visit the Charlotte Historic Trolley Museum. Take a stroll through the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden - 100 acres of themed gardens, fountains and trails. For even more options, visit the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resource Center.
The great outdoors
Most of Charlotte's numerous parks have picnic areas, fishing lakes, lighted tennis courts and athletic fields. Lake Norman (north of Uptown) is North Carolina's largest man-made lake, with more than 520 miles of shoreline. Lake Wylie, to the south, has an estimated 325 miles of shoreline. Both are fewer than 30 minutes away from campus.
If you are into a more rugged escape, visit the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) in western Mecklenburg County. Bike the trails, take a hike, kayak or go zip lining. The park's most unique feature is a multiple-channel, customized whitewater river for rafting and canoe/kayak enthusiasts of all abilities. New adventures for family and friends abound at this state-of-the-art recreation facility!
If that is not enough for your adventurous spirit, check out Carowinds Theme Park, Festival In The Park, the Carolina Raptor Center, Pops In The Park at SouthPark Mall and other cultural opportunities. Charlotte offers something for everyone!