12 Best Things to Do in Charlotte

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By Nancy DePalma

Nobody puts Charlotte in the corner. While bigger cities were busy hogging the spotlight, the city quietly upped the ante—and has stepped out of the shadows. There’s so much to do and see: venues including the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center pull in top talent from around the world, while places like Visulite Theatre have created space for indie acts. Weekends are a perfect time to check out the brewery scene, and the city’s temperate weather is a boon for playing outdoors, whether you’re hitting the trails of Little Sugar Creek Greenway, throwing a Frisbee in Freedom Park, or making waves on Lake Norman. (Of course, you can’t visit Charlotte without a pit stop at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, too.) And there's plenty more worth exploring: here, we've rounded up the best things to do in Charlotte, N.C.