Visitors in Charlotte, South Carolina, can peruse art at the Mint Museum Uptown, pick through fresh produce at the 7th Street Public Market and get some fresh air at Freedom Park. Some family-friendly activities include catching a race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, riding the roller coasters at Carowinds and exploring Discovery Place.
Those who enjoy intellectual stimulation can go to Discovery Place, a science museum with exhibits for both children and adults, such as a playtopia, hands-on lab experiments and an aquarium. Art fans can go to the Mint Museum Uptown for a glimpse of contemporary local, American and European art from glass displays and clay art to costumes, jewelry and furniture. The Levine Museum of the New South focuses on local post-Civil War history.
After expanding their intellectual horizons, visitors can then take a break for fun at Carowinds and Charlotte Motor Speedway. The former features 20 acres of rides, including a pool, a lazy river and the Dale Earnhardt roller coaster. Instead of riding a Nascar-themed roller coaster, visitors can experience the real thing at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and take in a race.
Visitors can get away from the bustle of the city at Freedom Park, a 100-acre area with walking and jogging paths, biking trails, tennis courts and basketball courts.