Charlotte, North Carolina is home to several attractions for visitors of all ages, including Discovery Place, the Children's Theater of Charlotte, Queen's Landing, Carowinds and Reed Gold Mine. Those interested in nature can pay a visit to the Charlotte Nature Museum, Carolina Raptor Center and Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.
Discovery Place is a science center aimed at entertaining and educating people of all ages. Features of the center include a rainforest, aquarium, IMAX and 3D theater and interactive science lab stations. Exploration opportunities also await visitors of Reed Gold Mine, where visitors can go on guided tours of the old mines.
Queen's Landing offers relaxing moments on or around Lake Norman. Visitors can ride the Lady of the Lake or the Catawba Queen around the lake. For those looking for a higher-paced experience, the Carowinds amusement park offers large roller coasters and the spinning 301-foot-tall Windseeker. The Children's Theater of Charlotte offers a variety of programs for the younger crowd.
Highlights at the Charlotte Nature Museum include the Butterfly Pavilion, Creature Cavern, Insect Alley and Our Big Backyard. The Carolina Raptor Center allows visitors to have close encounters with different birds of prey. The 110-acre Daniel Stowe Botanical Center features a wide variety of plants and an orchid conservatory.