Things to do in Charlotte, N.C., include visiting Discovery Place, where visitors can watch a movie in the IMAX theater and see a rain forest and aquarium. Other popular activities include a cruise on Lake Norman aboard the Catawba Queen, which is a paddleboat replica, or visiting Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, which showcases a variety of different gardens on its 110 acres.
For animal lovers, the Lazy 5 Ranch offers visitors a chance to see animals from six different continents, including zebras, giraffes and buffalo. Charlotte Brews Cruise provides transportation throughout the city to sample the various craft beer breweries. Visitors can also visit Charlotte Motor Speedway, home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Families can enjoy a fun day of whitewater rafting at the U.S. National Whitewater Center or ride the largest roller coaster in the area, the Intimidator, at Carowinds Amusement and Water Park. The butterfly exhibit at the Charlotte Nature Museum provides an educational experience, while both indoor and outdoor exhibits appeal to all ages. A tour of the Carolinas Aviation Museum reveals many types of private and military airplanes. Charlotte has a wide variety of eateries, including The King's Kitchen, which features down-home Southern cooking, and Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, renowned for its burgers and in-house craft beers.