A snapshot from Charlotte Motor Speedway's Coca Cola 600 on Memorial Day Weekend, May 2013. Photo Credit: U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Army Capt. Rick Scoggins, North Carolina National Guard Public Affairs Office.


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Carolina Panthers (National Football League)
Carolina Hurricanes (American Hockey League)
Charlotte Hornets (National Basketball Association)
Charlotte Hounds Lacrosse (Major League Lacrosse)
Charlotte Checkers (National Hockey League)
Charlotte Knights Baseball (International League, Minor League team for Chicago White Sox)
NASCAR Sprint Cup (various teams, scattered race locations)


Area 15
Carolina History and Haunts “Beyond the Grave”
Charlotte Raptor Center
Discovery Place
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve – Buzzard
Rock Trail
McColl Center for Visual Art
McDowell Nature Center and Preserve
McGill Rose Garden
Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Ray’s Splash Planet
Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve
Rosedale Plantation
U.S. National Whitewater Center
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary
Concord Mills Mall (Concord)
Great Wolf Lodge (Concord)
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (Belmont)
Reynolda House Museum of American Art (Winston-Salem)


Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Carolinas Aviation Museum
Charlotte Nature Museum
Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Latibah Collard Green Museum
Levine Museum of the New South
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Uptown
Mint Museum of Art, Randolph
Spirit Square Arts Center
The Charlotte Museum of History
The Art Room
The Light Factory
Wells Fargo History Museum


The area has a plethora of fun facilities for everyone, including ones for dogs, skating, swimming, fitness, recreation and more. Mecklenburg County is gaining ground as having one of the finest greenway systems in the nation. Some of the parks have shelters. A number of parks are accessibly for those with disabilities. For everything parks-related, visit charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec. Highlights of popular locations are listed below.

Freedom Park
Kilborne Park
Latta Park
Little Sugar Creek Greenway
Marshall Park
McAlpine Creek Community Park
Park Road Park
Reedy Creek Park
Romare Bearden Park


Bark in the Park
Carolina Renaissance Festival
Charlotte Oktoberfest
First Night Charlotte
Yiasou Greek Festival