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Carolina Panthers (NFL)
Carolina Hurricanes (AHL)
Charlotte Hornets (NBA)
Charlotte Hounds Lacrosse (MLL)
Charlotte Checkers (NHL)
Charlotte Knights Baseball (IL, Minor League team for Chicago White Sox)
NASCAR Sprint Cup (various teams, scattered race locations)


Area 15
Carolina Harbor
Carolina History and Haunts
Charlotte Raptor Center
Discovery Place
Lake Norman
Lake Wylie
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
Rock Trail
McColl Center for Visual Art
McDowell Nature Center & Preserve
McGill Rose Garden
Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center
Mountain Island Lake
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
Discovery Place
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Historic Rural Hill
Latibah Collard Green Museum
Levine Museum of the New South
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Uptown
Mint Museum of Art, Randolph Road
Spirit Square Arts Center
The Charlotte Museum of History
The Art Room
The Light Factory
Wells Fargo History Museum
Matthews Heritage Museum (Matthews)
Mint Hill Historical Society (Mint Hill)
Museum of the Waxhaws (Waxhaw)
North Carolina Music Hall of Fame (Kannapolis)
The Schiele Museum of Natural History (Gastonia)
Welcome Home Veterans Military Museum (Mooresville)


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 accessible for those with disabilities. For everything parks-related, visit Some of the 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
Festival in the Park
First Night Charlotte
Funny Bus Comedy City Tour
Hola Charlotte
Latin American Festival
Mint Museum’s Potters Market Invitational
Yiasou Greek Festival

All lists in the InFocus Charlotte section were compiled by qnotes staff. Research into finding community resources was only as good as what was available online and from other sources. Should readers find errors and wish to send corrections to the list or want to have a bar or event listed, email qnotes with “InFocus addition” in the subject line to qnotes wants to make these listings as accurate as possible to maintain integrity of the information provided.