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5 Great Things To Do in Charlotte

May 4th, 2011 Listed Under: Things To Do Charlotte

Spring And Summer 2011… and there’s way more than 5

more details will be forthcoming, but these will get you started!

If you love the outdoors…

you can walk, run, bike, stroll, but you have to get out on a Charlotte Greenway. There are newly completed Greenway’s along Kings Ave intown, a great place to enjoy the Charlotte skyline. Or the new Matthew’s Greenway, over 3 miles of trails and boardwalk connecting downtown Matthew to fishing at Squirrel Lake Park. Don’t forget the incredible McMullen Creek Greenway with entrances on Bevington (across from Trader Joe’s), Johnston Road and Pineville Matthews Road.    My favorite is still McAlpine Creek (and the dog park there!), but that is just because we lived very near it, and my family spent a lot of time on it!  when we first moved to Charlotte.

The Charlotte White Water Center (formally known  as the US National Whitewater Center- home to the US Whitewater Olympic team)

For sheer fun, and “cool” there is nothing like the White Water Center. Variously described as “An amusement park for adults” to an “outdoor sports playground,” for one fee the White water center offers hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, a fantastic zip line, and world class rafting and kayaking. Arrive early, raft early, and spend the day enjoying the rest of the park- and an excellent restaurant is there to feed you, and there is music many summer evenings. Learn more at

The new zip line is now a Canopy Tour!

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The NC Music Factory

The latest addition to Charlotte’s live music scene, the Music Factory opens its 2nd season with live music every Friday night (Friday Live at the Factory) from 6-11. An out door amphitheater- and the indoor Fillmore. Come ready to dance at one of several new clubs, The Saloon, Wet Willies, Halo, and a country and western bar is coming soon.  It will be the new home of Charlotte’s Comedy Zone… Directions, Clubs and Coming Acts at

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Courtesy NY Times

courtesy NY Times

Architecturally compelling, the Niki de Saint Phalle’s “Firebird” welcomes all.  “The holdings of the Bechtler reveal principally the tastes and opportunities of a family of collectors based in Zurich, Switzerland.”  This summer’s exhibit is School of Paris, post WWII art from Europe, and a collection of American and British artists.   What and addition to Charlotte’s art scene. more on the Bechtler at    A New York Times review

The New Mint Museum of Craft and Design

Creative and fresh, this is a bold museum.  Next door to the Bechtler, and part of the Levine Cultural Campus located at the South west corner of Uptown Charlotte   For more info visit

For Families

Discovery Place

Discover the extraordinary at this completely renovated hands on science museum and IMAX theater.  More info


Hands-on fun at the Children’s library. Take the Lynx in, or park free underneath, and take your toddler to 14 year old on an adventure.  ImaginOn is known as the cleanest air in Charlotte, so when allergies are biting and keeping your or your clan indoors…


if racing is in  your blood… you’ll want to visit the hall and test your driving skills. Prices, Directions and more at

A client family (Mom, Dad and two boys 8 and 10)  from Toronto came in for a long weekend and saw a Charlotte Checkers playoff game, and a Charlotte Knights AAA baseball game, visited the Charlotte Ice house (for ice hockey)   sandwiched into 5 days of viewing homes, all with day time highs of 72-85 degrees.  And we were able to get their first choice home at a great price. Yeah.

Terry McDonald
I'm the owner/team leader of The McDonald Group at Wilkinson and Associates ERA Powered real estate brokers here in Charlotte NC. A transplanted Washinghtonian, my family and I came from the NYC area in 1993.
Terry McDonald
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