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Old 07-19-2014, 11:05 AM
 
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Hi everyone, my family and I are visiting Charlotte in a couple of weeks time. We have an 8 year old daughter and would like some recommendations on must see places/things to do. We are staying in the University Center area as we didn't want to be too central, but will have a car. We will be there for a week.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-19-2014, 11:22 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Hi everyone, my family and I are visiting Charlotte in a couple of weeks time. We have an 8 year old daughter and would like some recommendations on must see places/things to do. We are staying in the University Center area as we didn't want to be too central, but will have a car. We will be there for a week.
Thanks in advance.
What are your interests?

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Old 07-19-2014, 11:26 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies. We are open to anything really, being from the UK we are fascinated by American history and politics, love to explore both small towns and cities as well as visiting parks for our daughter.
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Old 07-19-2014, 11:33 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies. We are open to anything really, being from the UK we are fascinated by American history and politics, love to explore both small towns and cities as well as visiting parks for our daughter.
Kings Mountain battlefield & Cowpens battlefield are both maintained by the national park system. Both sites show movies related to the battle.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden might be of interest.
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Old 07-19-2014, 01:05 PM
 
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I recommend this place - not too far from the University area:
Welcome to Tiger World in Rockwell, NC

Also, as people have mentioned: Discovery Place along with a stroll down Tryon Street to see the city center. And if you like amusement park rides: Carowinds.
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Old 07-19-2014, 03:24 PM
 
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Are you coming for work or visiting relatives?

Someone from Europe would not like Charlotte. There are no cultural attractions, and there is no history. It's basically one street (Tryon) with a handful of 25-50 story offices towers dating from the 1980s onward. English market and university towns (eg., Oxford, Cambridge, Canterbury, Winchester, etc.) are DRAMATICALLY more vibrant. I suggest a day in Charlotte to see it and then drive to Charleston, SC for a few days and then go to Savannah, Ga for a day or two.

You will be very disappointed with Charlotte. It's a nice, easy, cheap place to live, but anyone with a modicum of sophistication will be very bored as a visitor.
You're welcome to your opinion. Perhaps you didn't notice that the op asked about the area, not just the city. I think that 2 Revolutionary War battlefields qualify as history. if you don't think so, that's up to you.
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Old 07-19-2014, 06:56 PM
 
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I recently bought a new home and started meeting my neighbors. My next door neighbors are a young couple from England. They adore Charlotte and everything it has to offer. A city doesn't have to be steeped in centuries old history to be exciting, interesting and fun. Charlotte is a happy compromise for many people. And for many others, it is not. I still can't fathom why "culture" and "history" seem to be so important to certain people. Once you've seen them, that's it. Then what? To me, those are the cities I like to visit, not live. Charlotte is a nice city to live (and visit) and it's continued building boom keeps us wondering what's next. Charlotte is building it's history now, and for many people, it's fun just being a part of it.
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Old 07-19-2014, 10:36 PM
 
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Building boom doesn't always equate to buildings. It's any type of construction. But Charlotte's building boom has been ongoing since the mid-80's with few periods of rest. Even the largest cities started small.
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:26 AM
 
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Many thanks for the responses. We are travelling to the States on holiday as we have done for the last 15 years. This will be our second trip to NC as we loved it so much the first time when we visited Raleigh. We are travelling all over for this trip so Charlotte is just one stop on the way, which is why I wanted to know of some must see places in the area. We have been to 26 states in the USA during our travels and just love to visit new cities and meet new people. We are constantly amazed at how diverse the US is from state to state and love the exploring process. We've also travelled all over Europe and although the culture is obviously different, I don't see how this means we won't enjoy Charlotte.
To the poster who suggested Tiger World, thanks a lot. My daughter will love it, so I will research further.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:42 AM
 
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Whitewater center is great...they have tamer family rides and the ziplines are awesome

90 minutes south is an awesome zoo called Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC

Discovery Place is a great science museum

Crowder's Mountain is a great hike to the top...not too strenuous but a great view

Reed Gold Mine is a quick stop

THose are just a few off the top of my head
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