Things to Do and See

Be sure to check out the Our Charlotte Picks page for some of our attorneys’ personal favorites around town!

All prices are in USD. Times at the end of each entry indicate the location’s distance from the hotel, and “Walkable” indicates an Uptown location.

Arts & Museums

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art features a collection of works by the most important and influential artists of the mid-20th century, including Miró, Giacometti, Picasso, Calder, Hepworth, Nicholson, Warhol, Tinguely, Ernst, Le Corbusier, Chillida and many others. Only a handful of these wonderful artworks have been on public view in the United States. Until now, the collection was privately held by the Bechtler family of Switzerland. Admission to this Uptown museum is $8 for adults. (Walkable)

The Mint Museum is an innovative museum of international art and design committed to engaging and inspiring all members of the global community. The museum is dedicated to leadership in collecting, exhibiting, conserving, researching, publishing, interpreting, and sharing art and design from around the world. Mint Museum Randolph is located in an original branch of the U.S. Mint and features exhibits on ceramics, European and African art, and textiles. Mint Museum Uptown houses the Craft + Design Collection, along with fashion and photography exhibits. General admission is $12, and special exhibit admission is $24. (Walkable to Uptown; 10 min. to Randolph.)

By telling the stories of the people who shaped our aviation heritage, the Carolinas Aviation Museum inspires future generations to write aviation’s next chapter. Visit the Carolinas Aviation Museum and learn about various aircraft on display and the role each has played in shaping history. Sit in an actual cockpit to experience what it would have been like to fly them. (15 min.)

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture celebrates the contributions of Africans and African-Americans to American culture and serves as a community epicenter for music, dance, theater, visual art, film, arts education programs, literature and community outreach. Tickets are $9 for adults, and the center is located Uptown. (Walkable)

Levine Museum of the New South is an interactive museum housing a comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War Southern history. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the centerpiece exhibit, “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers,” and other current exhibits, like “¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South.” Admission is $8 for adults. The museum is located Uptown. (Walkable)

Spend a day at Discovery Place in Uptown Charlotte and enter a world of wonder, where science amazes, educates and entertains. Check out the “World Alive” exhibit, which guides you through a celebration of the Earth’s biodiversity, along with the museum’s exciting features. Visitors can also enjoy an immersive movie experience in the IMAX Dome. Adult tickets are $15. (Walkable)

Nature & Outdoor Activities

Romare Bearden Park boasts over 5 acres of green space within the hustle and bustle of Charlotte’s city center. Enjoy the sunshine while walking through the park’s two gardens and exploring the different plazas and lounge areas. Grab lunch from one of the nearby restaurants and relax beside the water fall fountains.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is the Carolinas’ garden for all seasons, providing guests a chance to reconnect with nature and to create lifelong memories with friends and family. Located within 380 acres on the banks of Lake Wylie, visitors can enjoy spectacular gardens, sparkling fountains, a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and orchids, a visitor pavilion, a garden store and nature trails. Admission is $12.95 for adults. (30 min.)

Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary was created by Elizabeth and Edwin Clarkson in 1927. The gardens, enclosed on all sides by brick walls, encompass almost three acres in the heart of Charlotte and include lovely vistas, formal gardens and woodland areas. Throughout, the emphasis is on plantings for birds and other wildlife, providing cover, nesting sites, food and water. Plaques and statuary, integrated into the garden walls and paths, reflect the spirit and beauty of Wing Haven and its creators. Visitors marvel not only at the gardens but the frequent sightings of birds and the small wildlife scampering throughout the property. The gardens are open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Adult admission is $10. (10 min.)

Freedom Park features 98 acres with sporting fields of all types, a seven-acre lake, a bandshell, two playgrounds and walking paths. In addition, the Charlotte Nature Museum is adjacent to Freedom Park. (10 min.)

The U.S. National Whitewater Center is dedicated to the promotion of the active, outdoor lifestyle. Since 2006, the USNWC has been promoting access to the outdoors for all levels of participants through its all-day pass programs, instruction, and leadership school as well as festivals, races and other outdoor events. Visit the center’s 1,100 acres on the Catawba River to participate in activities like whitewater rafting and kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, rock climbing and zip lining. Prices vary by activity. (20 min.)

Carowinds is a 398-acre amusement and water park located on the border of North and South Carolina. Carowinds offers attractions for all ages, including 13 roller coasters, live entertainment, a brand new waterpark, dining and more. Adult tickets are $39.99 online and $62.99 at the gate. (20 min.)

Nightlife at the Epicentre offer something for everyone. Located on College Street between Trade and Fourth Streets, the Epicentre is directly across the street from the Ritz-Carlton. For upscale entertainment, catch a movie and a meal at Studio Movie Grill or go bowling at Strike City. Visit a few of the bars and clubs, including Blackfinn Ameripub, Suite, Bubble and NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Whisky River. Take in beautiful views of the city at Rooftop 210’s outdoor terrace.
For another vantage point of Charlotte’s stunning skyline, check out Fahrenheit, a rooftop restaurant and bar featuring fire pits lining the outdoor patio. Fahrenheit is located on S. Caldwell St. above the Hyatt Place Hotel.
A few blocks away, the intersection of Tryon and Fifth Streets offers several fun nightlife options. Grab a beer at two Irish pubs, Rí Rá and Connolly’s on Fifth. See what’s happening at Prohibition or Sip, the bars next door. And be sure to walk a few yards west on Fifth Street to Dandelion Market for delicious tapas and craft cocktails.
Take a taxi or the Lynx light rail to Charlotte’s South End neighborhood. South End is home to many of Charlotte’s local breweries; enjoy a craft beer at Sycamore, Wooden Robot or Triple C, among others. Venture on to other neighborhood stops like All American Pub or Tyber Creek Pub.
Central Avenue also offers nightlife options, like Thomas Street Tavern, The Workman’s Friend, The Peculiar Rabbit, Legion Brewing and The Common Market.


Find everything you need in one place at SouthPark, an indoor mall with more than 150 stores and many dining options. SouthPark features retailers including Apple, Burberry, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Tory Burch. Discover even more restaurants and shops in The Village at SouthPark, located at the mall entrance. (15 min.)

Just around the corner from SouthPark, Phillips Place is an open-air, upscale shopping center with retail and restaurants set along a picturesque main street. Offerings include a movie theater, dining options like The Palm and P.F. Changs, and boutiques – Luna, Copper Penny and Bevello, to name a few. (15 min.)

Lark & Key Gallery, located in Charlotte’s historic South End neighborhood, offers thoughtfully curated artwork, pottery and jewelry from local, regional and national artists. Take the Lynx light rail from Uptown to South End, and explore the rest of the neighborhood’s local businesses. Be sure to check out the farmers market on Saturday morning at Atherton Mill. (5 min.)

Located uptown in Founders Hall, ivy & leo offers fashionistas the opportunity to look fabulous without the guilt. The store features the most up-to-date and trendy styles available at an affordable price. (Walkable)


Located in Uptown Charlotte, the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010 and includes artifacts, interactive exhibits and a 278-person state-of-the-art theater. Also on the property is Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and the NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop. The goal of the facility is to honor NASCAR icons and create an enduring tribute to the drivers, crew members, team owners and others that have impacted the sport in the past, present and future. Adult admission is $19.95. (Walkable)

Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, offers tours for the general public each Wednesday at 10 a.m. and on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Please arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the tour begins as tours start promptly at the designated times. Tours are fully accessible for the physically challenged; however, wheelchairs are not provided. Tours last approximately one hour and begin at the ticket office on Mint Street between the East and South gates. Tickets are $5. (Walkable)

The Richard Petty Driving Experience puts you in a NASCAR race car for an adrenaline-pumping thrill of a lifetime that gets you as close to being in the race as you will ever get! Choose from one of our Driving Experiences where your hands are on the wheel, your foot is on the gas and 600 horses are ready to take you for eight to 50 laps around Charlotte Motor Speedway. Rather let someone else do the driving? No problem! Ride-along shotgun from the passenger seat for three laps around the track at speeds up to 165 mph. Prices vary by experience, (25 min.)

For conference attendees arriving early, the Charlotte Knights baseball team will be playing at home in BB&T Ballpark on Wednesday, May 4. Enjoy a lunch-hour ball game against the backdrop of Charlotte’s stunning skyline. (Walkable)