6300 Banner Elk Drive , Charlotte, NC, US, 28216
- Phone: (704) 399-7778
- Fax: (704) 399-7707
In the heart of Charlotte's historic Fourth Ward lies an epic monument to the rich history of the neighborhood, and the city as a whole. Thomas Polk, Charlotte founding father and kin to President James K. Polk, is buried here. A number of headstones date back to 1776. Still more mark the graves of heroic Civil War veterans. Within walking distance of other historic sites like Alex Mike's restaurant and the Fire Museum
Owned and operated by the same organization that runs the NBA Bobcats, the Charlotte Sting are another beloved institution of the Queen City. They were one of the first teams in a fledgling WNBA, and they made the playoffs in each of their first three seasons. The team thrills crowds all summer long at Charlotte Bobcats Arena, and tickets start as low as USD7 per seat. See website for season tickets and package deals. Call +1 800 495 2295 (Toll Free).
The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County and the Children's Theatre of Charlotte have come together to create this awesome complex that houses the McColl Family Theatre, the Spangler Library, the Wachovia Playhouse, a Scene and Paint Shop, several studios, rehearsal rooms and a costume shop. A veritable entertainment center, this is the hub of family amusement activities in the area. A comprehensive collection of books and videos fills the library, while a number of educational programs for kids takes place at regular intervals.
Part gallery, part studio space, the McColl Center is dedicated to two noble goals: providing local artists with a healthy and inspiring environment in which to work, and encouraging the surrounding community to become more aware of the art world. To these ends, the McColl Center functions as a traditional gallery as well as sponsoring community-building events such as “Open Studio Saturdays” where artists' workspaces are open to the public. Artists-in-residence ply their trades throughout the facility, working with everything from pencils and paints to clay and cements, neon light, heavy metals, and much more. Housed in a renovated 1920s-era church, the Center itself is quite striking. See website for calendar of events and exhibitions.
Though they are officially known as the "Carolina" Panthers, they play in uptown Charlotte, and it is the citizens of Charlotte in the stands cheering for them. Since their inception in 1995, the Panthers have clinched their division championship three times. They even made it to Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2003, where the New England Patriots defeated them by a slim three-point margin thanks to Adam Vinatieri's infamous, last-second, 41-yard field goal. See the Panthers go for the glory at their home, Bank of America Stadium. See website for ticketing information.
Amid the hustle and bustle of Charlotte lies Marshall Park, a nicely landscaped area with green grass and trees, a pond and a fountain in the middle. Occasionally events and festivals take place here.
Affiliated with some of the top organizations in the country, this garden offers educational and vocational programs to the neighborhood residents. With this, it aims at educating the people of all age groups about the importance of greenery in our surroundings. Several schools send their students to participate in these workshops. For those who have a keen interest in this field, there are internship programs offered in collaboration with the Central Piedmont Community College. And for those who are looking for a hands-on lesson on roses, enroll for the course that takes place each February. For membership and further information, check the website.
Located in the same complex as the American Legion Memorial Stadium, the Grady Cole Center was built to replace the Charlotte Armory Arena which burned down. Once the practice court for the Charlotte Hornets, this sporting venue can seat close to 3000 people and has played host to several basketball and volleyball matches. Although primarily a basketball court, the Grady Cole Center is also a venue for musical performances and rock concerts, the likes of Gov't Mule, Coldplay and Ani DiFranco having already enthralled audiences here.
Contact Southern Breezes for a charming tour of Charlotte city. Enjoy the famed Southern hospitality as you travel around the area in enchanting horse drawn carriages. Visitors can have a look at churches, galleries, cafes, hotels and other attractions at their own pace. With a pick up from anywhere you choose, these tours cannot be more convenient or more fun! Check the website for details.
Latta Park began as a real estate developer's ploy to lure the people of Charlotte out of the crowded city center and into the suburbs. Today, the South End is far from suburban, and Latta Park remains a thing of beauty. Long, narrow and green, the 31-acre park is home to a basketball court, a multi-purpose field, two softball fields, six tennis courts, a volleyball court, a six-table sheltered picnic area, a recreation center, a playground, a sprayground, and miles of trails. See website for park map and reservable facilities information. Open daily.
In addition to being the oldest park in Charlotte, this 24-acre parcel in the heart of Charlotte's Elizabeth neighborhood serves your every recreational need. For athletes, Independence Park has a batting cage, two basketball courts, two tennis courts, a volleyball court, and three hiking trails. Families make good use of the sheltered picnic area and the playground. If romance is in the air, stroll by the relecting pool or through the rose garden. A number of shelters, including the rose garden's gazebo, are available for private events. See website for reservation information.