The Billy Graham Library pays tribute to late American Christian evangelist Billy Graham. The place opened in the year 2007 and spreads across 40,000-square-foot (3,700 meter square). The library features a number of artifacts from different facets of Graham's life, from his small beginnings on a farm to his career as a prominent minister, the place covers everything. Many find the library to be a site of inspiration, regardless of religious connotations.
These botanical gardens are run by the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus and are comprised of three separate sites- the Van Landingham Glen, the Susie Harwood Garden, and the McMillan Greenhouse. There is a wide variety of plants among the gardens, including rhododendrons, native Carolina flora, orchids, desert succulents, and carnivorous pitcher plant hybrids. There are also many walking paths and interesting landscape architecture displays to please the eye. The park is open daily and features an ever-changing collection that varies depending on the time of year, so be sure to check the website for updates.
Much like SoHo, NoDa (North Davidson Street) is a bustling area in the city of Charlotte. There is lots to see and do in this famous arts district, for both visitors and locals. Restaurants, theatres, bars, shops and galleries abound here. Visit during the annual Gallery Crawl to check out the area's fascinating art scene. An amalgamation of culture and cuisine, this district is cloaked in an air of enjoyment, making it a must-visit. Check the website for what's happening at various venues in the area.
Even after having done whitewater rafting, kayaking, flat-water paddling, hiking, climbing, or biking at Charlotte's National Whitewater Center, the place is sure to keep you wanting more. An initiative that contributes to the preservation of the Catawba River and its natural surroundings, the activities organized by the center require a certain level of fitness, but are memorable nevertheless.
This 98-acre (40 hectare) public park is a slice of nature at its best, right in the middle of the city. Complete with four baseball diamonds, two batting cages, a dozen tennis courts, four soccer fields, a basketball court, a pair of volleyball courts, a pair of playgrounds, a seven-acre (two hectare) lake, an amphitheater, a number of sheltered picnic areas, and miles of trails and paths, Freedom Park has something for everyone. There's even a concession stand for joggers in need of water or sun bathers in need of ice cream. Many of the picnic shelters are reservable, as are the Freedom Park Bandshell and the Mahlon Adams Pavilion, a banquet hall that seats 70 people.
The heart of this museum lies in an exploration of the people who have changed and shaped the social landscape of the South since the end of the Civil War. The exhibit addresses controversial issues like race relations and immigration, providing a forum for discussion and contemplation. The facility is newly renovated and many of the pieces contain modern multimedia displays and virtual tours that make the learning experience fun for all ages. Be sure to explore the 'Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers' exhibit, one of the permanent collections that focuses on the changing face of Charlotte and the Piedmont region of North Carolina.
From a courthouse, post-office to a federal building, the Charles R. Jonas Federal Building was used for several purposes. Built in 1915, it was named after the Congressman Charles R. Jonas. Designed by architect Wetmore, James A, this Neo-classical structure was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Currently it is owned by the city of Charlotte.
First Presbyterian was built in the early 19th century and has been a major tourist attraction as well as a fully functioning church since its dedication. The architecture is reminiscent of European Gothic cathedrals and many efforts have been made to maintain this style even as recent renovations and expansions have allowed it to cater to the needs of its growing congregation. The impressive spire and detailed stonework make this church a must-see for art and architecture lovers. Multiple services are held throughout the week including two full services on Sunday, one of which is televised on a local Charlotte station, WSOC-TV Channel 9. Open on Sunday from 9am, 11am and 5pm and Wednesday from noon.
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
Located on the grounds of the Discovery Place science museum, this IMAX dome theater screens both science-oriented documentary features and first-run Hollywood blockbusters. Unlike other IMAX theaters, IMAX Dome theaters are in the form of a dome with stadium-style seating with the projector situated at a certain angle from a booth below the seats for best effects. This type of theater best shows off the special effects in science-oriented films. The Discovery Place theater is one of the only such theaters in the entire state.
Packard Place is not only a co-working space that is professional, flexible and affordable, but also functions as a consulting service and a resource center for Charlotte's entrepreneurs. Start-ups and small businesses can use the space here for meetings and presentations and network with potential partners and investors easily. Works of local artists and performers are showcased in the art gallery at Packard Place.