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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Hoyle House in Dallas, North Carolina was the home of Pieter Heyl, a German miller. An extraordinary example of German-American architecture, the two floored house was constructed sometime in the mid 1700s. It underwent various alterations over the years as it was passed from generation from generation and today one can see a mix of many architectural styles, with evident Federal and Georgian influences. The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
Located close to Uptown Charlotte, Plaza-Midwood is a rising urban district. The place has ample option of public transport which makes it very easy to commute. It also houses a number of exotic restaurants which serve its residents and tourists an array of world class cuisines. The place is also famous for a church that is now an art center, showcasing the works of aspiring local artists.
The largest city in North Carolina, Charlotte may not feature at the top of most people's bucket lists, but this booming metropolis has much to offer visitors of every age. One of the country's fastest growing major cities, Charlotte is a great place to bring the kids with attractions like the Carowinds Amusement Park and the Discovery Center to look forward too. The city's history is on display at stately neighborhoods like the Fourth Ward where stunning Victorian mansions stand alongside beautifully landscaped parks, rose gardens and whimsical bird houses. Other top attractions include the Billy Graham Library and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Charlotte is a city that revels in sporting action, home to professional teams like the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League, the Charlotte Independence of the United Soccer League, the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball League, and the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse, not to mention the NASCAR races hosted by the Charlotte Motor Speedway. There are plenty of fine dining and entertainment options as well, even as Charlotte remains a primary business and banking hub.
Inaugurated in 2002, Duke Family Performance Hall is one of the main event centers of Davidson College in Davidson. Equipped with state-of-art facilities, the venue is mainly used for in-house events and is also available for educational conferences, theater, and music performances. The hall can accommodate up to 600 spectators for a single event,