Things to do in Charlotte

Charlotte is one of Vinnie Van GO’s all-time favorites. With wonderful museums, stately architecture and charming cultural centers, Charlotte consistently ranks in the best in the country.

Besides being the biggest US banking center outside of New York, Charlotte is one of the most visitor-friendly places in America. The Queen City is friendly and fun tourist designation. Whether you're taking in a game or headed to a museum, a Charlotte shuttle with GO can get your trip started right. Check out all of Vinnie's tips for touring Charlotte:

Charlotte North Carolina

Spring Fest

This late-April festival in Uptown Charlotte features live music, street vendors and food stalls over the course of three days. There’s no better time to visit this charming city than springtime!

Queen’s Cup

The Queen’s Cup Steeplechase is one of the most anticipated social and sporting events in Charlotte, NC. The Queen’s Cup features Steeplechase Horse Racing, tailgating, best hat contests, and more. Book a Queen’s Cup shuttle with GO.

Festival in the Park

Since 1964, The Festival in the Park has become a Charlotte tradition to kick off the fall. The festival has over 180 artists, craftsmen, and thousands of musicians and entertainers. Enjoy a family fun day around Freedom Park Lake!

Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship

Formerly known as the Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival, the Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship is two days of the best barbecue, beer, and music in North Carolina. This food event attracts all the best pitmasters from around the country. Book all your event transportation in Charlotte with GO!

Coca-Cola 600

During this NASCAR race in late May, parades, concerts and other entertainment and activities comes to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The first race was held in 1960, and has been a Charlotte institution ever since. Even if you’re not a NASCAR die-hard, this is sure to be a day of fun!

Charlotte Stadium

Bank of America Stadium

This football stadium in Uptown Charlotte holds more than 75,000 people and is the home of the NFL football team, the Carolina Panthers. This state-of-the-art stadium is equipped with everything you could need – convenient ATMs, food and beverage stands and souvenir stalls. If you’re lucky enough to be in town during the season, you should make this a priority!

800 South Mint Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Spectrum Center

This indoor arena is home to the NBA professional men’s basketball team, the Charlotte Hornets. Check out the website for tickets and game dates. Go Hornets!

333 E Trade St
Charlotte, NC 28202

Charlotte Race Track

Charlotte is a beautiful city to walk around – one of Vinne Van GO’s all-time favorites. There are also a number of city landmarks that you should not miss while you’re in town, all just a short shuttle ride away!


This massive amusement park a short shuttle ride away from Charlotte city center. Besides for roller coasters, arcade games and other rides, there is also a water park. This park has fun activities for all ages, so no matter why you’re in town, this is a great way to spend the day.

14523 Carowinds Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28273

NASCAR Hall of Fame

For NASCAR fans from all over the world, this is the ultimate shrine. The Hall of Fame honors drivers, crew chiefs, owners and NASCAR history. If you’re interested in car racing heritage and history at all, you’re sure to enjoy this Charlotte institution.

400 E M.L.K. Jr. Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28202

Discovery Place

This family museum provides is a science and technology museum for all ages. With annual events, permanent exhibits and hands-on interactive experiences, Discovery Place is a must-visit. Don’t forget about the state-of-the-art IMAX Dome Theatre!

301 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202

Charlotte Neighborhoods

Just walking around Charlotte is like going back in time. The city is known for its quaint but stately architecture and friendly neighborhoods. In case you want more guidance and historical information, these three tours are worth every penny.

Charlotte Segway Tour

This fun tour takes you through Uptown Charlotte. You can check out the Mint Museum, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Fourth Ward. The rides can last either 1.5 or 2 hours long. The longer ride also takes you through historic cemeteries and the Panthers football stadium.

Charlotte Comedy City Tour

This hour and a half bus tour takes you through the city, with commentary both hilarious and informational. This tour is BYO, and the jokes get pretty raunchy, so this is not the tour for the family. But if you’re in town with friends, there’s no better way to see the city.

Beyond the Grave Haunted History Tour

This affordable tour is a historical walking tour in uptown Charlotte. Guided by lantern light, you’ll learn the local history with a spooky spin. This tour lasts an hour and a half, and while scary for young kids, is the right amount of fun while you’re in town.

Charlotte NC Restaurants

Charlotte is home to a burgeoning food scene. With cuisine that has influences from southern style food and international residents, you won’t leave with an empty stomach. Whether you’re in town for pleasure or business, any of these restaurants are worth a night on the town! Reserve a limo to make your night extra special.

Soul Gastrolounge Tapas

This hip restaurant has delicious sushi, signature cocktails and small plates from all over the world. This chic space also has DJs spinning tracks after 10pm – perfect for a night out on the town!

1500 Central Ave
Charlotte, NC 28205

Price’s Chicken Coop

Price’s Chicken Coop has the best southern fried chicken in town. This restaurant is cash-only, and closes at 6pm, but Vinnie promises it’s worth it!

1614 Camden Rd
Charlotte, NC 28203

S7th Street Public Market

The Market is a cool open air marketplace with food from all over the world. The stands host a huge variety of local vendors, bars, bakeries and more! Even if you’re not hungry, this is the perfect place to walk around.

224 E 7th St
Charlotte, NC 28202

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