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10 Top Things to Check Off Your List in Charlotte, NC

Charlotte Bucket List: 10 Things to Check Off Your List

Published by Julia Weaver on April 21, 2023


If you’re thinking about moving to the Queen City and plan to buy a house or rent an apartment in Charlotte, you’ll quickly realize that you certainly won’t run out of things to do in this city. 

From the restaurant scene and museums to the stunning parks and the many hidden gems in Charlotte, it’s guaranteed that you’ll be captivated from the moment you arrive.

To help you make the most of your time living in Charlotte, we’ve put together
a list of must-try Charlotte bucket-list experiences. From savoring the local flavors at the farmers market to exploring the vibrant food scene, these are just some of the unique things to do in Charlotte that will make you fall in love with the city.

So grab your walking shoes and your sense of adventure, and
get ready to dive into the ultimate Charlotte bucket list.

1. Hit happy hour at Aura Rooftop

After opening its doors in 2021, the bright and inviting terrace, secluded
among the skyscrapers and fitted with lounge sofas and a large bar, brings
residents an escape without leaving the city.

“The Aura Rooftop is super beautiful and is arguably one of the better rooftops
in Charlotte,” says local wedding photographer Cody McCracken of One
Focus Photos. “They have really great drinks, affordable prices, and a
comfortable atmosphere.” 

2. Visit the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

“If you’re new to the city, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is an experience you need to put on your Charlotte bucket list,” shares local blogger, content creator, and influencer, Jasmine Rutledge. “Not only is the museum beautiful, it eloquently shares the contributions of African Americans to Charlotte’s rich history. Being a new resident myself, the museum helped me connect to and appreciate the beautiful culture and history of the Queen City.”

3. Don’t miss a show at the Blumenthal Performing Arts

“I have seen the city grow up, just like my children did,” shares Jan Correll, blogger/digital creator, and editor-in-chief at Silver is the New Blonde, a style and beauty website “The Charlotte area has so much to offer from Mooresville down to Rock Hill. I have lived in Matthews, Fort Mill, and now Huntersville.  My favorite activity is enjoying the shows and plays at Blumenthal Performing Arts, and going to dinner or drinks before or after in uptown. I love that Broadway is so very close.”

4. Check out Lenny Boy

Lenny Boy was one of the first breweries in Charlotte and just celebrated their
11th anniversary. Their large taproom and 6,000 sq ft event hall located at 3000 S Tryon St serves up craft beer, cocktails, certified organic kombucha, and snacks from the kitchen. Welcome to all ages, the environment and unique beverage offerings is a check box on your Charlotte bucket list.

5. Spend a day at the Discovery Place Science

“Discovery Place Science is by far my favorite place to visit in Charlotte,” says personal chef Ross Purple. “There’s always something new with rotating exhibits like The Smithsonian, Dinosaurs ALIVE & Marvel: Universe of Super Hero’s coming in May 2023. If you live in Charlotte, with or without kids, it is a MUST to become a member which includes unlimited free admission, early museum access, discounts at the gift shop, parking, bday, and summer camps; exclusive events, IMAX & Planetarium and one of the Queen city’s best monthly adult social events.”

6. Lose track of time at the Mint Museum

“The Mint Museum, one of the many beautiful places in Charlotte, is a must see attraction. There are two locations, one downtown where you can spend hours looking at art, and another one in Cotswold that is slightly smaller but still worth a visit,” explains Katelyn, a wedding photographer at The Hazel Club. “The Cotswold location has a lovely park and you can have a picnic lunch outside before walking through the gallery. Both locations are also great wedding venues too.”

7. Go out for a unique dining experience

Charlotte is known for being a haven for food enthusiasts and catering to a
wide range of tastes and preferences. “If you are looking for a cozy date night and can schedule ahead, you need to book a Speakeasy experience at  Supperland Restaurant  in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte,” suggests Katie Tinsley, lifestyle blogger at Splash of Chic. “It is a coursed cocktail pairing, with incredible food. The pairing menu changes seasonally, and it is such a unique experience, as it focuses on pairing the food with the cocktail.”

8. Shop local at the farmers markets

“Shopping at the 17 farmers markets across Mecklenburg county should make the bucket list of all new ‘Charlotteans,’” says Piniel Tadesse, CHES, Food Access Program Director at The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council. “The farmers markets are the perfect way to meet new people, support local farmers and small businesses, and explore the city of Charlotte and neighboring towns all at once. Farmers markets are also a source of affordable and healthy foods for many thanks to the SNAP Double Bucks program. The best part is, each Mecklenburg County farmers market has a unique culture, ensuring an unforgettable and joyful experience for everyone.”


9. Sip on delicious beer at Resident Culture Brewing

“New Charlotteans should check out Resident Culture Brewing in Plaza Midwood or South End,” suggests Becca Wright, Founder and CEO of Piedmont Pennies. “The atmosphere of both locations is quirky, beers are delicious, and the team is friendly and authentic. You’ll find me sipping on a Thunder Stud Double Hazy IPA then a Updog Mojito kombucha. Their motto, ‘Where weird is welcome,’ provides permission for every Charlottean to be themself. What Amanda and Philip McLamb have built is truly incredible – a space (and drink option) for all.”

10. Visit the Lazy Five Ranch Zoo

“One can’t-miss Charlotte bucket list item is the Lazy 5 Ranch,” shares local moving company,” Exclusive Movers. “Just outside the city, visitors can drive- thru in their own vehicle and walk around the petting zoo for one price. They also have a wagon ride option for an additional cost. The Ranch has a large variety of animals from pigs and goats all the way to giraffes and zebras. The animals will walk up to your vehicle, and the big animals have no problem popping their heads in to eat from your bucket. If you are looking for an interactive, unforgettable experience in the Charlotte area, Lazy 5 Ranch.”


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