Carolina Raptor Center: Located just north of Charlotte, has been home to 11,000 rescued hawks, eagles, vultures, and owls. One of the largest raptor treatment facilities in the country.
Mint Museum Uptown: This striking facility features expansive galleries and a range of visitor amenities, including public spaces for learning, shopping, and dining.
McDowell Nature Center and Preserve: The park offers a variety of beautiful landscapes and habitats, are popular stomping grounds for hikers, bird-watchers and nature-lovers of all types. Is worth stopping by for its butterfly gardens, bird-feeding stations, animal exhibits and a gift shop.
Nascar Hall of Fame: Offers 150,000 square feet of interactive entertainment that everyone is sure to love. The museum features room after room of interesting hands-on exhibits, including tire-changing stations, race simulators and broadcast booths. The Hall of Honor highlights the careers of famous inductees.
Carowinds: The 100-acre park offers all the usual amusement park adventures, including Ferris wheels, roller coasters, special effects shows, and a water park.