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Things to do and sights to see. Leaurel’s guidebook

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Things to do and sights to see. Leaurel’s guidebook

Educational and interesting for everyone.
Uptown Charlotte is a 30 min. drive or park at the University area and ride the LYNX or short rail into the city.
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Discovery Place Science
301 North Tryon Street
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Uptown Charlotte is a 30 min. drive or park at the University area and ride the LYNX or short rail into the city.
Most people don't know that gold was first discovered right here in Cabarrus County. Most days you can even pan for gold.
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Reed Gold Mine
9621 Reed Mine Road
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Most people don't know that gold was first discovered right here in Cabarrus County. Most days you can even pan for gold.
A great place to get up close and personal with Sea Live.
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SEA LIFE Centre Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Boulevard
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A great place to get up close and personal with Sea Live.
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Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
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President James K. Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Highway
This is on the way to Reed Gold Mine. Check the hours before you go. Very historical special with events mostly in the fall.
Bost Grist Mill
4701 North Carolina 200
This is on the way to Reed Gold Mine. Check the hours before you go. Very historical special with events mostly in the fall.
Situated in the Piedmont region of North Carolina near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ft. Dobbs State Historic Site provides a window into the tumultuous period of history known as the French and Indian War (1754-1763) or Seven Years War. As the only state historic site associated with the period, it represents North Carolina's link with a global war for empire that crossed five continents, lasted nearly a decade and sowed the seeds for independence.
Fort Dobbs
438 Fort Dobbs Rd
Situated in the Piedmont region of North Carolina near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ft. Dobbs State Historic Site provides a window into the tumultuous period of history known as the French and Indian War (1754-1763) or Seven Years War. As the only state historic site associated with the period, it represents North Carolina's link with a global war for empire that crossed five continents, lasted nearly a decade and sowed the seeds for independence.
The zoo is about an hours drive, northeast on Hwy.49. At the North Carolina Zoo, we celebrate nature. Being the world’s largest natural habitat zoo means the animals here have plenty of room to roam. Our dedicated team of experts provide exceptional, compassionate care to the more than 1,800 animals that call our Park home. We also lead efforts locally and globally to protect wildlife and wild places because we believe nature’s diversity is critical for our collective future. The North Carolina Zoo invites you to witness the majesty of the wild in the heart of North Carolina and welcomes everyone to join in our mission to protect nature’s diversity.
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North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway
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The zoo is about an hours drive, northeast on Hwy.49. At the North Carolina Zoo, we celebrate nature. Being the world’s largest natural habitat zoo means the animals here have plenty of room to roam. Our dedicated team of experts provide exceptional, compassionate care to the more than 1,800 animals that call our Park home. We also lead efforts locally and globally to protect wildlife and wild places because we believe nature’s diversity is critical for our collective future. The North Carolina Zoo invites you to witness the majesty of the wild in the heart of North Carolina and welcomes everyone to join in our mission to protect nature’s diversity.
Sightseeing
You don't have to be a race fan to to enjoy seeing the track. Tours are available, if interested. There are also several race shops in this area that are open for tours.
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Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Parkway South
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You don't have to be a race fan to to enjoy seeing the track. Tours are available, if interested. There are also several race shops in this area that are open for tours.
If you love Mustang's you won't want to miss this place.
Mustang Owner's Museum
21 Carpenter Ct NW
If you love Mustang's you won't want to miss this place.
There are several wineries to visit in the area. Dennis Vineyards is one that I enjoy . Rocky River Winery, Uhwarrie Winery All three are in Stanly county, but still less than a 30 min. drive.
Dennis Vineyards Winery
24043 Endy Rd
There are several wineries to visit in the area. Dennis Vineyards is one that I enjoy . Rocky River Winery, Uhwarrie Winery All three are in Stanly county, but still less than a 30 min. drive.
If you have never been to the Biltmore House, it is amazing. Located in Asheville, NC which is a 2 1/2 hour drive from Concord, consider planning into your trip.
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Biltmore Estate
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If you have never been to the Biltmore House, it is amazing. Located in Asheville, NC which is a 2 1/2 hour drive from Concord, consider planning into your trip.
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NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
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NASCAR Racing Experience
6025 Victory Lane
Absolutely beautiful gardens with flowers and shrubs that can really put on show, pending the time of year.
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
9090 Craver Rd
Absolutely beautiful gardens with flowers and shrubs that can really put on show, pending the time of year.
Whether you prefer manicured gardens or pristine wilderness, Charlotte has what you're looking for. For the former, take a stroll through the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden or the gardens at UNC Charlotte. The city itself also has several protected wilderness areas, many of which have educational exhibits and accessible nature trails. These include the Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve and the Anne Springs Close Greenway. For a bigger challenge, heat out to Crowders Mountain State Park. The peak offers a view of the Charlotte skyline on clear days.
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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road
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Whether you prefer manicured gardens or pristine wilderness, Charlotte has what you're looking for. For the former, take a stroll through the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden or the gardens at UNC Charlotte. The city itself also has several protected wilderness areas, many of which have educational exhibits and accessible nature trails. These include the Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve and the Anne Springs Close Greenway. For a bigger challenge, heat out to Crowders Mountain State Park. The peak offers a view of the Charlotte skyline on clear days.
Events and Venues
We are only 5 minutes from the arena. Check their calendar of special events. The area is a popular venue for weddings. So if you are coming into town for an event at the arena. Keep us in mind.
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 N Carolina 49
We are only 5 minutes from the arena. Check their calendar of special events. The area is a popular venue for weddings. So if you are coming into town for an event at the arena. Keep us in mind.
Beautiful and peace.property, with horse back trail riding available
Latta Plantation Nature Hiking Trail
5201 Sample Rd
Beautiful and peace.property, with horse back trail riding available
Food scene
Delicious food, check out the brewing process in a casual atmosphere that is dog friendly. Next to the Antique mall, Gibson Mill.
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Cabarrus Brewing Company
329 McGill Ave NW
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Delicious food, check out the brewing process in a casual atmosphere that is dog friendly. Next to the Antique mall, Gibson Mill.
Eat dinner on a Mississippi river boat – The Catawba Queen dinner cruise from Queens Landing includes a buffet dinner, 2-hour water tour and cash bar. Price: $64.99 adults, $58.99 seniors, $31.99 kids 5-12, $17.99 kids 2-4.
Catawba Queen
1459 River Hwy
Eat dinner on a Mississippi river boat – The Catawba Queen dinner cruise from Queens Landing includes a buffet dinner, 2-hour water tour and cash bar. Price: $64.99 adults, $58.99 seniors, $31.99 kids 5-12, $17.99 kids 2-4.
Shopping
One of the largest malls east of the Mississippi. You can "Shop until you drop"! The mall is surrounded by restaurants .... Red Lobster, On the Border, Olive Garden just mention a few. There are tons of restaurants surrounding the mall if you are looking to eat out.
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Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Boulevard
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One of the largest malls east of the Mississippi. You can "Shop until you drop"! The mall is surrounded by restaurants .... Red Lobster, On the Border, Olive Garden just mention a few. There are tons of restaurants surrounding the mall if you are looking to eat out.
Entertainment
Summer time fun for everyone!.
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Carowinds
300 Carowinds Boulevard
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Summer time fun for everyone!.
Charlotte has numerous professional sports teams Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornet Basketball, Charlotte Knights Baseball.
Bank of America Stadium
800 South Mint Street
Charlotte has numerous professional sports teams Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornet Basketball, Charlotte Knights Baseball.
From Sept to Nov. , this is a fun packed day. Complete with a knight's jousting! Discount coupons are usually available at Harris Teeter Grocery stores. Be sure to try a turkey leg!
Carolina Renaissance Festival
16445 Poplar Tent Road
From Sept to Nov. , this is a fun packed day. Complete with a knight's jousting! Discount coupons are usually available at Harris Teeter Grocery stores. Be sure to try a turkey leg!
Also available is zip lining, canoeing in the river, wall rock climbing bicycling or hiking on the trails and more.
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U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
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Also available is zip lining, canoeing in the river, wall rock climbing bicycling or hiking on the trails and more.
Getting into the creek bed and finding your own gem is very exciting. Just north west of Statesville. Take a picnic and make it a day.
Emerald Hollow Mine
484 Emerald Hollow Mine Drive
Getting into the creek bed and finding your own gem is very exciting. Just north west of Statesville. Take a picnic and make it a day.
Antiquing at it's best only 10 mins. away. Formerly know as the Gibson Textile Mill. Just behind the mill is Cabarrus Brewery where you can treat yourself to a great lunch.
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The Depot at Gibson Mill
325 McGill Ave NW
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Antiquing at it's best only 10 mins. away. Formerly know as the Gibson Textile Mill. Just behind the mill is Cabarrus Brewery where you can treat yourself to a great lunch.
If you are a fan and want to experience the real deal, check this out. I have personally driven on the track twice through local promotions/donations and all I can say is WOW !It was a blast!
NASCAR Racing Experience and Richard Petty Driving Experience
6022 Victory Lane
If you are a fan and want to experience the real deal, check this out. I have personally driven on the track twice through local promotions/donations and all I can say is WOW !It was a blast!
You are up close and personal with animals as you drive through the ranch. If you make advance reservations you have the option to ride a wagon through the ranch and feed the animals. It is really fun for everyone.
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Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
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You are up close and personal with animals as you drive through the ranch. If you make advance reservations you have the option to ride a wagon through the ranch and feed the animals. It is really fun for everyone.
Pan for you very own gems. A great day trip!
Hiddenite Gems Emerald Hollow
424 Emerald Hollow Mine Dr
Pan for you very own gems. A great day trip!
If you like basketball, then you might want to go to a Hornets game. Check for availability.
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Charlotte Hornets
333 East Trade Street
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If you like basketball, then you might want to go to a Hornets game. Check for availability.
Who knew? Hockey is the south?
Charlotte Checkers Hockey Team
2700 East Independence Boulevard
Who knew? Hockey is the south?
Home of the Carolina Panthers NFL
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Bank of America Stadium
800 South Mint Street
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Home of the Carolina Panthers NFL
If you are a race fan, then you don't want to miss this.
Hendrick Motorsports Museum and Team Shop
4425-4471 Papa Joe Hendrick Blvd
If you are a race fan, then you don't want to miss this.
Charlotte has a vibrant art and culture scene, so there's plenty to explore. Fans of sculpture and painting should check out the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art for some amazing work, or follow the Arts and Science Council's Public Art Walking Tour to see gems hidden among the urban landscape. For a change of pace, visit the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, which shows a mix of traditional folk art and modern design by African-American artists. If you're a fan of performing arts, Charlotte is also home to numerous excellent community theater programs, a symphony and a ballet company.
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Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon Street
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Charlotte has a vibrant art and culture scene, so there's plenty to explore. Fans of sculpture and painting should check out the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art for some amazing work, or follow the Arts and Science Council's Public Art Walking Tour to see gems hidden among the urban landscape. For a change of pace, visit the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, which shows a mix of traditional folk art and modern design by African-American artists. If you're a fan of performing arts, Charlotte is also home to numerous excellent community theater programs, a symphony and a ballet company.
If you want a cool experience without leaving town, consider one of Charlotte's water parks. Ray's Splash Planet is a local favorite due to its convenient location in the Uptown district, and it features a variety of slides, pool areas and other attractions that are great for all ages. It's also indoors, so it's a great choice for rainy days. If you want a little more adventure, head over to Great Wolf Lodge in nearby Concord. It features both large and small slides, a wave pool, a tree house and more.
Ray's Splash Planet
215 North Sycamore Street
If you want a cool experience without leaving town, consider one of Charlotte's water parks. Ray's Splash Planet is a local favorite due to its convenient location in the Uptown district, and it features a variety of slides, pool areas and other attractions that are great for all ages. It's also indoors, so it's a great choice for rainy days. If you want a little more adventure, head over to Great Wolf Lodge in nearby Concord. It features both large and small slides, a wave pool, a tree house and more.
After a day exploring nature and history, you might feel like kicking up your heels a bit. Head down to City Center to check out the EpiCentre, a sprawling entertainment facility that is home to numerous night clubs, restaurants, and entertainment venues. If you prefer to head off the beaten path, check out Brevard Court. The cobblestone street might make you feel like you're stepping back in time, but it is home to world-class dining and entertainment.
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Epicentre
210 East Trade Street
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After a day exploring nature and history, you might feel like kicking up your heels a bit. Head down to City Center to check out the EpiCentre, a sprawling entertainment facility that is home to numerous night clubs, restaurants, and entertainment venues. If you prefer to head off the beaten path, check out Brevard Court. The cobblestone street might make you feel like you're stepping back in time, but it is home to world-class dining and entertainment.
Pet Friendly
The Country Cottage has plenty of room in the fenced yard to run and play with your dog, but the park is certainly an option.
Bark Park
8955 Weddington Road
The Country Cottage has plenty of room in the fenced yard to run and play with your dog, but the park is certainly an option.