One week when we thought we had exhausted everything there was to do in Charlotte, I pulled out an old “things to do” list. I created it when I worked at Queens University of Charlotte. Besides ice skating at Eastland Mall and seeing a concert at Coyote Joe’s, the list was still spot-on.

I came up with 110 things to do in Charlotte, which you’ll find if you keep scrolling. The CharlotteFive editors just added 30 more, to keep the list fresh. Here we go:

  1. Sip a cocktail at Not Just Coffee, now that you can in Dilworth.
  2. Catch an outdoor concert at Symphony Park. Pro tip: Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops concerts allow BYOB.
  3. Build your own salad or grain bowl at Yafo Kitchen. Don’t forget to add a side of schug.
  4.  Ride your bike across a Magic Carpet Mural on the Charlotte Rail Trail. It feels like flying.
  5.  See a production at Halton Theater at CPCC.
  6.  Find the coziest corner in NoDa for a cup of coffee at Trade and Lore.
  7. Indulge in brunch on a weekday. Haberdish and Zada Jane’s are serving.
  8.  Get a tattoo. Fu’s Custom Tattoo and 510 Expert Tattoo come highly recommended.
  9.  Have a pizza on a patio. Inizio Pizza Napoletana has two locations in Dilworth and south Charlotte.
  10. Dribble a basketball across the refurbished Hornets Experience court at Latta 
  11. Take a stroll along the Trolley Walk in Elizabeth.
  12.  Try to make the 400 panels covering the side of Uptown’s 7th Street parking deck light up.
  13.  Dig into a fancy cheese plate. Dilworth Tasting Room awaits.
  14. Spoil your fur baby. There are some crazy dog amenities out there, from temporary tattoos to massages.
  15. Order a glass of wine overlooking the Catawba at The Pump House, just outside of town.
  16. Drive by the new sculpture in the MoRA neighborhood that uses tiles crafted by community members.
  17. Take a picture of the city from the ever-instagrammed Matheson Bridge.
  18. Dig into some nachos. Sabor Latin Street Grill has everything you need, margs included.
  19. Go on an unexpected adventure with the Charlotte Adventure Map.
  20. Get a membership to Park Road’s latest cocktail parlor, Dot Dot Dot. Escape for a bit.
  21. Lounge in a rocking chair on East Morehead Street, with a cocktail from The Packhouse or a coffee from Joe and Nosh.
  22. Stretch your skill set. Take a SkillPop class.
  23. Write on the “Before I Die…” wall on the Charlotte Rail Trail. 
  24. Go out for karaoke at Seoul Food Meat Co. 
  25. Solve a mystery with friends at an escape room, like Exit Strategy. 
  26. Sip something on a rooftop bar. City Lights is a good start.
  27. Host an event or spend the night at the historic Duke Mansion.
  28. Stroll the Liberty Walk Uptown.
  29. Check out Camp North End.
  30. Take an acting class. Try Acting Out Studio.

As for 110 more things to do in Charlotte, for a grand total of 140 activities…

  1. Visit one of the Mint Museums.
  2. Walk around Freedom Park.
  3. Check out what’s happening at the Visulite.
  4. Volunteer with Hands On Charlotte.
  5. Go antiquing in Waxhaw.
  6. Experiment with geocaching at McDowell Nature Preserve.
  1. Try a new church.
  2. Set up an easel and paint at Jetton Park.
  3. Play tennis at Veterans Park.
  4. Hike at Crowders Mountain.
  5. Figure out how to rent a bike from Charlotte B-Cycle.
  6. Volunteer with the Sierra Club.
  7. See a show at Booth Playhouse.
  8. Go to a $3 movie at Carolina Cinemas.
  9. Check out the town of Davidson.
  10. Play disc golf at Reedy Creek Park or Sugaw Creek Park.
  11. Read a book in a hammock at Ramsey Creek Park.
  12. Drink a latté at Smelly Cat.
  13. Register for a 5k run or walk.
  14. Walk, jog or bike one of the greenways.


  1. Play volleyball at Chantilly Neighborhood Park.
  2. People-watch at the fountain on Little Sugar Creek Greenway.
  3. Drive to downtown Matthews.
  4. Play golf at Renaissance Park or Revolution Park.
  5. See an IMAX movie at Discovery Place.
  6. Visit the Carolina Raptor Center.
  7. Take a class at the Light Factory.
  8. Sign up for a Bank of America Stadium Tour.
  9. Canoe on the Catawba River.
  10. Visit the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library main branch.
  11. Horseback ride at Latta Plantation.
  12. Roller skate at Kate’s Skating Center.
  13. Experience David Černý’s Metalmorphosis.
  14. Make a piece of jewelry at Beads, Inc.
  15. Volunteer at a nursing home.
  16. Enjoy the Foundation for the Carolinas lobby art gallery.
  17. Do a lap or two around the Booty Loop.
  18. Bowl at 10 Park Lanes.
  19. Feed a pig at Lazy 5 Ranch.
  20. Take a tour of the McColl Center.
  21. Test your firearm skills at The Range at Ballantyne.
  22. Go to the James K. Polk Birthplace.
  23. Hike the Lake Trail at USNWC.
  24. View a Warhol at the Bechtler Museum.


  1. Have a smoothie at Central Coffee.
  2. Wander through uptown Charlotte looking for sculptures and murals.
  3. Train for a triathlon.
  4. Tour Reed Gold Mine.
  5. Find a festival – there’s one almost every weekend.
  6. Check out the Charlotte Mecklenburg Aquatic Center.
  7. Watch a Little League Baseball game.
  8. Paint your own pottery.
  9. Take a cooking class with Chef Alyssa.
  10. Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
  11. Wander through the Overstreet Mall.
  12. Attend a performance at Theatre Charlotte.
  13. Meditate at Wing Haven Gardens.
  14. Sign up for the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
  15. See the Charlotte Symphony in concert.
  16. Find a farmer’s market.
  17. Use the Blue Line light rail.
  18. Play pool at Elizabeth Billiards.
  19. Ride a go-kart.
  20. Try the paddleboats at University Place.
  21. Play paintball.
  22. Fountain hop from The Green, to First Ward Park to Romare Bearden Park.
  1. Try sky diving.
  2. Shop at the thrift stores on Freedom Drive and Wilkinson Blvd.
  3. Take a yoga class somewhere new.
  4. Rent a kayak at Cane Creek Park.
  5. Map out a wine tasting tour.
  6. Take the city bus to your destination.
  7. Browse through Book Rack, Book Buyers or The Last Word.
  8. Visit the McGill Rose Garden.
  9. Try an ice cream at Mr. K’s in South End.
  10. Picnic at the Airport Overlook.
  11. Paint a canvas at Wine and Palette.
  12. Box at Revolution Park Sports Academy.
  13. Learn a language at International House.
  14. Walk a college campus – UNC Charlotte, Queens University of Charlotte, Johnson & Wales, CPCCJohnson C. Smith University or Davidson College.
  15. Feed the ducks at University Place.
  16. Brush up on your knowledge of aircraft and visit the Carolina Aviation Museum.
  17. Take a tour of The Billy Graham Library.
  18. Eat at Lupie’s.
  19. See what’s in bloom at UNC Charlotte’s gardens.
  20. Take an exercise class at Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center.
  21. See a film at The Regal Manor Twin.
  22. Fish at Cane Creek Park.
  23. Play laser tag at Laser Quest.
  24. Apply for a plot at a community garden.
  25. Order an ice cream float at Pike’s Soda Shop.
  26. Learn to dance.
  27. Attend an art opening at Hartz Gallery.
  28. Ring the bell at Charlotte Museum of History.


  1. Go to a Checkers Hockey game.
  2. Play mini-golf at Adventure Landing.
  3. Time yourself on the Play 60 Panthers playground at Freedom Park.
  4. Volunteer at the Humane Society.
  5. Stop at the Trolley Museum.
  6. Visit Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.
  7. See a comedy show at The Comedy Zone.
  8. Mountain bike at Renaissance Park.
  9. Window shop on Central Avenue and eat at The Diamond.
  10. Get lawn seats at PNC Pavilion.
  11. See the latest exhibit at Levine Museum of the New South.
  12. Tour Historic Rosedale Plantation.
  13. Try out Chicken Box or Price’s Chicken Coop.
  14. Rock climb at Inner Peaks.
  15. Go to the Asian Herald Library with over 130,000 books.
  16. See a war reenactment at Fort Dobbs or Latta Plantation.


Photos: Charlie Cowins Mecklenburg County Public Information, Vanessa Infanzon, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


  1. These are awesome and I particularly love your No. 1 choice, but I’d add that for museum lovers, the Harvey B. Gantt Center, Wells Fargo Museum, and NASCAR Hall of Fame are all worthy additions to your list.