Our city is growing at what some would call an alarming rate. However, we still don’t always measure up when it comes to being compared to some other major U.S. cities or places around the world.
As someone who has had the opportunity to live abroad and travel the world, I’ve experienced some pretty amazing things. When I returned to Charlotte, there was a sense of reverse culture shock after seeing that I wouldn’t be able to participate in certain things again without having to travel.
There are some pretty cool things out there these days, and without a doubt if Charlotte was able to get some of them, it would be a force to be reckoned with.
While our city is great, it can only get better. Here are 5 experiences that Charlotte needs to add ASAP.
(1) Ball pit bars
When you think of a ball pit, you think of places like Chick-Fil-A or Chuck E. Cheese. But, ball pit bars are also a real thing. You go in and order a cocktail or other adult beverage of your choice to gain entry into the pit. Many of them have cute props inside to help with the perfect photo op, too.
I was able to experience this once in Seoul, South Korea, and again in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was pretty cool that this was actually an adults-only experience, so you don’t feel awkward if you go without kids.
(2) Dinner in the sky
Shown at top. This particular experience is actually becoming more popular, so it’s only a matter of time before it lands in Charlotte. Just as the name suggests, you are hoisted up in the air while sitting at a table-like platform.
The platform is lifted with a crane off of the ground while you experience a full three-course meal in the sky. The experience lasts about two hours, and you will definitely go home with some amazing photos.
(3) Rooftop infinity pools
There’s technically a rooftop infinity pool at the Ritz Carlton in Uptown, but it’s indoors and it’s definitely not like this. As our city expands, it continues to form an amazing skyline. What better way to take in all of the beauty than from a pool set almost eye-level with the buildings.
I’m sure our next state-of-the-art uptown hotel will consider adding one, if it’s possible.
(4) Themed coffee shops
This was probably one of my favorites. If you’re living in Asia, you almost have no choice but to experience at least one themed cafe. Shop owners take an idea and transform the entire cafe around it — even down to the drinks.
There was a Hello Kitty-themed shop that was in a cute pink building complete with rooms decked out in Hello Kitty merch. Other coffee shop ideas included a DIY phone case shop, where you sipped coffee while customizing a phone case with hundreds of different jewels and trinkets to choose from. There were even shops centered on poop. Yes, it sounds gross, but it was kinda cool in a weird way. Imagine sipping your latte from a toilet shaped mug while eating poop-shaped pastries.
(5) 3D animation restaurants
There is a new technology out now that is taking the dining experience to a new level. Aboard Celebrity cruise ships, you can take part in animated dinners. You sit at a regular table with regular tableware. However, prior to each course being served, a 3D animation is displayed on your table and plate to show a funny, yet cute, way that your meal was prepared.
What are some things that you’ve experienced out of town that you would love to see in Charlotte? Let us know in the comments.