Every city has something to offer, but Charlotte, the host city of one of the three 2018 National Fall Leadership Conferences, has much more to offer than meets the eye! Whether you’re looking for aviation, whitewater rapids, or a quiet day at the park, Charlotte’s got something for you to enjoy!
1. NASCAR Hall of Fame
Like fast cars and a little history lesson? The NASCAR Hall of Fame is the place for you! This key Charlotte attraction offers plenty of exhibits showcasing the history of NASCAR and a behind the scenes look at what it takes to perform in a NASCAR race! Admission to the NASCAR Hall of Fame is $25 (including tax).
2. Carolinas Aviation Museum
The Carolinas Aviation Museum is located on the southeast corner of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, offering patrons an inside look at a variety of aircraft like Flight 1549, otherwise known as the Miracle on the Hudson. This museum houses aircraft dating back to the early 1900s like warplanes and the first viable passenger airliner, the Piedmont DC-3. Cost of admission is $12 per person.
3. Holiday On Ice Charlotte
Holiday On Ice Charlotte is a skating rink centrally located Uptown in the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza every holiday season. If you and your fellow attendees want to let out some of that conference stress, this is the perfect place to skate it away! Admission is $16 including the price of skates (in all sizes, we might add), but on the off chance you brought ice skates to the conference, it’s $12.
4. Wells Fargo History Museum
This one’s for all the finance gurus that call FBLA home! The Wells Fargo History Museum, conveniently located just blocks from the Westin, offers an inside look to the history of the Wells Fargo company, the roots of the bank, and the equipment used like telegraphs and the classic stagecoach. Lucky for our attendees, admission to the Wells Fargo History Museum is free!
5. Levine Museum of the New South
The Museum of the New South offers thought-provoking ideas and a history lesson on how Charlotte was built from the ground up. The Museum provides insight to the contribution of race, religion, and culture of the Southern United States throughout the centuries that molded Charlotte into the bustling city it currently is today. Admission is $6 for those 18 or under, and $10 for adults.
6. Mint Museum Uptown
Modern art and expression is a common theme at the Mint Museum Uptown, where exhibits allow your mind to roam free with their interpretive designs. Cultural exhibits showcase the effect of foreign arts on American style, and pottery and porcelain in the Portals to the Past exhibit are sure to put some color in your day! Admission to the museum is $6 for those 17 and under, and $15 for adults 18 or over.
7. 7th Street Public Market
This market located, you guessed it, on 7th Street in Uptown, houses eateries and coffee shops like Hazelnut’s Créperie, Not Just Coffee, and PurePizza! The 7th Street Public Market has a plethora of options for you to stop in and try, so we don’t want you to miss out!
8. Charlotte Motor Speedway
The Charlotte Motor Speedway is a 2.4 mile long loop that NASCAR utilizes for the classic races that the city of NASCAR loves to enjoy. Located just 16 miles from Uptown, the seasonal Christmas lights, which begin on November 18, are sure to impress!
Carowinds is Charlotte’s premier amusement and water park, featuring plenty of roller coasters, thrill rides, shows, and special events. And, if you decide to drop in past November 18, you can see the WinterFest displays, featuring bright lights and shows you’ll never forget.
10. UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
For a peaceful stroll among the greenery of Charlotte, pay a visit to the University of North Carolina Charlotte Botanical Gardens! The Gardens offer multiple walking paths and indoor exhibits, like the Orchid Room, Dinosaur Room, and the Desert Room!
If you happen to stop by some of these attractions, be sure to use the hashtag #NFLC18 on your posts! Also, be sure to complete the scavenger hunt activities for Charlotte, because some places you have to visit are on this list! The Social Media Ambassador team wishes the best of luck to everyone visiting Charlotte for the 2018 National Fall Leadership Conference!