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Charlotte, NC

Overhead View of the Rollercoaster at Carowinds Near Charlotte North Carolina

Below is a list of the best places I would visit on a trip to this location. My picks fit my personality and interest. Everyone has a different interest so you may not like everything I listed which is fine.  If you like a place, I recommend saving it to Google Maps for a future trip down the road. I made sure to include the address or GPS to make it easier to find.  You can find out more about me in the "About Me" section to see if we share common interests.


Chicken and Waffles for Brunch at Eddie's Place in Charlotte, North Carolina

Eddie's Place Restaurant

617 S Sharon Amity Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211

Sample Breakfast Menu of What I Would Order

Chicken & Waffle: Fresh Baked Waffle Topped with a Pecan Fried Chicken Breast and a Honey Cinnamon Butter with an Added Side $12.75

Country Fried Breakfast: Country Fried Breast of Chicken Placed on an Open-Faced Grilled Biscuit Smothered with Sausage Gravy and Served with Two Eggs $11.75

French Toast: Eddies Famous French Toast (Ciabatta or Texas Toast) Sprinkled with Powdered Sugar, Comes with 1 Meat & 1 Side --- Two $8.50 Three $10.25 

Kitchen Hours:

Daily 8 am - 9 pm

Order Online: Yes

The Chicken & Waffle is Their Most Popular Item on Menu, A Local Hotspot

Apple Pie Donut from Reigning Doughnuts, Best Donuts in Charlotte North Carolina

Reigning Doughnuts

3120 N Davidson St STE 100, Charlotte, NC 28205

Donut Flavors I Would Order

  • Apple Pie

  • Cream Cheese & Berry

  • S'mores

  • Maple Bacon

  • Lemon Poppy

  • Peanut Butter Banana

  • Honey Glaze

One Doughnut is $2, and a Dozen is $21


Monday Closed

Tuesday to Thursday 8 am-Noon, 5 pm - 9 pm

Friday 8 am-Noon, 5 pm - 10 pm

Saturday 8 am-4 pm, 5 pm - 10 pm

Sunday 8 am- 4 pm, 5 pm - 9 pm

Order Online: Not Yet, In the Works

Cool Little Walk-Up Window, They Keep It Simple Way I Like



Last Updated (12.5.22)

This amusement park sits on the North Carolina/South Carolina border.  Cedar Fair owns the amusement park; they have a nice collection of rollercoasters (14 of them, with different levels of excitement).  Carowinds also features a 27-acre water park, Carolina Harbor, which is included with park admission.

Top Five Rides I Would Ride (No Order)

  • Copperhead Strike

  • Fury 325

  • Intimidator

  • Afterburn

  • Carolina Goldrusher

Daily Admission Ticket Cost:

Gate Price $75.00  Online Price $52.00

Fast Lane (Skip Lines, Does Not Include Park Admission) $75.00

Single Day Parking $25.00

Premium All Day Dining $39.99

Event - Winterfest

When: Select Nights; Nov 21 - Jan 1st; Fri, Sat, and Sun 5 pm - 10 pm

Quick Notes: Celebrate the holiday season at Carowinds with holiday light displays replete with millions of shimmering lights, ice skating, family activities, live entertainment, holiday-inspired comfort food and beverages, and select attractions. Find the perfect present at specialty holiday gift shops, play holiday-themed games, and catch the season's festive live entertainment.

Basic Cost (Online): $32.99

Copperhead Strike, One of the Many Rollercoaster at Carowinds Amusement Park Near Charlotte North Carolina

300 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273

Park Hours (During Peak Season):

Daily 10 am - 10 pm

Fast Lane Makes Best Sense On Peak Season Dates, Why Waste Day Waiting in Line

U.S. National Whitewater Center

  • Raft the World's Largest Manmade Whitewater River - $55

  • Ziplines

  • Mountain Biking & Hiking - Over 50 Miles of Trails

  • Deep Water Solo (Wall Climbing Over Pool) - $32

  • Climbing, Largest Outdoor Climbing Facility on East Coast - $27

Upcoming Special Events

Dog Days of Winter - Feb 11, 2023-  Dog-Friendly Activities, Ice Skating, and Races

Frigid Trail Race & Plunge - Feb 4, 2023 - Brave the cold with 5k and 10k trail race options followed by a plunge into the Deep Water Solo pool.

Ride and Seek MTB Adventure Race- Feb 25, 2023 - Dart through the trail system in teams of two. The Mission: Collect the most points by reaching checkpoints hidden across the Whitewater Center trail system and getting back to HQ first before time expires.

One-Stop Shop for All Outdoor Activities at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte North Carolina

5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214


Best Advice Check Their Website

Hours Vary From Month to Month

The Perfect Place For Any Person That Enjoys The Outdoors

NASCAR Hall of Fame

The NASCAR Hall of Fame explores the legacies of the racing legends while immersing NASCAR's excitement, passion, and history through ever-evolving exhibits and over 50 different interactive experiences.  My two favorite experiences were the pit stop challenge and the iRacing simulator in full-size racing cars. 

General Admission Tickets:

Adult $27

Senior (65+) $24

Youth (4-12) $20

One of the Many Racecars on Display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum in Charlotte North Carolina
Credit: My Own

400 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28202

Hours (1.14.23):

Monday 10 am - 5 pm

Tuesday Closed

Wed to Sun 10 am - 5 pm

I Would Get The Combo One: Daily Admission, iRacing Simulator, & Lanyard $36

Discovery Place Science

Science Museum For All Ages In Downtown Charlotte

Some Exhibits That Spark My Interest

  • Fantastic Frogs - A Popular Exhibit

  • World Alive - Charlotte's Only Indoor Rainforest

  • Being Me - Human Health & Anatomy Exhibit

  • Project Build - Create Your Own Fort or Castle, All About Building

Admission (Online): 

Adults $23

Seniors $20

Children $18

Polar Bear on Display at Discovery Place Science in Charlotte North Carolina

301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Hours (1.14.23):

Mon to Fri 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Sat & Sun 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

New Exhibit (1.28.23) - Top Secret: License to Spy


Beautiful Cooked BBQ Pork Butt From Midwood Smokehouse in Charlotte North Carolina

Midwood Smokehouse

1401 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205


Sunday to Thursday 11 am - 9 pm

Friday and Saturday 11 am - 10 pm

Order Online: Yes

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Smoked Meatballs: Prime Brisket Meatballs Topped with Smoked Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce, Melted Cheese, and Green Onions $9.00

Lone Star Brisket Sandwich: Tender Smoked Brisket with Midwood Sauce on a Brioche Bun with Slaw and House Pickles $13.50

1930 Cheesesteak: Thinly Sliced Smoked Brisket with Boar's Head White American Cheese, Mayo, and Carmelized Onions on a Hoagie Roll $14.00

Combo Platter - Pick 4 Proteins: Served with Two Side Items, Hushpuppies, and House Pickles. Either Well-Fed $30 or Pig Out $39

Best BBQ in Charlotte, North Carolina

Nice Juicy Burger from Pinky's Westside Grill in Charlotte North Carolina

Pinky's Westside Grill

1600 W Morehead St, Charlotte, NC 28208

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Greg's Pickles: Fried Dill Pickle Chips with Ranch Dressing $8.50

Mammoth Burger: Two Five Ounce All Beef Patties $10.95 (Cheese + $1.50)

Viking Corn Dog: Hand-Dipped Hot Dog Deep Fried on a Stick $5.25

Big John: 6oz Chicken Breast, Swiss, Bacon, Honey Mustard, Lettuce, and Tomato $11.75

The Velvet Elvis: Crunchy Peanut Butter, Spicy Honey, Cream Cheese, Banana, and Bacon on Texas Toast $9.50


Sunday to Wednesday 11 am - 10 pm

Thursday to Saturday 11 am - 11 pm

Order Online: Yes

Known For Their Burgers in the Charlotte Area

Ice Cream Love at the Highest Level at Two Scoops Creamery in Charlotte North Carolina, Where Adding a Third Scoop is Okay

Two Scoops Creamery

913 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204

Flavor Samples From Menu (Seasonal)

  • Papi Crunch - Yellow Cereal Ice Cream with Crunch Berries

  • Not Your Mama's Pumpkin Pie - Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Crust Pieces, Oreos, Chocolate Sauce, and Caramel Swirl

  • Choco Taco - Waffle Cone Pieces, Fudge, Peanuts, & Chocolate Shavings

  • Cookies by the Sea - Oreos & Salted Caramel

  • Chocolate Krazy Kake - Chocolate Cake Pieces & Rainbow Sprinkles

  • Cherry Crunch - Vanilla Whiskey Ice Cream with Soaked Cherries and Almonds

Hours (1.14.23):

Sun to Thurs 1 pm - 10 pm

Fri & Sat 1 pm - 11 pm

Order Online: No

Offers Over 32 Homemade Flavors Year Round

Places to Stay

FYI: The hotel prices are estimated and will most likely fluctuate since I looked them up on their website.  I will keep them updated the best I can every three months.  I look for the cheapest available room, usually a queen bed. I typically look at book rates two months in advance and in the middle of the month to get average rates. Reminder: It is an ESTIMATE

Hyatt house Charlotte/Center City

  • The Rooms Have Plenty of Space, Great Views of Downtown

  • Within Walking Distance of the Spectrum Center, EpiCentre, and Bank of America Stadium

  • Complimentary Morning Spread Buffet

  • Nice Overall Vibrant Feel in the Hotel

Main Common Area at Hyatt House Charlotte/Center City in the Queen City North Carolina

435 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)

Studio King July 22' - $334

Studio King Nov 22' - $265

High Floor King Studio Feb 23' - $226

Studio King April 23' - $249

If Attending a Hornets Game, This Would Be the Hotel to Stay the Night

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown

  • The Hotel is Right Next Door to the NASCAR Hall of Fame

  • Within Walking Distance of the Spectrum Center, EpiCentre, and Bank of America Stadium

  • Free Made-To-Order Breakfast

  • Complimentary Evening Reception

One of the Rooms From Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown in the Queen City North Carolina

401 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28202

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)

1 King 2 Room Suite July 22' - $297

1 King 2 Room Suite Nov 22' - $212

1 King 2 Room Suite Feb 23' - $206

1 King 2 Room Suite April 23' - $282

If you like the color brown/tan, this would be the hotel for you

21 and up fun

Couple of Beers From Wooden Robot Brewery in Charlotte North Carolina

Wooden Robot Brewery

1440 S Tryon St #110, Charlotte, NC 28203


Good Morning Vietnam: Coffee Vanilla Blonde Ale | 5.0% ABV | 40 IBU

What He's Having IPA: IPA - American | 6.5% ABV | 70 IBU

Overachiever: Pale Ale - New England/Hazy | 5.3% ABV

Prickle My Fancy: Prickly Pear Sour Ale | 6.0% ABV

Hours (11.30.22):

Monday 8 am - 4 pm

Tuesday to Thurs 8 am - 10 pm

Friday 8 am - Midnight

Saturday 9 am - Midnight

Sunday 9 am - 9 pm

RunBots: Every Tuesday Evening Social Group Run (1,3,or 5 miles), afterward have a beer with your new friends

Food Menu is Available

The 704 Hazy Wheat Ale From Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Located in Charlotte North Carolina

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery & Biergarten

4150 Yancey Rd, Charlotte, NC 28217


Captain Jack: Pilsner | 4.8% ABV | 25 IBU

704: Hazy Wheat Ale | 5.6% ABV | 25 IBU

Hornet's Nest: Hefeweizen | 5.3% ABV | 12 IBU

Fat Boy: Baltic Porter | 8.3% ABV | 24 IBU


Monday to Thursday 11 am - 10 pm

Friday & Saturday 11 am - 11 pm

Sunday 10 am - 10 pm

Great German Feel without the Pricey Plane Ticket

Food Menu is Available

 Again these are just few of my picks that fit my personality and interest. If you feel that I left one-off that may interest me or other people, message me on Facebook about the location.  I value a person's opinion and never just discard the information.  Always looking forward to learning about new places to add to my Google Map. ~ Shawn

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