Admire the awe-inspiring exhibits that fill the Mint Museum Uptown and Randolph locations and the Harvey B

Admire the awe-inspiring exhibits that fill the Mint Museum Uptown and Randolph locations and the Harvey B

69. Get some much-needed “R & R” at popular day spas in Charlotte like Urbana Wellness Spa or Re Salon and Med Spa or get a fast facial at Clean Your Dirty Face.

Arts & Culture

70. Snap a picture in front of the phoenix-like Firebird , designed by French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle, on the plaza at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

71. Download the Arts & Science Council’s Public Art Walking Tour to explore the unique public art in the Queen City, including several frescoes painted by North Carolina native Ben Long, or explore murals and more on a Charlotte ArtWalk.

72. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. Or get a Levine Center for the Arts Access Ticket for 48-hour admission to these museums plus the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

73. Catch an award-winning Broadway show during the Blumenthal Performing Art’s PNC Broadway Lights Series each year or cheer “Bravo!” at a performance by Opera Carolina, the largest professional opera company in the Carolinas.

74. Enjoy the melodious sounds of the Charlotte Symphony, led by nationally acclaimed conductor Christopher Warren-Green and resident conductor Christopher James Lees. In the summer, enjoy a picnic-style show during Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops series at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall.

76. Stroll through South End’s art scene during a First Friday Gallery Crawl, or meet the artists in residence on an Open Studio Saturday at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation.

77. Take a photography class at The Light Factory and The Photo Classroom , which offer everything from beginner to intermediate classes.

80. Groove to the Ziad Jazz Quartet’s mid-century music during Jazz at the Bechtler, or enjoy the sounds of local, regional and national jazz artists at Middle C Jazz.

81. Quote a scene from one of the many classic productions performed at Theatre Charlotte, the state’s oldest active community theater.

Family Friendly

82. Find innovative ways to interact with science: Cross a daring rope bridge at Discovery Place Science (home to the largest IMAX Dome Theatre in the Carolinas), let your imagination come to life at Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville and see stars at Discovery Place Nature’s planetarium.

83. Take the little ones to play with the Peanuts gang at Camp Snoopy, a section of Carowinds that’s filled with kid-friendly rides, attractions and animated characters. While at the park, stop by the Carolina Harbor water park, home to the 400,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay.

84. Beat the heat (or cold) at Great Wolf Lodge, a resort with an indoor water park that features a huge water fort tree house, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket and more.

86. Journey to fairytale lands during a Children’s Theatre of Charlotte production or story time at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center.

87. Find exotic animals at Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville, dating site compare Tiger World in Rockwell, Zootastic Park of Lake Norman in Troutman or Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville.

Festivals & Events

88. Start the year singing “Auld Lang Syne” during CLT New Year’s Eve presented by Ally. The evening culminates with fireworks at Romare Bearden Park.

89. Keep the taps flowing at Charlotte beer festivals held throughout the year, including the Queen City Brewers Festival, Moo and Brew Craft Beer and Burger Festival, and North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival, among others.

90. Experience the revelry of the British Isles during Center City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Charlotte Goes Green Festival in March and Huntersville’s Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games in April.

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