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10 Fun Things To Do in North Carolina

Updated on October 15, 2016

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U.S. National Whitewater Center

In 2006, The U.S. National Whitewater Center opened for visitors from all over the globe. The center is a specialized training facility that features training for whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing and biking.

A notable feature of the center is the world's largest artificial whitewater river which recirculates continually.

The park can be entered and without training you can participate in beginner levels of all events and activities. On the other hand, they have Campus teams that can be signed up for and one on one training for each hobby listed above as well as fishing and hiking.

U.S. National Whitewater Center (Charlotte, NC)

The National Whitewater Center opened to the public in 2006 and it's a must see place to go in Charlotte, NC.
The National Whitewater Center opened to the public in 2006 and it's a must see place to go in Charlotte, NC. | Source

Biltmore Estate Tour

Biltmore Estate

In 1895, The Biltmore House was completed and it's the largest privately owned home in America. The beautiful home has 250 rooms which via tour guide you get to walk through (unfortunately, no pictures allowed). The home is huge and gorgeous to say the least and touring the back yard garden and vineyard is breathtaking as well.

The home has a total floor area of nearly 179,000 square feet. The home features full decoration and most of it's very old dating back to the 1700-1800 era.

Some of the home's indoor extras include a 2 story library, full size bowling alley, and a near Olympic size swimming pool.

Biltmore House (Asheville, North Carolina)

The Biltmore House is humongous and tours are available with free wine tasting along the way.
The Biltmore House is humongous and tours are available with free wine tasting along the way. | Source

NASCAR Hall of Fame (Charlotte, NC)

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is a racing fans dream come true and taking pictures is welcome for visitors.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is a racing fans dream come true and taking pictures is welcome for visitors. | Source

Nascar Hall of Fame

The Nascar Hall of Fame opened to critical acclaim in 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Museum is four floors with the first floor showing video and audio recordings of past legends.

The site has a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and The Hall of Fame Cafe not to mention a rather large gift shop.

Among the items and activities at the Hall of Fame are: Hall of Fame with pictures of Nascar greats, memorabilia, racing cars, racing equipment and of course everyone's favorite, Racing Simulators.

Location of Nascar Hall of Fame (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Charlotte Motor Speedway opened in Concord, North Carolina in 1960 and it attracts fans worldwide. The 1.5 mile track hosts three Nascar races annually and the speedway sits upon over 2,000 acres.

Aside from Nascar, there is a quarter mile drag racing strip and it's the only 4 lane, concrete strip in America.

The movie Days of Thunder was filmed at the main track and other than racing the facility also hosts outdoor rock concerts on a regular basis.

Charlotte Motor Speedway (Concord, NC)

The Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts major car racing events all year long.
The Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts major car racing events all year long. | Source

Best Slides at Emerald Pointe

Dragon's Den
Bonzai Pipeline
Slidewinder
The Edge
Daredevil Drop
Runaway Raft Ride
Tunnel of Terror
Blue Streak
Tropical Drop
 
Double Barrel Blast
 
Ten of the best water slides at Wet N Wild Emerald Pointe.

Wet and Wild Emerald Pointe

Wet and Wild can be found in Greensboro, North Carolina and it opened for customer use in 1984. The water park sits on 40 acres and it features over 50 rides including 36 big boy slides.

Lifeguards are all over the park and it's a very safe atmosphere for family. The water rides vary to children's slides to adult thrill seeking water rides.

Several sit down restaurants and fast food joints are located all over the park and parking is free, Thank Goodness.

Intimidator Roller Coaster (Fort Mill, North Carolina)

The Intimidator is a tall and long roller coaster at Carowinds Amusement Park in Fort Mill/Charlotte, NC.
The Intimidator is a tall and long roller coaster at Carowinds Amusement Park in Fort Mill/Charlotte, NC. | Source

Carowinds Amusement Park

In 1973, Carowinds Amusement Park opened the gates on an almost 400-acre site. A 20-acre water park is located in the middle of the amusement park and it offers free admission.

The park has a combined 64 rides with 13 of them being roller coasters for thrill seekers. Also, in October to celebrate Halloween the park becomes...you guessed it, Scarowinds. The rides and park are decorated with fear and mind.

The park also stages a huge annual music festival similar to Woodstock if you will. This place is cool for kids and adults and the rides cater everyone.

Carolina Cyclone Roller Coaster (Carowinds)

Grandfather Mountain (Linville, North Carolina)

Grandfather Mountain Park is Linville, NC's most famous and must see attraction.
Grandfather Mountain Park is Linville, NC's most famous and must see attraction. | Source

Grandfather Mountain

In 2011, Grandfather Mountain became a National Park and it's elevation is 5,946 feet. The park is for hiking, camping and picnicking. The mountain has two rivers that flow from it and of course a huge bridge goes across the mountains. (Do not take the hike if you are afraid of heights). it's called The Mile High Hanging Bridge.

The mountains are divided into eleven different hiking and sightseeing trails. Certain areas have binocular hookups so you can see down the mountain side and see it's true beauty. Advice I can give would be to bring binoculars, a camera and if it's the summer bring Off or some other bug repellent.

Things To Do in Charlotte, NC

Carolina Panthers (NFL Football)

Charlotte, North Carolina acquired their own NFL franchise in 1995 called the Carolina Panthers. They haven't won a Super Bowl yet but they have won four division Championships.

Come check out Can Newton and the rest of the team if your a fan of football because this team rocks the house during home games. It is hard to top the intensity of a professional football game being played live before your eyes. If your ever in town, even if you root for the other team, watch a live game.

Carolina Panthers Football (Charlotte, NC)

The Carolina Panthers is an expansion  NFL football team based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Carolina Panthers is an expansion NFL football team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. | Source

Museum of The Cherokee Indian

The Museum is open everyday, all year long and it has artifacts and other items that document the lives of the Cherokee Indians and their lives in the Smokies in Cherokee, NC.

Some of the things that can be found in the Museum's store are over 4,000 rare books and over 1,000 black and what pictures from the 1880's era. The Museum itself has traveling exhibits that change from year to year and of course they have permanent exhibits about the Cherokee Indians.

Museum of the Cherokee Indian (Cherokee, NC)

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian celebrates the life of the Cherokee Indian with artifacts, a tour and other facts.
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian celebrates the life of the Cherokee Indian with artifacts, a tour and other facts. | Source

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Discovery Place

The Discovery Place opened it's doors in 1981 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Exhibits include hands-on displays, traveling displays and other scientific items behind glass. Also, a large I Max theatre is on site and it plays regular Hollywood films as well as science education documentaries.

Some of the live displays on hand are the insect shoot, frog pond and a unique butterfly pavilion.

© 2014 Buster Johnson

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      Fullerman5000 2 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      I love Asheville and was amazed by the Biltmore home. That pool was huge. I loved the house. So many stairs. I haven't been to Charlotte yet, but I have been to Raleigh. North Carolina is such a beautiful state. Thanks for sharing some of these helpful ideas to make traveling a little bit easier.

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      Buster Johnson 2 years ago from Alabama

      The Biltmore Home should be called The Biltmore Apartments lol.

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