Charlotte, N.C., is a city that knows how to work hard and play hard.
Known as the Queen City, Charlotte
is a major Southern business hub that
attracts young entrepreneurs — and
their families — in droves. For all the
thriving businesses that the city fosters,
it also provides ample opportunities for
families to let loose and spend quality
time together on weekends.
Visitors to the destination will quickly
find that the city’s residents love the outdoors. Its most beloved activities center on North
Carolina’s mild weather and lush natural scenery.
From berry picking in spring to checking out
foliage at its peak in the fall, there’s always a
reason to be outside.
The best way to kick-start a Charlotte vacation is
to spend a balmy evening at The Olde Mecklenburg
Brewery’s Biergarten. Set on 8 acres of land shaded
by leafy pecan and hickory trees, the brewery is a
prime spot for families, friends and even pets to
get together. Kids will enjoy tossing bean bags in a
game of cornhole while parents mingle with locals
over a flight of local beers.
If a client strikes up a conversation with a
Charlotte resident, chances are he or she will
hear about the beloved U.S. National Whitewater
Center. It’s a favorite among families, as it has a
huge selection of land and watersports activities to
choose from, including stand-up paddleboarding,
biking, canopy tours, an obstacle course and
more. One can easily spend a full day here,
though keep in mind that some of the more
adventurous activities have minimum age
After an action-packed day navigat-
ing rivers, boulders and treetops, a hearty,
home-style dinner is definitely in order. For
delicious, affordable Southern fare, try The
King’s Kitchen and Bakery. The great thing
about The King’s Kitchen is that it’s part
restaurant, part social mission: The restaurant is a
nonprofit organization that gives all its proceeds
to help feed the hungry. It’s the perfect place to
sample an assortment of elevated Southern cuisine,
too. Be sure to order the Southern risotto (inspired
by farm-fresh, seasonal ingredients), Aunt Beaut’s
pan-fried chicken or fried North Carolina flounder
Calabash. Don’t forget a side of cornbread.
For breakfast, locals love Amelie’s French
Bakery & Cafe, an atmospheric spot with several
Outdoor adventures, Southern food and more await families
in North Carolina’s Queen City
BY MEGAN LEADER
Enjoy the outdoors
at the U.S. National
Don’t let Charlotte’s
reputation for business
fool you — families are
welcome here, too.