Thanksgiving Weekend 2018 has ended but not without making memories in Charlotte,NC. Me and my #HeighPartyof3 drove 2.5 hours to kick off our holiday season in the Queen City and had such a great time! I wanted to share some of the highlights from our visit to inspire other families who may be traveling there soon. Check out my Family Travel Guide|Where to Play,Eat,Stay for the Holidays in Charlotte,NC.
Discovery Place & IMAX| website
Discovery Place, located in Charlotte’s Uptown area, is a wonderful hands on learning complex about technology, nature and science. Spread out over 3 floors, families can spend the day here exploring and having fun. Watch an IMAX feature, Touch a Starfish, Create Art with a hot glue gun, and Dance while learning how the muscles move in your body! There is plenty to see and do like looking at our skin cells under a microscope, crossing a rope bridge in the rainforest, playing the secret scents game and so much more! Discovery Place lets kids of all ages experience learning thru play. It is a great way to spend a fun day! To see more, watch youtube video>>here.
Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway | website
Charlotte Speedway is the annual home to “Speedway Christmas”. Every year thousands and thousands of lights takeover the infield and stands at this iconic racing venue. We got a chance to actually drive on the racetrack which my husband loved! Tune in to their own radio station and listen to Christmas tunes as you take a slow drive for a few miles. We enjoyed partaking in the tradition of seeing the unique sights and creativity used for the dozens of displays. Guests can stop at their Christmas Village for snacks, rides and shopping. Speedway Christmas is a seasonal, holiday event held at Charlotte Speedway. So pack the family up in the car and have your chance to drive on the speedway to see holiday lights! Pay one price per vehicle and sit back, sing Christmas Carols and Enjoy! Take a look at my youtube video and enjoy some of light displays at Speedway Christmas!
SobeSavvy Tip: It is recommended that visitors come in early in the season as the lines tend to get longer the closer they get to Christmas. Also going on a Thursday or Sunday night is best as the Village is open and movies are shown on the Speedway TV. On Dec.9 bring 5 Food Lion brand non-perishable food items and get $10 off admission!
Piedmont Social House | website
Looking for a place that has great food, a tap room, games and a 12 lane bowling alley? Then head to Piedmont Social House, located in the popular Ayrsley neighborhood of Charlotte. It is a one stop destination for an afternoon or evening of food,drinks and fun! The atmosphere here is energetic and lively. It is a great spot for groups or a fun date night. There is something for everyone in the family. The service was good and so were their Chicken and Waffles! Just feast your eyes on it here:
SobeSavvy Tip: Now through December 31 they have a special Gift Card Promotion. Buy a $50 Gift Card and receive a $10 Bonus Card! Just ake a look at my photos featuring good food and good vibes from our dining experience at Piedmont Social House >>here and you’ll want to give or get a gift card to this restaurant!
THE COWFISH Sushi•Burger•Bar | website
With so many restaurant choices around Southpark Mall in Charlotte, it can be hard to find something that is actually different. One in particular that stands out from the rest is The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar. Creative cocktails, innovative sushi rolls and awesome burgers is what ypu can find here. My daughter loves their kids menu choices, which comes with a Cowfish tattoo! Service is excellent and if you can, save room for dessert. See more drool worthy photos from our visit >>here and be sure to dine at The Cowfish when visiting Charlotte.
American Girl Bistro | website
SPECIAL..MAGICAL..MEMORABLE, Those are three words I would use to describe our visit to the American Girl Store/ Bistro. On Sunday, my #Heighpartyof3 enjoyed ‘Holiday Tea’ and each other during this event. Our #outandaboutAva and Luciana got all dolled up in their matching red velvet dresses for the special occasion! It was so darling! Girls got to visit the hot chocolate bar, play with a paper doll craft and we all had a chance to eat savory bites/sweet treats. Check out more photos from the Holiday Tea event>>here to see some of the holiday memories we made at this special in-store experience. With all the attention to the little details for girls and their dolls, it was a visit our daughter will never forget!
SobeSavvy Tip: Save 25% on matching dresses for girls and dolls thru 12/24/18! Find something special to make their season memorable and magical at americangirl.com
Hampton Inn & Suites Charlotte/SouthPark at Phillips Place| website
The Hampton Inn & Suites was a wonderful place to stay during our Charlotte visit. It is located at The Phillips Place Shops area and is within walking distance to many restaurants and even has a Whole Foods next door. The immense Southpark mall is right down the street. It has a stately lobby and public areas. Large modern and stylish suites awaits visitors. I loved the built in TV vanity mirror feature of our suite. There is complimentary Valet Parking and of course the Hampton Inn breakfast gets you ready for another day tackling the Queen City. Make this your property of choice on your next visit to Charlotte!
Here is an inside look at the Hampton Inn & Suites Charlotte/ SouthPark at Phillips Place:
As you can see, Charlotte is one of those cities in North Carolina that no matter the length or purpose of your visit, there are so many options for families. You can play, eat, stay and have fun along the way!
Planning to visit Charlotte this season? Which one of these places would be on your list?
15 thoughts on “#FamilyTravel | Where to Play, Eat, Stay for the Holidays in Charlotte, NC #CLT”
Wow I never knew Charlotte was a vacation city! It seems very lowkey and chill for the family. Glad you guys had a good time!
I’m so glad I found you’re blog. I actually live in a CHARLOTTE and I’m always looking for things to do with my family. I think we will try the lights at the Speedway this year.
I havent been to Charlotte in years but I need to get there to visit Takenya. I keep hearing about cowfish so I need to check them out.
We have gone to see waterfalls in North Carolina but never vacationed there. I think this would be a great vacation spot. Especially during the holiday. There is so much to do and take in.
I have never been to NC but it looks like a great place to do a bunch of fun things.
I haven’t visited Charlotte since I was about your daughter’s age. You’re giving me reasons I should visit again.
There so much to do now here! The Discovery Place and the Piedmont sound like
My kinda of places.
We have a Cowfish here in Atlanta too I love it must try it in Charlotte. I would love to take a trip to Charlotte next year.
Yup..same great menu and food
Wow you have a lot of good tips and I enjoyed the pictures. I think after reading this post, I’m ready to enjoy some vacay time in Charleston.
That is it, I am joining your family and we can be a party of 4. You guys are always doing such fun things, and eating all of the delicious things.
Haha..c’mon Mimi. I’d be happy to claim you in my taxes while having fun too..lol
Be careful what you wish for !
I’ve never been to Charlotte! Looks like some amazing things to do! I’ll have to visit soon. Thank you for sharing!
I have family in Charlotte and we never go these cool places. Hoping to visit over the holidays and will demand to go!😁