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PLACE OF INTEREST
Charlotte is a major city and commercial hub in North Carolina. Its modern city center (Uptown) is home to the Levine Museum of the New South, which explores post–Civil War history in the South, and hands-on science displays at Discovery Place. Uptown is also known for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which celebrates the sport of auto racing through interactive exhibits and films.
Levine Museum of the New South: this museum tells the story of Charlotte from just after the Civil War through today. It does a great job of moving you through the decades with short, lively and hands on exhibits. Charlotte grew up with the Textile Mills and when they left in came the banking giants. The exhibits are informative and well presented. The museum does not shy away from the less than ideal happenings over the past 160 years. The coverage of Jim Crow and the Civil Rights era is well done. Through segregation, through the Civil rights Movement, through good civic leadership today you can see how the south has changed and prospered. Fees for entrance are low. It has a good gift shop. interested guides and lots of ways to explore for both the visual learner and for the intellectual.
Discovery Place: This is by far one of the best children’s museum! There is also an IMAX theater here. So many interesting and interactive exhibits, animals to see, classes and demonstrations to watch daily. Once a month they offer “science on the rocks” where they open after hours and set up Satellite bars for adults to come and hang out, see some fun stuff and relax after a long week, and there are themes for them all! Awesome place.
Carolina’s Aviation Museum: It was full of history and information on all the planes and exhibits. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The jewel of the museum is the US Airways Flight 1549 better known as Sully’s which was truly a miracle that “landed on the Hudson”. There are some short clippings from the TV footage that day as well as many of personal items retrieved from passengers and crew. The museum is a nice activity to do with out of towners or children on a cold or rainy day.
NASCAR Hall of Fame: The NASCAR Hall of Fame is an educational venue that is a must see for racing fans as well as those who are not. From the driving simulators to the pit crew experience. An entertaining place to visit, with a lot more going on than you might expect. Lots of interactive exhibits, and the history of racing along with the technical information. It’s not a museum. You’ll have a really hands-on experience with realistic simulations. It’s all experiential learning. The Racing Simulators exhibit offers one of the most realistic virtual driving experiences that technology can provide. Guests can race alongside up to 15 virtual cars for a hands-on way to discover the many complications that arise on a lap around the track. Simulated races are broadcasted on a 50-foot video screen so group members can cheer each other on.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame features more than 50 interactive attractions, such as the Pit Crew Challenge. Nearly 1,000 artifacts and 40,000 square feet of exhibit space also pay tribute to the history and heritage of NASCAR. The site introduces guests to the NASCAR world with a primer video at the Belk High Octane Theater. From there, Glory Road houses 18 race cars built for speed on a 33-degree banked ramp. The Hall of Honor showcases its honorees on a 360-degree wall for an impressive visual effect.
Richard Petty Driving Experience: Participants can choose between riding around a track with a professional driver for breakneck speeds or hopping into the driver’s seat themselves. The company offers three- or six-lap shotgun rides or firsthand racing sessions that last five minutes or more. On the ride-along experience, you reach speeds greater than 150 miles per hour. You can feel that force when you round the turn. It’s a really cool experience. The race cars zoom around the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which hosts numerous prestigious NASCAR events, such as the Bank of America 500. Richard Petty, nicknamed the King of NASCAR, started the program to introduce fans to the thrill of maneuvering a powerful race car. Those who drive themselves meet for classroom instruction before hitting the accelerator. Once behind the wheel, they can pass other drivers, use car radios and halt for pit stops.
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center: Much more than a children’s library, ImaginOn is a unique interactive collaboration with the Children’s Theater that kids GET! The flow of the place is so exciting. Broadway style kids shows play in the theatre, we can check their schedule. Clean, spacious & enough stuff for the kids to keep them interested for hours. And the best part – it’s FREE! If you come to Charlotte with kids 3-12 then you should make a point of visiting…but be warned you: you’ll have to drag them out this place…
Billy Graham Library: This tour shows how humble he was. He always wanted to make sure the message of Jesus was the first thing that is presented and the last thing that is presented and everywhere in between. The place is so beautiful and peaceful. The exhibits are good for people that cannot stand for any length of time. There are plenty of benches in most every room you enter. It will take a good two hours to go thru all the exhibits and a few minutes to visit the Graham’s grave site along with Cliff Barrows and George Beverly Shea. Also, you can visit his childhood home that is located beside the library. The people that volunteer there are super nice. The 12-part tour, including four galleries, is a deeply moving experience, both nostalgic and authentically spiritual. Admission is free but there are places for donations.
Segway Tours: Instead of slowly walking through the city, guests can glide throughout Charlotte’s interesting parks, buildings and neighborhoods on a Segway. The city’s only locally owned full-service tour company, Charlotte NC Tours offers both Segway and bike tours as an active way to experience the history, food and sites of the Queen City. The popular Segway tours range in length from the one-hour Fun Ride to the two-hour Markets, Museums and Parks Tour. Topics include the Dilworth-Myers Park’s hip spaces, some acclaimed tastes along the Taste and Glide Tour and the city’s diverse architecture in historic Uptown. It’s a great intro to the city. You get a training on the Segway when you go in. The guides there are awesome. They tell you everything you don’t know about Charlotte. One-on-one training with guides ensures that each participant learns to comfortably maneuver a Segway before departing. Usually within five to 10 minutes of personalized instruction, riders feel confident enough to take off. Guides then take the riders along sidewalks and paths while passionately sharing the intriguing area history.
The bicycle tours offer a similar experience with more exercise involved. The three-hour Southern Food Bicycle Tour allows riders to work off their calories as they dine at culinary hot spots such as the Seventh Street Public Market, Mert’s Heart and Soul, and Alexander Michael’s.
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RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
Raleigh, North Carolina was named in commemoration of the capital of Sir Walter Raleigh’s planned colony, “Cittie of Raleigh,” which was founded in 1587 and mysteriously disappeared a few short years later. Today, the lost town is known as the Lost Colony at Roanoke.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences: This is a fantastic place to take the kids! Besides all the interesting exhibits they also have three hand on interactive labs where kids can become real scientist operating microscopes and working with pipettes or touching animal pelts and skulls. There is more to see and do than can be done in one day. This museum e
xhibits forms of life from life under ground to life in the mountains. Some of the exhibits most like are the razor teeth of a white shark, gemstone collection, fish tank with a humpback guppy, and whale fossils. It takes most people about 4 hours to go through the entire museum because there are a lot of hands-on activities like the Lab. The butterfly exhibit was very cool! Those that love dinosaurs will enjoy the dinosaur exhibit. Everyone was very friendly. The Planet Cafe that is attached to the museum have great choices with a lot of different options for the entire family! TravelKatz does suggest taking cash. The museum is free but donation are accepted and they don’t take credit for donations.
Marbles Kids Museum: Best place in Raleigh to take kids under 10 years old! Interactive and educational play, ar
ts and crafts, and more! This is a very SAFE play-place for children of all ages. Little tykes can play dress-up, be actors on stage, ride in an ambulance, pretend you are a police office, nurse, train engineer, postal worker or a scientist. You can play with ducks in the water, climb mountains and play in a castle.
Pullen Park: What a beautiful park! Ride the carousel or the train, rent a paddleboat or just watch the children having fun! The park is large enough for a leisurely walk as well. The historic Carousel and train ride top the list. But, there are excellent playgrounds appropriate for different ages and kiddy boat rides, too. Food & snacks are available.
North Carolina Museum of History: The museum is full on interesting and interactive exhibits from the hi
story of NC to sports history, the American Revolution, WWI, the Wright Brothers glider and other great time periods. It is right downtown, close to other museums and attractions and a great place to learn more about North Carolina! Much like the science museum it’s very interactive with a lot of quick videos illustrating the history of the state. In addition to local history they also had a WWI exhibit that was fantastic. On the third floor is the North Carolina Sports History and a photo exhibit of Civil Rights March to Montgomery. The museum is free, but a donation is appreciated.
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts: The Duke center is a very easy to access venue. Parking directly across the street. Shuttle for those with difficulty walking. Small enough to see well from any location. The theater and Music hall venues at this location are varied and always well done. Small enough that it there could not be a bad seat in the place. The seating is very comfortable, the staff pleasant and helpful. Overall, a great experience is to be had.
Neuse River Trail: Using the Paddle Creek kayak rentals to travel down the Neuse makes for a Beautiful day, effortless drop off and picked up. As for walking or biking, it is very scenic as it winds along the Neuse River. There are benches for sitting if you get tired
! Great place to get out and enjoy nature! from Falls Dam trailhead to the Millburnie Dam and back is truly is a great, easy ride.
Triangle Glides: Great for families with children 14 yrs. old and older or just adults. Very thorough training before site seeing. Had an awesome day to tour. Allow pictures on the tour as well. Great way to see things downtown. Top notch guides and love the head sets for hearing things.
Historic Yates Mill County Park: It was established around 1756 and is the county’s only remaining water-powered gristmill. It operated for more than 200 years…grinding corn and wheat into meal and flour…sawing logs into lumber and carding wood. There’s a nice path around the pond as well. Don’t miss the museum before heading out to look at the mill.
To get to Raleigh, it is an easy flight from Tampa to Raleigh-Durham airport. Just give TravelKatz a call or visit our website @ travelkatz.com and contact us that way. We are here to help.
Take a trip to the North Carolina shore and see the…
Bodie Island Lighthouse at the Outer Banks, North Carolina
If any place needed a few good lighthouses, this is it. Long ago given the sinister nickname the ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic,’ the slender line of barrier islands and marshy peninsulas that make up North Carolina’s Outer Banks is tricky to navigate even in mild weather. During storms and at night, these waters are positively hazardous. While modern navigational aids such as radar and satellite GPS now keep mariners on course, the historical importance—and sheer physical beauty—of the Outer Banks lighthouses is undeniable.
The Bodie Island light is arguably the most fascinating: Recently restored, the structure is one of only a handful of tall brick tower lighthouses left in the United States. Its first-order Fresnel lens is said to be visible 20 miles out at sea. In daylight hours, we’re guessing one could spot that bold black and white banding from almost as far.
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