Comfort Suites Airport
3425 Mulberry Church Road
Charlotte, NC 28208
Phone: (704) 971-4400
Fax: (704) 971-4401
Come by this aviation museum, located at the Airport, to check out civil and military aircraft. Take a look at the military airplanes featured here, including a Grumman F-14D Super TomCat, which served in Iraq, and a Grumman OVD-1D Mohawk. See the civilian craft like the Piedmont Airlines Douglas DC-3. Restoration work on aircraft takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so schedule a visit to see the whole process. For further information on the exhibits, volunteer opportunities and history of the planes, check the website.
The Billy Graham Library pays tribute to late American Christian evangelist Billy Graham. The library features a number of artifacts from different facets of Graham's life, from his humble beginnings on a farm to his career as a prominent minister. Many find the library to be a site of inspiration, regardless of religious connotations.
Cradled in Frazier Park lies a memorial for young ones. Our Children's Memorial Walkway is a place where families can create a quiet spot in remembrance of little ones they have lost. A place not to grieve their death but celebrate their life, this memorial has provided a quiet respite to the bereaved families. Pretty cherry trees, comfortable benches, and play areas adorn this charming walkway. Bricks can be adopted and engraved with special messages. Visitors can make donations.
Formerly known as the American Business and Fashion Institute, The Art Institute of Charlotte was established back in 1973. It is part of Art Institutes International Inc., which has 31 such educational establishments nationwide. You can avail of programs focussed on fashion, media art, designing, culinary training, and so on. Enrolled students can exhibit their art in the online galleries of the institute. Call +1 800 872 4417 (Toll-free).
Splash Planet is a one-of-a-kind indoor water park in North Carolina, featuring a playground, gym, dance room and theater. Apart from current pools and a lazy river, the park also boasts a thrilling three-story tall slide, which is pretty much the highlight. A cafeteria called Snack Shack placates hunger with a menu of cheeseburgers, milkshakes, corndogs, potato chips, etc. Splash Planet is maintained by Mecklenburg County, and offers discounts to its residents.
Romare Bearden Park is a community facility great for some recreation and relaxation. Named after the renowned Charlotte resident and artist, this 5.4-acre (2.19-hectare) park is located a short distance from the Mint Museum. It is replete with gardens, courtyards, children's playgrounds and picnic spots. The manicured lawns feature waterfalls and over 10,000 varieties of flora that are inspired by Bearden's work. The gazebo is used to host an array of cultural programs like workshops, exhibitions, the RomareFest, Party in the Park and Music Box Lunch Series.
The Mint Museum Uptown is located in a historic downtown building that was recently renovated to celebrate the rich legacy of Charlotte's artistic tradition. The permanent collection holds a wide range of items made from ceramic, jewelry, glass, fibers, metal, and wood. Their special glass commissions alone make it worth the visit! For those who enjoy an interactive experience, the museum offers many workshops, lectures, artist demonstrations, and travel guides to enhance the trip. Also, it is located within the heart of the business district and nearby many shopping centers and restaurants. Make sure to also take a look at the Mint Museum Randolph, full of fine and contemporary art.
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is a fresh injection of art and culture into the city's nerves. Located in the Uptown district in the heart of downtown Charlotte, the Bechtler is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The free audio guide and gallery brochures at the visitor desk and information center keep visitors informed on the modern art lining the walls and hallways. The museum is a fun experience for visitors of all ages, especially since the Bechtler provides children with materials to make their visit to the museum interactive and enjoyable.
If you happen to be visiting the city, do make a trip to Charlotte's fascinating Historic South End. The South End was established in 1850 to maintain the vibrancy and promote economic development of the area. The neighborhood is home to many an establishment—restaurants, shops and galleries have made this a crucial part of the city's attractions. Several events, like the Main Street Rag Poetry Forum and the Hayes George Gallery's "Vignettes" are also held here.
From a courthouse, post-office to a federal building, the Charles R. Jonas Federal Building was used for several purposes. Built in 1915, it was named after the Congressman Charles R. Jonas. Designed by architect Wetmore, James A, this Neo-classical structure was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Currently it is owned by the city of Charlotte.
First Presbyterian was built in the early 19th century and has been a major tourist attraction as well as a fully functioning church since its dedication. The architecture is reminiscent of European Gothic cathedrals and many efforts have been made to maintain this style even as recent renovations and expansions have allowed it to cater to the needs of its growing congregation. The impressive spire and detailed stonework make this church a must-see for art and architecture lovers. Multiple services are held throughout the week including two full services on Sunday, one of which is televised on a local Charlotte station, WSOC-TV Channel 9. Open on Sunday from 9am, 11am and 5pm and Wednesday from noon.
Ever since its construction in 1982, Charlotte Plaza has been a focal point for business and entertainment. The impressive facade has attracted visitors for years, and the variety of businesses tempt them to stay for an afternoon of shopping or fine dining. Some of the amenities include Bentley's on 27, Rainbow Cafe, and Uptown Retreat Salon & Spa. In addition, the building is attached to Charlotte's impressive Overstreet Mall System, and its large parking deck provides easy access for shoppers and visitors.