The best activities for newbies in Charlotte


Moving to Charlotte for a new job after graduation? Or packing up and moving to North Carolina in search of the ultimate work-life balance? Then Charlotte, NC offers a little bit of everything for young professionals – everything from arts and culture to sports, recreation and a thriving restaurant scene.

Soak up the Charlotte skyline from a rooftop restaurant

What better way to get acclimated to Charlotte than to view it from several stories up in the sky? Charlotte has a number of popular (and Instagram-worthy) rooftop patios and decks, including Gin Mill and Peculiar Rabbit, to name a couple hot spots.

Hang out with new work buddies at a Charlotte brewpub or beer garden

There are now 18 breweries located within Charlotte’s city limits, and more than 40 in the surrounding region. The newest brewery that opened to much fanfare is Resident Culture Brewing Company, which opened in Plaza Midwood. The largest and oldest beer garden in Charlotte – and thus a real favorite with young professionals - is The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.

Become a NASCAR fan

Charlotte is not just the home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, it’s also the home of NASCAR races throughout the year. One favorite site with young professionals is the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which hosts a 600-mile long race (the Coca-Cola 600) every Memorial Day weekend.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Even if you live and work in downtown Charlotte, you’ll occasionally want to take a break from it all and enjoy the great outdoors. Charlotte is the home of many parks and wildlife centers, including the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Whitewater rafting, zip lining, and hiking are just a few of the many activities in store for you at the Whitewater Center.

Check out Charlotte’s booming foodie scene

Charlotte has a thriving restaurant scene and several neighborhoods where you can find a truly international selection of foodie options. And if you prefer home style North Carolina BBQ, you can be assured that there are plenty of places to sample the region’s best barbecue, including Midwood Smokehouse, Sauceman’s and Bar-B-Q King.

Meet young professionals at the Mint Museum

The Mint Museum, which now has two locations in Charlotte, is the city’s oldest art museum. But for young professionals, the specific attractions are all the activities that the museum hosts for its “young affiliates.” And don’t forget about Yoga Wednesday – every Wednesday evening, the Mint Museum Uptown hosts free yoga classes.

Watch the Charlotte Panthers in action

Charlotte has become a hotbed of NFL action, thanks mostly to current superstars like Cam Newton, Greg Olsen and Luke Kuechly. Even if you’re not heading out to 75,000-seat Bank of America Stadium on Sundays during the NFL season, you’ll likely be taking in the games with friends, neighbors and workplace colleagues. (And if NFL football isn’t your style, there’s always college basketball and the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, owned by Michael Jordan).

Spend a day exploring Charlotte

One favorite activity for young professionals is simply spending a weekend in downtown Charlotte, learning more about the city’s art, culture and history. Cap it all off with an afternoon in Freedom Park or just relaxing to live music at one of the city’s many live music venues.

A number of thriving industries now have huge hubs in Charlotte, making it a favorite destination for young professionals. As you can see from the above, there’s plenty there to keep you busy and engaged when you’re away from the office and looking to make some great experiences.

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