Top 8 Hot Spots Around Charlotte Motor Speedway

As you head to Charlotte for the big race this weekend, you may be wondering where to eat or how to entertain the kids. Charlotte and the surrounding area has a ton to do, which can make it tough to decide what to check out in the limited time you’ll be there. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Check out these eight hot spots in and around Charlotte for an unforgettable experience.

  • CarolinaPrime

    Carolina Prime Restaurant & Steakhouse

    Charlotte, North Carolina

    If you’re a meat lover, you’re in luck. Get an authentic North Carolina barbecue experience at Carolina Prime Restaurant & Steakhouse. Of course, the BBQ Plate is a must, but their steaks are so decadent, you might have troubles choosing between them!

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    Papa Robb’s Paradise

    Concord, North Carolina

    Pappa Robb’s Paradise is the ultimate place to go after a hot afternoon at the track. Stop by during their famous Festival Fridays to find fun for the whole family. Don’t forget to order a scoop of Paradise Ice – our favorite is strawberry!

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    Cougar Run Winery

    Concord, North Carolina

    With a huge selection of unique, hand crafted wines, Cougar Run Winery is a fun place to unwind after the race (for those 21 and over, of course). To really cool off, try one of their wine slushies or grab a pint of Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream. The cherry merlot ice cream is highly recommended!

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    Charlotte Nature Museum

    Charlotte, North Carolina

    The Charlotte Nature Museum is a fantastic place for curious kids. The museum features exhibits like Creature Cavern, Insect Alley, the Butterfly Pavilion, and much more, where visitors can get an up-close look at some of North Carolina’s most fascinating animals. Make sure to stop by the Grandpa Tree for some fun facts about the local wildlife, and catch the Growing Up Wild puppet show. Kids might even get the chance to help with a feeding!

  • Giannis

    Gianni’s Trattoria

    Concord, North Carolina

    Gianni’s Trattoria, a locally owned neighborhood Italian restaurant, is a fantastic place for a classy sit down dinner. This restaurant goes above and beyond when it comes to quality, even going so far as to import things like prosciutto and truffle oil straight from Italy for the most authentic tasting cuisine imaginable.

    If you’re in the mood for something a little more casual, you can’t go wrong at their Pizza Loft. Do yourself a favor and order the “Gianni’s Favorite” Margarita Pizza while you’re there.

  • Brickhouse

    Brickhouse Grill

    Concord, North Carolina

    Whatever you choose at Brickhouse, you’re sure to eat like a king. We recommend spicing up your vacation at their Thursday wing bar, but customers also recommend the delectable BBQ sandwich and crispy homemade chips. Known for their top-notch service and their family-friendly atmosphere, this is a great place to bring the family together for a meal.

  • WhitewaterCenter

    U.S. National Whitewater Center

    Charlotte, North Carolina

    If the NASCAR XFINITY race doesn’t boost your adrenaline enough, check out the U.S. National Whitewater Center. With exciting activities like whitewater rafting, ziplining, canopy tours, and so much more, you’re sure to have the adventure of a lifetime. This weekend, they even have a Memorial Day Celebration complete with yoga, a film screening, and, of course, fireworks.

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    NASCAR Hall of Fame

    Charlotte, North Carolina

    After the XFINITY race, keep the excitement going by heading on over to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. You’ll find historic cars at the Glory Road exhibit, exciting displays and video footage in the Great Hall, and tributes to your favorite legends in the Hall of Honor at this museum. This is truly a can’t miss for anyone interested in NASCAR.

What are your favorite places to visit when you travel to Charlotte? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!