Charlotte Sports and Recreation

Charlotte Sports and RecreationCharlotte's southern charm is apparent in the overall mood of the city, not to mention on the faces of nearly everyone you meet here. That zest for life and embracing of various cultures is what makes the city a truly great place to experience. But whether you're a visitor or a local, you know how much busy schedules, everyday stresses and the usual grind can take its toll on you. That's why taking time for sports and recreation is so vital. And, thankfully, Charlotte has many ways you can enjoy various sporting and recreational activities that will revitalize and refresh you so you can get back to your usual routine with a renewed sense of enthusiasm.

 

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Pro Sports

Carolina Panthers
Are you ready for some football? Catch live sports action as the Carolina Panthers professional football team takes on the competition. The team is based in Charlotte and is currently a franchise in the South Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League. The Panthers play all of their home games at Bank of America Stadium, which is also the team's headquarters. The team has an overall record of 125-143 and played in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

Web: www.panthers.com

Charlotte Bobcats
The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina that plays in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association. The sports team was established in 2004 and they play their home games at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.

Address: 333 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC - MAP
Phone: (704) BOBCATS
Web: www.bobcats.com

Charlotte Checkers
The Charlotte Checkers belong to the Midwestern Division of the Western Conference of the American Hockey League. The sports team is the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. Their home games are played at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

Phone: (704) 342-4423
Web: www.gocheckers.com

 

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Hiking, Biking & Trails

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve
Charlotte's McDowell Nature Center and Preserve not only strives to preserve the various components of the area's natural beauty, it also seeks to offer you a chance to enjoy it all here and now. To that end, you can take a brisk walk or a hike on one of the center's incredibly beautiful recreation trails that offer not only great exercise, but a chance to take in the natural beauty of the area from a truly unique perspective

Address: 15222 York Road, Charlotte, NC 28278 - MAP
Phone: (704) 588-5224
Web: www.charmeck.org

Crowders Mountain State Park
Crowders Mountain State Park features an incredible variety of recreational hiking trails that vary in difficulty and intensity. So it doesn't matter if you're a novice hiker or are a seasoned pro, there is a trail with a length and terrain that will offer just the right amount of challenge and exercise.

Address: 522 Park Office Lane, Gastonia, NC 28052 - MAP
Phone: (704) 853-5375
Web: www.ncparks.gov

 

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Watersports

Lake Norman
Lake Norman is a man-made lake located outside of Charlotte and is a popular destination for fishing, boating, and other water sports. It's a short 30-mile drive from the center of the city and boating on this lake has been described by many as "beautiful, clean and fun."

Web: www.visitlakenorman.org

Catawba River
The Catawba River is the perfect place to fish, sail, canoe, or experience other recreational activities. The picturesque scenery also makes staying on shore a great experience as well, as you will have no trouble finding the perfect spot for a picnic or a relaxing area to lounge as you take in the beauty of the river.

Web: www.catawbariverkeeper.org

 

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Plenty Of Thrills

arolina Skydiving
The ultimate adrenaline rush awaits you when you go on a skydiving adventure with Carolina Skydiving. The professional team will make sure that you go through all the required training and secure you in your suit before you even step on the plane. As much fun as you will experience on your dive, the crew makes your safety the top priority. Don't forget to make sure to order photos and a video package so you can share your extreme sports adventure with family and friends when you come back down to earth!

Phone: (336) 526-5867
Web: www.carolinaskydiving.com

The Pit Indoor Kart Racing
With the NASCAR craze in full bloom in Charlotte, car racing is hugely popular no matter what size the car may be. Nowhere is that more obvious than at The Pit Indoor Kart Racing. Get behind the wheel and get a rush of what the big cars feel like on this amazingly realistic track. The cars even resemble your favorite vehicles from NASCAR, so rev it up and go to the Pit for a roaring good time.

Address: 346 East Plaza Drive (Hwy 150), Mooresville, NC 28115 - MAP
Phone: (704) 799-3470
Web: www.meetatthepit.com

US National Whitewater Center
Go on a wet and wild adventure while learning about the environment at the same time! Do that at Charlotte's US National Whitewater Center. This is the world's premier outdoor recreation and environmental education center where you can go rafting, biking, kayaking and even climbing. A day of great adventure and water sports awaits at the US National Whitewater Center.

Address: 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214 - MAP
Phone: (704) 391-3900
Web: www.usnwc.org

 

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Leisure

Strike City
Hit the lanes at Strike City, the best place for bowling and fun in Charlotte. Strike City is much more than just a bowling alley. There's a great restaurant with all your favorites like burgers, sandwiches and nachos, just to name a few. There's also a sports bar area with several eye-popping flat screen televisions to ensure that you won't miss a minute of the big game. And of course, the state-of-the-art bowling lanes are always in pristine condition and keep track of your score digitally. You won't strike out on a good time when you head to Strike City!

Address: 210 East Trade Street, EpiCentre, Charlotte, NC 28202 - MAP
Phone: (704) 716-9300
Web: www.strikecitycharlotte.com

Hickory Tavern
Searching for the best place to watch the big game? Then Charlotte's Hickory Tavern is your answer. This is where you will find an incredible menu of items that will satisfy any appetite. Wash down your meal with one of the many beers that are available. The Hickory Tavern is not only the preferred game day location of the Carolina Panthers, it also has won the distinction of being voted the runner-up in ESPN's poll of the "Best Sports Bars in North America." That honor sure says a lot!

Web: www.thehickorytavern.com

Elizabeth's Billiards
Elizabeth's Billiards is one of the area's favorite places to shoot pool, play a game of darts or just hang out and enjoy a few beers. Enjoy snacks and appetizers as you rack 'em up, or try your hand at hitting the bullseye on one of the many dartboards. Either way, a good time awaits at Elizabeth's Billiards.

Address: 1400 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205 - MAP
Phone: (704) 342-2663