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Things to Do in Uptown Charlotte and Plaza Midwood

Welcome to Charlotte, home of the first gold rush in the United States and the capital and major city in North Carolina! 

Charlotte is divided into neighborhoods. Uptown Charlotte is the modern city center and business district. Home to Fortune 500 companies, sports complexes, historical landmarks, and the arts, this city has sites for everyone to enjoy. For something a bit more eclectic, head over to the Plaza Midwood neighborhood. This neighborhood is full of galleries, one-of-a-kind shops, and local eateries.

As a family dentist in Uptown Charlotte near Plaza Midwood, Genesis Family Dentistry encourages families to get out and explore the boundless history, culture, and educational experiences of the city.

Historical Landmarks and Tours

For the history buffs, Uptown Charlotte offers guided or self-guided tours to help you learn more about the city. Use a mobile app as you take part in the Liberty Walk. This tour allows you to envision life during the American Revolution. 

If you would rather mosey along on your own, you can create your own or follow a pre-planned self-guided walking tour to view historic, stately homes from the 1800’s such as the Liddell-McNinch HouseNewcomb-Berryhill House, and the Overcarsh House.

Head over to Plaza Midwood for the Historic District Walking Tour to explore The Plaza and Thomas Avenue. Here, you will find a mix of architectural home styles from bungalows to Victorian homes, colonials to estates.

Education and Culture

Continue your journey through history in Uptown Charlotte by visiting Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture. View various exhibits celebrating the art, culture, and history of African-Americans.

The Levine Museum of the New South in Plaza Midwood connects the past with the future and people with one another through exhibits of history, culture, and celebration. Discover the promises of a New South.

The Arts

Whether you choose to just walk around the city or check out museums, Charlotte has the arts covered. In Uptown Charlotte, check out the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, the Levine Center for the Arts, or the McColl Center for Art & Innovation

While walking through Uptown, don’t forget to take photo ops with the various public art sculptures including the Queen Charlotte Statue (the city’s namesake), Four Corners Statue, and Firebird Statue.

In Plaza Midwood, be sure to take in the photography exhibits at the Light Factory and check out the newly wrapped signal boxes for an amazing show of street art.


Charlotte is home to several sports teams and events. Stop by the BB&T Ballpark (home of the minor league baseball team, the Charlotte Knights), the Bank of America Stadium (home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers), or the Spectrum Center (home of the Charlotte Hornets).

Nascar fans will delight in visiting the Nascar Hall of Fame. Watch Nascar come to life through interactive experiences, simulators, and displays as you learn more about its history and legends. 

Shopping and Dining

Between your tours, visits, and trips, you will have to stop by some of the local shops and eateries to get a taste of Charlotte’s finest. In Uptown Charlotte, experience the food culture of the Carolinas by sampling food from local and regional artisans at the 7th Street Public Market. Visit the Overstreet Mall for food and shopping experiences above the city. Use the skywalks to visit various shops and eateries without stepping foot outside.

For a unique shopping experience, check out local boutiques in Plaza Midwood. Visit CLTCHBoris+NatashaBlack Sheep Skate Shop, and Charlotte Collective for one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories. Don’t forget to decorate your house with furniture or art pieces from Slate.

Take a break from shopping by stopping by Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe for a vibrant, quirky diner menu or Snooze for a classic breakfast with a creative twist. Visit a local brewery such as Legion or Resident Culture Brewing Company, or stop by N.C. Red for a New England meets the New South style restaurant. Plaza Midwood has various eateries to suit your tastes.

Family-Friendly Fun

Uptown Charlotte is a great place for families. If you have a child who is interested in the performing arts, be sure to check out the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte for camps, classes, or family-friendly shows. Then, head to Discovery Place where science and nature are hands-on and exciting.

Get some fresh air, run, play, and explore nature at local parks. In Uptown Charlotte, visit The GreenRomare Bearden Park, and First Ward Park. Plaza Midwood has Veteran’s Park and Midwood Park. While exploring the parks in Plaza Midwood, stop and borrow a book the various Little Free Libraries spaced around the neighborhood.

Visit Uptown Charlotte and Plaza Midwood

Whether you are searching for art, history, sports, or food, Uptown Charlotte and Plaza Midwood have plenty to offer tourists and locals alike. Take in the sights, sounds, and smells and enjoy your outing in this amazing city!