August 6, 2017

2017 PGA Championship Week: Smarty Guide to the Best Places to Visit in Charlotte

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Charlotte Smarty Pants welcomes the players & families of the 2017 PGA Championship! We are so happy you’re here! We believe Charlotte is the BEST place to live, and after spending a week with us, we think you’ll agree. To make your family’s stay in Charlotte the best it can be, we’ve compiled some of our very favorite things to do in Charlotte.

Best Drop-In Kids’ Activities

Ballantyne Tea Party
Charlotte Nature Museum
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
Discovery Place
Discovery Place KIDS
Dish it Out
Great Wolf Lodge
Imaginon and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries
Inner Peaks Climbing
Mint Museum Craft + Design
Sports Connection
Sky Zone

Best Call-Ahead Kids’ Activities:

Bricks 4 Kids
Charlotte Star Room
Club Gymboree
Doolittle’s Children’s Hair Salon
Flour Power Kids Cooking Studio
My Gym Charlotte and My Gym Ballantyne
Music Together of Charlotte
Noah’s Art Children’s Art Center
The Little Gym of Charlotte
Small Hands Big Art

Best Places for Kids to Burn Some Energy:

Colonel Francis Beatty Park
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Freedom Park (Don’t miss the Carolina Panther’s Player 60!)
Latta Park
Romare Bearden
US National White Water Center

Best places to grab a bite to eat with the kids (and actually enjoy your food, too!):

Arthur’s
Brixx
Bad Daddys
Cantina 1511
CharBar No. 7
Duck Donuts
Harper’s
Leroy Fox
Paco’s Tacos and Tequila
Taco Mac
Zio

Best Charlotte Gal Pal Lunch Spots

Amelie’s French Bakery
Bricktops
Cafe Monte French Bakery and Bistro
Chicken Salad Chick
Chopt
Luna’s Living Kitchen
Mayobird
Nordstrom Cafe – SouthPark
Reid’s
Rooster’s
Terrace Café

Best of Charlotte for Dinner without the Kids:

131 Main Blakeney
Barrington’s
Basil Thai
Brio
Customshop
Del Frisco’s
Fahrenheit (top of the city!)
Foxcroft Wine Shop
George’s Brasserie
Ilios Noche
Rooster’s
Summit Room
Upstream

Best places to shop in town:

704 Shop
Alphabet Soup
Bedside Manor
Bevello
Boem
Doll
Denim House
Fabrik
K La
KK Bloom
Lauren Nicole Home
Monkees
Petal
Pink Hanger
Shower Me With Love
Sloan Boutique
SouthPark
Surroundings
Tiny Boutique 
Toys & Co

Best Places to Take a Breather:

8 The Salon (hair)
Blo Blowout Bar (blowout)
Polished (mani/pedi)
The Spa at Ballantyne (hair, makeup, mani/pedi, facials, massages)
Urbana Wellness Spa (massages)
Woo (makeup)

Best Places to Get Your Fitness On:

AIR Fit
Carolina Barre & Core
Carolina Sweat
Charlotte Yoga
Enlighten
Flywheel/FlyBarre
Laughing Buddha Yoga Studio
Hilliard Studio Method and HSM Core
Orange Theory
Pure Barre – SouthPark, Myers Park, and Ballantyne
Y2 yoga

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