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Mint Museum of Art

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Opening in 1936, this was the first art museum in North Carolina. It's since grown to house one of the largest collections of American art, pre-Columbian art, American and European ceramics, American decorative arts, historic costumes and accessories, African art, Asian art, historic maps, contemporary art, and photography in the southeast. Also check out the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, which focuses on contemporary craft. Admission for adults is $10.

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This breathtaking structure was built in 1815 by Archibald Frew, a merchant, postmaster and tax collector. And yes, it unfortunately housed slaves in the mid 1800s. But it's one of the best remaining examples of a classic plantation left in the south. It's definitely worth a visit if you're into southern architecture.

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Freedom Park

recommendation by brandon

I go here to bike at least once a week. I’m not a huge athlete but I do enjoy a casual bike ride along the lake. They have paths here that travel right along with the lake so not only is it beautiful, but it’s also distracting from the fact you’re working out. A lot of locals will come here and hang out, picnic, or just pop a squat under a tree and read a book. The only problem is at night it can get slightly shady.

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This place reminded me of a scene straight out of a fairy tale. The story behind it is that a husband and wife created this garden throughout the course of their marriage. The couple was also very fond of birds so expect a lot of bird feeders and little ones flying around. You can definitely afford to spend three hours here, walking through the many paths and just taking in the sights. Go in the spring time when the scents are at their prime!

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Double Door Inn

recommendation by brandon

The Double Door is a Charlotte staple and must-visit for anyone who cares about music. You can find live music here almost seven days a week. Charlotte caters to a lot of people in the music industry so expect to bump elbows with those folks here. And the majority of music that’s played here is downright Southern: rockabilly, country, and blues. Oh and the bartenders here are the best. Everyone here seems to love drinking PBR.

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