By Jason Jaksetic

Charlotte 101

Enjoy the sunny, southern charm of Charlotte while on a Spartan weekend this March. The Charlotte area is a picturesque backdrop for adventures, both on and off the course at Porter Farms. From NASCAR to art Museums, Charlotte has a diverse landscape of leisure and strenuous activity for you to navigate the weekend of March 23-26.

 

Weather is normally great this time of year. But Charlotte has a way of messing with folk. While the average high does nudge towards the mid 60′s, especially as it accelerates towards April, be aware the the average low can turn around a give you a sharp slap across the face like a scorned lover and have you bear the brunt of chilly 39 – and that’s not even taking into account the wind chill, should there be any. This is why the Spartan Race is Charlotte is always so hotly anticipated. Not only do we not know what the course will have in store, but the weather always plays a part. So the questions remains if the elements are going to make you a little dirty Harry. Do you feel lucky, punk?

Here’s what to look forward to -

THE COURSE 

This course will be fat and fast, and most certainly muddy. This venue is a fully operational farm and we were given free reign with the land, so expect surprises in true Spartan fashion.

NASCAR EPICENTER

If you’re a NASCAR fan, there is no better place in the world to visit than Charlotte. Charlotte is home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame – a four-story, 150,000 square foot building operating seven days a week from 10am – 6pm.

There’s also Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is the only race venue where you can visit the team garages. The Speedway offers daily tours that include a trip down pit road and the ability to snap your photo at victory lane. Bonus: camping available.

NIGHTLIFE

Charlotte has dozens of bars and clubs for post race libations and celebrations. Big names include Black Finn American SaloonProhibition, and Bad Dogs Pub. Maybe you want the freshest brew that North Carolina has to offer. Enjoy a newly minted draft at one of the local breweries, such as NoDa Brewing, the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Birdsong Brewing Co, or Heist Brewery. More on breweries here.

Want to get a bit crazy? A listing of local night clubs can be found here.

 FAMILY DESTINATIONS

Expend your cultural, scientific, and athletic horizons at one of these amazing, education, and fun options for the entire family:

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Hours:
Mon, Wed-Sat: 10AM-5PM
Sun: 12-5PM

Discovery Place – Science Museum

Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9AM-4PM
Sat: 10AM-6PM
Sun: 12-5PM

Charlotte Bobcats NBA Game

They are home Saturday March 22, 24, and 26.

U.S. National Whitewater Center – Mountain biking, running trails, climbing center, kayaking, canoeing, and whitewater rafting

SHOPPING

Charlotte offers a full range of opportunities to get some shopping done if you so choose. Whether at the local South Park Mall or Concord Mills (the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in North Carolina) there is something for everyone during your downtime before and after the race. Some of the shops you will find to choose from are Dillard’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus,  Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Frontgate, Cole Haan, St. John, Hermes, Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Lilly Pulitzer and more.

sources: wiki, Nascar.

 

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