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Discovery Place & Charlotte Nature Museum

Located at 1638 Sterling Road near Freedom Park, the Charlotte Nature Museum is an urban science center that exhibits the animals and plants of the Piedmont including an ever-changing Butterfly Garden. The Nature Museum is located adjacent to Freedom Park, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Discovery Place and the Charlotte Nature Museum, offer on a continual basis, workshops for people of all ages and even for parents and children to enjoy together. During the summer we conduct a variety of hands-on science summer camps.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden offers a wide and wonderful selection of community classes, summer camps, school programs, and group tours, both guided and self-guided.

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

Levin McDowell Nature Center serves as the gateway to the 1108-acre McDowell Nature Preserve and is the source for educational programs and information on the preserve's natural communities, flora, and fauna. The preserve, the oldest in Mecklenburg County, has been left 90% undeveloped and protects mostly forested, rolling terrain along the banks of Lake Wylie.e Museum of the New South.

Paramount's Carowinds Water and Theme Park

Soak yourself at WaterWorks, a 13-acre water park featuring more than nine football fields of winding water slides and gushing playgrounds of overflowing fun! Experience Pipeline Peak,™ four totally enclosed water slides ready to twist, turn and drench all thrill seekers.

Mint Museum of Art

The Mint Museum of Art initially served the region as the first branch of the United States Mint, coining $5 million in gold from 1836 to the outbreak of the Civil War. A grassroots community effort during the Depression saved the original Federal-style building designed by William Strickland from demolition and moved it to its present Randolph Road site. The museum formally opened to the public on October 22, 1936 as North Carolina's first art museum.

Today it is a rich and diverse resource with noted 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.

North Carolina Zoological Park

Among the most popular exhibits are those that display polar bears, sea lions, river otters, alligators, elephants, gorillas, baboons, rhinoceros, giraffes, and zebras. The 37-acre African Plains exhibit alone is as large a many entire zoos. The 11-acre Prairie exhibit in the North American region showcases the zoo's collection of bison and elk. The Sonora Desert, an indoor recreation of the famous desert of the American Southwest, is alive with roadrunners, rattlesnakes, gila monsters, tarantulas and many more fascinating denizens of that hot, dry climate.

Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary

Wing Haven has been a unique part of Charlotte since its creation in 1927 by Elizabeth and Edwin Clarkson. The gardens and bird sanctuary, enclosed on all sides by brick walls, encompass three acres in the heart of a quiet residential neighborhood.

The formal garden areas are designed so that visitors may stroll along brick paths and enjoy the many lovely vistas, as well as beautiful trees, flowers and shrubs. Beyond the formal gardens are wooded areas filled with ferns and wild flowers.

Throughout the gardens, emphasis is on plantings for bird attraction - providing cover, nesting sites and food. Many pools, re-circulating fountains and dripping bird baths, delight visitors and birds alike. Integrated into the garden walls and paths are plaques and statuary which provide interest and reflect the gentle spirit and beauty of Wing Haven and its creators.