uptown Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

You're just 45 Minutes to the Queen City.

A short forty nine miles away from Gardner-Webb, Charlotte is North Carolina’s largest city. A business hub for many years with significant banking, transportation and manufacturing, the city has grown into one of the most popular relocation destinations in the country. A strong nightlife and restaurant culture has emerged over the past 20 years and Charlotte is now a vacation destination as well.

What things do Gardner-Webb students like to do in Charlotte?

The U.S. National Whitewater Center

It’s the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. You can kayak, paddle board and try a whitewater raft! Hiking and biking trails and on site food and beverage as well as evening concerts when available!

Rail Trail

A discovery is right around every corner. Walk, bike, scooter, or ride the light rail along the Rail Trail, a 3.5-mile paved urban path connecting the vibrant communities together and providing access to restaurants, shops, public art, and more.  From enjoying a double-dip of ice cream and a delicious burger to shopping at local boutiques and discovering artist studios, supporting local business is the name of the area.

Professional Sports

Home to The Carolina Panthers, The Charlotte Hornets and the Charlotte Knights they have your NFL, NBA, and MLB covered. BB&T Ballpark is the most popular, highest attendance minor league baseball park in America and it’s in the heart of uptown Charlotte. So is the NASCAR Hall of Fame!


One of North Carolina’s favorite local amusement parks, you’ll have your pick of family friendly and thrill rides. To cool off, Carowinds has its own water park, Carolina Harbor. The park includes a 27,000 square-foot wave pool, a 3-acre kids pool and a lazy river, among other attractions. 

The Food

You can go for Southern comfort food like a plate of fried veggies, okra or pickles, or collard greens, but Charlotte has a wide and varied restaurant culture that goes from Asian to Cuban to Wings! You can also try one of the local favorite food trucks. In Charlotte’s  “South End” trucks come together for Food Truck Fridays!