Bird’s Guide to Charlotte

Stars of all kinds will shine bright in Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend for the much anticipated NBA All-Star Weekend. Guess what else is in town? More Birds to get you where you need to go! Because who wants to sit in traffic?  

Whether you’re a visitor or proud resident, Charlotte is an energizing city, rich with southern history and charm, that should be on everyone’s bucket list. To celebrate Charlotte, and help All Star attendees and visitors navigate the long weekend, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Uptown spots—all Birdable from the Spectrum Center.

For The Weekend Warrior

In the heart of Uptown, 7th Street Market has everything you need for the weekend, from shopping to food to drinks. Sourcing from the community and promoting local and regional farmers, food artisans, and entrepreneurs is core to the Market’s mission, and something we can all get behind.

Take a break from the festivities and spend some time outside in Freedom Park. Pro tip: Stop to smell the flowers and snap a photo of your flock for the ‘gram.

For The Sports Fanatic

Charlotte and Nascar go together like Birds and bike lanes. The Nascar Hall of Fame is a must-see for all sports fans while visiting The Queen City.

Didn’t score tickets to the games? Ink n Ivy has you covered. Grab a Bird and a burger, and watch the action with the locals.

For The Culture Seeker

Committed to thoughtful ingredient sourcing, Parliament Espresso is more than just a cup of coffee. With passionate baristas and friendly faces, we recommend sitting at a communal table instead of taking your cup of joe to go.

If you’re looking to learn about the history of The Queen City, you can’t beat the Levine Center for the Arts. With just a quick Bird ride from the Spectrum Center, you can get weekend access to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and the Mint Museum.

Enjoy the ride, Charlotte!

-The Bird Editorial Team