Your Guide to Charlotte’s LYNX Light Rail
No need to rent a car for your Charlotte trip; the LYNX light rail network connects the best parts of the city. The Blue Line — an almost 10-mile long stretch of track running through town — offers hop on/hop off access to the city’s best restaurants, museums, parks and attractions. Buy a ticket and let the adventure begin!
Raise a glass to the SouthEnd neighborhood where luxe new apartments and historic homes are juxtaposed with shops, restaurants and galleries. The light rail station is also within walking distance of some of the top breweries, cideries and distilleries in the Queen City. Plan a DIY beverage tour that includes GoodRoad Ciderworks, Red Clay Ciderworks, Great Wagon Road Distilling, Doc Porter’s Distillery, Sugar Creek Brewing and Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.
New Bern Station
Grab a seat at Mac’s Speed Shop, a longtime favorite for BBQ and all the fixins; sample the kombucha and craft beers at Lenny Boy Brewing Company or order a Light Rail Pale Ale at Triple C Brewing. Work off the calories walking along the 4.5-mile Charlotte Rail Trail. The new urban trail follows the Blue Line from New Bern Station to 7th Street Station, passing through beautiful urban neighborhoods.
Exploring works up an appetite. Hop off the train and pull up a chair to experience even more amazing restaurants and breweries located along the LYNX Blue Line. Order ramen at Futo Buta; sample the most iconic fried chicken in town at Price’s Chicken Coop; or quench your thirst at the Brass Tap where there are 150 craft beers on tap. For stunning city views and popular craft beers, stop at Wooden Robot Brewery and find a seat on the patio.
The cultural campus at the Levine Center for the Arts includes the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Mint Museum Uptown and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture — a trio of the best museums and cultural attractions in Charlotte. Sports enthusiasts can score tickets to see the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium or race over to the NASCAR Hall of Fame to learn about the fast-paced sport. Stay: The Westin Charlotte
3rd Street/Convention Center Station
For a break from the hustle and bustle, explore The Green, a three-tiered park filled with whimsical literary-themed sculptures. Or, stroll through Romare Bearden Park where public art and gardens stand out against the backdrop of the Uptown skyline and regular concerts provide a soundtrack for the city. Uptown is also home to BB&T Ballpark, the official home of the Charlotte Knights minor league baseball team.
Charlotte Transportation Center
Next stop: nightlife. The EpiCentre is Charlotte’s nightlife and entertainment district, offering three stories of restaurants, nightclubs, movies and live music venues, including The Vault, Tin Roof, Bubble and Strike City. To grab a bite before — or after — the revelry, the Red Eye Diner is open 24/7. Adjacent to the EpiCentre, the Spectrum Center hosts the Charlotte Hornets NBA team, concerts and other special events. Stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, Charlotte Marriott City Center
7th Street Station
The final station in Uptown Charlotte is also the closest to amazing family activities. 7th Street Public Market is bustling food hall where restaurant vendors serve up foods ranging from pizza and sushi to crepes and coffee. The rotating exhibits at Discovery Place emphasize hands-on activities in science and nature sure to delight the whole family. ImaginOn is home to a library for children 11 and under, interactive exhibit space and the award-winning Children’s Theater of Charlotte.