By, now we are certain that you’ve been reminded of how crucial attending AABE’s 38th Annual National Conference can be to your career. But now, we switch gears to the softer side of conference attendance.
Each year, our team carefully selects venues based not only on their relevance to the energy industry but also on the possibilities available to our members to bond and make lasting business and personal relationships.
This year, we are pleased to share with you 15 reasons why you will enjoy your time in Charlotte.
1. Pay homage to race car legends at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
As one of Charlotte’s biggest attractions, you can go to the hall to honor the history and heritage of NASCAR
2. Go rock climbing at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
While promoting access to the outdoors, this unique facility offers whitewater rafting and kayaking, rock climbing, zip lines, ropes courses, and so much more on a 25 mile trail system and is also a venue for live entertainment through the River Jam Concert Series
3. Ride the Intimidator, the largest roller coaster in the Southeast at Carowinds Amusement Park
Under the moniker “The Thrill Capital of the Southeast” Carowinds features over 50 rides, shows and attractions, including 13 world-class roller coasters and also a 20-acre waterpark.
4. Learn more about the life and journey of one of America’s most inspirational figures at the Billy Graham Library
Styled after a dairy farm, this unique attraction tells the story of the Nation’s most notable figures while providing spiritual teachings and inspiration to visitors. The attraction is billed as a continuation of Graham’s ministries.
5. Take a nature walk at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Named one of the named one of the nation’s “20 Great Gardens” by HGTV, this attraction features spectacular gardens, sparkling fountains, a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and orchids, a visitor pavilion, and gift shop.
6. Explore the city by booking a “C-Charlotte” Tour
C-Charlotte specializes in daily driving tours around the city. They begin in the City Center and highlight popular dining spots, entertainment venues, sports arenas, galleries, museums and much more. Tours are scheduled daily and are approximately 2 hours long with a 15-minute refreshment stop.
7. Strengthen you and your co-workers’ team building by trying to escape a room at “Exit Strategy”
In this unique strategy, you and your teammates are given 60 minutes to attempt to unlock a tightly fastened door. Escaping from the various themed rooms requires keen problem-solving skills as well as a group of two to eight people—depending on the room—that can communicate efficiently while working together to find new clues. Each clue brings teams closer to unlocking the door and fleeing the room before the countdown ends.
8. Sample one of 32 beers on tap while bowling at 10 Park Lanes
Since its inception in 1963, 10 Park Lanes has become a staple in Charlotte culture. Today, the facility is not only a bowling alley but it also features a full kitchen and a specialty in the three B’s: beer, barbecue, and bowling.
9. Learn about the highlights of America’s Aviation History at the Carolinas Aviation Museum
Visit the home of USAirways Flight 1549, the “Miracle on the Hudson”, the historical Piedmont Airlines DC-3, and various other types of military and private aircrafts. The unique collection of aircrafts, helicopters, equipment, gadgets and printed material spans years of aviation history and accomplishments.
10. Participate in your very own treasure hunt at Reed Gold Mine
This attraction is not only a historic site in Charlotte, Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States. Today, you can score your own treasures by panning for gold during your visit.
11. Visit the area’s most popular sites via a horse and carriage by booking a tour with Charlotte Center City Carriage Tours
Consider this fun alternative to the traditional tour for your small group. The company offers weekly tours of Charlotte’s Center City in private horse drawn Victorian carriages with a reservation.
12. Take in the modern art collection at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
This attraction is located in Charlotte’s Center City and features works by Miró, Giacometti, Calder, Warhol and other 20th century notables. The previously private collection of the Bechtler family was accumulated over 70 years. It features mid-20th-century modernism along with books, photographs and letters that illustrate the personal relationships the Bechtler family maintained with some of the artists in the collection.
13. Gain exposure to art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
Consider a painting, view classic films, meet emerging artist or hone your poetry skills at this cultural attractions. The center is located at the Levine Center for the Arts in the former Brooklyn neighborhood – one of the city’s oldest African-American communities and is named for Harvey B. Gantt, the prominent Charlotte architect and community leader.
14. Explore Charlotte’s role in the emergence of the “New South” following the Civil War at the Levine Museum of the New South
Recognized as the most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War Southern history, the museum features the recently expanded centerpiece exhibit “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers” which consists of interactive environments and more than 1200 artifacts, images, video, music, oral histories and more.
15. Travel to 19th Century Charlotte by visiting the Historic Latta Plantation and Nature Preserve
This living history farm features crops, animals along with historical offerings which highlight the homes unique story.
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