Charlotte Performing Artsflickr/Scott Moore
The Charlotte Symphony, Charlotte Ballet, Opera Carolina, Community School of the Arts and Caroline Calouche & Co. all are resident companies at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. With no shortage of things to do, the center, which also presents Broadway musicals and various performing artists, includes the Belk Theater, Booth Playhouse and Stage Door Theater. Plan your trip ahead of time, and make reservations for a show and dinner at one of the nearby restaurants.
Vacation Destination for the Arts
In search of things for couples to do? The Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St., the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square (home to On Q Productions) and McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, both at 345 N. College St., and Ovens Auditorium at 2900 E. Independence Blvd., also come under the auspices of the Blumenthal organization, staging concerts and other performing arts programs and sponsoring art exhibits. The box office for all Blumenthal theaters is in Belk Theater; phone (704) 372-1000.
Fun Places to Go with Children
The Children's Theatre of Charlotte, 300 E. 7th St., presents classic and new plays geared toward ages 3-18. The box office is open Mon.-Fri. noon-5. Performances take place throughout the year; for schedule information during your trip, phone the box office at (704) 973-2828.
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(704) 336-7600. Info hotline: 311
Atrium Health University City, (704) 863-6000; Carolinas Medical Center, (704) 355-2000; Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, (704) 304-5000; Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, (704) 384-4000.
501 S. College St. Charlotte, NC 28202. Phone:(704)339-6040 or (800)231-4636
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is 6 miles west of the city on Josh Birmingham Parkway, and is accessible from Billy Graham Parkway or Wilkinson Boulevard. A hub for American Airlines, the airport is served by other major airlines as well; phone (704) 359-4910. If you're looking for things to do this weekend, check AAA.com or ask a AAA Travel Agent about airline tickets—sometimes available as part of a AAA Vacations® package.
Hertz, 5489 Josh Birmingham Pkwy., offers discounts to AAA members; phone (704) 359-0114 or (800) 654-3080.
Amtrak, (800) 872-7245, has a station at 1914 N. Tryon St.
A Greyhound station serves Charlotte at 601 W. Trade St.; phone (704) 372-0456.
Cabs are metered and charge a base fare of around $2.50, plus approximately $2.50 per mile or 50c per minute when the vehicle drops below 15 miles per hour. These companies operate from the airport's queue—City Cab, (704) 333-3327; Crown Cab, (704) 334-6666; Green Cab, (704) 777-1117; and Yellow Cab, (980) 785-1405; they all increase the base fare $2 per person for more than two passengers.
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), (704) 336-7433, serves the city with more than 70 local and express routes. One-way fare is $2.20; $1.10 (children in kindergarten through grade 12, ages 62+ and the physically impaired); free (ages 0-5). Express fare (buses pick up in a limited area and travel directly to Uptown) is $3; $1.50 (children in kindergarten through grade 12, ages 62+ and the physically impaired); free (ages 0-5). Transfers from local to express are 80c; local to local transfers are free.