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DAY 1: CAROLINA RAPTOR CENTER  

Guests marvel at the biology and geology of the Maui rainforest during a guided hike

Embark on an aviary adventure at the Carolina Raptor Center, located on the 1,500-acre Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Visitors will have the chance to view hawks, vultures, eagles, falcons, and other fascinating bird species on the Center’s Raptor Trail.

Ritz-Carlton Recommends: If you’re in town on a weekend, stop by the Carolina Raptor Center for an up-close meet-and-greet with one of the resident birds!

DAY 2: DISCOVERY PLACE

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Enlighten your inner scientist at the Discovery Place interactive science museum. Bring the kids to play on the fascinating exhibits or attend the adults-only monthly “Science on the Rocks” for a themed night with drinks and live demonstrations.

Ritz-Carlton Recommends: If you’re looking for more places to explore, visit Discovery Place’s sister property, the Charlotte Nature Museum, to observe live animals and free-flying butterflies.

DAY 3: DANIEL STOWE BOTANICAL GARDENS

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Located on the bank of Lake Wylie, the botanical gardens welcome plant enthusiasts and families alike to 380 acres of stunning landscaping and floral arrangements. Each individual Garden features a unique theme showcasing a myriad of splendid flora and architectural accents.

Ritz-Carlton Recommends: Don’t miss the Orchid Conservatory, a dazzling glass house dedicated to the display of orchids and tropical plants.