Spanning about 30 city blocks, the Fourth Ward ranks among Charlotte’s most beautiful and historic neighborhoods. Fourth Ward Park is popular with families and picnickers, featuring a playground, walking trails, and decorative water fountains. Visitors can learn more about the ward’s history and notable landmarks on a guided history tour of Charlotte, many of which pass through the district. Themed comedy bus tours and haunted walking tours offer laughs or spooky thrills alongside local trivia.
Things to Know Before You Go
Wear comfortable walking shoes, as the Fourth Ward is best explored on foot.
The Charlotte Information Center downtown offers free self-guided walking tour maps of the Fourth Ward.
Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat if you plan to enjoy the neighborhood’s parks and walking trails.
Most businesses in the Fourth Ward accept major credit cards; no need to carry cash.
How to Get There
The Fourth Ward is bordered by Trade Street, 11th Street, Graham Street, and Tyron Street in Uptown Charlotte. Much of the neighborhood is walkable, but the easiest way to get there from further afield is by car or taxi.
When to Get There
Go during the day to admire the neighborhood’s historic homes and enjoy some fresh air at Fourth Ward Park. Plan an evening visit to take advantage of the Fourth Ward’s excellent selection of restaurants and live entertainment venues.
Fourth Ward Attractions
While the Fourth Ward is primarily known for its lovely historic homes, there are a few other attractions worth checking out when you’re in the neighborhood. Families won’t want to miss Discovery Place, a hands-on science and technology museum. For an artsy night out, see what’s playing at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center or the North Carolina Music Factory.
- Discovery Place Nature (Charlotte Nature Museum)
- Discovery Place Science
- Carolinas Aviation Museum
- Old Settlers’ Cemetery
- Levine Center for the Arts
- The Green
- Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
- Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture
- Bank of America Stadium
- Historic Rosedale Plantation
- Mint Museum of Art
- Freedom Park
- Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary
- Independence Square
- UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens