Since its opening in 2007, the LYNX light rail transit system has completely transformed the way Charlotteans get around. What was once a 9.6-mile route with 15 total stations linking South End to Uptown has since expanded 9.3 miles with an additional 11 stops from Uptown to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
From local shops and eateries to entertainment and adventure, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy at each stop. With options to purchase day tickets or monthly and weekly passes, LYNX gives you convenient access to some of the city’s best local hangouts.
So grab your friends, buy a ticket, take the ride, and enjoy our guide to some of the best spots along the LYNX light rail.
Parks and Green Spaces
For those looking to spend the day outdoors, look no further. Steps from 9th Street Station is family-friendly First Ward Park and the north end entrance of the Charlotte Rail Trail, a 3.5-mile path stretching alongside the tracks. Half a mile from 3rd Street/Convention Center Station soak in picturesque views of the uptown skyline at Romare Bearden Park, and hop off at UNC Charlotte-Main to stop and smell the flowers at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens.
Recreation and Entertainment
Riding the LYNX means easy access to endless fun and entertainment. Whether it’s bowling and a movie with the kids or a night of live music under the stars with your closest friends, some of Charlotte’s favorite recreational centers, museums, and venues are just steps away from a number of stations.
Riding the LYNX is a great way to discover hidden gems you may not have otherwise known about, including local breweries. If you’re looking for a new date night spot or somewhere to grab a drink with colleagues or friends after a long day at work, hop off at one of the stations below and sample some locally-made beer.
Eats and Treats
Without a doubt, Charlotte has established itself as a formidable foodie city. For those looking to eat their way through the city and check items off of their food bucket lists, LYNX is an ideal transportation method to make your way from stop to stop. Whatever your cuisine of choice, the LYNX line is brimming with local eateries to discover and enjoy.