I never thought I'd see that the day that aliens would land in the Queen City. Alas the Discovery Place has confirmed that 15 UFO spaceships have indeed descended upon Uptown Charlotte. These UFOs have taken refuge among various business on North Tryon Street (between 8th and Trade Streets).
Okay, okay, in all seriousness though 15 UFOs like the one pictured above are indeed hiding out Uptown and starting Monday, July 21st if you find one it is redeemable for 2 tickets to the Discovery Place. The tickets will include entry to the new Alien Worlds and Androids exhibit as well as 2 tickets to check out Hubble in their Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theatre (located inside the Discovery Place).
I haven't had the opportunity to check out the Alien Worlds and Androids exhibit yet, but a few of my friends have and they loved it! So, if you want the chance to score some tickets to check it out as well, make sure that you're following the Discovery Place on Twitter , Facebook and Instagram. They will be posting clues every day that will help you find the location of the UFOs via these social media channels. When you do find a UFO, be sure to follow the instructions that are outlined on the tag in order to claim your tickets.
So why did they choose North Tryon to hide the UFOs? "North Tryon is home to many of Charlotte's wonderful restaurants, businesses and cultural and community partners, and this scavenger hunt lets the public explore the area and programs happening here," says Discovery Place president and CEO, Catherine Wilson Horne. "From our own new TryOn Science exhibits to Charlotte Center City's Pocket Park programs and food trucks for lunch crowds, this is another great way for us to bring the excitement of what's happening on North Tryon to the public."
I have to say that I agree with Horne. Having lived Uptown, there is definitely a lot to do and take in. In fact, my first trip to Charlotte was to the Discovery Place on Tryon Street when I was in Girl Scouts. Afterwards, when I moved to the QC for college, my besties and I have several fun (and funny) memories from exploring Tryon Street. Although, we have moved away from the Uptown area, I definitely think that kiddies and I are going to set aside a day next week to go explore and see if we can find our own UFO.
Do you believe in aliens and UFOs?