Charlotte has become a major financial center in the United States, bringing many major company headquarters to the area. Business and finance professionals enjoy the work-life balance that Charlotte provides. Enjoy classic Southern cuisine and fine dining as well as great shopping and entertainment venues. Tour the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, enjoy an award-winning production at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, or visit one of the eclectic art galleries. Feel a little daring? Waterski on Lake Norman, brave the rapids at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, or ride the roller coasters at Carowinds. From cheering on the Carolina Panthers to playing a round of golf at top courses, Charlotte offers a wide variety of activities for residents.