Charlotte is a city that is filled with culture, attractions and of course sweet tea and barbeque. Because of the temperate climate and southern charm, Charlotte is a favorite destination and a refuge for many looking to escape cold weather. Just because Charlotte is a major metropolitan area, does not mean that you need to spend a small fortune on your trip there. Charlotte has activities for any budget. Next time you are in town, check out one of these free things to do:
Take a Walking Tour of beautiful Charlotte
Pick up a free map at INFO Charlotte (333 South Tryon Street) and head for a walking tour of the Fourth Ward. The Fourth Ward was one of Charlotte’s four political districts in the 1800’s. Although the other districts are long gone and replaced by the skyline you see today, the Fourth Ward remains and boasts some of the most beautiful Victorian homes in the city, all with individual histories.
Enjoy The Beauty of Nature in Charlotte North Carolina
Charlotte is home to some of the most beautiful parks and greenways in the country. A must-see is the University of North Carolina Charlotte Botanical Gardens where there are over 10 acres of beautifully manicured gardens with many species of flowers from local to tropical. It will instantly give you refuge from your day of sightseeing and adventure. Other parks to visit in and around the Charlotte metro are Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, Irwin Creek, Ribbon Walk, Freedom Park, and Crowders Mountain State Park.
Learn About Gold Mining
A short drive from downtown Charlotte in Midland, NC is the Reed Gold Mine, which was the site of the first discovery of gold in North America. The tour and museum are free and will provide you with all sorts of great information about the gold rush and gold mining here in North Carolina. For a small fee ($3 per pan) you can even try your luck at panning for gold.
Fairs, Festivals and Events
Do not forget to check out Charlotte’s Got Alot or Charlotte on the Cheap to see if there are any fairs and festivals going on during your visit. The southerners are known for their hospitality, so many of these activities are family friendly, fun and free. During the summer, free concerts abound as well as many other events around the city.
Learn Something New
The public libraries in Charlotte and the surrounding areas are world-class. Many have story time and other free activities and would be perfect if you are looking for something to do on a rainy day. Imaginon is a library with interactive activities just for kids. They have children’s theater and other activities. You could also check out one of Charlotte’s many museums. Although many have a nominal admission fee, some offer free admission like the Mint Museum (free on Wednesdays from 5-9 p.m.) and the Latta Plantation. If you are a Bank of America card holder, the Museums on Us program will get you free admission to select Charlotte attractions the first full weekend of every month.
You don’t need to spend big to have a great time in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is a fun, accessible city for all ages. Do you have any other free things to do in Charlotte that was missed? Share in the comments below!