Take a weekend drive through the open farmland and hillsides of North Carolina. Not far from Charlotte metro, enjoy meadows speckled with wildflowers and roadside stands brimming with apples. Explore lush fields of apple trees — the picking season kicked off Labor Day — and pack a picnic lunch for a budget-friendly fall weekend. Don’t forget homemade, hot apple pie or apple cider donuts for dessert.
Summer is winding down, and a new school year is ahead. With a sagging economy, retailers are eager for open wallets as many large chains have designated Aug. 11 as a national day of back-to-school shopping. Before hitting the malls, however, check out these locations for clothes, supplies and haircuts. Get organized. Make lists, and preserve the family budget with these great local shops perfect for the back-to-school blues.
Get the kids off the couch and out of the house this summer on playdates the whole family will love right here in Charlotte. Whether it’s an old-fashioned mud, sticks and sand natural area or the typical slide, swings and monkey bar playground – these days out are sure to please. If it’s too warm, enjoy indoor activities including laser tag or rock climbing, sure to burn a little energy even in the most athletic of kids.
If the hot summer day doldrums have got the kids down, recharge their batteries with high-octane activities. Rev up their engines at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, or ride the waves on a rafting adventure at the world’s biggest man-made whitewater river. Cool down with a day of swimming in Charlotte’s largest lake, and end those toasty days with cool, silky ice cream. Charlotte’s best spots to spend a hot summer day promise this and so much more.
Independence Day is coming up soon, and with it, myriad celebrations for the whole family. In Charlotte, the best and biggest fireworks show is the uptown fireworks, sponsored by Presbyterian Hospital. The show kicks off at 9:30 p.m., so be sure to scope out your spot and settle in early for a 4th of July like none other.
Drum Shelton, owner of Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find Comics Shop, held his first convention 30 years ago in a small, hotel ballroom. This year’s weekend event at the Charlotte Convention Center is expected to draw anywhere from 13,000 to 15,000 comic book fans with 188 booths for more than 60 vendors.
Escape the summer heat with watery options for every budget and taste. From higher-priced seasonal waterpark passes to regular dips in the local pool, Charlotte’s wet and wild, sun-soaked thrills abound. Take a staycation or just a day trip, but the area’s best waterparks and pools offer amenities not to be missed this summer.
From great places to stay and play to courses great for a quick playtime pit stop, Charlotte’s mini golf selections promise a great time for the whole family. Expect experts who know how to coach players of any age, and courses that will excited and delight every time at the best places to play mini golf in the Charlotte area.
If you’re from Charlotte, you probably feel like you’ve done it all. You’ve been to games, festivals, events and other must-sees of the Queen City.