UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, N.C. 28223-0001
The scenic beauty of the botanical gardens at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte provides brilliant, colorful locations for photos of your children. The Botanical Gardens are made up of three main areas — Susie Harwood Garden, the McMillan Greenhouse complex, and the Van Landingham Glen, each with its own unique collection of flowers and plants. Include a variety of backdrops in your photos — orchids, desert plants, carnivorous plants, tropical items, trees, native wildflowers, or a winter garden, Asian garden, and a water garden. Hours: Outdoor gardens are always open; the greenhouse is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Saturday; Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. (Greenhouse hours may vary when classes are in session.)
1900 East Boulevard
Charlotte, N.C. 28203
Featuring 98 acres, a seven-acre lake, trails and lots more, Freedom Park offers a variety of backdrops to enhance photographs of your children. The park also includes a scenic bridge, playgrounds and shelters. You can sit them on one of the grassy areas or position them within the forest-like landscaping for memorable pictures. Hours: Vary.
Some call it downtown, but to locals, Charlotte’s busy and beautiful city center is Uptown. This is banking central, and the stylish backdrops of these sleek buildings — including the Bank of America Corporate Center – offer some unique images to include in photos of your children. If you are a sports-minded family, the home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers is located in the heart of Charlotte. Stand them next to the huge black panther statue outside Bank of America Stadium and you’ll have some fun pictures to share with friends and family. Hours: Vary.
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, N.C. 28215
Located just east of Charlotte, The Charlotte Museum of History and Hezekiah Alexander Homesite consist of several venues on an eight-acre wooded campus that offer excellent rustic backdrops for pictures of your children. You and your kids will love the 5,000-square-foot Hezekiah Alexander House, which is made of rock. Built around 1774 and still standing on its original site, the house is the oldest surviving house in Mecklenburg County. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday.