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Best Ways To Take Advantage Of The Last Of The Winter In Charlotte

March 2, 2013 8:00 AM

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It may be the dreary wintertime, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to do. Charlotte is full of fascinating activities that are perfect for cold weather. Here are five great ideas to try out. From sports to nightlife, Charlotte has options to enjoy the last of part of your winter experience.

Charlotte Bobcats
Time Warner Cable Arena
333 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 688-8600
www.nba.com/bobcats

Charlotte is lucky in that it houses not one, but two professional sports teams. The Panthers may be done for the season, but the Charlotte Bobcats are just getting started. The basketball team has games until April, so it is a great family friendly activity for rain or shine. Single tickets begin at just $20. There are also “Family Nights,” where you can purchase three tickets for $45 with a $15 credit from Concessions or the Team Store. You can also add on tickets if your family is larger than three, and get $5 more credit per ticket.

ImaginOn
The Musical Petting Zoo
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 416-4600
www.imaginon.org

If you want to cultivate a love of music in your children, the Charlotte Symphony Guild offers a free opportunity for a unique hands-on experience. At the Musical Petting Zoo, children get a hands-on introduction to various instruments that can be found in an orchestra. Each event is hosted at ImaginOn, located in uptown Charlotte. The next upcoming “petting zoos” is March 29, from noon until 1 p.m.

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Pineville Ice House
400 Towne Centre Blvd.
Pineville, NC 28134
(704) 889-9000
www.pinevilleicehouse.com

Get the most out of winter by taking friends or family to go ice skating. Although Charlotte’s rinks close mid-January, nearby Pineville has an indoor rink that is open year-round. Admission is $7 per person, plus $3 for skate rental. There are also special discounted family rates. This activity is great for the whole family, or you can sit back while sipping hot chocolate from the snack bar and watch the kids have fun.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC 28012
(704) 825-4490
www.dsbg.com

If you are craving the bright colors of spring, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden offers a opportunity to see flowers in full bloom to chase away the winter blues. The annual Orchid Spectacular displays more than 5,000 orchids and calls itself a “living art display of some of the best orchids in the Southeast.” The display runs through March 10. Collage artist Arless Day will also be featured with his exhibit, “Landscapes to Life.”

Butter NC
950 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 295-1565
www.buttercharlotte.com

Looking for nightlife entertainment? One very popular club is simply called Butter NC, and is located in the Fourth Ward of Charlotte. Winter no longer means staying home, sitting by a fire. Instead, you can hang out at this high-energy, elegant club, decorated with luxurious wallpapers and gilded-frame mirrors. Additionally, there are two different levels of acoustically engineered space, with plenty of room for dancing to the music of the DJs. Butter NC is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 p.m until 2 a.m. Join the staff in dancing away the winter blahs!

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Gerianne Bartlett is a high school teacher who graduated from Wake Forest University with degrees in English and Music. She is knowledgeable on all things Charlotte. You can find her work on Examiner.com, where she writes on cooking, books, and movies. Check out her work here.
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