We’re all a little budget conscious these days and thankfully, Charlotte offers a ton of free things to do! Let us help you plan your weekend with over 50 free things to do in Charlotte.
1. Fourth Ward Walking Tour In the late 1800s, Charlotte was divided into four political quadrants. In 1945 when the quadrants ceased to exist the Historic Fourth Ward remained in tact, boasting beautiful Victorian homes each with its own special history. Pick up a free map with information about Historic Fourth Ward at INFO!Charlotte at 330 South Tryon Street.
2. Alive After 5 The biggest after work party on Thursdays is at the EpiCentre, Alive After 5! Starting at 5pm on Thursdays, all the bars, restaurants and shops in Charlotte’s EpiCentre come alive. Enjoy free live bands on the Pavilion as well as amazing views of uptown Charlotte.
3. Piedmont Town Center Live bands, tons of free gifts, and a good time can be expected when you visit the Piedmont Town Center. This premiere venue is a great after-work location. Though beer and wine cost, the price is always well within reach.
4. UNCC Botanical Gardens Enjoy over 10-acres of beautiful flowers and foliage at the UNCC Botanical Gardens. Divided into three sections, the McMillan Greenhouse complex, the 3-acre Susie Harwood Garden, and the 7-acre Van Landingham Glen, each featuring nature at its most beautiful. Every garden offers eclectic visuals for every botanical taste. Orchids, tropical plants, wildflowers, and Asian gardens are only a sample of what there is to enjoy. Bring your camera and spend hours admiring the beauty.
5. Reedy Creek Nature Preserve Over 730 acres of lush landscapes, fishing, hiking trails . Also enjoy a Nature Center full of live, native animals to observe. Walk further and see the Backyard Habitat Garden which includes bird feeding stations, butterfly gardens, and a demonstration compost area.
6. Reed Gold Mine Just up the road in Midland, NC is one of the state’s notable Historic Sites. Reed Gold Mine, the location of the first documented gold find in the United States, was the prime location to look for the illusive mineral until the great Gold Rush to California. There’s no charge to tour the Mine or see the museum but to pan for your own gold costs $2.
7. ImaginOn Bring the kids for a day of fun and education at ImaginOn. This enormous children’s library is a key location for fun activity and learning. Enjoy the libraries large collection of children’s literature and interactive learning stations. There are plenty of DVD’s, CD’s, audiobooks, and computer stations for young technology lovers. The Loft a section for teens (12-18) features computers, hi speed internet, books, scripts, magazines and more.
8. Mecklenburg Public Libraries Spend your day with a good book, a wide selection of CDs and an even bigger selection of programs and activities at the Mecklenburg Public Library. With locations all over Charlotte and surrounding cities, you’re never far from being taken away to Narnia or Hogwarts.
9. Mallard Creek and Clark’s Creek Spanning more that 7 miles, Mallard Creek and Clark’s Creek make up Mecklenburg County’s longest greenway. Located near and around UNC-Charlotte, these greenways are great for students who want to get away from the classroom or anyone looking for an enjoyable day outdoors. Whether you’re looking to rollerblade, jog, bike, skateboard or just take the dogs for a leisurely stroll, Mallard Creek and Clark’s Creek Greenways are the outdoor venue for you.
10. Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Located in the center city area of Charlotte, these trails make up over 2 miles of a relaxing creek side walk. This greenway links several neighborhoods and parks, in and around Uptown Charlotte, including Frazier Park, Wesley Heights neighborhood and Seversville Park. Amenities that can be found along the trail include soccer fields, playgrounds and a recreation center with a gymnasium at the Philip O. Berry Center. The Irwin and Stewart Creek Greenway is great for biking, walking, jogging, roller blading or walking your dogs. Be sure to look out for the old railroad that runs along two portions of the trail, the three tunnels, the public art and the Children’s Memorial Walkway and Garden.