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Take a Mountain Day Trip from Charlotte Year-Round

Do you love the mountains? Are you thinking about relocating to Charlotte or do you already live in the Queen City? You can take a mountain day trip from Charlotte any time of the year. Here's a look at a few of the best options.


The right time of the year for a day trip from Charlotte to Hendersonville is during the NC Apple Festival. This event offers plenty of fun and it's one of the best in the area. Hendersonville is known as the apple capital of North Carolina and even if you don't come during festival time, there are plenty of places for apple picking.

You can also enjoy the Downtown Hendersonville area and the fall season will provide plenty of hayrides, pumpkins and so much more. This small mountain town is less than two hours from Charlotte and has plenty to offer for a great mountain day trip.


Of course, you cannot go wrong with a day trip to Asheville. The only issue you might find is that you may want to stay for a week instead of just the day. If you live in Charlotte, however, you can visit Asheville often as it's just two hours from the Queen City.

When you arrive in Asheville, you will want to enjoy plenty of scenic views. You will also want to eat at one of the fine restaurants here and you may even want to relax at the Grove Park Inn spa. The area is filled with great hiking and incredible art galleries. It's also known for the Biltmore Estate. There's so much to do here you'll likely want to come back over and over again.


A wonderful little mountain town, Linville offers the incredible Linville Gorge. This is one of only two wilderness gorges in the entire country. It's found right inside the Pisgah National Forest and...

Top 10 New Charlotte Restaurants for 2019

Charlotte Magazine spends plenty of time each year creating buzz around new restaurants, new chefs, and fun new food trends. They actual visit many of the restaurants and they only rank locally-owned choices. With that in mind, here's a look at the top 10 new Charlotte restaurants for 2019, in no particular order.


The menu is filled with unique options at YUME, but the flower-shaped Sakura sushi roll may be the dish they are most known for. They also offer a Sora box sushi, which is square-shaped and they provide unique ramen dishes, too. Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, or a meat-eater, you'll find something great on the menu to enjoy.

Along with the great food at YUME, diners also enjoy more than just standard domestic beers on the drink menu. They offer a Japanese lager and plenty of great cocktails to try. The restaurant is found at 1508 Mint Street in Suite A.

The Waterman

A new oyster bar found in the South End neighborhood, The Waterman offers lobster rolls, oysters four ways, fried fish sandwiches, and more. The appetizers are excellent and the dinners are even better. They also have a rooftop terrace perfect for the sunset.

If you're looking for a great view of Uptown Charlotte, head to the rooftop for a cocktail. The Waterman is found at 2729 South Boulevard.


While Zeppelin is best-known for the incredible cocktails, this isn't a place to overlook the food menu. They offer some unique options, such as...

Enjoying a Romantic Staycation in Charlotte

Valentine's Day always sparks a bit of romance, but you don't have to wait for a specific day of the year to spark romance in your relationship. If things have gotten a bit stale or you just want to connect with your partner on a deeper level, a Charlotte staycation may be just what you need.

The Queen City is filled with wonderful options for a romantic staycation for Valentine's Day, an anniversary or just for a random weekend away from ordinary life. Here are a few of the best ways to enjoy a romantic staycation in Charlotte.

Romantic Bed and Breakfast Options

If you want to enjoy a cozy spot with plenty of history and plenty to do nearby, the Morehead Inn is the right choice. This B&B offers history in the Dilworth neighborhood and plenty of things to do nearby. It was built in 1917 and offers an elegant choice with plenty of luxuries found throughout.

The breakfast is offered every morning and includes plenty of Southern favorites. You can also add a romance package with fresh flowers, chocolate covered strawberries, and Champagne.

The Morehead Inn is located close to some of the best choices for a romantic dinner, too. Enjoy a night out at 300 East, The Fig Tree Restaurant or Cajun Queen. You can also enjoy a relaxing day at the Re Salon and Med Spa. Those looking for even more romance will love the Dilworth Tasting Room, ...

Best Charlotte Date Night Ideas for Romance

Valentine's Day isn't the only day of the year for romance. While you should certainly plan something special for February 14th, Charlotte offers plenty of great date night ideas to spark romance any time of the year. Let's look at a few of the very best ways you can find romance in the Queen City.

Romantic Dinner Out

Maybe you want to keep things simple and just go out for a romantic dinner. Charlotte offers some of the most amazing restaurants and a few of them are perfect for romance.

When you want to go out for an incredible meal and you want to spark romance, you should head to the McNinch House Restaurant. This restaurant is found in a historic home and it was voted as the most romantic restaurant in Charlotte.

Along with the McNinch House, you can also find romance at:

All of these restaurants offer a great choice for a romantic dinner for two.

Take in a Show

Maybe your idea of a romantic date is a Broadway show or an Opera. Charlotte offers plenty of theater options with the Booth Playhouse, ...

Where to Celebrate the New Year in Charlotte

Right after you get done with the Christmas season, it's time to celebrate the New Year. Often, celebrating New Year's Eve gets forgotten or put off due to holiday shopping and other events. However, if you put off making your plans, you may have limited options for celebrating the New Year in Charlotte.

Make your plans now and you won't have much to worry about as 2018 comes to a close. Here are some of the best parties to enjoy ringing in the New Year in Charlotte.

Levine Museum of the New South

Found in the Uptown neighborhood of Charlotte, the Levine Museum will be providing a great New Year's Eve party to enjoy. The party will start at 9pm and the cost is $108.

This event is put on by the South Charlotte chapter of Jack and Jill of American. It's a fundraiser and provides a Harlem Nights theme. You will want to come dressed in your best flapper attire or in an ensemble from the 1920s. The night will include plenty of eating and drinking, along with dancing and more.

Tickets do include heavy appetizers from Mert's Heart & Soul, along with access to the museum and the party.

Bojangles’ Coliseum

A party held in East Charlotte, the Bojangles' Coliseum event will start at 8:30pm with a cost of $76 and up. This is a huge show and one of the most popular of the year. It will include The Avett Brothers performing for two nights and plenty more.

The Ritz Carlton

For those in the Uptown area, The Ritz Carlton may be the perfect spot for ringing in the New Year. They will have a party starting at 9pm at a cost of $44. This party will be held in their 7,000 square-foot ballroom with plenty to offer.

Tickets include passed appetizers, access to a photo booth and access to many bar stations. This will be...

Charlotte's Coziest Indoor Hangouts

Even in Charlotte, it gets a bit cold in the winter. When the cold rolls in, you may feel like finding the perfect cozy indoor spot in Charlotte is necessary. Here's a look at some of the coziest indoor hangouts all throughout Charlotte.

Trade & Lore and Salud Cerveceria

A coffeehouse and a brewery in a shared space, Trade & Lore and Salud Cerveceria are great choices for a cozy hangout in Charlotte. You can grab a cup of coffee during the day and get some work done on your laptop. Then, when the evening rolls around, you can enjoy an exciting place with some good adult beverages.

You'll want to get a beer or a glass of wine and curl up in one of the booths. Of course, you may also want to enjoy the DJ on the first of every month, along with other specialty shows here.

Trade & Lore is open from 8am to 4pm Sunday through Thursday and from 8am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday. Salud Cerveceria is open from 11am to 10pm Tuesday through Thursday, from 11am to 12am on Friday and Saturday and from 11am to 7pm on Sunday. They are closed on Mondays.

Both are found at 3306 North Davidson Street in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte.

Dilworth Tasting Room

Those that love wine will love heading to the Dilworth Tasting Room. It's an excellent place to get a bit cozy with a bottle of wine, someone special, or just with some friends. You can enjoy the indoor areas with a modern art installation behind the bar. When it's nicer out, they also have a patio to enjoy with a secret garden.

Along with the great wine, the tasting room offers some snacks, such...

A Great Self-Guided Christmas Tour Found in Uptown

You don't have to go to a Christmas event or join a group tour to enjoy Charlotte during the holiday season. If you prefer a self-guided Christmas tour, there are several great options throughout the Uptown area. Here are some of the best choices.

Before we get into the list, it's important to note that The Christmas Village was moved from Romare Bearden Park to 7th and Tryon for this year. In addition, the official Uptown Christmas Tree was moved from The Square to The Christmas Village.

The Charlotte Christmas Village

The self-guided tour options in Uptown don't get any better than the Charlotte Christmas Village. You can enjoy this area of the city from 11am to 7pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 11am to 9pm Thursday through Saturday and from 11am to 6pm on Sunday. It's closed on Monday and open through Christmas Eve for the year.

Throughout the Christmas Village, you will find plenty of vendors with all kinds of options from bratwurst to cider to fudge and so much more. You can also get your picture with Santa and visit the official Uptown Holiday Tree.

The Square

Found at 100 North Tryon Street, The Square is a great choice for a self-guided tour. You can also add in Thompson Polk Park and Founders hall as they are all found at the intersection of Tryon and Trade.

Even though the Uptown Tree was moved to the Christmas Village this year, there is still a huge decorated Christmas tree at The Square. In addition, there are plenty of other decorations and it's a great place to get into the festive fun.

Founders Hall can be added to your tour with the Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra performing every hour. It's an orchestra of animatronic bears and one of the longest traditions in Charlotte. The bears will perform through...

Best Spots for Shopping in the Queen City

It's that time of year and finding gifts for everybody on your list isn't always easy. Instead of wasting time trying to shop online, it may be easier to head to some of the best spots for shopping in the Queen City.

While the places below are great for holiday shopping, they are also great for shopping any time of the year. Here's a look at some of the top places to shop in Charlotte when you need gifts or just want to treat yourself.

The Beehive

Found inside the Overstreet Mall, The Beehive is a great spot for local products, such as Cloister Honey products, Trapp fragrances, and David French paintings. You'll find all kinds of excellent gift choices in this quaint shop.

Along with the local products, The Beehive also carries plenty of handbags, housewares, shoes, and jewelry. They are open from 10am to 6pm, Monday through Friday and from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays.

The Map Shop

With more than 7,000 maps in stock, along with globes and other map-related items, The Map Shop is perfect for the traveler on your list. You can find all kinds of nautical charts, street maps, atlases, hiking maps, sightseeing guides and so much more. Whether you want a city map or a country mat, this is the place to go.

The Map Shop is open from 9am to 6pm, Monday through Friday and from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. They are located at 1500 East Morehead Street in the Midtown area of Charlotte.

Taylor Richards & Conger

With more than 25 years of experience, Taylor Richard & Conger or TRC provides some...

Where are the Charlotte Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and Hayrides Found?

Maybe you have little kids and you don't want to go to the haunted houses for Halloween. When you want something less scary than some of the spooky attractions, you may be looking for a pumpkin patch, corn maze, or hayride. Charlotte has plenty of all three.

While many of the Halloween attractions in the Charlotte area are rather scary, this list is filled with only the Not-So-Scary options suitable for all ages. Here's a look at the best pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hayrides near Charlotte.

Hodges Family Farm Pumpkin Patch

Offering plenty of pumpkins, hayrides, and animals, this is a fun sot for the entire family. The pumpkins will start around $5 and go up from there. Hayrides are held on the weekends for $5 per person and those age 3 an under do get in free. Admission to the farm itself is free.

Hodges Family Farm Pumpkin Patch is located at 3900 Rocky River Road in Charlotte East and will be open every day through October 31st.

Riverbend Farm

Another good choice for the entire family, Riverbend Farm offers a farm-themed playground, wagon rides, animals, educational displays and a wagon ride through the pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are sold for 40 cents per pound and admission to the farm is $5.50 for those ages 2 and older. You can also enjoy the Air Cannon on the weekends for $1 for two shots.

Riverbend Farm is found at 12150 McManus Road in Midland and will be open every day through the end of October.

Hall Family Farm

Offering free admission and a playground to enjoy, Hall Family Farm is perfect for the entire family. They offer...

Take a Fun Ski Trip This Winter Less Than 4 Hours from Charlotte

It's not here yet, but winter is coming. Before you know it, you'll be able to enjoy the holiday season, a chill in the air and sweaters, whether cute or ugly.

While the winter certainly brings with it colder temperatures, it's not all bad. With winter rolling in, you can enjoy a fun ski trip and you don't have to go very far. There are a few great skip trips you can take and they are all four hours or less from Charlotte.

Beech Mountain

Maybe the most famous place for skiing near Charlotte, Beech Mountain is only 2.5 hours away. This beautiful area for skiing is close to Banner Elk and Blowing Rock, which are both very popular mountain towns you can enjoy. Of course, the skiing is why you're going, but who doesn't want to enjoy a bit of shopping and great food while they’re at it?

Beech Mountain may not be the world-class ski resort you're looking for, but they do offer five to eight slopes with plenty of activities for the younger children, too. With the close proximity to Charlotte and plenty of things to do, you can't get much better than Beech Mountain for your ski trip.

Wintergreen Ski Resort

Found in Virginia, Wintergreen Ski Resort is a great choice, but it is a bit further than Beech Mountain. From Charlotte, it will take a good four hours to arrive in Wintergreen, VA. However, it's worth the drive and if you plan to go for the weekend or even for a mini-vacation, you're sure to have plenty of fun.

Wintergreen Ski Resort is found in Blue Ridge, which is known as one of the most beautiful areas in the country. The drive to get there is quite scenic and you'll certainly enjoy it. The resort gets plenty of its own snow and does make some every year,...

Top Spots for Wine Drinking in Charlotte

While North Carolina may not seem like wine country, there are certainly plenty of places to go to drink wine. From bars to wineries, there's a bit of everything found throughout Charlotte. Even some of the state's best wines come from near the city.

It doesn't matter if you prefer red, white or a fruit wine, you will find it throughout the area. If you're looking for a great place to go out with friends or family for wine, here are some of the top spots for drinking wine in Charlotte.

Foxcroft Wine Co.

Anybody that knows anything about drinking wine in Charlotte has been to the Foxcroft Wine Co. This is simply one of the best spots for wine drinkers to enjoy. They provide a great food menu to go with the many wines you can choose from and they even have locations in both South Park and Dilworth.

Both locations are open from 10am to 11pm, Monday through Saturday and from 5pm to 10pm on Sunday. Find out more about the Foxcroft Wine Co. by visiting their website here.

Corkbuzz Restaurant & Wine Bar

Located in South Park, Corkbuzz Restaurant & Wine Bar is one of the most elegant choices on the list. They offer a wide variety of red, white and sparkling wines, along with cocktails and beer. The restaurant serves small plates and entrees to enjoy.

If you have an event you need a space for, they offer a beautiful private room. In addition, Mondays are the Buy a Bottle, Take a Bottle optional and Saturdays and Sundays offer half-priced Champagne.

Corkbuzz Restaurant & Wine Bar is open from 4pm to 10pm, Sunday through Thursday and from 4pm to 11pm on Friday and Saturday. They also open for lunch from 11am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday....

Top Parks Found Throughout Charlotte Center City

Charlotte Center City has plenty of parks to choose from. When you decide to call this area of the city home, you'll gain access to some of the best parks, along with smaller, neighborhood parks. Here's a look at the parks found throughout Center City.

Fourth Ward Park

Offering a great park found in the historic Fourth Ward neighborhood, Fourth Ward Park is surrounded by old Victorian homes and luxury condominiums. It covers about 3 acres of space with walking trails and decorative fountains. The park also includes a playground.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Once it's fully completed, the Little Sugar Creek Greenway will feature more than 19 miles of trails, land connectors, sculptures, and fountains. It's found to the north of Uptown and will run to the South Carolina state line. The greenway provides a place for joggers, walkers, cyclists, and others to enjoy plenty of beauty as it runs through many different areas of Center City and Charlotte.

Pearle Street Park

A six-acre park purchased back in 1943 for $2,500 by the city, Pearle Street Park has been around since 1943. Today, it covers a total of 8.3 acres of space with a multipurpose field, full-court basketball court, and walking trails. It also includes a monument, which marks the park as the first Negro playground and the first African-American park in Mecklenburg County.

Thompson ParkĀ 

Found just outside Uptown close to CPCC and the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, ...

Top 7 BBQ Joints in Charlotte

BBQ is a tradition in Charlotte and there are some spots that simply just do it right. With so many great restaurants all throughout the city, it's not hard to find a great place to eat. However, when you want the best BBQ in Charlotte, you need to know where to go.

There are two styles of BBQ found in North Carolina: Lexington or Western and Eastern. Lexington BBQ includes a red sauce with pepper, vinegar, ketchup, and spices. This is usually served over slow-roasted pork shoulder. Eastern BBQ uses all the different parts of the pick with a sauce made of just vinegar and pepper.

You can find both styles all throughout Charlotte at the best BBQ joints in the city. Here's a look at some of the top spots to go for BBQ in Charlotte.

Bubba's Barbecue - 4400 Sunset Road

A 33-hour process is used to properly roast the hogs at Bubba's Barbeque. This ensures nearly all the fat is gone resulting in a lean meat. The meat is seasoned with vinegar, salt, and crushed red pepper to give it the perfect flavor.

Midwood Smokehouse - 540 Brandywine Road

A newer BBQ spot in Charlotte, Midwood Smokehouse opened in 2011. They have become a local favorite by using an all-wood smoker with hickory logs burring all hours of every day. The brisket here is one of the best in town.

Bar-B-Q King - 2900 Wilkinson Boulevard

Found in Ashley Park, this BBQ option offers a curbside experience. It's known as a historic hole in the wall and the BBQ is amazing. Bar-B-Q-King has been around since 1959 and uses a house-made sauce unlike anything else you will find in Charlotte.

Sauceman's - 228 West Boulevard


Top Charlotte Center City Museums

The Charlotte Center City is known as one of the best places in the city for arts and entertainment. There are several museums, galleries, and theaters found in this portion of the city. If you're looking for amazing museums to visit, heading to the Charlotte Center City will give you exactly what you desire.

From science museums to art museums, there are plenty of choices to enjoy here. You can even find the NASCAR Hall of Fame here. When it's time to take a trip to the museum, here are the top choices you will find throughout the Charlotte Center City in Uptown.

Mint Museum Uptown - 500 South Tryon Street

There are actually two locations of the Mint Museum in Charlotte. The Mint Museum Uptown provides a look at the Craft + Design collection, along with incredible collections of European art and American Contemporary Art. There are several visitor amenities including the James B. Duke Auditorium, a restaurant, the Lewis Family Gallery, art studios and a museum shop.

The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday and admission ranging from $6 to $15. Members do get in free. Find out more about the Mint Museum Uptown here.

Levine Museum of the New South - 200 East 7th Street

Showing off the history of the South since the Civil War, the Levine Museum of the New South is a unique choice in Charlotte Center City. This museum offers plenty of unique artifacts and exhibits to enjoy. They also offer several educational programs for all ages.

Admission runs from $6 to $10 with discounts for EBT or WIC members and for families. Every Sunday, admission is half off. Find out more about the Levine Museum of the New South on their website here.


Discover Some of the Best Bars & Pubs in Charlotte

Moving to a new city can be difficult. You have to find new places to hang out, frequent and enjoy. Lucky for you, if you've moved to Charlotte, there are several great bars and pubs throughout the city. Here's a look at some of the best you will find in the Queen City.

Big Ben - 2000 South Boulevard #150

An upbeat tavern with a classic British feel, Big Ben offers sports on plenty of TVs and so much more. They are known for the live entertainment and draft beer. Of course, the pub is named after the famous bell in the clock tower found in London.

Big Ben serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a kid's menu and plenty of lunch specials every day. You can watch any sports you enjoy on the TVs and enjoy quiz night on Tuesdays. For more information about Big Ben visit their website here.

All American Pub - 200 East Bland Street

An excellent pub in Charlotte, the All American Pub offers big screen TVs a great patio and plenty more. It's a top spot for comfort food and offers a good cocktail menu, as well. A true sports bar with just about every game showed on a flat screen, this pub is the place to be on game day.

The casual atmosphere of this pub found in the Historic South End District offers something many sports fans and non-sports fans will love. They serve Sunday Brunch with a Bloody Mary Bar and lunch and dinner all week long. Find out more about the All American Pub by visiting their website here.

The Corner Pub - 335 North Graham Street

A neighborhood bar with plenty to offer, The Corner Pub provides a pool table, TVs for sports, daily drink specials and so much more. A Fourth Ward staple,...

Which Concerts are Coming to Charlotte This Fall?

While the summer concerts are winding down and they are a ton of fun, it doesn't stop with the end of summer. Charlotte has several great concerts coming to the area throughout the fall, too. If you haven't got your fix of live music yet, here are a few of the top fall concerts you can enjoy this year.

Miguel - September 6th

Miguel will be performing at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre on September 6th. This R&B musician is nationally acclaimed and has become one of the top choices in the new wave of R&B talent.

Alan Jackson - September 15th

Another headlining name coming to Charlotte, Alan Jackson will be live on stage at the Spectrum Center. He was once one of the biggest names in country music and known as one of the best songwriters, as well. Jackson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017 and will be performing for all in attendance on September 15th.

Portugal. The man and Chicano Batman - September 18th

The Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater will host this incredible musician. Portugal won a Grammy award from the single "Feel it Still" and will perform with The Man, which is a psychedelic indie rock act and Chicano Batman, a SoCal Latino fun quartet. This is a show you won't want to miss.

Father John Misty - September 26th

The Fillmore will host Father John Misty on September 26th in Charlotte. This is one of the biggest and most unique options coming to Charlotte. Father John Misty once toured under his given name of Josh Tillman and was also a drummer with the Fleet Foxes. Since 2012, he has been known as Father John Mistry and has been creating incredible music for all to enjoy. His latest release, "God's Favorite Customer" has already become super popular.

Christ Stapleton - October 11th


Top Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Learning Resources for Kids

The kids are back in school in Charlotte and having the right learning resources at your fingertips is a big deal. Libraries always have plenty of books, but they also offer learning services. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is known for offering some of the best learning resources for children. Here's a look at the top choices by age range.

For Babies, Toddlers and Preschool Students

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers several great learning resources for the younger children including:

  • StoryPlace - This bilingual website is perfect for young children. Kids can explore all types of stories, enjoy online games and activities and learn at the same time. It's in both English and Spanish
  • Active Reading Workshops - Perfect for the youngest of children, the active reading workshops including reading a book with the child instead of reading it to them. This helps children to develop vocabulary language skills and more.
  • TumbleBooks - A great choice for your children, this collection of talking picture books offers books in French and Spanish, along with English. Children can enjoy nonfiction books, puzzles, games, graphic novels, and language learning.
  • Get Set 4 K - If your child will be going into kindergarten soon, this month-by-month guide will help get them ready. It includes activities to do with your children, books to read together and plenty of tips.

For Children Age 4 and Up

While many of the library programs and resources cater to the younger children, some are still available for the children age 4 and up including:

  • Paws to Read - Perfect for children ages 5 to 11, this program allows children to read aloud to a certified...

Top 7 Playdate Ideas for Charlotte Parents with Toddlers

When you need something unique and fun to do with your toddler, you need to know where to go. Playdates may not be something you get very often and you want to make it special. Here are seven great playdate ideas to enjoy if you're a Charlotte parent with a toddler.

Head to the Sand

Jetton Park offers one of the best parks in Lake Norman with shaded walking trails, a playground and plenty more. The beach found at this park is a great place for a playdate with your toddler. Pack some sand castle building supplies and you can come out to have plenty of fun at the beach.

When your toddler gets tired, they can nap in the stroller as you take a walk on the paved walking trail. During the week, it's free to enter the park and on weekends it's just $3 per car. The park will be open through October 31st and it's located at 19000 Jetton Road in Cornelius.

Hit the Spraygrounds

If your toddler loves to get wet, the Charlotte spraygrounds are perfect for some free fun. You can let your toddler run through the water at Romare Bearden Park, The Green or one of the many other sprayground options in Charlotte. Of course, if you're a kid at heart, you can join in and have plenty of fun on your playdate.

ImaginOn Storytime

ImaginOn offers more than just a library. It's a free children's activity center located in Uptown Charlotte with storytime every day at 10:30am. The storytime sessions are filled with plenty of interactive...

Best 10 Free & Cheap Things to do with Kids in Charlotte This Summer

The summer is in full swing and your budget may be feeling it. Getting the kids involved in sports, summer camps and other activities can add up fast. You don't have to pull them out of activities or tell them no simply because your wallet has taken a hit.

There are several very cheap or free things you can do with kids in Charlotte this summer. If your wallet is feeling a bit light these days, check out these 10 options for your kids this summer in Charlotte.

Free Swim Lessons & Cheap Swimming

A skill everybody should learn when they are a kid, you can enroll your child in free swim lessons. The Cordelia Pool (2100 North Davidson Street) and the Double Oaks Pool (1200 Newland Road) are both offering free swim lessons throughout the summer. These swim lessons are open to children ages 3 to 12. You must register on Saturday for the following week's lessons starting at 11am. These lessons are first-come, first-serve, as well.

Along with the free lessons, you can enjoy two neighborhood pools in Charlotte for just $1 per visit. Both Cordelia Pool and Double Oaks Pool will let you come and swim for just $1 per person per visit. They will be open through September 2nd with weekday hours through August 24th.

Free Outdoor Movies

Enjoying a movie as a family is a great way to get out and enjoy the summer weather in Charlotte. You can bring your chairs, blanket, snacks and more to enjoy a relaxing night with plenty of fun. Several locations are offering free summer movies throughout Charlotte including:

  • Harrisburg's Movies in the Park - Harrisburg Park
  • City of Belmont Movies in the Park - Stowe Park
  • Music and Movies on the Green - Promenade on Providence
  • And More!

Enjoy even more movies with Weekday Morning Movies for $4 or less at many of the Charlotte area movie theaters. Most of the movies will be $1...

Discovering Charlotte's 4 Top Parks

Charlotte is a beautiful city filled with wonderful parks. When you relocate to the city, you'll probably have a great park near you to enjoy regularly. However, when you're looking to get out to a new park or discover something different, there are some specific parks that are better than others.

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

A park many love, McDowell Park offers plenty to enjoy. It was opened in the mid-1970s and has grown from a 136-acre lakeside park into a 1,108-acre nature center and preserve. This park includes hardwood forests, the Piedmont prairie and plenty of beautiful landscapes.

It's a favorite for hikers, bird-watchers and others who love nature. The park includes butterfly gardens, animal exhibits, a gift shop and bird-feeding stations. It's also filled with plenty of other great things to do and enjoy all throughout the park. Entry is $3 to $5 per vehicle and the hours of operation depend on the time of year.

Jetton Park

Another great park with plenty to offer, Jetton Park covers 105 total acres. IT's a waterfront park on Lake Norman with the option to enjoy the sand, the water, the trails and so much more. You can enjoy sitting on the beach or get out on the water. The park also includes trails with plenty of great lake views along the way. Admission to this park is free.

RibbonWalk Nature Preserve

Covering nearly 140 acres, this park offers plenty to get excited about. It's filled with natural areas to enjoy and offers jogging and hiking trails, as well. If you're looking to have a picnic, this is one of the best parks for a picnic in the city.

You can enjoy the new environmental education center and learn all about the forest and land conservation, as well. Admission to the...