Free Things To Do in Charlotte
- #4View all Photos#4 in Charlotte0.2 miles to city centerCafes, Shopping, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND0.2 miles to city centerCafes, Shopping, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
For a taste of Charlotte's home-grown produce, head to 7th Street Public Market, located about half a mile west of the city center. At this indoor marketplace, you'll find a selection of local produce, wines, flowers and sweet and savory treats. Among the vendors hawking local goods is one of the city's favorite pizza joints, Pure Pizza, known for using ingredients sold right in the market. If you make your market stop in the morning, trade in your usual Starbucks drink for the freshly brewed java available at Not Just Coffee, another vendor permanently stationed at the market. Pair your caffeine jolt with a breakfast sandwich from The Yolk and enjoy the bustling scene.
Past visitors said the market is a great place for breakfast, though they cautioned that tables are hard to come by in this relatively small space.
- #5View all Photos#5 in Charlotte4.7 miles to city centerChurches/Religious Sites, Museums, Parks and Gardens, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND4.7 miles to city centerChurches/Religious Sites, Museums, Parks and Gardens, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
An ode to "America's Pastor," the Billy Graham Library sits just a few miles from where Graham grew up. Sprawling across 20 acres about 10 minutes southwest of Uptown, the site allows visitors to explore the Graham family home (restored using 80 percent of its orginal materials), a Christian bookstore, a "Journey of Faith" exhibit detailing Graham's life, the Memorial Prayer Garden and a lunch eatery, the Dairy Bar.
Past visitors who were familiar with Graham said this was a must-see and described the grounds as "peaceful" and "moving." Highlights included the library, Graham's personal memorabilia and the garden. Others who were not familiar with Graham said it was a nice stop, but not necessarily a must-do. However, many conceded that the lack of an admission fee made it worth the visit, even if they did not know much about Graham or his family.
- #6View all PhotosfreeBB&T Ballpark#6 in Charlotte0.4 miles to city centerSports, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND0.4 miles to city centerSports, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND
Home field for the Charlotte Knights – the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox – BB&T Ballpark is a hit with locals and visitors for its incredible skyline views, delicious food and affordable seats. Situated in Uptown, the ballpark is easily accessible from any of the city's Uptown hotels.
Past visitors raved about the park saying there are no bad seats. Visitors were also pleased with the food options and recommended attending a game on a Friday night when there are fireworks after the game.
- #8View all PhotosfreeFreedom Park#8 in Charlotte2.6 miles to city centerParks and Gardens, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND2.6 miles to city centerParks and Gardens, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
Boasting nearly 100 acres, Freedom Park is a refreshing (free) escape from the Uptown hustle and bustle. Situated on the east edge of the Myers Park neighborhood (about 3 miles north of the city center), the "Central Park of Charlotte" is popular year-round thanks to the various walking and biking paths, not to mention the abundance of picnic spots. Amidst the dog walkers, joggers and families, you'll also find four baseball fields, 12 tennis courts and a basketball court, among other recreational facilities. Several events take place here throughout the year, including the Festival in the Park in September and the Kings Drive Art Walk every May. Though they warn it can get crowded, travelers highly recommend planning an afternoon trip here, saying it's a great place to take pictures.
The best way to get to Freedom Park is to drive. Parking is free, but limited. Plan to station your car on one of the streets surrounding the park, such as Princeton Avenue. Keep in mind while there are bathrooms here, there are no food or beverage facilities. However, within about a mile of the park, you'll find a bevy of restaurants and shops, including Starbucks, as well as locally-owned eateries, such as Kid Cashew, The Summit Room and JJ's Red Hots. The park is open daily but tennis court hours vary by season; check the park's website for the latest hours.
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