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Charlotte Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Charlotte

Looking for free things to do? Here's our ranking of the best free activities in Charlotte. Popular attractions include 7th Street Public Market and Freedom Park.

#4

#4 in Charlotte

Free
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 Local Loaf and enjoy the bustling scene.
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Cafes Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
7th Street Public Market
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 Local Loaf and enjoy the bustling scene.
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#7

#7 in Charlotte

Free
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 open to parkgoers. Several events take place here throughout the year, including the Festival in the Park in September and the Kings Drive Art Walk every April. Though they warn it can get crowded, travelers highly recommend planning an afternoon trip here. "A breath of fresh air! The park is attractively laid out and we enjoyed a pleasant walk around the lake," one TripAdvisor reviewer shared.
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Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Freedom Park
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 open to parkgoers. Several events take place here throughout the year, including the Festival in the Park in September and the Kings Drive Art Walk every April. Though they warn it can get crowded, travelers highly recommend planning an afternoon trip here. "A breath of fresh air! The park is attractively laid out and we enjoyed a pleasant walk around the lake," one TripAdvisor reviewer shared.
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