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Free Things To Do in Charlotte

If you have extra time, BB&T Ballpark is worthwhile.
  • #4
    Billy Graham Library
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    #4 in Charlotte
    Churches/Religious Sites, Museums, Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Churches/Religious Sites, Museums, Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME 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. 

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  • #5
    7th Street Public Market
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    #5 in Charlotte
    Cafes, Shopping, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Cafes, Shopping, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME 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.

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  • #6
    BB&T Ballpark
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    #6 in Charlotte
    Sports, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sports, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME 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

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  • #8
    Freedom Park
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    #8 in Charlotte
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME 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. 

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