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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.
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. 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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