Wednesday June 10 | “Microcations” around CharlotteJune 8, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 16 Comments
With the economy still sluggish and gas prices on the rise, many people are avoiding vacation plans that involve a lot of travel. That doesn’t mean they can’t go on vacation though, because Mecklenburg county experts say there is plenty to do within a very short radius of Charlotte. We’ll explore the idea of “microcations.” Local residents can go camping, see Shakespeare, visit museums, jump from airplanes or a variety of other recreational options. Our experts help us vacation in our own backyard.
Laura Hill – Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Visit Charlotte
Darcy Grimes – AAA Carolinas
Lynn Saul – Public Information Officer, Meck. Co. Park &Recreation
** Click “Continue Reading” below for a list of activities in Charlotte **
This is only a partial list of the many things you can do in and around Charlotte this Summer- please add your own favorites and suggestions!
More Resources to explore
- Charlotte Culture Guide from the Arts & Science Council
- Charlotte’s Got A Lot Visit Charlotte Tourism Website
- Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation
- Charlotte Parent Magazine Day Trip Directory
- Charlotte Center City Partners Activities happening in Center City
- Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Things to See and Do in Charlotte this Summer
- Public Library of Mecklenburg County – Free Summer Reading Club for all ages. Author appearance from Dorothea Benton Frank.
- Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden – Music and tropically-themed food and drink Thursday evenings. Wild About Summer program shows how wildlife interacts with the garden.
- Mint Museum of Art – Tuesday evenings Free. Art projects for kids every second Saturday. Exhibits include The Heights of Fashion: Platform Shoes Then and Now and Masterworks from the New Orleans Museum of Art.
- Discovery Place – Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure begins July 4th, priceless artifacts and treasures recovered from deep-ocean archaeological excavations.
- Billy Graham Library – Free. The Ruth Bell Graham Tribute is now open with artifacts that include her wedding dress, personal journals, photos and artwork.
- Charlotte Trolley – Learn about Charlotte’s past, present and future. Charlotte’s trolley system is the only still in operation on the East Coast.
- The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge – Family Fun package.
- Charlotte/Douglas International Airport – Pack a picnic lunch for the runway overlook. Planes take-off and land right in front of you.
- Reed Gold Mine – Exhibits on gold, geology of gold, mining technology, and equipment. Site of the first documented gold found in the United States (1799).
- Spraygrounds – Beat the heat at many of Charlotte’s parks. Favorites include the giant fish fountains located along The Green uptown or Latta Park’s sprayground.
- NoDa – Free gallery crawl every first and third Friday of the month in South End. Browse neighborhood’s eclectic galleries, enjoy a bite to eat and relax to smooth music played by local street musicians.
- Walking Tour of Charlotte – Free. Join groups for a Fourth Ward walking tour of Charlotte’s many historical and public art gems. Departs from Levine Museum of the New South and the Visitor Info Center. The Arts and Science Council offers downloadable maps with public art walking tours. Center City’s Fourth Ward walking tour shows of some of the area’s most striking Victorian homes dating back to the the 1880s.
- Carowinds – Family friendly Amusement Park and water park.
- The U.S. National Whitewater Center – Outdoor park with activities like flatwater kayaking on the Catawba, zip-line, mountain biking, eco-caching, whitewater rafting and more.
- Ray’s Splash Planet – Indoor pools and slides
- Lake Lure – Beaches, restaurants, ice cream, attractions
- McDowell Campground – Camping, outdoor recreation
- Charlotte Aquatic Center – Indoor pool, spa, diving boards
- Anne Springs Greenway (Fort Mill, SC) – Camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing
- Latta Plantation (Huntersville) – Nature preserve, hiking, horseback riding, Old Mecklenburg County Historical homesite, and more.
- NC Community Sailing & Rowing Center (Lake Norman)
- Crowder’s Mountain State Park – Hiking, biking, camping, climbing
- Levine Museum of the New South – Ongoing Exhibit Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers
- Historic Brattonsville – Revolutionary War site, historical reenactments, exhibits
- Mint Museum of Craft + Design – Quilting exhibit
- Robinson Rock House – hike Reedy Creek Nature Preserve to see ruins of the house built in 1800s.
- Dowd House – World War One era home
- Charlotte Museum of History
- Schiele Museum – Museum of natural history
- Shelby City Park (Shelby, NC) – Restored carousel, train and more.
- Cleveland County
- Charlotte Shakespeare Festival – Outdoor performances of the romantic comedy Twelfth Night at the Green in Uptown Charlotte.
- CPCC Summer Theatre – 2009 Summer Season Performing Arts
- Summer Pops in the Park – The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
- The Green Uptown – Park, fountains, hopscotch for kids
- Charlotte 101 – Class at Central Piedmont Community College
- Copperhead Island – Rent an island on Lake Wylie
- Marshall Park – Free concerts on Sunday afternoons
- Horse Drawn carriage rides in Uptown Charlotte
- Great Wolf Lodge (Concord) – Indoor waterpark and Lodge
- Red, White & Boom – 4th of July Weekend Fireworks at Memorial Stadium