What to do this Summer?

Schools out for Summer! Time for Summer Vacation! No matter how prepared we all feel for Summer, there is always idle time and the kids are always asking “what are we doing today?”  Here are a few ideas to keep you and the kids busy this summer.

Charlotte SprayGrounds.

We all know that this Summer one of the major complaints we will hear from our kids is how HOT they are. What better way to cool off and have fun than to visit one of the many spraygrounds in Charlotte? Here are a few of the spraygrounds that you and the kids can visit this Summer to keep cool.

First Ward Park (301 E. Seventh Street) on top of featuring a sprayground the First Ward Park will also have FREE live musical performances. For more information visit Uptown Parks.

Romare Bearden Park (300 S. Church Street) located uptown next to the Charlotte Knights Stadium. Romare Bearden Park has a splash ground, great uptown views, and a bi-weekly Summer concert series. For more information visit Uptown Parks

Veterans Park (2136 Central Ave.) located in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood, this park also feature tennis courts, baseball fields, and basketball courts.

Hiking.

Being from Charlotte, we are so lucky that we are in such a close proximity to both the coast and the mountains. That being said, a hike is always just around the corner.

Crowders Mountain State Park

For a close but always fun hike take a trip to Crowders Mountain State Park. There are several hikes that you and the kids can do and it is only a 25 mile trip from the greater Charlotte area. For more information on all of the trails at Crowders Mountain State Park visit North Carolina Parks.

Wilson’s Creek Hiking

Wilson’s Creek, a National Wild and Scenic River, is a perfect example of the natural beauty that North Carolina has to offer. The Wilson’s Creek area has never ending trails that will keep you and the kid busy all Summer long. The trails vary in difficulty and length so visit HikeWNC for more information on different trails, their distance, level of difficulty, and a map.

Pisgah National Forest

Located in the Appalachian Mountains in Western North Carolina, the Pisgah National Forest has hundreds of miles of trails, some with high peaks and others with breathtaking views of waterfalls. Along with hiking, in the Pisgah National Forest you can bike, fish, camp, and and climb. Pack a picnic, a trail map, and your hiking poles and get started! For more information on activities and details on the trails visit the United States Department of Agriculture

Take A Day Trip.

While our wonderful city has a lot to offer, sometimes you just need a quick get away. Luckily, there is also lots to do right outside of Charlotte too!

The North Carolina Transportation Museum

For the transportation enthusiast in the family take a quick hour and 15 minute drive up 85 North to Spencer North Carolina. There you will find the North Carolina Transportation Museum. While at the museum you will see vintage cars, an authentic train depot, locomotives, railcars, and so much more! You can even take a ride on a train! Visit NC Transportation Museum for more information on hours, ticket prices, and special events.

Old Salem

Need a little history in your life? Make a trip to Old Salem museums and gardens! Take a 90 minute drive north bound on 85 and start exploring. Explore the Museums of Early Southern Decorative Arts, gorgeous gardens, or get hands-on with activities like brick oven baking or blacksmithing. Old Salem has plenty to do, you might not even get it all done in one day! For more information, tickets, and an event calendar visit Old Salem. Act fast! Dads get in free on June 16th for Father’s Day!

The Zoo

Everybody loves the zoo! And while we don’t have a zoo in Charlotte we are lucky enough to be within close proximity to two!

Head north for about an hour and a half to Asheboro to visit the North Carolina Zoo. This is the world’s largest natural habitat zoo and home to more than 1,800 animals. Go an a Zoofari, walk through the butterfly garden, or even try out the ropes course! The North Carolina Zoo has hours of fun, exploring, and adventure for everyone! For more information visit NC Zoo.

Take a trip down 77 south to the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, only about an hour and a half drive from Charlotte. The zoo features more than 2000 animals from around the world and some of the most beautiful botanical gardens. Make sure you plan to participate in one of the animal demonstrations like the gorilla feeding or the sea lion demonstration. The Riverbanks Zoo has all kinds of adventures like waterfall junction or the spots and stripes railroad. To get more information on attractions and tickets visit Riverbanks Zoo.

We are so excited that it is Summer and cannot wait to hear all about what adventures you and the kids went on! Start exploring!

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