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Activities for the Outdoors Enthusiast in Charlotte, North Carolina

Updated on December 16, 2014
Charlotte at Night
Charlotte at Night

 Charlotte, North Carolina offers a bewitching combination of big city attractions and Southern charm. Visitors can enjoy the top-notch theaters, museums and a surprising array of outdoor activities, as well as the laid-back vibe of the city. Listed below are a few of the many things to do in Charlotte.

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U.S. National Whitewater Center

If you’re in the city but longing for some wilderness adventure, head to the Whitewater Center, the training spot for the U.S. Whitewater Olympic team, where you can experience an artificial whitewater river, and other water sports like kayaking, flat-water kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. The center offers a number of out-of-the-water activities too, including climbing walls, zip lines, a canopy tour, ropes courses, mountain biking trails and more.

820 Hawfield Road


UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

Spend a few hours among the flora and fauna of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Botanical Gardens, located on the campus. Visitors can see the beautiful plants nurtured in the greenhouses, hike through the woodland glen, and view a variety of garden styles, including a water garden and an Asian garden.

9201 University City Blvd

(704) 687-2364

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Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

Offers Charlotte’s inhabitants and visitors 700 hundred acres filled with trails for hiking, biking as well as spots for fishing and camping.

2900 Rocky River Road

(704) 598-8857

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Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary

Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary was designed by two neighbors, one who aimed to build a horticultural haven for songbirds, another who strove to create a plant laboratory and grow a vast variety of plants. The result is a delightful respite from the busy city around it, with four acres of enchanting gardens and birds that call the sanctuary home.

248 Ridgewood Ave

(704) 331-0664

Freedom Park

Freedom Park

Popular with the locals, this is a great park with trails for jogging, biking, roller blading or just relaxing on a blanket by the pond with a good book and picnic lunch. The park features soccer fields, a basketball court, several tennis courts and volleyball courts and there's a concession stand for a cool drink and snack after the game. In addition, in the summer you can bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy free concerts at the Freedom Park bandshell.

1900 East Blvd
(704) 432-4280

Freedom Park


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