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Charlotte Bike Tour
"Meet your guide inside the Overstreet Mall at your selected departure time. You’ll be outfitted with a bike and helmet and given a brief safety orientation before embarking on your 1.5-hour bike tour of Charlotte. Engage all of your senses as you ped which mark the city's center and divides the city’s first four wards. Cruise down Levine Avenue of the Arts past local shops coffee shops and restaurants cooking up classic Southern food. This avenue is home to the Levine Center for the Arts one of Charlotte’s key cultural destinations comprised of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art the Harvey B Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture the John S and James L Knight Theater and the Mint Museum Uptown.Pedal past The Green small public park
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Charlotte Segway Tour
"You'll meet your guide in downtown Charlotte and get started with a safety overview for the Segway. Once you’re comfortable with the Segway’s controls follow your guide through the lively Uptown district with plenty of stops along the way to snap photos and to hear fun stories and facts about Charlotte's history. Option 1: 1.5-hour Segway tourWheel down the Levine Ave of the Arts named after local donors to the arts in Charlotte. On one side of the avenue you’ll see the Bechtler Museum designed by a Swiss architect and opened in 2010 to show the Bechtler family’s collection of modern art. Check out Niki de Saint Phalle’s outdoor sculpture “The Firebird” – which is covered in mirror mosaic and stands more than 17 feet (5 meters) tall. the oldest art museum in Charlotte with one of the largest art collections in the Southeast and the Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
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Charlotte Segway Tour
"You'll meet your guide in downtown Charlotte and get started with a safety overview for the Segway. Once you’re comfortable with the Segway’s controls follow your guide through the lively Uptown district with plenty of stops along the way to snap photos and to hear fun stories and facts about Charlotte's history. Option 1: 1.5-hour Segway tourWheel down the Levine Ave of the Arts named after local donors to the arts in Charlotte. On one side of the avenue you’ll see the Bechtler Museum designed by a Swiss architect and opened in 2010 to show the Bechtler family’s collection of modern art. Check out Niki de Saint Phalle’s outdoor sculpture “The Firebird” – which is covered in mirror mosaic and stands more than 17 feet (5 meters) tall. the oldest art museum in Charlotte with one of the largest art collections in the Southeast and the Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
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More Marshall Park

There is a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Marshall Park. Honestly, you're not going to find a ton of people hanging out in the park. It's just across McDowell Street from the Adam's Mark Hotel, but it's more than a few blocks removed from the business heart of Uptown and Trade and Tryon Streets. Plus, I personally, prefer a park to be more green. Marshall Park's focal area is mostly cement and appears a bit outdated to me.

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acemj
Mar 08, 2004

Marshall Park

Marshall Park is a peaceful place to relax if you're in Uptown. There are some fountains and benches and great views of the Uptown skyscrapers. It was featured prominently in one scene in the movie, "Shallow Hal."

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acemj
Nov 01, 2003

Reedy Creek Park & Nature Preserve

Reedy Creek Park & Nature Preserve is a Mecklenburg County Park in northeast Charlotte. Initially, the land for the park was purchased by the City of Charlotte, but transferred to the county when the two parks departments merged. Later, it was separated into two parks - Reedy Creek Park and Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. The park has picnic shelters, athletic fields, disc golf course and other amenities. The nature preserve includes the nature center, two ponds, and 10 miles of hiking trails. The remains of the Robinson Rock House, dating from the 18th century, can also be found here. Altogether, the area protects almost 1000 acres of land and is a great natural oasis in urban Charlotte.

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jmpncsu
Jan 24, 2012

Freedom Park

One of the oldest, and largest, parks in Charlotte, Freedom Park is located where the South End, Myers Park, and the Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) converge. Other than water rides and slides, it is home to just about everything which one can imagine in a public park. Well landscaped and maintained, Freedom Park is also home to a lot of trees, a giant lake, and plenty of space to spread out a blanket or pick a table for a picnic. ittle Sugaw Creek (pronounced Sugar by long time Charlotteans) runs through the park. It is lined by many benches which provide a great place to get away from it all (only a few hundred yards from it all) and enjoy a snack, a book, nature, or simply the company of your companion. If Charlotte had a Central Park (New York city style), this would be it. Her biggest problems are overcrowding at times and sometimes goose droppings, although this latter problem is under much better control than it was a few years ago (but I still do not walk barefoot). Crossing Sugaw Creek via an old suspension bridge you can reach the Children's Nature Museum, a terrific but little known venue for nature education for youngsters (and their parents). Lest you think that it is just a place for sitting, perambulating, biking, blading, or chilling, Freedom Park also has a playground, an old steam locomotive, several volleyball courts, soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and baseball/softball fields.
Freedom Park has not changed a great deal since I first played softball there as a teen but it has developed a bit, and mostly for the better. Its latest development is that it has become a stop on the Carolinas Thread Trail and received an installation by Daniel McCormick, a California waterscape sculptor. I confess that I do not understand his installation yet but am uploading a pic in the hope that others can help me.

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etfromnc
Dec 15, 2009
 
 
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Just stroll around and enjoy the leaves!!!

North Carolina is home to over 120 species of trees, most of which are represented in the mountains. These trees are the masters that create the brilliant kaleidoscope of colors each Fall. The foliage is breathtaking from early October to early November.

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tatyanap
Oct 31, 2004

Reedy Creek Park

This park has athletic fields, frisbee golf, walking trails, a nature preserve center, picnic areas, and a pond.

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May 04, 2004

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