U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC 28214
The activities at the Whitewater Center are vast compared to what their name implies. This is a year-round outdoor haven for rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking. They have their summer concert series which is always a hit and in the winter they feature ice skating from November to February.
I appreciate that the park sells season passes for $219 for adults, and $189 for children 9 and under.
This is a great day with the kids, or by yourself, and a true must-see in Charlotte.
1908 East Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28203
At just over 98 acres, this is Charlotte's largest park, and by far my favorite. The main walking path leads around a 7 acre lake with a island in the middle with a bandshell for concerts. But there is so much more that goes on at the park including four baseball fields, 12 tennis courts, four soccer fields, playgrounds, and a full basketball court.
The park will not be hosting their annual Festival in the Park in 2020, but it is one of the largest and best events in Charlotte. Here is hoping it is back in full swing in 2020.