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Season Sensitive Fun in Charlotte

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Some enjoyable summer ideas the Queen City has to offer 

Whether it’s a quiet Tuesday afternoon with your toddler you seek or an action-packed weekend with the whole gang, Charlotte’s here to serve.

I am primarily familiar with the east side of Charlotte—from University Area to Matthews. Although this does not span a large geographical area, it’s loaded with recreation from head to toe!

Where to begin? Well, how about a relaxing mid-week rendezvous with the companion of your choice? My recommendation is the boardwalk located right in the heart of University Area. Here you can enjoy a scenic walk around the small pond, feed the geese—a timeless therapy, in my book—and once you’ve worked up an appetite, retire yourselves to one of the many surrounding restaurants. If you want something unique to the area, I guarantee Boardwalk Billy’s will complete the experience.

The boardwalk is open on weekends as well, but I prefer it during the week to avoid longer wait times and such. This is just my preference, of course. Speaking of preferences, some might prefer the indoors to the outdoors. If this is you, Northlake Mall is just minutes up the road from the boardwalk. You’ll still get your daily exercise in and, if you have little ones, a Build-a-Bear Workshop and playground await you!

In contrast to my weekdays, my weekend activities must be non-stop and high-energy. One of my latest and favorite discoveries which satisfies this demand is in Concord Mills in Concord, a suburb of Charlotte just minutes away off I-85. It’s the Lowe’s Mini-Motor Speedway, an amusement park featuring an arcade, indoor and outdoor racetracks, bumper boats, putt-putt golf, and lazer tag. Take your pick! This is where kids (and … well, adults) can become their favorite racecar driver through racing simulations, be front-and-center on the battlefield in lazer tag, or enjoy an intense competition in miniature golf. Its wide selection of activities also makes it an ideal choice for hosting kids’ parties.

Whew! That’s plenty for now. But if that seems exhausting, you’ve only just survived the first week. Stay tuned and I’ll keep you on your toes all summer long!


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