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Charlotte's Parks

Whether you're looking to get immersed in urban life or escape from it, the Charlotte area offers an impressive system of parks and greenways, many of which have been built or renovated recently. Start your exploration with these seven for a healthy mix of nature, art, history, recreation, and relaxation. All are free and kid-friendly.

  • 1.

    North Carolina Botanical Garden

    North Carolina Botanical Garden

    Leaders in conservation gardening.

  • 2.

    Freedom Park

    Freedom Park

    A hub for hiking, biking, and playing.

  • 3.

    Little Sugar Creek Greenway

    Little Sugar Creek Greenway

    Explore Charlotte without leaving the park.

  • 4.

    Lake Norman State Park

    Lake Norman State Park

    Boating, fishing, and camping just outside Charlotte.

  • 5.

    Fourth Ward Park

    Fourth Ward Park

    The "front yard" of Charlotte's historic upscale neighborhood.

  • 6.

    First Ward Park

    First Ward Park

    Uptown Charlotte's newest park, featuring fountains, sculpture, and concerts.

  • 7.

    Romare Bearden Park

    Romare Bearden Park

    A novel urban park dedicated to art and fun.

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