Happy New Year’s Eve!! I hope that all of you Smarties have had a wonderful holiday so far. It is time to ring in the new year and look forward to school beginning again next week. I am looking forward to the slower pace that I am hoping 2009 will bring. The first weekend of the new year does not bring a lot in terms of planned events so I thought that I would highlight some great destination spots in town and within a couple hours drive. I have provided the links to all of the sites so you can check each destination out and plan a great excursion for your family. A personal favorite for my family is riding our bikes on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway with a pitstop at the Nature Museum and Freedom Park. Please share your favorite weekend activity with us, we would love find out about any hidden gems our city offers.
It appears the weather will be great this weekend so why not check out some of the great greenways our Park and Rec. Department support. These are great for the family and we love to ride our bikes on many of them.
Lynx – Light Rail
Take the Light Rail to visit many of the uptown spots. This is a great adventure for the kids and really lets you take advantage of walking around town, seeing some new sites and visiting some old favorites.
What’s not to like? A children’s library and theatre all rolled into one. A really cool place for the family to learn and play together.
Discovery Place is a favorite for young and old. The Circus exhibit is really cool and you can catch the last day of the ancient Greece display.
The Charlotte Nature Museum
this is a great spot for the little ones. The proximity to Freedom Park is also a plus.
Carolina Raptor Center
My kids love going to visit the “big birds”. The Latta Plantation Nature Preserve is a great spot to explore.
McDowell Nature Preserve
The trails here are very family friendly and it is a good “in-town” camping spot.
The Charlotte Museum of History
This is a great local spot to show the kids where “their city” began.
Just a really neat place!
The North Carolina Transportation Museum
Kids of all ages love it here.
North Carolina Zoo
The habitats are really neat. They do a great job of showing the animals in their natural habitats. The zoo is big and requires some walking. Keep this in mind with the little ones.
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Great for the little ones. Big kids too. We always love feeding the camels and seeing the “mingos”. Easier to manage with stroller or backpack carrier.
The Schiele Museum
A jewel. They have great programming and neat exhibits.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
Just a beautiful place to spend the day.
Happy New Year and if you have events you would like us to share please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.